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 The authority of the Ahl al-Bayt in Hadith of Thaqalayn
The famous narration of the Prophet, the Hadith of Thaqalayn, is narrated in different versions by all Islamic schools of thought with regards to the Ahl al-Bayt. The Prophet may have mentioned it on different occasions due to its importance and to ensure that many can hear it: O People, I leave among you two precious things: the book of God and my household. As long as you hold on to them, you w...

A glance at the life of Imam Mahdi
It is no wonder that his Imamate began in his childhood, for such matters are not strange especially in the light of divine miracles and the God given power bestowed on all in

Ghadir in The Holy Qur’an
One of the most challenging and controversial subjects is the issue of caliphate and successorship of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (S). The main question in this regard is whether the Holy Prophet himself appointed his successor or he relegated it to Moslem community to select the caliph and choose their Imam (leader) themselves through elections...

Imam Kazim's Debate with Harun about Fadak
ms and remarks in the statements of the infallible Imams which are unusual. Such remarks underline a specific goal and strategy, which is in fact the Imamate strategy. The debate of Imam Kadhim (as) and Harun about Fadak is among such issues...

Imamate (Leadership) in Shi‘i Islam
Imamate (Divinely Appointed Leadership) is a very high position, and it is only Allah who can decide who is qualified for it. And if the Prophet Muham

Is the Qur’ān not Sufficient?
The Qur'ān is the fundamental basis for every kind of Islamic concept. The credibility and prestige of other religious foundations rest on it. But, on the basis of the proofs we shall give, one cannot be content with the Qur'ān alone to solve the problems of leadership, the differences which crop up in Islamic society, or to satisfy the needs of the Muslims people...

Leadership (Imamate) of Imam Ali (as)
In the light of this reality, the Shi‘as proceeded to investigate the original texts and documents of Islam and they came across an enormous quantity of sources which made them conclude that there are clear, sufficient, precise orders from the Prophet of Islam about his successor: the verse of wilāyah, the hadith of Ghadīr, the hadīth of Safinah, the hadīth of Thaqalayn, and many more, all of whic...

The authority of the Ahl al-Bayt in Hadith of Safinah
In a well-known hadith narrated by both Shi‘a and Sunni Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad (s) has likened his household to the ship, or safinah, of Prophet Noah: Be aware that surely the parable of my household among you is like the ship of Noah: Whoever embarked on the ship of Noah was saved, and however refused so was drowned...

The Black Stone Speaks (story)
After the death of Imam Husain (A), our 4th Imam, Imam Zain al-Abideen (A) and all the ladies in Kerbala were taken by the cruel men of Yazid and put into prison in Damascus . After one year, the Imam (A) was allowed to leave Damascus, and he decided to return to his home in Madina. There, the Imam (A) had many relatives and friends, including his uncle, Muhammad al-Hanafiyya...

The completion of Islam on the day of Ghadir
History tells us that the enemies of the Prophet tried in many ways to thwart his divine mission- from accusing him of being mad, to being possessed by a demon, to attempting to kill him in his bed. But God's protective grace ensured that these evil schemes of the idolaters came to naught. The last hope for these enemies was that with the death of the Prophet, the religion he brought would come to...

The divine leadership (Imamate) from the intellectual viewpoint
Before entering into the traditional reports and formally religious aspects of this matter, let us suppose that we have no direct religious proof texts to consult, and ask ourselves what verdict the human intellect would deliver on this question, taking due account of the conditions of those times.

The Extent of Imam's Knowledge
Undoubtedly the reason rules that the Imam should necessarily be the most knowledgeable person in all fields pertaining to religion upon which the guidance of the people rely, lest he go astray and mislead the people...

The Impact of Believing in the Imam on one’s Salvation
Here we will speak of the concept of salvation and success; what it is in this world and the next and the role belief in the Imam plays in bringing about salvation.

The Importance of Imamate (Leadership of Ahlulbayt)
A person who does not know the Imam of his age is likened to a person who died before Islam, or more specifically, the Age of Ignorance (Jahiliyyah). In any case, the saying “Whoever dies while he does not know the imam of his age” indicates the necessity of an Imam and the responsibility Muslims carry to identify, know, and believe in him...

The leadership of the Islamic nation according to the prophet of Islam
A close examination of the life of the Prophet -from the day he was commanded to proclaim the new faith first to his near of kin, then to all mankind- reveals that he repeatedly made clear the distinctive qualities of his successor, thereby indicating that the means by which the leadership of the community was to be established was that of explicit designation (tansis) and not election by the peop...

The purpose of the Imamate (leadership)
As God chose special parsons to reveal his message and gave them special powers and attributes, infallibility and miracles, so also the persons who are entrusted with the task of interpreting the prophet's message and leading the nation should be appointed by God and not elected by people...

The responsibilities of the Imam (successor of the prophet)
establishing the religion. We shall mention below the most important of these responsibilities in order to highlight the rank and significance of the Imamate...

The successorship of Imam Ali in the Hadith of Ghadir
The Prophet halted the great mass of pilgrims returning from his last Hajj performance at a place called Ghadir Khumm, telling his companions that he had received a command from God to deliver a message to them. This divine message pertained to the accomplishment of a momentous obligation, one so great that if he did not carry this out, the Prophet would not have performed his duty...

The Twelve Imams in the Bible
Apart from the many traditions that refer to the twelve Imams There is a verse in the bible which speaks about prophet Ismael (pbuh) and his descendants and more importantly about twelve princes from his descendants but before mentioning this verse a point has to be made that according to historical records prophet Ishaq (pbuh) is the forefather of the Hebrew people (the Jews) while his brother pr...

What does “Shi‘ah” mean?
In Arabic “Shi‘ah” literally means “follower”. And the Muslims use the word “Shi‘ah” to mean the group of people who believe that prior to his demise, the Prophet (S) had designated his successor and the caliph of the Muslims in numerous occasions...