Ali ibn Abi Talib was a cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, who ruled as the fourth caliph from 656 to 661, but is regarded as the rightful immediate successor to Muhammad as an Imam by Shia Muslims. Ali was born inside the sacred sanctuary of the Kaaba in Mecca, the holiest place in Islam, to Abu Talib and Fatimah bint Asad, he was the first male. Ali protected Muhammad from an early age and took part in all the battles fought by the nascent Muslim community. After migrating to Medina, he married Muhammad's daughter Fatimah, he was appointed caliph by Muhammad's companions in 656, after Caliph Uthman ibn Affan was assassinated. Ali's reign saw civil wars and in 661, he was attacked and assassinated by a Kharijite while praying in the Great Mosque of Kufa. Ali is important to both Shias and Sunnis and spiritually; the numerous biographical sources about Ali are biased according to sectarian lines, but they agree that he was a pious Muslim, devoted to the cause of Islam and a just ruler in accordance with the Qur'an and the Sunnah.

While Sunnis consider Ali the fourth Rashidun Caliph, Shia Muslims regard Ali as the first Caliph and Imam after Muhammad. Shia Muslims believe that Ali and the other Shia Imams, all of whom are from the House of Muhammad's, known as the Ahl al-Bayt, are the rightful successors to Muhammad. Ali's father, Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib, was the custodian of the Ka'bah and a sheikh of Banu Hashim, an important branch of the powerful Quraysh tribe, he was an uncle of Muhammad, had raised Muhammad after Abd al-Muttalib, Abu Talib's father and Muhammad's grandfather, died. Ali's mother, Fatima bint Asad belonged to Banu Hashim, making Ali a descendant of Isma'īl the son of Ibrahim. Many sources Shia ones, attest that Ali was born inside the Ka'bah in the city of Mecca, where he stayed with his mother for three days, his mother felt the beginning of her labour pain while visiting the Kaaba and entered it where her son was born. Some Shia sources contain miraculous descriptions of the entrance of Ali's mother into the Kaaba.

Ali's birth in the Kaaba is regarded as a unique event proving his "high spiritual station" among Shia, while Sunni scholars consider it a great, if not unique, distinction. According to a tradition, Muhammad was the first person whom Ali saw as he took the newborn in his hands. Muhammad named him Ali, meaning "the exalted one". Muhammad had a close relationship with Ali's parents; when Muhammad was orphaned and lost his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib, Ali's father took him into his house. Ali was born three years after Muhammad married Khadijah bint Khuwaylid; when Ali was five years old, Muhammad took Ali into his home to raise him. Some historians say that this was because there was a famine in Mecca at the time and that Ali's father had a large family to support. While it is not disputed that Muhammad raised Ali, it was not due to any financial stress that Ali's father was going through. Many Shia Muslims celebrate Imam Ali's birth anniversary as Father's Day in Iran; the Gregorian date for this changes every year: Ali had been living with Muhammad and his wife Khadija since he was five years old.

When Ali was nine, Muhammad announced himself as the Prophet of Islam, Ali became the first male to accept Islam in Muhammad's presence, the second person after Khadija. According to Sayed Ali Asgher Razwy in A Restatement of the History of Islam & Muslims, "Ali and Qur'an'grew up' together as'twins' in the house of Muhammad Mustafa and Khadija-tul-Kubra."The second period of Ali's life began in 610 when he declared Islam at the age of 9, ended with the Hijra of Muhammad to Medina in 622. When Muhammad reported that he had received a divine revelation, Ali only about nine years old, believed him and professed to Islam. Ali became the first male to embrace Islam. Shia doctrine asserts that in keeping with Ali's divine mission, he accepted Islam before he took part in any old Meccan traditional religious rites, regarded by Muslims as polytheistic or paganistic. Hence the Shia say of Ali that his face is honoured, as it was never sullied by prostrations before idols; the Sunnis use the honorific Karam Allahu Wajhahu, which means "God's Favour upon his Face."

