Questions tagged [shiism]

The Shia (Arabic: شيعة‎, Shīʿah) represent the second largest denomination of Islam and adherents of Shia Islam are called Shias or the Shi'a as a collective or Shi'i individually. Shia Muslims believe in Imamat as one of the five pillars of Islam and this belief makes them different from other Muslims. Imamat means only Allah has the right to select the political leader and Caliph for Muslims.

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Why is the martyrdom of the daughter of the Prophet, Fatima al-Zahra, commemorated at three different times?

In the Shia school of thought, the martyrdom of the daughter of the Prophet is commemorated at three different times; the last one today, on 3rd of Jumada al-Thani. Why is it that there are three ...
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What is the significance of 22 jumada-al-thani?

At my place (India) Shias celebrate this day by arranging dastarkhwan (various special dishes) and call it dastarkhawn of Imam Hasan(A.S) I want to know why it is celebrated?
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Is it permissible for Sunni Muslims to pray behind Shi'a Muslims?

The other day I prayed behind a Shi'a Muslim without realizing and I noticed a little later that he was Shi'a. The prayer I followed didn't seem like the usual prayer I normally follow behind Sunni ...
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How would a Twelver Shia prove Imam Mahdi's long life to an Atheist?

I have a friend that although born in a Muslim family, will not accept Islamic resources for proof and only accepts reasoning, so how would I prove scientifically Imam Mahdi's long life to him as a ...
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Does a woman have to pray with hijab, when she is alone, according to Shia jurisprudence?

I understand that according to the sunni scholars, a woman has to pray with hijab, even if she is alone. I have heard that this is the case according to the shia scholars too, but I've never seen any ...
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Which mainstream Shia scholars say it's permissible for a woman to travel alone?

From Mohammad Sakib Arifin's answer to Why are women not allowed to go out alone even in today's society?: Shia view: According to mainstream Shia scholars, it is permissible for a woman to ...
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What is Ayatollah Khamenei's ruling regarding men wearing short trousers in front of women (in streets or parties)?

Occasionally I see some boys or men who wear shorts (short trousers) in the streets or other public places. (Or even in the parties). On the other hand, According to Resalah-al-Amaliah (www.bahjat.ir) ...
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In Shiite school of thought, how is the conflict between free will and determinism resolved?

There are different verses some of which seem to clearly suggest determinism : و ما تشاءون الا ان یشاء الله رب العالمین and you do not wish unless it is wished by Allah, the lord of the ...
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What exactly do shia scholars mean with 'aql (intellect)? Explain with examples!

Even if the meaning is to some extent clear from "How Aql is different from Qiyas?" but a clear example or two to make clear how this source of fiqh is applied would be very helpful to understand it ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between Shia and Bohra People?

I saw most of the Shia and Bohra people's activities are the same. But, I heard they had some difference between them. What is the basic difference between these two people?
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How do Shias perform the taslim (final salam) in prayer?

When visiting Iran, I noticed that people performed taslim differently than I'm used to. Basically, what I'm used to is: Look right and say assalamu alaikum wa rahmat Allah. Look left and say ...
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How is the Shia prostration of thanksgiving performed?

One thing I noticed when praying in Iran is that many people perform an extra sujud (prostration) directly after the (Shia-style) taslim. It didn't seem obligatory as not everyone did it, but it ...
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Were there non-Imam Prophets as per Shia Islam?

From Al Islam, we have: The Shi’a believe that the rank of Imamat (the position of a divinely-appointed leader) is higher than that of prophethood and messengership. ... Prophet Muhammad (S) ...
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In Iran, before the second ruku in prayer, what is said during the standing dua?

