Researcher of Political Science & Classical Islam. Initiated by the Khwajagan i-Naqshband.
Originally constructed by Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid (d. 809), the golden dome above the tomb (later constructed) is decorated with 7777 solid gold bricks. The two minarets are decorated 3000 solid gold bricks in honor of the venerable King of Men, Shah i-Mardan ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (alaihi salam). After the Prophet Muhammad’s (sallallahu alaihi wa aalhi wa sallam) sacred mosque in Medina, this site is the most decorated and visited tomb of a human being on earth.
Above: The exalted Tomb of Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (karramAllahu wajhul karim). The Tomb of Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib is also the site for the graves of the Prophets Adam, and Nuh (peace be upon them) according to Islamic sources and is the common belief of the people of Iraq, according to both schools.
According to “Hacegan Hanedani”, by H. L. Shushud, Istanbul 1958, originally published in “Systematics”Volume 6, No. 4 March 1969 by J. G. Bennett, Sultan al-Arifin Bayazid al-Bistami (804-874, 77/78 CE) was initiated by Imam ‘Ali ibn Musa ibn Ja’far ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Ali ibn Husayn ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, known asal-Rida (765-818). “The Darvishes: Or Oriental Spiritualism” By John Pair Brown, states on p. 141, that Bayazid al-Bistami lived until the year 874/877/878, placing him as an authorized deputy of Imam ‘Ali ibn Musa al-Rida during the life times of the succeeding Imams from the biological progeny of the Prophet Muhammad, namely Imam Muhammad al-Taqi (d.835 CE), Imam ‘Ali al-Hadi (d.868 CE), Imam Hasan al-Askari (846–874 CE), and Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi (869-), whose birth was documented by Khwaja Muhammad Parsa in Fasl al-Khitab [Arabic]: Fadhail Khulafa wa Ahlul Bayt, on p. 592.