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  ShaikhSiddiqui Shia
Shias revere Ali as the First Imam, and his descendants, beginning with his sons Hasan and Husayn, continue the line of the Imams until the twelfth, who is believed to have ascended into a supernatural state to return to earth on Judgment Day.
Shia attempts to challenge the Umayyad leaders resulted in the death of Ali’s son and the third Shia Imam, Husayn, at the Battle of Karbala in 680.
Shias believe that during the occultation of the Twelfth Imam, he is spiritually present--some believe that he is materially present as well--and he is besought to reappear in various invocations and prayers.
www.shaikhsiddiqui.com /shia.html   (3811 words)

 Iran - Shia Islam
Although Shias have lived in Iran since the earliest days of Islam, and there was one Shia dynasty in part of Iran during the tenth and eleventh centuries, it is believed that most Iranians were Sunnis until the seventeenth century.
Shias revere Ali as the First Imam, and his descendants, beginning with his sons Hasan and Husayn (also seen as Hosein), continue the line of the Imams until the Twelfth, who is believed to have ascended into a supernatural state to return to earth on judgment day.
Shias believe that during the greater occultation of the Twelfth Imam he is spiritually present--some believe that he is materially present as well-- and he is besought to reappear in various invocations and prayers.
countrystudies.us /iran/55.htm   (3531 words)

 The Origins of the Sunni/Shia split in Islam
Shias feel that Ali should have been the first caliph and that the caliphate should pass down only to direct descendants of Mohammed (pbuh) via Ali and Fatima, They often refer to themselves as ahl al bayt or "people of the house" [of the prophet].
Shia theology is distinguished by its glorification of Ali.
Shias also form a majority of the population in Yemen and Azerbaijan, Bahrain and 60% of the population of Iraq.
www.islamfortoday.com /shia.htm   (2301 words)

 Shi'a Islam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Shi'a Muslims adhere to what they consider to be the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the religious guidance of his family whom they refer to as the Ahlul Bayt.
Shi'a Islam was seen by some as a political-religious sect that recognizes the leadership of Ali and his descendants.
Shi'a Islam holds that the Imamate is one of the fundamentals of Islam (A part of the Usul-Ad-din) and that one should follow the Imams of Ahlul Bayt, in order to correctly follow the Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Shia   (3088 words)

 Persian Gulf States - Shia Islam
Shia revere Ali as the First Imam, and his descendants, beginning with his sons Hasan and Husayn, continue the line of the Imams until the twelfth.
Shia believe that during the occultation of the Twelfth Imam, he is spiritually present--some believe that he is materially present as well--and he is besought to reappear in various invocations and prayers.
A significant practice of Shia Islam is that of visiting the shrines of Imams in Iraq and in Iran.
countrystudies.us /persian-gulf-states/8.htm   (1415 words)

 Shiites, Shia, Shi'a
A key event in the history of the Shia and for all Muslims was the tragic death at Karbala of Husayn, the son of Ali, and Muhammad's daughter Fatima.
The Shia Muslims believe that Muhammad designated all 12 successors by name and that they inherited a special knowledge of the true meaning of the scripture that was passed from father to son, beginning with the Prophet himself.
During the early centuries of Islam, the Shiites, politically defeated and persecuted, became an underground movement and adopted the principles of taqwa (which in this case means "dissimulation of faith") and of an esoteric interpretation of the Qur'an (Koran).
mb-soft.com /believe/txo/shiites.htm   (3834 words)

 Who Are the Shia?
The Shia are called Shia from the term Shi'at Ali (the faction of Ali, the cousin of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed).* They broke from the Sunni essentially from the time of the first Caliph, Abu Bakr.
Similarities could be found in the relations between the Shia mullahs and ayatollahs in Iraq and the Ottoman (Sunni) Empire, most certainly in their relations with British when they ruled directly, and with the British-installed Hashemite (Sunni) monarchy that began with King Faisal, son of the Sharif of Mecca (a Sunni).
The Shia are looking for justice (a big part of Shia political philosophy and as a result of their long term persecution), and political and economic power.
hnn.us /articles/1455.html   (4030 words)

 Islam distorted | thebulletin.org
"Shias are kafir (infidels)," he said, and he went on to tell how, during one of the Muharram sermons, a Shia speaker had said some nasty things about some of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad.
The spillover effect of the Shia revolution worried many ruling regimes in the Arab world as well as in Pakistan, where the military junta of Gen. Ziaul Haq was trying to achieve legitimacy by resorting to Islamic slogans of another kind.
The Taliban massacred Shias in Mazar-i-Sharif in August 1998, in retaliation for the mass killing of Taliban troops during an early unsuccessful attempt to capture that key town.
www.thebulletin.org /article.php?art_ofn=ja99mushtaq   (3150 words)