I experienced this repeatedly here in Iran, so I suspect this is a Shia thing. In prayer, during the second rakat just before ruku, we make dua while standing. I'm wondering what people are saying ...
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What is the ruling on shaking-hands with a non-Muslim non-mahram? [duplicate]

As far as I can remember, it is haram for men to shake hands with women who are Muslim. But I'd like to know if it is haram for Muslim men to shake hands with non-Muslim women as well?
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Where will Imam Mahdi appear from? (Shia view)

It is considered as the belief of Shia school of jurisprudence that Imam Mahdi as the last Imam of Shia and likewise as savior of the world (by the intention of Allah) will appear at the time that the ...
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Burial of an infalliable

It is said that only an infallible can bury another infallible, like Ali(as) did Prophet Mohammad(saww)(Death and Burial ) and Fatima(as)(Death). What's the source of this law? And why is it so?
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How much blood money needs to be paid (and by who) if a person is killed by a stone falling from a building's surface covered by stone?

We are living in a 5 floor building near a main street in city. The building's surface is covered by stone (Travertine) and is in dominant position on the sidewalk. The question is: How much does ...
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Who is Part of Ahlul Bayt? (For Shi'as)

"Ahl" is a accusative masculine noun. In Arabic, it covers several meanings. It begins with Husband and wife. And if they have children, they become part of the "Ahl." "Bayt" is genitive masculine ...
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Who has the authority to assign successor (caliph)? God? The Prophet? People? (Shia view)

The society of Muslims needs to be guided by caliph after Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Hence, after the death of holy prophet (PBUH), a caliph was assigned to guide and rule the Muslims. According to my ...
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Do Shi'a Muslims practice circumcision in adherance to the Covenant of Abraham?

Biblically, circumcision is a sign of the Abrahamic Covenant between God and Abraham, and was incumbent on him and each of his (male) descendents lest they be "cut off from his people." Insofar as ...
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How can a new Muslim fit in when praying in a mosque in Iran?

Inshallah, I will go to Iran again in May. I intend to pray in the mosques there and I would like to fit in better with my (presumably mostly Shia) sisters when doing so. Question: How can a new ...
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Do Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei have influence outside of Iran?

There are two Iranian Grand Ayatollahs, Khomeini (former) and Khamenei (current), a title which Wikipedia describes as: ...a label provided to the highest level Shia authority... See also: Are ...
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What is Shia Islam's take on the deficiency in women's intelligence?

Ayatollah Khamenei's website has a video Women are stronger than men dated 2013. It's quite touching, and you can see the women in the audience are visibly moved. In this video, what he says is ...
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Why did Hossein Ibn Ali not accept Yazid ibn Muawiya's as a caliph?

Why did the grandson of the Prophet, Hossein Ibn Ali, not accept Yazid ibn Muawiya as a caliph?
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How did the split of Shiites and Sunnis go from political to theological? [duplicate]

Based on what I heard, and from what I read (none from Shiite sources), the Sunnis and Shiites split because they differed on views about who will rule the Muslims. How did it escalate from just ...
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What is Sunni’s view about the conflict between suggestions (imarat) and practical principles?

In case of conflict between suggestions (imarat) and practical principles, Shia largely believe in precedence of the imarat. So my question is: “What's the view by other schools (Sunni scholars)?" ...
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According to Shi'ism, does divorce require witnesses?

In Sunni Islam, I am often told that divorce can be performed without witnesses, which doesn't really make sense to me since everything in Islam requires witness (even when an adulterer commit ...
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Which Imam of Shia has more hadiths?

As it is clear, there are many narrations from Shia Imams. (As well as the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). I couldn’t exactly figure out which Imam has the most hadiths? Or in other word, most ...
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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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Who is Seyyed (سید)? (Shia view)

As probably majority or even all of you are aware, (except the prefix name of Seyyed or Sayyid which means mister), there are many people (Muslims) who are named as Seyyed or Sayyid at the initial ...
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Is Muhammad (PBUH) Infallible according to Shia Islam?

Infallible - Incapable of making mistakes or being wrong My question is, How Is Muhammad PBUH infallible according to Shia Islam because His best friends were Abu Bakr (RA) and Umar (RA), many Shia ...
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Why do Shi'as allow mut'ah marriage?

