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Abu Dharr al-Ghifari

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    Abu Dharr al-Ghifari

    (d. 652 )

    Companion of the Prophet and subject of modern ideological debate. Shiis emphasize his criticism of the Umayyads and his early liaison with Ali and posit him as an Alid supporter; Sunnis stress his asceticism, piety, and advocacy for the poor. The Egyptian scholar Muhammad Sharqawi called al-Ghifari an ideal Muslim socialist.

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