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Introduction to Islam and Shi‘a





Virtues of the Prophet between glorifying and example setting
It would be wrong to look on to the rank of the Prophet through his ideal virtues seeking merely to glorify him in pursuit of his intercession-as it is known among the common people- thus forgetting the purpose for which the Prophet was sent, which is the purification of mankind from the blemishes of infidelity, the inward and the outward. This is not accomplished except by assuming the prophet as an example, not in the sense of attaining the same rank of perfection as the prophet, but by acting like him as far as possible.

Abu Talib Muslim or Kaffar?
When examining any piece of literature, a particular method of examination is to be followed in order to obtain a valid and appropriate interpretation of the literature. For instance, when studying the works of Shakespeare, a particular science of investigation is to be applied in order to appreciate the work of Shakespeare. You must understand the context, scenario and the Shakespearean language, otherwise a reader may take a metaphor such as ‘lion of the sea’ to be literal and fail to derive appropriate meaning.

Hazrat Zahra’s Birth and Features
When Hazrat Fatima"s (S.A.) birth was to take place, the Prophet (P.B.U.H.) told Khatija (S.A.) "Jabriel has given me the good news that this child which is going to be born is a daughter and all the infallible Imams will be from her generation.

What does Shia doctrine say about the awaited Mahdi?
 Since the above question is too vague and general, we decided to have a brief introduction of Imam’s (AJ) lifestyle, assertions from the unseen (akhbar ghaibi) and signs of his reappearance.



His name is the same as the prophet of Islam’s, and has many titles such as Qa’im (the standing one), Muntadhar (the awaited one), Sahib al-Amr (The one entrusted with the divine command). His great father was Imam Hassan Al-Askari (A.S.) and his mother was Narjis. His greatness was born in 255 AH, in the city of Samarra.

Did the Imams have knowledge of the unseen?
According to Quranic teachings, complete knowledge of the unseen only belongs to Allah, and it is Him that knows everything about this world. Some of Allah’s special servants are informed of secrets and knowledge and other impalpable things, they see the unseen and hear what cannot be heard through Allah’s teaching and training and based on the spiritual capability and capacity that they express from themselves. This is a gift that Allah grants to the chosen ones, like the prophets and His apostles.  This is why we find that the prophets would speak of revelation (which is an issue related to the unseen) or other issues related to the unseen and foretold the events of the future and these events would take place in exactly the form they had explained. Moreover, knowing that after the prophet, the imams are responsible of guiding man in all physical and spiritual fields, it is necessary for them to know about many issues related to the unseen. Therefore, on certain occasions where it is necessary for them to know about the unseen and they ask for it, Allah grants them the required knowledge.

What is the difference between an imam and a prophet?
 There are differences between the imams and the Holy Prophet that are mentioned in the ahadith, but in order to keep this article short, we will only mention a summary of these differences. For more information, one can refer to different exegetical and theological sources in this regard.

Ahl al-Bayt's (A.S.) Way of Worship
 Imam Ali (A.S.): O Allah! I worshipped you neither out of greed for the Paradise nor as a result of fearing your Hell Fire, but I found you praise worthy and worshipped you.



Imam a-Sadiq (A.S.): Servants consist of three groups: One group worship Allah out of fear which is the worship of the slaves; the next are seeking reward, which is the worship of the hirelings, and finally the group who worship Allah out of love and affection towards Him which is the worship of the nobles, and this is the best of worships.