 Shia Islam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Shias (the adjective in Arabic is shi‘i; English has traditionally used Shiite) make up the second largest sect of believers in Islam, constituting about 10%—15% of all Muslims.
Shia Muslims believe that Ali, the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad, was the first of the twelve imams appointed by God to succeed Muhammad as leader of the Muslim community.
The variants of Shia Islam differ regarding the rights of succession after the death of Muhammad, but they agree that the imams were usurped from their rightful position.
www.muslimmatrimonial.com /Shia_Islam-53   (723 words)

 Shia Islam - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Islam : The Spread of Islam : Shia Islam
The followers of Ali were known as the Shia (partisans) of Ali.
Alevis practice a distinct form of Shia Islam, the second main denomination of...
encarta.msn.com /Shia_Islam.html   (112 words)

 Shia Islam (May 24)
But, in addition to these tenets, the distinctive institution of Shia Islam is the Imamate - a much more exalted position than the Sunni imam, who is primarily a prayer leader.
Shias believe that during the occultation of the Twelfth Imam, he is spiritually present - some believe that he is materially present as well - and he is besought to reappear in various invocations and prayers.
Taqiyah, condemned by the Sunnis as cowardly and irreligious, is the hiding or disavowal of one's religion or its practices to escape the danger of death from those opposed to the faith.
members.tripod.com /a.gubi/id6.html   (1445 words)

 Shia Islam Religion and Spirituality Society
The defining given names of Sunni and Shia Islam are, respectively, Ali and Omar; the latter, at least, is largely avoided by Shia communities, as it refers to...
As a country dominated by Shia Islam, Iran is reported to have had little interest in predominantly Sunni Somalia.
Study of Shia Islam and the growth of the Shia in Singapore
www.iaswww.com /ODP/Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Islam/Shia   (1281 words)

 Shia Islam 4 Justice
Not true Shia islam has an emphasis on justice,fighting oppression and oppressors Terrorism is just the opposite.
Shias consider Ali only as an Imam, but Muhammad (p) is the Prophet (nabi), Messenger (rasul) and leader (imam).
Shia islam has an emphasis on helping the oppressed, and fighting for justice for all.
www.shiaislam4peace.friendpages.com   (915 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | Egypt: Sunni but Shia inclined   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Concrete testimony to the enduring influence of Shia Islam on Egyptian society is to be found in the "saints'" tombs dating from the Fatimid era.
The famous Al-Azhar grand sheikh declared that the sectarian differences between Sunni and Shia Islam were secondary and that both were fully in keeping with the essence of the creed and Islamic law.
Indeed, it has been suggested that the US is currently working to place the Shia in power in Iraq in order to counteract the effects of Britain's championing of the Iraqi Sunnis when, during the monarchical period, the British Foreign Office installed the descendants of the Sherif Hussein on the throne in Baghdad.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2006/796/op5.htm   (1197 words)

 Islamset - Spread of Islam: The Rightly Guided Caliphs, Shia Islam, Sunni Islam, Sufism and the Abbasid Dynasty
Sunni Islam was defined during the early Abbasid period (beginning in AD 750), and it included the followers of four legal schools (the Malikis, Hanafis, Shafi'is, and Hanbalis).
In contrast to the Shias, the Sunnis believed that leadership was in the hands of the Muslim community at large.
Eventually the rival Shia Fatimid caliphate was established in Egypt, and the Baghdad caliphate came under the control of expanding provincial dynasties.
www.islamset.com /encyclo/spread_of_islam.html   (1400 words)

 Amazon.com: The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future: Books: Vali Nasr   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
His account begins with a cogent, engrossing introduction to the history and theology of Shia Islam, encapsulating the intellectual and political trends that have shaped the faith and its relations with the dominant Sunni strain.
Nasr argues that the Shia Crescent—stretching from Lebanon and Syria through the Gulf to Iraq and Iran, finally terminating in Pakistan and India—is gathering strength in the aftermath of Saddam's fall, cementing linkages that transcend political and linguistic borders and could lead to a new map of the Middle East.
Vali Nasr's THE SHIA REVIVAL is an excellent treatise for the uninitiated to the Muslim culture and Islam.
www.amazon.com /Shia-Revival-Conflicts-within-Future/dp/0393062112   (2611 words)

 Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association of Edmonton
Shia Association of Bay Area - The objective of this organization is simply to provide a focal point to all Muslims who would like to practice their religion according to Fiqh-e-Jafria.
Shia Ithna Asheri Madressa - A repository of religious information, teaching aids and material for anyone wanting to set up a Madressa or for any individual wanting to learn more about Islam.
Shia Muslims in Singapore and Kansas City - Majalis from Kansas City and events from Singapore.
www.jammat.org /links.asp   (2359 words)

 Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto - Resident Aalim
This is the foundation stone of Islam and is reflected in the famous sentence that says that, “I bear witness that there is no god but Allâh”.
Shī‘ī school of thought believes that Islam is a complete way of life, and therefore it is inconceivable that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would have ignored the issue of leadership after his death.
Then three years after the advent of Islam, the Prophet was ordered to commence the open declaration of his message.
www.jaffari.org /resources/alim.asp?id=16   (2318 words)

 About The Ismaili Imamat and Origins of Shiism
A major world religion, Islam today counts a quarter of the globe's population among its adherents, bound to their faith by the affirmation of the witness that there is no divinity except God, and Muhammad is His messenger.
The Shia or "party" of Ali, already in existence during the lifetime of the Prophet, maintained that while the revelation ceased at the Prophet's death, the need for spiritual and moral guidance of the community, through an ongoing interpretation of the Islamic message, continued.
The Shia, therefore, attest that after the Prophet, the authority for the guidance of the community was vested in Ali.
www.akdn.org /imamat/imamat.html   (2435 words)

 Comparison Chart of Sunni and Shia Islam - ReligionFacts
islam / charts / comparison of sunni and shia
Sunni Islam is the largest denomination, although in some countries it is a minority.
Sufi Islam is not exactly a sect, but the mystical expression of Islam.
www.religionfacts.com /islam/comparison_charts/islamic_sects.htm   (373 words)

 Never Yet Melted » Shia Islam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
In Islam, as in Judaism and Christianity, there are certain beliefs concerning the cosmic struggle at the end of time–Gog and Magog, anti-Christ, Armageddon, and for Shiite Muslims, the long awaited return of the Hidden Imam, ending in the final victory of the forces of good over evil, however these may be defined.
Ahmadinejad and his followers clearly believe that this time is now, and that the terminal struggle has already begun and is indeed well advanced.
The Telegraph story suggests that the Iranian regime’s quest to build nuclear weapons, and inclination to confront the West, are products of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mystical belief in the return of the Twelfth Imam at the End of Days.
neveryetmelted.com /?cat=252   (1006 words)

 Afghanistan - Sunni and Shia Islam   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The historical divide of Islam into Sunni, or so-called orthodox Islam, and Shia, was caused more by political dispute over successors than doctrinal differences, although differences gradually assumed theological and metaphysical overtones.
Despite the split, within centuries Islam reached far into Africa, eastward to the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia, as well as northward into Central Asia.
The Shia: Ithna Ashariya or Imami, the state religion in Iran, dominant in Iraq and also found in Afghanistan; Nizari Ismaili, present throughout the Muslim world, including Afghanistan, led by the Aga Khan; Zaidiya, in Yemen; Mutazila, in Syria and Lebanon.
countrystudies.us /afghanistan/61.htm   (168 words)

 Review of Shia Islam: From Religion to Revolution
Part one tells the ancient story of the twelve imams, two explains some of the Shi'i religious customs, and three recounts the history since the last imam was occulted in a.d.
As befits a survey, Shia Islam does not hold any surprises, though it does contain insights about recent history.
These attitudes cannot be explained on the basis of traditional Islam in general nor Shi'i tradition in particular." He shows how Khomeini and his adepts grafted a Western-style ideology to their old learning and concludes that he "revolutionized not only the Iranian state but traditional Shi'ism as well."
www.danielpipes.org /article/738   (316 words)

 Al-Islam.org by the Ahlul Bayt DILP - Home
The Ahlul Bayt DILP team strongly condemns the on-going massacre of Lebanese civilians as well as the indiscriminate destruction of Lebanese infrastructure perpetrated by the Israeli forces.
Discover Islam by browsing through material selected from our Library that is particularly appropriate for those who are new to Islam.
A simple guide for those who wish to journey through material available in the Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library in order to find out more about Islam as taught by the Prophet and his family.
www.al-islam.org   (231 words)

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