وَاعَجَبَاهُ! أَتَكُونُ الْخِلاَفَةَ بِالصَّحَابَةِ وَلاَتَكُونُ بِالصَّحَابةِ وَالْقَرَابَةِ؟۔
How strange? Could the caliphate be through the (Prophet's) companionship but not through (his) companionship and (his) kinship?.
— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #190)
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