Questions tagged [imamah]

In Islam, imamah literally means "leadership". In Shia Islam, it particularly refers to the doctrine that certain individuals are appointed by Allah to lead and guide a community of faith. Prophet Ibrahim, Prophet Muhammad and twelve individuals from Muhammad's family and lineage are considered Imams.

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What is the status of Hussain bin Ali, When Ali bin Abu Talib was Imam?

If Hussain is Imam, and Ali is also imam what is the status of Hussain when Ali is imam? Searching Google isnt helping in anyway. I'm asking this because , one of the members commented that muhsin ...
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Do Nizari Ismaili Shias believe in the infallibility of all the Imams?

From Wikipedia: The Nizari Ismailis have always maintained that the Imamah (also known as 'Imamat') can only be inherited from the current Imam to a direct descendant in a father-to-son (or ...
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Is the hadith of the pond of Khumm authentic? If so, what is the sunni view on it?

In this hadith of the pond of Khumm, it shows that Ali is shown to be said that he is the master of whom the Prophet was the master of: O people, Allah the Most Kind the Omniscient has told me that ...
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True successor of Imam Jafar Sadiq a.s [closed]

There are couple of differences prevailing in Shia ithna ashari and Shia dawoodi bohra sects. The most important one is regarding imamat after imam Jafar Sadiq a.s. Ithna ashari sect believes that ...
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In Shiism, what is the source of Imams' supreme knowledge?

Shiites believe that their [Twelve Imams] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Imams), the rightful successors of the prophet, have complete knowledge of everything. The question is: what are the ...
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What is the authenticity of this statement by Umar, “There is no Islam except with jama’ah”

I found the following saying of Umar RA , is this authentic and is it applicable even today? : “There is no Islam except with jama’ah, and no jama’ah except with imarah (leadership), and no ...
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What's the point of having twelve Imams when one could be enough?

What's the reason behind having twelve Shia Imams when just one could be enough? Allah could have kept Ali (as) alive for as long as He wanted like He has Muhammad al-Mahdi (as) and had him serve ...
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What's main objective, duty and purpose of an Imam?

What's the main purposes, objectives and duties of a Shia Imam? Do those purposes, objectives and duties get over when he passes away? And is it possible that he not be able to complete all his ...
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What is the difference between “Caliphate” and” Imamate”?

As far as I know, Sunni believe in Caliphate, and Shia believe in Imamate. My question is that: What is the difference between Imamate and Caliphate?
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Sunni viewpoint about “vasi” or “hojjat” in each era?

According to Shiism, in every era there must be one person to guide people and to help them obtain spiritual growth and fulfill their responsibilities towards their society. This person is not a ...
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How can Shi'a Muslims know which Imam to follow?

All factions of Shi'a Muslims, despite their myriad differences, agree on the fundamental concept of Imamah: That the authority of leading the Islamic state is divinely-granted, and that not following ...
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Is “imam” greater status than prophet?

As salaam aalaikum, Many Shias say that being an "imam" is greater than being a prophet. They normally quote the following verse where Ibrahim (pbuh) prays to be an "imam" after he became a prophet. ...
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Why do the Shi'as believe that their Imams can provide divine guidance?

We all know for sure that Prophet Muhammad Sallahu alayhi wassalam was the last Prophet and the seal of the Messengers and he received the final revelation or the "Divine Message". I and most Sunnis ...