The reason his acceptance is not called a conversion is because he was never an idol worshipper like the people of Mecca. He was known to have broken idols in the mould of Abraham and asked people why they worshipped something they made themselves. Ali's grandfather, along with some members of the Bani Hashim clan, were Hanifs, or followers of a monotheistic belief system prior to the emergence of Islam in Mecca. Muhammad invited people to Islam in secret for three years. In the fourth year of his preaching, when Muhammad was commanded to invite his close relatives to come to Islam, he gathered the Banu Hashim clan in a ceremony. At the banquet, he was about to invite them to Islam when Abu Lahab interrupted him, after which everyone left the banquet; the Prophet ordered Ali to invite the 40 people again. The second time, Muhammad invited them to join, he said to them: I offer thanks to Allah for His mercies. I praise Allah, I seek His guidance. I believe in Him and I put my trust in Him. I bear witness.

Tai Chi Chasers

Tai Chi Chasers is a South Korean/Japanese action-adventure cartoon series produced by JM Animation and Toei Animation. It aired on KBS 1TV on April 29, 2007 to January 20, 2008. On September 17, 2011, the 4Kids English Dub version of Tai Chi Chasers debuted in the United States. In Summer 2012, the final 13 episodes of the English Dub were cancelled. On August 14, 2012, Tai Chi Chasers was removed from the homepage of the 4Kids TV website. From the 4Kids website: "After a strange and devastating attack on his home, a young boy named Rai is shocked to discover he is a secret descendent of the Tigeroids: an ancient race of peaceful beings locked in a struggle with the ruthless and cunning Dragonoids. In a parallel universe called Suhn, the Tigeroids and Dragonoids are battling furiously to recover 500 lost Tai Chi characters. Whoever retrieves these precious and potent symbols will possess the ultimate power to rule their realm... and destroy their enemies. As Rai hones his innate Tai Chi skills to fight the Dragonoids, he must find the lost Tai Chi and battle to become one of the champion Tai Chi Chasers!"

Being a Korean production, Tai Chi Chasers utilizes Korean hanja to represent the various Tai Chi powers. In the 4Kids version, the symbols are referred to by their Korean pronunciations, as well as their English translations; the series is produced by KBS in association with Toei TV. The series was licensed and picked up by 4Kids Entertainment, aired on Toonzai from September 17, 2011 to June 2, 2012, it is stated to have a total of 39 episodes divided with 13 episodes each. However, the third season of Tai Chi Chasers was cancelled in mid-2012, it was never dubbed into English, most due to the bankruptcy of 4Kids Productions, a pending deal by the company to sell its assets in June 2012.4Kids' adaptation has been dubbed to Hebrew and aired on Arutz HaYeladim in Israel, under the name "Tai Chi Champions". 7 years after 4Kids ceased the production, a fan that likes Tai Chi Chasers since 2014 released an Cantonese Dubbed/English Subbed version of Episode 27. The fan goes by the name of SuperMarioZaki released it from DailyMotion.

Episode 27 was released by surprise in late 2019. The user wanted to know what they were saying in English, he tried many things to bring it back, he got tired and decided to resurrect the show with subtitles in the English subbed. Rai:Korean: 라이 Voiced by Sohn Jeong Ah / Bella Hudson Sena:Korean: 세나 Voiced by Lee Hyeon Seon / Suzy Myers Finn:Korean: 핀 Voiced by Oh Kirugyon / Tom Wayland Donha:Korean: 돈하 Voiced by Sa Sonun / Marc Thompson Tori:Korean: 또리 Voiced by Kim Seo Young / Veronica Taylor Hak:Korean: 하크 Voiced by Eun Young Seon / David Wills Elder KomorkaKorean: 코모루카 Voiced by Kayzie Rogers Masked Warrior Voiced by????? HannahKorean: 한나 Voiced by????? General AidanKorean: 아단 Voiced by Marc Thompson AstyKorean: 아스티 Voiced by????? ClodaKorean: 크로더 Voiced by????? StrawKorean: 스트라 Voiced by????? General ZushenKorean: 즈센 Voiced by Mike Pollock Elder SidKorean: 시드 Voiced by Marc Thompson Elder PyronKorean: 파이론 Voiced by????? LukaKorean: 루카 Voiced by Wayne Grayson JaharaKorean: 자하라 Voiced by Bella Hudson GarniaKorean: 가르니아 Voiced by Marc Thompson AveKorean: 아브 Voiced by Wayne Grayson General ViciousKorean: 비샤스 Voiced by Darren Dunstan DuranKorean: 드란 Voiced by?????

