- The Four Companions
The Four Companions, also called the Four Pillars of the Sahaba is a
Shi'aterm that refers to the four SahabaShi'a believe stayed most loyal to Ali ibn Abi Talib after the death of Muhammad:
Salman the Persian
Ammar ibn Yasir
Muhammad's companionswho were closest to Aliwere called Shiat Aliduring Muhammad's lifetime, and it was for these primarily that the following hadith was said:
"Glad tidings O Ali! Verily you and your Shia (followers) will be in Paradise."
These companions are later referred to as
Real Shi'a. Also, Ibn Abbas, Muhammad ibn Abi Bakrand Malik ibn Ashterwere among Ali's Shi'a. However, it is only "The Four Sahaba" that are believed to have attained the rank of Real Shi'a and remained so.
Four Friends, the Sunni Urduterm, not to be confused with this term.
Sulaym ibn Qays
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