`Ali is loved in the sense that he had the divine link. Our hearts are unconsciously, completely involved with and connected to the Truth, right in their depths, and since they find `Ali to be a great sign of the Truth and a manifestation of the attributes of the Truth, they are in love with him. In reality, the basis of the love for `Ali is the connection of our souls with the Truth, which has been laid in our primordial natures, and since our primordial natures are eternal, love for `Ali is also eternal.
—  Shaheed Murtada Mutahhari ®