Sir William Muir on Hazrat Ali
(1819 - 1905) Scottish scholar and statesman. Held the post of Foreign Secretary to the Indian government as well asLieutenant Governor of the Northwestern Provinces.
q “Endowed with a clear intellect, warm in affection, and confiding in friendship, he was from the boyhood devoted heart and soul to the Prophet. Simple, quiet, and unambitious, when in after days he obtained the rule of half of the Moslem world, it was rather thrust upon him than sought.”
[The Life of Mahomet, London, 1877, p. 250]