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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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How does the Shi'ite view of Infallibility of the Prophets and the Imams reconcile with the examples in Qur'an?

As I understand, the subject of infallibility of the Prophets (peace be upon all of them) is dealt differently in Sunni and Shi'ite theology. I believe it is necessary to present my understanding of ...
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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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What is the difference between a Prophet and an Imam according to Shi'ite theology?

So, with my elementary readings in Shi’ite theology, specifically the Ithnā‘ashariyyah or the Twelver Shi'a branch, I couldn't differentiate between a Prophet and a Shi'ite Imam. The Prophets are ...
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Do Shi'ites believe in other holy books/revelations after Qur'an?

I was told that there are three other holy books apart from Qur'an that Shi'ites believe in. Al-Jafr - This book claims to have the original injil, Torah and Zabur and more secret knowledge. Al-...
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What does Islam say about flagellating?

I came across to this video. Imam and people around him are flogging themselves. Why? What does this mean in Islam? any hadith or Quran to back this up? PS: I am not being funny or insulting anyone....
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Did Imam Ali (R.A.) reach the skies before the Prophet did, according to the Shi'a?

I have heard from a Shi'a friend that when the Prophet ascended to the skies to meet Allah at the night of Esraa and Miraj, Imam Ali (R.A.) was already there and was presented to the Prophet by God. ...
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Is tatbir (striking oneself by sword) unanimously declared haram by Shi'ite scholars?

In this question, I asked justification for tatbir (Striking oneself with sword) and Matam (Self-flagellation) in Shi'ite sect. The answer I received is that tatbir and any kind of harming to body is ...
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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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Was Hazrat Ali (RA) born inside the kabba with the walls cracked?

I heard that Imam Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) was born inside the Ka'bah, that is the walls cracked and he was delivered inside the kaabah. My question is what is the validity of this story ...
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What is the Shia justification for khums?

I would like to know about the justifications for khums as understood by Shi'a scholars. Their definition doesn't seem to appear in Quran, so I am wondering where it comes from. In particular, do we ...
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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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What are the origins of Shia and Sunni division?

Can anyone tell me about the origins of Shia and Sunni division? Why were two different groups of Muslims created? Allah didn't send us to live divided. No verse of Quran or Hadith suggest that as ...
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Why does Shi'a Islam differ so much regarding Abu Bakr, Omar and Othman, compared to Sunni teachings?

It is well-known that Sunnis treat the closest companions of the Prophet (i.e., Abu Bakr, Omar Ibn Alkhattab and Othman Ibn Affan (Radiya Allahu Anhum رضي الله عنهم اجمعين)) with the greatest of ...
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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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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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What are the sources of Legislation in Shia Islam?

TLDR: What sources of legislation are valid in Shia Islam? Given that Shia Islam varies greatly (asharis vs. rafidees). I will explain by an analogy in Sunni Islam what I'm looking for. In Sunni ...
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What is the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite Mosque?

I am considering converting to Islam at a mosque in my area. I have never been to a mosque before, so this will be my first time. I'm not sure what type of mosque this mosque is I am not sure wether ...