The reason for this belief is Imams are thought to be successors of prophet, and as such, they inherit the Prophet's divine knowledge.
This is understood from this verse of the Quran which explains that successors inherit from each other but the inheritance is not property, but knowledge. [27:16] says:
وَوَرِثَ سُلَيْمَانُ دَاوُودَ ۖ وَقَالَ يَا ...
Regarding the guidance, the view towards Imams is similar to the view towards the Prophet. Shia do not believe that Imams can guide independently from God, the guidance is only from God. The views towards Imams being infallible is similar to views towards the Prophet being infallible.
The arguments regarding why they are infallible are more or less similar ...
The hadith of the pond of Khumm (Arabic: حدیث غدیر خم) has multiple versions, and a multitude of interpretations based on these different versions. The Sunni view is that the hadith is not an indication, implicitly or explicitly, of successorship, regardless of its authenticity. The answer below is solely from a Sunni point of view.
Imam is both an Arabic word meaning a general leader and a title given to specific persons by Allah. The same is true also for Rasul, which can be both a prophet of Allah, one of a kind (as Rasul is usually considered different from Nabi), and anyone who has a Resalah. For example in the Surah Yasin there are talks about a number of Rasul's being send to one ...
According to Shia Yes.
Although anyone can make any dua but this verse says clearly in response that Imamat is covenant of Allah and does not include the wrongdoers (wrongdoers include who do sin)
Please note making dua is completely different of its acceptance by Allah.
And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham was tried by his Lord with
Since it's a saying of Umar (mowquf), we cannot take it as Islam because it's not revelation from Allah and there are no other reports reaching to the Prophet.
It's recorded in Sunan ad-Darimiy سنن الدارمي =
َ أَخْبَرَنَا يَزِيدُ بْنُ هَارُونَ، أَخْبَرَنَا بَقِيَّةُ، حَدَّثَنِي
صَفْوَانُ بْنُ رُسْتُمَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ مَيْسَرَةَ، عَنْ
The question is not as bad as stated in some comments.
It is not the same as asking: Why having many prophets when one could have been enough.
Because most prophets were sent to only a people living in one region, not to the whole mankind. Prophet Moses/Musa (a.) and Jesus/Isa (a.) were sent to the bani Israel. The Thamud got prophet Salih (a.) and the 'Ad ...
There are some hadiths explained the sources of Imams knowledge in Basair al Darajat book as follow:
مبلغ علمنا على ثلاثة وجوه: ماض و غابر و حادث. فاما الماض فمفسر و اما
الغابر فمزبور و اما الحادث فقذف فى القلوب و نقر فى الاسماع و هو افضل
علمنا و لا نبى بعد نبينا
our knowlegde sources are three faces: first,what occurred.second,what
As a brief response, in regard to the differences between caliphate and Imamate, I should mention that Imamate is a status from Allah to special men, but Caliphate is a status from assembly to special men.
Largest Shiite speakers have such a definition for Imamah:
Imamah is a public leadership in the world and in religion and life
Allama Helli also brought this:
leader Imamah is a public leadership in religion and life for a
particular person as the representative of the Prophet 2.
Imamah has various aspects such as religious authority, ...
This actually has nothing to do with Shia and Sunni, nor anything with religion. It matters on the context of each word being used.
Caliph means a successor or a heir in Arabic. A Caliphate is something where one succeeds another. It can be in a family, like a son is a caliph of the father, it can be a tribal system or it can be a statehood.
You can be ...
How does Satan misguide people? Many people at once...
Who is there set by Allah to guide people against Satan at once?
Who is there to guide people for every era and age? Shouldn't there be one who does have that power as well?
The messengers (Hujjats) of Allah have always been there to guide people... ALL people in the world... even though if they aren't ...
Quran says many Times.. ATEE-ULLAH-A WA ATEE-URRASOOL (Follow ALLAH and Follow Prophet Muhammad SAAW)
Quran Never said.. follow your aalims.
In Non Shiasm .. Muslims must follow only what Prophet Muhammad(SAAW) has told. if you are listening any Aalim or Imaam listen him carefully. But never apply all blindly upon yourself.
If you have been convinced to become a Shia, then simply see by which faction of Shia are you convinced, the same reason that make you convert from Sunni to Shia will also guide you select the right choice for you, and Allah will not expect from you more than you have been given ability (just be sure to try your best).
وَلَا نُكَلِّفُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا ...
@Abdullah, in addition to the previous answers:
For a second disregard your question.
I have a general question that I hope will be the answer to your question
May I ask you that when you are asking this question, why do you believe that Allah has made changes to his tradition of sending messengers (124000 prophets) or caliphs? Allah does want to guide us .....