The fall of a star in Imam Ali’s house: a sway between credibility and incredibility

Document Type : Original Article


University of Mazandaran


In diverse accounts, a celestial body , termed as Kokab, Najm and Setare, descended in Imam Ali’s house. In these accounts, prophet of Islam (pbhm) is quoted as saying a man in whose house this celestial body descended is the rightful successor of me. Some scholars have highlighted some flaws in these accounts and called them distorted. In this study, the researcher took a descriptive-analytical and critical stance towards these accounts and sought to correct the flaws. The researcher finally states that contrary to the views expressed by scholars, one cannot reject these accounts based on some minor flaws. Furthermore, the above-mentioned celestial body in today’s astronomical terminology is called a “meteorite”.