Claiming that ” `Alee deserved the caliphate, not ‘Aboo Bakr, Umar and Uthmaan after the Prophet’s demise.”

Question 539: One of the beliefs of al-Zaydiyyah is that the caliphate was for `Alee ibn Aboo Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him), but the Companions wronged him and usurped his right to the caliphate, and that the Messenger (peace be upon him) willed the caliphate for him after his death.

Answer: After the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the caliphate was the right of Aboo Bakr then `Umar then `Uthmaan then `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with them all) according to a general consensus of Muslim scholars. Whoever opposes the caliphate of any one of them goes against the beliefs of Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) from the Companions (may Allaah be pleased with them), and their followers with good conduct… read more here.