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Ablution (Wudu) according to the Shi'i school of thought
There are some differences between Shi'a and Sunni school of thought with regard to ablution, but what is the opinion of the Qur'an and Sunnah about this matter?...

Do the Shi‘ah believe in the tahrif (distortion) of the Qur’an?
Renowned Shi‘ah scholars are of the opinion that the Holy Qur’an is free from any kind of tahrif {distortion}, and the version of the Qur’an which is in our hands today is the same as the heavenly book which was revealed to the Holy Prophet (S) and it has been subject to no deletion or addition. In order to clarify this point, let us consider pieces of evidence that follow:...

During ziyarah, why do the Shi‘ah kiss the tombs of the shrines of awliya’ and seek blessings {tabarruk} whereby?
Not only the Holy Prophet (S) and his Companions did this act but also past prophets (‘a) used to do it. Below are the proofs provided by the Qur’an and Sunnah concerning the legitimacy of seeking blessings through the remnants (and symbols) of the awliya’.

If the Shi‘ah are right, then why are they in the minority?
Recognition of truth from falsehood is not determined by the fewness or plentitude of followers. Today the Muslims compared to the non-Muslims in the world constitute one-fifth or one-sixth. Idol-worshippers, cow-worshippers and all those who do not believe in the supernatural, constitute the bulk of people in the Near East...

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 Muhammad (S) announced to the people that the Twelve Imams are the leaders, or that the Ahlul Bayt are the people that we must refer to, or in that Imam Ali is his successor, it was only because he was asked by Allah to do so...

The Shi'i Contribution to Islamic Civilization
The civilization of lslam owes its success to the ceaseless efforts of the Muslim umma. Many different peoples all over the world were fused into one community by the power of faith and belief, and exerted every effort in the cause of the lofty ideals of Islam. As a result, a glorious civilization was established, one to which human society will forever be indebted...

The Shi'i Contribution to Islamic Civilization
The civilization of lslam owes its success to the ceaseless efforts of the Muslim umma. Many different peoples all over the world were fused into one community by the power of faith and belief, and exerted every effort in the cause of the lofty ideals of Islam. As a result, a glorious civilization was established, one to which human society will forever be indebted...

The Shi'ite collections of Hadith
The hadiths of the Prophet, and his Sunna generally, are considered, together with the Qur'an, as primary sources of the system of Muslim belief and jurisprudence. After the passing away of the Prophet, a group of Muslims, under the pressure of the powers of the government of the time, neglected to write down the prophetic hadiths; but fortunately, the followers of the Imams of the ahl al-bayt vig...

The tax of one-fifth (Khums)
All the Fuqaha' of Islam are of the belief that spoils obtained in war should be divided amongst the warriors, but a fifth of all spoils is to be given for certain other purposes, but the fuqaha' of Shi'ism differ from those of other schools in the fact that...

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...

What is the aim of Taqiyyah (Dissimulation)?
Islam has explicitly permitted that when a person's life, wealth or honour is in danger and manifestation of the Truth yields no significant benefit, he should refrain from manifesting it, and continue to fulfill his responsibilities secretly and in a concealed manner. this idea is well established in the Qur'an and the traditions of the Ahlulbayt...

what should we prostrate on, in prayers?
The Shi'a are of the belief that, in the Salat prayer, one must make the prostration on the earth, or on whatever that is from the earth, so long as the material on the ground not be made out of a substance that can be worn or eaten; prostration on anything else, when one has the choice, is not considered correct...

What's the reason behind the naming of the Lady Fatima (as)?
From a grammatical perspective, the name Fatimah comes from the root word Fatima which means to separate a child from its mother’s milk; therefore, this term is used for all kinds of separation and disengagement...

What's the reason behind the naming of the Lady Fatima (as)?
A name is typically given as a characteristic that defines the one that it is bestowed upon. From various traditions, it appears that the lady Fatimah (as) was given this name for God has saved her and her friends from the fire of hell.

Who are the Twelve Imams?
During his lifetime, the Holy Prophet (S) declared that after him there shall be twelve caliphs all of whom will be from Quraysh, and through whom Islam shall be exalted. but who are these twelve caliphs?

Who is the Mahdi of Muhammad’s Progeny and why are Shi'a waiting for his advent?
Among the issues on which the heavenly religions have consensus of opinion is the 'Global Reformer' who shall appear at the end of time. Not only the Muslims but also the Jews and Christians are waiting for the advent of this man who will spread justice in the world. A survey of the Old and New Testaments will make this fact clear...

Why do Shi'a Muslims combine their prayers?
The Shi'a believe that in the period between noon and sunset, both the ;zuhr and the 'asr prayers can be prayed together, the first four units of prayer pertaining to zuhr and the second set of four to 'asr. Therefore, one is allowed to pray these two sets of prayers any time within the prescribed period, without necessarily having to pray each separately, at the preferred time; however, it is bet...

Why do Shi'a Muslims combine their prayers?
The Shi'a believe that in the period between noon and sunset, both the ;zuhr and the 'asr prayers can be prayed together, the first four units of prayer pertaining to zuhr and the second set of four to 'asr. Therefore, one is allowed to pray these two sets of prayers any time within the prescribed period, without necessarily having to pray each separately, at the preferred time; however, it is bet...

Why do Shi'a Muslims regard their Imams as “infallible” {ma‘sum}?
There are numerous proofs which confirm the infallibility {ismah} of the Imams who are all members of the Prophet's Household {Ahl al-Bayt}. We shall mention only one of them in this article:

Why do the Shi‘ah believe that Imamate is a matter of appointment {tansisi}?
It is clear that the sacred religion of Islam is a universal and eternal creed and while alive, the Holy Prophet (S) had the responsibility of leading the people, and after his departure, this responsibility had to be delegated to the most appropriate individual of the ummah...