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Asad Allāh (Arabic: اَسَدُالله) means "the Lion of God", when used about a human implies his courage. This title was used for Hamza b. 'Abd al-Muttalib and Imam Ali (a).


Hamza, the uncle of the Prophet (s) was called Asad Allah and Layth Allah[Note 1] because of his courage in battles.

According to a hadith mentioned in historical and hadith sources, it is written on the pillar of 'Arsh (throne) that Hamza is 'Asad Allah wa Asad Rasul Allah' (the Lion of God and the Lion of the Messenger of God (s)).

In a war cry in the battle of Badr, Hamza called himself Asad Allah and Asad Rasul Allah. In a ziyarah text attributed to him, he is saluted using this title.

Imam Ali (a)

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The Prophet (s) also titled Imam Ali (a) as Asad Allah and Asad al-Rasul. In some sources, Imam Ali (a) is mentioned as Asad Allah al-Ghalib (the Lion of God, the Victorious).

Shi'a consider Asad Allah al-Ghalib a title of Imam Ali (a). Some Shi'a orators and preachers mention Imam Ali (a) as Asad Allah al-Ghalib in a prelude to their speeches.


  1. Layth is literally equivalent to "Asad" in Arabic, meaning "lion".


  • The material for this article is mainly taken from اسدالله in Farsi WikiShia.