Shi'ism and Khilafah
According to my understanding, Shi’ah is an Arabic word for group. No such group apparently existed prior to the institution of the caliphate – khalafah – and it was only instituted to oppose Abu Bakr...
The infallibility of the Imams (A.S)
I am confused. If error-free Imams – M’asumin – know what will occur in the future, why was Imam Reza (A.S) prepared to knowingly drink poison? Would this not be suicide?
The inheritance of Knowledge by the Imams
Besides the book Al-Kafi by al-Kulayni, are there other sources of ahadith in which Imam Jaffar as-Sadiq (A.S) discusses Divine designation – Nass – and knowledge – ilm – inherited by one Imam from an...
The companions of the Prophet (PBUH)
Why do Shi’ah believe that the majority of the Prophet’s companions went astray after he passed away. I sometimes wonder how the mission of the Prophet (PBUH) can be considered a success, if he only m...