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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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Do Shi'ites believe that Hazrat Ali-Akbar, the son of Imam Hussein (a.s.), closely resembeled the Prophet (s)?

It is said that Hazrat Ali Akbar (The oldest son of Imam Hussein (a.s.) was so similar in look and manner to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). I wonder if there is any narration confirming this.
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Are bahaism and babism counted as one of the branches of shiism?

bahai or babi sects formed in an Islamic country (Iran).they follow Bahá’u’lláh and Ali mohammad shirazi or bab as their leader . Are they counted as branches of shiism?
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Are there sects of Islam similar to protestants? [duplicate]

I know there are Sunni and Shia as the two major denominations of Islam and Sufi as the more mystical component. Are there any other sects? such as how Protestant denominations find comfort in the ...
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Is there any hadith from Shia about “the thawab of kissing children?”

The psychologists emphasize on kissing the children. In other word, according to psychologists, kissing the children has positive effects on them. I wonder what the viewpoint of Shia is regarding ...
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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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Why are sunnah prayers considered nawafil for Shiites?

Unless I'm mistaken about the meaning of nawafil in Shiite context, I'm a bit confused about why Sunnah prayers for Sunnis are nawafil for Shiites. From this site: Misconception #4: Shias do not ...
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Can a Shi'ite girl do tayammum over makeup?

According to Shi'ite jurisprudence, can a girl do tayammum over makeup? Sometimes girls fall into this type of situation.. what to do then?
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What are the principle/fundamental differences between Sunni and Shia? [closed]

Although I do believe that the separation into sects of Islam is terrible and contradicts with the Qur'an (6:159, 30:32 and etc...) I'm interested in knowing why there is so much conflict between both ...
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In Shia or Sunni Islam, may Muslims pray for non-Muslims? [duplicate]

A friend of mine, a Shia Muslim, said he does not pray for non-Muslims even when they ask him to. Rather, this person prays only for Muslims as he believes that Allah (swt) will only accept those ...
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Is it allowed to have cyber(on internet) sex with wife?

I know cyber sex with anyone else is utterly prohibited but is it allowed with wife? I am looking in particular for an answer according to Shi'ite jurisprudence.
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Text of the condolence which is given to Muhammad(saww) on the Day of Ashura?

There is this text in religious books which has words of condolence for Muhammad(saww) upon the death of his grandson on the Day of Ashura. It's surely not the Ziyárat of Ta`ziyah (Condolences). It's ...
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The Role of Du'as in religion and Qurb e Elahi?

According to Shia, there are many du'as refering to ahl al=bait narrated in many books as Sahifa Sajjadiah, Mafatih al-Janan, Iqbal and Mesbah.... that are considarable.What is the role and postion of ...
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Hadith authenticity regarding rafidah (Sunni View Only)

Its been seen that following hadith are being quoted in forums, its not possible for me to verify the references, hence I require the source link for the following hadith linked to an actual hadith ...
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Is the self-flagellation bidah? [duplicate]

The Shiites claim that they're sad of the Imam Hussein death. And for that they make self-harm or self-flagellation (Latm اللطم) every Ashura (عاشوراء) in the purpose of showing their sadness and to ...
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Who are those who can make others forget remembrance of God?

This verse says there are some slaves of God who can make other people forget remembrance of Allah: فَاتَّخَذْتُمُوهُمْ سِخْرِ‌يًّا حَتَّى أَنسَوْكُمْ ذِكْرِ‌ي وَكُنتُم مِّنْهُمْ تَضْحَكُونَ ...
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How do Shias perform Salat behind Sunni Imam?

Aoa, In my office there is majority of Sunni brothers and I perform salat behind Sunni Imam, and also during Jumaah prayers in nearby sunni mosque, but I wonder whether I am doing in the correct way? ...
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Are raffles halaal or haraam? (Shia view please)

Recently I saw a Shia mosque holding a fund raising raffle ticket competition where the winner would get a fully paid for umrah trip. What is a raffle? Wikipedia - A raffle is a gambling ...
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Is it permissible to perform EID Salaat on any day other than the 2 EIDs?

In some part of the world, Shia people organize EID Salaat in mosques on the day of EID-Al-Ghadeer. Is it valid to perform ID Salaat on EID-E-Ghadeer day?