The claim that `Aly deserved the caliphate

Q 10: One of the beliefs of Al-Zaydiyyah is that the caliphate was for `Aly ibn Abu Talib (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.

A: After the death of the Prophet (peace be upon him), the caliphate was the right of Abu Bakr then `Umar then `Uthman then `Aly (may Allah 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-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream) from the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them), and their followers with good conduct.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.