a) virtues, great status,and other unique characteristics,showing that he is the bestamong the Prophet's companions.
Inaddition to this, Ali wasbrought up by the Holy Prophet (s.w.) himself; hewas the first malewho believed in the Prophet's mission and the onlyMuslim whonever bowed to an idol before.
Moreover, Imam Ali spentmost ofhis life accompanying the Holy Prophet (s.w.).
ImamAliparticipated in almost all the battles that occured between theMuslimsand the polytheists, and he was sipping on the pure cup ofknowledgedirectly from the Holy Prophet (s.w.).
All Imam Ali'sbehaviour, piety,worshipping, and etc.
were indifferent to those ofthe Holy Prophet(s.w.).
Most of the heroes from among thepolytheist were slaughteredby Imam Ali's sword in the battles ofBadr, Uhud, Khaybar, Khandaq,and other famous wars.
There wasonly one battle that Imam Ali did notparticipate in; it was the battleof Tabook, when the Holy Prophet (s.w.)himself ordered him tostay in Medina and protect it from anyunexpected attack.
Beforethe battle of Khaybar, the Holy Prophet (s.w.)said, describingImam Ali,: "I am going to give the banner of this battle toa manwho loves Allah and His Apostle, and Allah and His Apostlelovehim too.