This is the real Shia group, which believes in the twelve Imams
after the Holy Prophet. The other factions have nothing in common
with our group; they have only assumed the name Shia.
The Shia Imamiyya group believes in the Ever-Existing Almighty
Allah. He is One, in the sense of the absolute oneness of His
essential existence. He is One, with none comparable to Him. He
is the Creator of everything in existence. There is no match or
equal to Him in any respect. The holy prophets and messengers
were sent to tell the people about Allah, how to worship Him,
and how to know Him. All of the prophets preached and guided the
people according to the tenets set forth by the five major prophets:
Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and last of all, the Holy Prophet
Muhammad, whose religion shall last until the Day of Judgement.
Allah Almighty has fixed recompense for our deeds, to be given
to us in Paradise or Hell. The day fixed for the recompense of
our deeds is called the Day of Judgement. When the world's life
ends, Allah Almighty will re-animate the beings of the world from
the beginning to the end. He will let them gather in the Mashar,
the place of the gathering of the souls. After a just reckoning,
everyone will be given reward or punishment according to his deeds.
These things have been foretold in all divine books: the Torah,
Bible, and the Holy Qur'an. For us, the most authentic source
of guidance is the Holy Qur'an, which has reached us from the
time of the Holy Prophet without any change. We act upon the injunctions
contained in the Holy Qur'an, and we hope to be recompensed by
Allah. We believe in all those obligatory commandments which are
contained in the Holy Qur'an, like Namaz (prayers), Ruza (fasting),
Zakat and Khums (yearly religious taxes), Hajj (Pilgrimage to
the Ka'ba) and Jihad (holy war).
Similarly, we believe in the Articles of Practice of the faith,
including the obligatory and optional practices and all other
injunctions that have reached us through the holy Prophet. We
are determined to abide by them and to perform them to the best
of our capacity. And we refrain from all sins, large or small,
like drinking, gambling, fornication, sodomy, usury, murder, tyranny,
which have been forbidden in the Holy Qur'an and hadith.
We Shias also believe that, just as there is a messenger from
Allah who conveys to us orders and injunctions, and who is elected
and introduced to us by Allah, there is also a successor, caliph
or protector of religion, who is appointed by Allah, and is introduced
to us through the Prophet of Allah. Accordingly, all prophets
of Allah introduced their successors to their umma (followers).
The last of the holy prophets, who was the most perfect and most
exalted of all prophets of Allah, left for his followers guides
to help the people avoid confusion. According to the established
hadith, he introduced to the people his twelve successors, the
first: Ali Bin Abi Talib. The last Imam, the Mahdi, who is present
in the world but is in occultation, will appear at an unknown
time in the future, when he will fill the seething world with
justice and peace.
The Shia Imamiyyas also believe that these twelve Imams have been
ordained by Allah and have been introduced to us through the last
Holy Prophet. The last of the holy Imams has vanished from sight
(by divine command), just as other Imams disappeared, during the
time of previous prophets, as stated in many books written by
This sacred being has been preserved by Allah Almighty so that
he may one day fill the world with justice. In short, the Shia
believe in all that is contained in the Holy Qur'an and in authentic
hadith. I am grateful to Allah that I have adopted these beliefs,
not merely in blind imitation of my parents but through logical
reasoning and study.
Hafiz: Respected sir, I am indeed
obliged to you for having explained the Shia beliefs, but there
are hadith and supplications in your books which run counter to
your statements and establish the heresy of the Shias.
Well-Wisher: Please be specific.