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Besides the Holy Prophet (saw) nominating Imam Ali (as) as his successor on the 18th day of Zul Hijjah, were there any other Prophets (as) who also nominated their successors on this same blessed day?
The day of Al-Ghadeer (18th Thil-Hajjah) was the day on which Allah Has saved Prophet Ibraheem from the fire,
and the day if the victory of Prophet Musa on the magicians of Firaon ,
Land the day of the appointment of Yosha' ibn Noon as the successor of Prophet Musa,
and thecday if the appointment of Sham'oon as successor of Prophet Easa,
and the day if the appointment of Aasif ibn Barkhia as the successor of Prophet Sulaiman.
I am Sunni but I believe Imam Ali (AS) was the rightful successor to the Prophet (SAW). I am thinking of going to a Shia mosque for the first time for Jumu'ah. Are Sunnis allowed to pray at Shia mosques?
Thank you for your question. Shias do not have any restrictions for other denominations of Muslims to enter a mosque. Rather, a mosque should be a safe space for all Muslims. Perhaps there may be local cultural sensitivities which you will have to assess on a case by case basis.
May you always be successful
When the Prophet (s) had already appointed Ali (a) as his successor, why did the Ansar gather at Saqifa to appoint the caliph? And why did no one discuss about Ghadir Khumm in Saqifa and instead most of them accepted Abu Bakr as caliph?
Imagine a gang of thieves that was planning to rob a bank in the dead of night as they were aware that it had recently received delivery of some gold bullion.
Another gang, smaller and less powerful, finds out about their plans and seeks to pre-empt them by reaching the bank earlier in order to raid it first.
Whoever steals the gold first will keep it, right?
When the first gang finds out, they rush to the bank to find their rivals about to make their plunder.
They attempt to stop them. The second gang, seeing that they are going to lose to this stronger gang, offer to divide the goods 50-50.
The first gang does not agree to the deal and wants everything for itself.
There is a gunshot and one of their rival gang members is killed.
The powerful gang triumphs and walks away with their loot.
Here is the question: would you expect, in that moment, for either of the gangs to be discussing who the gold bullion actually and rightfully belonged to?
I leave you with the narrative on what transpired at Saqifa Bani Sa'ida from Sahih al-Bukhari in the words of one of the participants, ‘Umar b. al-Khattab, who famously explained how Abu Bakr came to power when he feared that people were planning to give allegiance to ‘Ali after him:
Source - Sahih al-Bukhari - Sayings and Teachings of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم)
Did Abu Bakr really lead the congregation prayer before the Prophet (pbuh) passed away? If yes, isn’t that evidence that he was the true successor?
This book goes into the detail of what the other respected scholars have indicated in their responses.