Hadeeth: “O `Ali! I am superior to you due to my being a Prophet while you are superior to all other people due to seven merits: You are the foremost among them to believe in Allah the most just in fulfilling Allah’s Promise the most obedient to the Commandments of Allah the most equitable the most fair in dealing with the public the most far-sighted in all issues and the one who enjoys the highest status in the sight of Allah.” (Murajiat, letter 48, hadith #40).
This narration is pure fabrication (“Silsila ad-daeefa” #4912; Shawkani “Fawaid al-majmua” #344)
It was narrated by ibn Asakir in “Tareeh madinatul dimashk” (42/58, shamela) and Abu Nuaym in “Hilliyatul awliya” (1/65-66) from Muaz. In the chain Bishr ibn Ibrahim al-Ansare, and he was liar. Uqayli said about him: “Narrated fabrications from al-Awzai”. Ibn Adi said: “In my view he is from those who fabricated stories”. Ibn Hibban said: “Fabricated ahadeth upon truthful” (“Mizanul itidal” 1/311/#1181).
Suyote in “Leal al-masnua” (1/296-297, shamela) quoted hadith with close wording. In the chain group of abbasi caliphs, and their status like narrators is unknown for me. Also in the chain Hassan ibn Ubeydullah al-Abzari (الابزارى). Ibn Jawzi in “al-Mawdoat” (1/344) said he was liar.
Ibn Asakir narrated it via way: Abu Saeed Amr ibn Uthman ibn Rashid as-Sawaq – Abdullah ibn Masood ash-Shame – Yasin ibn Muhammad ibn Ayman from Abu Hazim from ibn Abbas. Yasin ibn Muhammad is abandoned (“Mizanul itidal” 4/358/#9442).
Hadeeth: Ali! You possess seven qualities about which nobody can dispute with you: You are the first to truly believe in Allah the most just in fulfilling Allah’s Promise the most obedient to Allah’s Commandments the most compassionate to the public the most informed of all issues and the highest among them in status.” (Murajiat, letter 48, hadith 40).
This narration is pure fabrication (“Silsila ad-daeefa” #4913).
Abu Nuaym in “Hilliyah” (1/66) narrated it also from Abu Saeed al-Khudri . Ibn Arraq al-Kinani in “Tanziru sharia” (1/352/#32) said: “In it Usamah ibn Muhammad, one from the accused in inventing”. Yahya ibn Maeen said he’s liar. Daraqutni said he’s abandoned (“Mizanul itidal” 3/68/#5631).