Historical factors and Shi’ism

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismQUESTION: Have historical factors influenced the development of Shiaism, or is this sect a set of beliefs derived from the Qur’an and the clear traditions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family)?ANSWER: We need to explain several points in order to shed light on the topic and show that:(a) historical factors and events had no role in the development of Shiaism and the belief in the existence of an Imam who will save humanity(b) all beliefs of the Shi‘a are entirely Islamic and...

Characteristics of the Shia

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismThe main area of discussion of volume 65 of the compilation of traditions entitled Bihar al-Anwar is in regards to elucidating on the characteristics of the Shia (Sifatush Shia). How helpful it would truly be if we would all read this section (of Bihar al-Anwar) and truly comprehend what a massive responsibility we have been given by being referred to with the sacred title of being the Shia of the Ahlul Bait (as).A person cannot simply profess to be a Shia nor can one simply say that he is a...

How the Term "Shia" is Defined in the Quran and Hadith

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismThe word "Shia" means "followers; members of party". As such, the term "Shia" alone has no negative or positive meaning unless we specify the leader of the party. If one is a Shia (follower) of the most righteous servants, then there is nothing wrong with being Shia, specially if the leader of such party has been assigned by Allah. On the other hand, if one becomes the Shia a tyrant or a wrong-doer, he shall meet with the fate of his leader. In fact, Quran indicates that on the day of Judgment...

The Merits of the Shia

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismIn the Name of Allah, the Compassionate the MercifulAll Praise is Due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.All Blessings be upon Mohammed and His Immaculate HouseholdAbu Ja’far Mohammed bin Ali bin al-Hussein bin Musa bin Babawayh (the compiler of this book) says:1. Ali’s rank is as same as the Prophet’sMy father, Allah may please him, related to us from Abdullah bin al-Hussein al-Mueddib from Ahmed bin Ali al-Isfahani from Mohammed bin Aslam at-Tusi from Abu Rajaa from Hemmad bin Zaid from...

The Term "Shia" in Quran and Hadith

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismThe word "Shia" means "followers; members of party". As such, the term "Shia" alone has no negative or positive meaning unless we specify the leader of the party. If one is a Shia (follower) of the most righteous servants, then there is nothing wrong with being Shia, specially if the leader of such party has been assigned by Allah. On the other hand, if one becomes the Shia a tyrant or a wrong-doer, he shall meet with the fate of his leader. In fact, Quran indicates that on the day of Judgment...

The Origins of the Shi'ahs 2

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismShi'ism is not a new religion. It begins with the beginning of Islam. The embodiment of the code of religion, that is, the seal of the Prophets (s.a.w.) planted the tree of Shi'ism together with Islam; with his own hands, he watered it and looked after it. The plant grew up to be a green tree which began blooming in the life-time of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.). But it had not yet born fruit, when the light of prophethood was put out.We are not alone in advancing this claim. Even the eminent...

THERE IS ALWAYS AN IMAM

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismWE BELIEVE that as God has decreed to send His apostles with divine Guidance, so also for any age or time God Has appointed an Imam to look after the people, leading them to the righteous path, and to guard the divine Law against any deviation. An Imam has to know clearly, the necessities of the ages, and lead the people to the true path of God. He invites and teaches the people to obey the prophets and to follow the LAW. If not so, man will fail to obtain the goal for which he is created. I.e...

THE ORIGINS OF THE SHI'AHS

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismThe Cause of the Separation of the Shi ite Minority from the Sunni Majority The friends and followers of 'Ali believed that after the death of the Prophet, the caliphate and religious authority (marja'iyat-i ilmi) belonged to 'Ali. This belief came from their consideration of 'Ali's position and station in relation to the Prophet, his relation to the chosen among the companions, as well as his relation to Muslims in general. It was only the events that occurred during the few days of the...

THE ORIGIN AND GROWTH OF SHI'ISM

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismShi'ism began with a reference made for the first time to the partisans of Ali) shi'ah-i ' Ali (, the first leader of the Household of the Prophet, during the lifetime of the Prophet himself. The course of the first manifestation and the later growth of Islam during the twenty-three years of prophecy brought about many conditions which necessitated the appearance of a group such as the Shi'ites among the companions of the Prophet.The Holy Prophet during the first days of his prophecy, when...

?Origin of Shi'ism: Political or Religious

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200px-No_image_available.svg Concept of ShiismIn the polemical writings of the Sunnis, it is asserted that Sunni Islam is the "Orthodox Islam" whereas Shí'ism is a "heretical sect" that began with the purpose of subverting Islam from within. This idea is sometimes expressed by saying that Shí'ism began as a political movement and later on acquired religious emphasis.This anti-Shí'a attitude is not limited to the writers of the past centuries, even some Sunni writers of the present century have the same views. Names like Abul Hasan 'Ali...