We know Shias accept Hassan and hussain among twelve imams.

Why don't shia accept Muhsin , the third male offspring of Ali and Fatima as an imam among the twelve imams? Even though they admit that he was a male.

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Because he died as an infant or was still-born

There are 2 ideas about when Muhsin died:

From Wikipedia:

In Shi'a belief, he was the unborn child of Fatimah miscarried after she was crushed behind a door during the events of Umar at Fatimah's house, when Umar and Abu Bakr attacked Fatima and Ali's house in order to force Ali into submission.

Sunnis, however disagree and insist that Muhsin ibn Ali died in his infancy of natural causes.

And Allah knows best.

  • What is the criteria for imam in shia? Muhsin meets the criteria of progeny of Ali and Fatima. May 18, 2017 at 4:51
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    Shia Imams are chosen by Allah swt.
    – Noor
    May 18, 2017 at 18:44
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    What was hussain when Ali was alive and imam May 20, 2017 at 10:25
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    Didn't you see what I said in my answer, Shias believe that he was stillborn so how could he be imam? May 20, 2017 at 22:15

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