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A Quranic Name for Boys

Short meaning of AliHigh Status, Exalted, Sublime and Superb
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How to pronounce Ali

Up + pLay + swEEt

Each block is a syllable. Thick black border indicates stress/emphasis. Other pronunciations are acceptable.
Arabic Spelling (How to write Ali in Arabic)عليّ
Quranic Nature
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Directly Mentioned
Alternate spellings of AliAlee Aliy Aliyy Eli Aliy Ale Aley
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Meaning of Ali

Ali is a direct Quranic name for boys that means “high”, “exalted”, “superb”, “sublime”. The word Ali is used in many places in the Quran and it forms one of the names of Allah when it is prefixed with an al, as in al-Ali. It is a common name among Muslims out of love for Ali bin Abi Talib, cousin of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah upon him and his family and companions.

[And they will be told:] “This [has befallen you] because, whenever the One God was invoked, you denied this truth; whereas, when divinity was ascribed to aught beside Him, you believed [in it]! But all judgment rests with God, the Exalted, the Great!” (Quran 40:12)

We raised him to a high position. (Quran 19:57)

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Reader Comments:

  1. on Friday 3rd of June 2016 03:25:06 PM

    I have no idea how to write and pronounce it. Which more right Ali or Aliy?

  2. on Thursday 27th of January 2022 09:03:24 AM

    Ali is very good name. Specially with a second part which you may want to add it. Hasanali or Ghasemali or Abulhasanali or Hosseinali or Adelali.

  3. on Tuesday 26th of April 2022 04:30:10 PM

    There is also a Hebrew name “Eli” which has the same meaning as Ali. In modern times people pronounce Eli as it “ee – lie” with the stress on the “ee”

    However, in Hebrew I believe it is pronounced “eh-lee” with the stress on the “lee” – it sounds very similar to Ali. It is also spelt with the Hebrew letter “ayin” which is the equivalent of the ain in Arabic – so it seems likely that Ali is taken from Eli, similar to how prophets names are also taken from Hebrew.

    You can see a video of the pronunciation here:

    Regarding spelling – I have no idea why it’s spelt Ali in English. I would spell it something like “Alee” or “Aaliyy” – but I guess you can spell it however you want since it’s not an English name there’s no “correct” way…

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