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Live like Ali, die like Hussein is a religious slogan used by Shia Muslims,[1][2] referring to the martyrs Ali and his son Husayn ibn Ali.

Other famous Shia slogansEdit

  • There is no hero (some versions replace hero with man)[3] except Ali; there is no sword except Zulfiqar - This slogan is very famous among Shia;[4] reported to have originated from Muhammad and is widely engraved on weapons,[5] such as swords. The slogan is frequently preceded by a Shia invocation to Ali[6] and is also “central to the du’a (prayer) of Isma’ilis, who recite it in one breath together with their declaration of faith in God.”[7]
  • Every place is Karbala; every day is Ashura[8] - This slogan is often repeated by Shia.[9] It is attributed to a hadith of the 12th Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi.[10]


  1. ^ Leif Manger (18 October 2013). Muslim Diversity: Local Islam in Global Contexts. Routledge. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-1-136-81857-8.
  2. ^ Maqsood Jafrī (2003). The gleams of wisdom. Sigma Press.
  3. ^ Yasser Tabbaa; Sabrina Mervin (2014). Najaf, the Gate of wisdom. UNESCO. p. 23. ISBN 9789231000287.
  4. ^ Vali Nasr (17 Apr 2007). The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 37. ISBN 9780393066401.
  5. ^ Madonna Gauding (1 Oct 2009). The Signs and Symbols Bible: The Definitive Guide to Mysterious Markings. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 105. ISBN 9781402770043.
  6. ^ Syed Akbar Hyder (23 Mar 2006). Reliving Karbala : Martyrdom in South Asian Memory. Oxford University Press. pp. 120–1. ISBN 9780195345933.
  7. ^ Gülru Necipoğlu; Karen A. Leal (1 Oct 2009). Muqarnas. BRILL. p. 81. ISBN 9789004175891.
  8. ^ Jacob N. Kinnard (26 Jun 2014). Places in Motion: The Fluid Identities of Temples, Images, and Pilgrims. Oxford University Press. p. 165. ISBN 9780199359660.
  9. ^ Juan Eduardo Campo (1 Jan 2009). Encyclopedia of Islam. Infobase Publishing. p. 423. ISBN 9781438126968.
  10. ^ Henry Munson (1 Sep 1989). Islam and Revolution in the Middle East. Yale University Press. p. 23. ISBN 9780300046045.