According to Sunnis, mut'ah (temporary marriage) was allowed before but later the Prophet salallahu alayhi wassalam abolished it. It is based on the following hadiths (traditions): In the Two ...
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Where is Imam Mahdi now? (Shia's viewpoint)

I was wondering where Imam Zaman (Mahdi) is living now? Actually I want to know more information about his precise location. (Shia view) Note: Imam Mahdi (a.j.) is the last (12th) Imam of Shia who .....
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What is the status of the divorce if it were given through court stamp paper according to Shia Islamic law?

My marriage broke up in 2007 after my wife was caught cheating. She was taken away at her own request by her family and I have not seen, heard, talked or have had any other contact with her or her ...
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Are Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei authorities in Shia Islam?

Alhamdolellah I've converted to Islam, and Shia Islam because of Imam Hussain (pbuh). To be honest, one of the big reasons that I converted to Shia Islam was Iran's Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah ...
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Is it acceptable to do Wudu in the bathroom? (Shia view)

Toilet space (room) is considered as a dirty place and ordinarily this is a place for nejasah (impurities) (and its space can be polluted due to urine/feces...), on the other hand, making Wudu is ...
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When is Laylatul-Qadr? (Shia view)

I am aware that there could be few days as foreseen days to be Laylatul-Qadr or the night of decree (such as 19, 21, 23, and 27 of Ramadan), but I wonder which day is right? (According to Shia's ...
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Is sufism primarily associated with Shia or Sunni Islam?

Are sufi schools equally divided amongst the two major branches of Islam - Shia & Sunni, or are they primarily associated with Shia Islam?
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Seeking authentic tafseer for Qur'an 5:12 to better understand the Shia Imamat?

Can anyone provide me several authentic tafseer for the Quranic verse 5:12? And Allah had already taken a covenant from the Children of Israel, and We delegated from among them twelve leaders. And ...
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What is the correct definition for “Shia”?

السلام عليكم Is Google given definition correct? one of the two main branches of Islam, followed especially in Iran, that rejects the first three Sunni caliphs and regards Ali, the fourth ...
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How did the Shiite Hadith sources originate? What are the authentic sources of Hadith? (Shia view)

Shiites have their distinct sources of hadith. My questions are: How did they develop and by whom? What is their authenticity?
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How many hadiths are in کتب الاربعه ? (Main Shia Books)

On the whole, کتب الاربعه or Kotob-al-Arba’ah (four books) are deemed as the name of four Shiite books which is remarked as the most authentic book(s) of Shia. (Even these can be investigated as an ...
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How does the Shia school of belief justify Matam (Self-flagellation) and Tatbir (Striking oneself with sword)?

Allah says in Qur'an: And do not kill yourselves. Verily Allaah is All-Merciful to you. [Surah An-Nisaa: 29] And He says: And do not throw yourselves into destruction with your own hands. [...
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What does “the first, then the second, the third and the fourth” mean in Ziyarat Ashura?

It is stated in Ziyarat Ashura: O my Allah, let the curse I call down on the head of the first tyrant stick like a leech; and stay put for ever on the first, then the second, the third and the ...
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How to know if Mosque is Shia or Sunni?

I was researching to find some mosques in an area/state and came across one that provides Nikah services. When reading their document in terms of a Marriage contract, it had the word Shi'a in it and ...
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According to Shi'ites, what type of government is suggested by Islam?

Nowadays we have three prevalent forms of government in Islamic Ummah: Kingdom Democracy Shia's Wilayatul Faqeeh My questions is, what type of government is suggested by Islam? Is there an outline ...
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According to Shi'a Islam, did Fatimah (daughter of Prophet Muhammad) die naturally, or was she killed?

Someone asked me why Fatimah passed away in just 90 days or less after her father passed away: How did she die... my friend said she died naturally but I said she died due to an accident behind ...
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Why does Shia say اشهد ان علیا ولی الله in Adhan (call to prayer)?

Did this practice exist during Prophet's time? Or does this count as an example of unlawful innovation in Islam?