General MischkaKorean: 미슈카 Voiced by????? JakataKorean: 쟈카타 Voiced by Gary Mack LitaKorean: 리타 Voiced by????? YanimaKorean: 야니마 Voiced by Jason Griffith TerraKorean: 테라 Voiced by Amy Palant DagKorean: 다그 Voiced by????? Lord Gherba Voiced by????? Emperor DigaKorean: 디가 Voiced by????? Phoebe Korean: 비비Master Loren/Sensei Korean: 로로아General Bob Korean: 바르그General Jarrell Korean: 자레스Dragonoid Elders KyoVoiced by????? YuriVoiced by????? Orphanage Kids Spirit Prince and Princess Spirit King Tai Chi Chasers at Anime News Network's encyclopedia Tai Chi Chasers Episodes 1 - 39 Tai Chi Chasers English Dub: Episodes 1-26 Tai Chi Chasers English Sub: Episodes 27-39 Tai Chi Chasers Season 3 Episodes - Needs to run Adobe Flash Player to work Tai Chi Chasers Episodes - Needs Adobe Flash Player enabled to run


Cazorla is a city located in the province of Jaén, Spain. According to the 2006 census, the city had a population of 8,173 inhabitants. Cazorla lies at an elevation of 836 metres on the western slope of the Sierra de Cazorla, it is the entry point and base for visits to the Natural Park of Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park, a vast protected area of magnificent river gorges and forests. Spain's second longest river, the Guadalquivir, has its source in the mountains to the south of the settlement. Distances to nearby cities are: Jaén, 121 km.. See Mapa de Carreteras de Jaén The town is constructed around three main squares, the Plaza de la Constitución, the Plaza de la Corredera, the Plaza Santa Maria; this last square is connected to the other two by narrow, twisting streets. It takes its name from the old cathedral which, damaged by floods in the seventeenth century, was burnt by French troops, it is now in ruin. Above the square sits an austere, reconstructed Moorish castle tower called La Yedra.

Still higher up on the rocky escarpment lie the ruins of still yet another ruined fortress. A recommended excursion is to the nearby village of La Iruela, which has a ruined Moorish fortress perched on a daunting rock peak. A number of battles were fought here during the Reconquista until Don Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada, archbishop of Toledo, reconquered it in 1231 and made it the seat of his archbishopric, its primitive structure is intact. The principal defenses consist of a crumbling principal tower and two separate enclosures, with some of its battlements still intact, connected by a long curtain wall; these walls protected the monastery, whose remains are still visible nearby. See Castles. Under the Romans the town had the name of Carcacena. Not only were there significant Iberian and Roman settlements here, but this was the see of one of the first bishoprics of early Christian Spain. Under the Moors it was a strategic stronghold and one of dozens of fortresses and watchtowers guarding the mountains.

Taken after a bitter struggle in 1235, during the Reconquista, the town acted as an outpost for Christian troops. Today Cazorla is dependent on tourism and hosts events such as the Cazorla Blues Festival each July. There is production of high-quality olive oil from the one third of municipal land planted in olive trees. Sierra de Cazorla is the Denomination of Origen for this olive oil. See Sierra de Cazorla; the town celebrates its annual fair in mid-September. For such a small town there are a surprising number of three and four star hotels and countless rural guest houses. Winter nights can be cold due to the elevation but snow is infrequent. Summers are cooler than the low-lying plains to the west and the town fills with tourists during the summer months. La Sénia, Spain Cazorla Sefaradim of Monastir Photos of Cazorla Web Portal of Sierras de Cazorla The Forum Monuments of Spain Natural Park Sierras de Cazorla and Las Villas