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Shiites hold that after the Prophet Muhammad died, religious and temporal authority in Islam should have passed to his son-in-law, Ali, and then to Ali's sons with Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet-- Hasan and then Husayn. Husayn was martyred in 680 and succeeded by his son, Ali Zayn al-Din. His successor was his eldest son, Muhammad Baqir. The latter was succeeded by Ja`far al-Sadiq, who was the founder of the Twelver Shiite legal tradition. He had two sons, Isma`il and Musa al-Kazim. Initially Isma`il was set to succeed him, but for some reason (the early sources differ on why), he set Isma`il aside in favor of his younger brother, Musa al-Kazim. There was a major schism in Shiite Islam over this succession issue, with some believers insisting on sticking with Isma`il and his descendants, becoming the Ismailis. The Twelver Shiites, who predominate in Iraq and Iran, followed Musa al-Kazim, and they even now maintain that Isma`il died at a young age and so was never appointed Imam in the first place. Musa Kazim is said to have been imprisoned for 4 years by the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid, and Shiite folk tradition maintains that the caliph did in the imam. The Abbasid caliphs were rivals for power with the Shiite Imams.



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The head of Israel Defence Forces said on Tuesday that Hezbollah's military commander in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed by members of his own Lebanese Shiite group in 2016. Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, speaking to a security conference, said ...
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Shia militias stepped in to fight ISIS when Iraq's army collapsed, but the involvement of some groups accused of sectarian violence has alienated much of the ...
In a bizarre move, Tehsil Municipal Administration Bannu Sunday advertised jobs for sweepers, saying Shias, Hindus/Balmikis, and Christians will be eligible.
London - The Sunni-Shiite civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shiites have won - thanks largely to American military help in Iraq's case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria.
TEMPO.CO, Surabaya - The Indonesian religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin believes that wisdom is necessary to settle the problem of hundreds of Shiites of Sampang, Madura, who are still living in refugee camps in Sidoarjo, East Java.
The Sunni-Shiite civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shiites have won - thanks largely to American military help in Iraq's case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria.
The uniformed Iraqis at the checkpoints are members of Iranian-backed Shiite militias that now control the entrance to this Sunni Arab city.
The Sunni-Shia civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shias have won - thanks largely to American military help in Iraq's case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria.
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Sunni-ruled Bahrain has been rocked by unrest since March 2011, when authorities - backed by Saudi forces - put down a month of protests led by the gulf state's marginalised Shia-majority demanding democratic reforms, including a constitutional ...
Both Sufi and Shia clergy from the city had protested against pro-ISIS beliefs. The officials claim that the terrorists had done a recce of the daily routines of all three Muslim leaders and were following their routes to carry out an attack.
The Sunni-Shia civil wars in Iraq and Syria are both nearing their end, and in both cases the Shias have won -- thanks largely to American military help in Iraq's case, and to a Russian military intervention in Syria.
Kabul Afghanistan. (AP) -- Afghan officials say Islamic State militants killed three Shiite elders as they were returning home from a graduation ceremony at a local religious school.
A Bahraini court on Tuesday delayed a ruling in the trial of the spiritual leader of the country's Shia Muslim majority on charges of collecting funds illegally and money laundering, local media reported.
Dozens were killed and many more wounded when the bombers struck Shiite pilgrims visiting holy sites in the Syrian capital.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi teenager was shot dead during a security raid in the predominantly Shiite village of al-Awamiya, the government and activists said Sunday.
Baghdad: The remains of hundreds of mainly Shiite inmates killed by Islamic State militants when they overran a prison in northern Iraq more than two years ago have been unearthed by forces retaking the area.
A double bomb attack targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Damascus killed at least 40 Iraqis and wounded 120 more who were going to pray at a nearby shrine, the Iraqi foreign ministry said.
US actor Shia LaBeouf(L) during his He Will Not Divide Us livestream outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, in the Queens borough of New York January 24, 2017 as a protest against President Donald Trump.
A double bomb attack targeting Shia Muslim pilgrims in Damascus killed at least 40 Iraqis and wounded 120 more who were going to pray at a nearby shrine, the Iraqi foreign ministry said.
His rival, Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, vigorously opposes Maliki's bid to return to power. Al-Sadr is also calling for political reforms to stem corruption and end the control of big parties over the country's political system.
Ahmed al-Saadi, he spokesperson of Iraq's Shia-majority Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), on Wednesday ruled out a future war between the Kurds and the PMU.
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The Times of Israel reported that on January 8, according to unconfirmed reports, Israel carried out a range of airstrikes on a Shiite Hezbollah cell in the Golan Heights. Six Hezbollah militants and a brigadier from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ...
According to sources, the attack that took place on the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast was just an experiment. The actual target were the Shia shrines. The shrines were supposed to be the target of the militants in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The Bhopal ...
... the Sunday morning breakfast rush, Morrow and Stapleton said they took to Google. The hairdo, the tattoo - It all matched. "Eventually, I think he realized people noticed it was him," Morrow said.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and affiliated armed wings in Shingal receive a salary from Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi forces to complete the Shia Crescent and open a corridor from Iraq to Syria, said the ...
The Nigerian government has formally declared the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, a security threat and compared it to the Boko Haram whose ...
Baghdad - On Feb. 28, hundreds of pro-Sadrist university students in Kut attacked Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's procession with stones and water bottles.
"The city has been so supportive in all of the work we've done through Shia," said Diane Randell, manager of Community and Social Development.
In the majestic city of Lucknow once governed by the Shia ruler Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, journalist Kulsum Mustafa draws my attention to the following: "Sunni Muslims are a majority but they lack education.
A midnight raid purportedly carried by armed security operatives allegedly believed to be soldiers at the residence of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria popular known as Shiite in Katsina Sheikh Yakubu Yahaya has left three persons in critical ...
In the majestic city of Lucknow once governed by the Shia ruler Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, journalist Kulsum Mustafa draws my attention to the following: "Sunni ...
A military commander in the Iraqi Shia paramilitary organisation, the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), has been killed in clashes with Daesh in the area of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
"I am the daughter of Hussein and he was a Shia. I am proud of this," she adds, referring to the Prophet Mohammed's grandson and the third Shia Imam. It is unclear who filmed the footage of the recovering reporter. Earlier this month, Mouaki was ...
The Nigerian government has challenged the ruling of the Abuja High Court calling for the immediate release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The suicide attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh is unlikely to dampen the spirit of Dhamaal, the ecstatic dance performed in the shrine`s ...
Though no stranger to performance art, LaBeouf may have outdone himself with his latest project.
While controversial cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Sadrist movement, continues to support the demonstrations that significantly sparked these Shiite differences, Shiite clerics based in Qom have issued fatwas condemning the protests and ...
Iraqi Shia militias on Saturday recaptured four villages from the Islamic State (IS) terror group and killed 35 of its members in western Mosul.
Senior clerics in Bahrain have once again expressed their unwavering support for distinguished Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, and condemned the ruling Al Khalifah regime's violent crackdown on protesters.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Iranian Kurdish groups based in the Kurdistan Region have rejected a recent proposal from Iraqi Shiite members of parliament calling on armed factions opposed to the Islamic Republic to leave the Iraqi territory. A ...
Shias believe that the Prophet's son-in-law, Ali should have been the first inheritor of the Prophet's worldly and spiritual responsibilities, the caliphate.
Shias believe that the Prophet's son-in-law, Ali should have been the first inheritor of the Prophet's worldly and spiritual responsibilities, the caliphate.


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