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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 Shia Hazaras have been targeted frequently in the past in the province by outlawed militant groups with suicide bombings being carried out in Hazara town in Quetta. Pakistan's National Commission for Human Rights last month released a report which said 509 Hazaras were killed and 627 injured ...
PETALING JAYA: Selangor Islamic authorities stopped the practice of including several lines labelling Shia Islam as deviant during Friday sermons in mosques as of two months ago. A quick check of official sermons in the last few weeks reveals that a line in which Muslims are told to remain as followers ...

The Chief Directorate for the Enforcement of Punishments refused to say what stage Shia Muslim prisoner of conscience Jahongir Kulijanov's request for pardon has reached. Among 20 Shias detained in Bukhara in February 2017 and tortured, fined in August 2017, Kulijanov was jailed for five years in ...
A Muslim cleric has been expelled from his seminary in Lebanon after a video of his piano playing, posted online, drew criticism from conservatives who felt it was undignified behavior for a man of the cloth, he said. Shiite Muslim Sayed Hussein al-Husseini, 38, a keen pianist and amateur poet, posted the ...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Yemen's Shiite rebels fired a barrage of ballistic missiles targeting Saudi Arabia late Sunday on the third anniversary of a kingdom-led war in Yemen, with fragments of one missile over Riyadh killing one person and wounding two. The casualties were the first in Saudi ...
The Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiite, has raised the alarm over the deteriorating health condition of its leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky. The group also said the federal government would be held responsible should if anything happens to him. Zakzaky and his wife were ...

Two suicide attackers struck a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding eight others, officials said. The men stormed the grounds of the mosque in the western city of Herat, but security guards shot dead one of them and the other blew himself up before reaching the ...
The attack comes just days after an ISIL suicide bomber killed 26 people in the capital Kabul and injured dozens more on the road to a Shiite shrine, as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year on Wednesday. Both the Taliban and ISIL have increasingly targeted the war-weary city in recent months as US ...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Sunday, killing one person and wounding seven others in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the toll may rise from Sunday's ...
The leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels has lashed out at the United States, accusing it of fomenting the war in his country through a Saudi-led coalition. In an interview with the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar on Friday, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi's also claimed that US ally Israel is participating in attacks in Yemen.
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Mumbai: Irked by a social media user who asked him if Shia and Sunni were different religions, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar on Thursday said all kinds of ... He made the comment as part of a chain of tweets after the social media user asked Akhtar: “Is Shia and Sunni different religions Javed Akhtar?
Through interfaith peace activism, Mohammed AL Samawi, a Shiite Muslim, tells his story of escaping Yemen with help from friends of different backgrounds in the hopes of completing his goal of breaking barriers and garnering understanding among Jews, Christians and Muslims. That is a goal he will ...
According to Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to enter a gathering commemorating the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a former leader of the mainly Shia Hazara community. Mazari was killed by the Taliban in 1995. Kabul
Lucknow: The Shia Personal Law Board has rejected a compromise over the Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid case saying that a mosque should be built in place of the mosque. Shia Waqf board chairman, Waseem Rizvi had earlier written a letter to AIMPLB, mentioning nine mosques that needed to be ... Kabul
Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board has overturned the decision of its chairman to support a Ram temple at the disputed site and a mosque away from Ayodhya. Yasub Abbas, spokesperson of the board, said in Lucknow on Sunday that some Muslims had been supporting a negotiated ... Kabul
Former Kurdish-majority Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader Salih Muslim has told Euronews that Shia militants in the Syrian region of Afrin were sent with the help of Russia. “We have no agreement or direct communication with the regime,” Muslim said. “Coming to the call to the regime for help, that was ... Kabul

Shias constitute a negligible minority in the Muslim community in Kerala and they have maintained a low profile, keeping away from all controversies. But of late Shi'ism has become a major point of discussion within the Muslim community, with a section raising concerns over the 'increasing Shia influence' ... Kabul
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdish delegation that visited the holy Shiite city of Najaf hopes historic ties between Kurds and Shiites can be ... He added that they hope the Shiite institutions, the Marja (highest Shia legal authority), Husseiniyahs (ceremonial centres), and Hawza (seminaries), will play a ... Kabul
This is not the first time Western commentary on the so-called Sunni-Shia divide in the Middle East has sparked outrage. In 2013, US President ... Axworthy wrote: "Most Islamic terrorism in the last 20 years, overwhelmingly, has been carried out by Sunni extremists, not Shias or Iranians." Perhaps Hasan, a ... Kabul
She was the lead singer of the world's third richest band, but Fergie's role has since been downplayed by founder will.i.am. By Kate Mossman · Print HTML. Last month, poor Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas was roundly mocked across the planet for her rendition of the American national anthem at the NBA All ... Kabul
Islamic State militants have ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27. The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias, said on Monday that the attack took place the previous night in the Saadounya area, southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, ... Kabul
At least one reported dead and several wounded in suicide attack on Shia mosque in PD 7 in western city of Herat. 25 Mar 2018 ... At least one person was killed and seven others wounded in an explosion outside a Shia mosque in the western Afghan city of Herat, an official told Al Jazeera. Two suicide ... Kabul
The Shia LaBeouf comeback has begun—starting with a project about, who else, Shia LaBeouf. Honey Boy is a biopic of sorts that details the relationship between LaBeouf and his father during LaBeouf's Even Stevens years on the Disney Channel. LaBeouf co-wrote the film's script and hosted it on the ... Kabul
The repercussions of Iran's controversial arrest of the Shiite cleric Hussein Shirazi could include a weakening of Iranian influence over Shiites in Iraq. On March 6, Iranian authorities arrested Shirazi, who was beaten and insulted in front of his father, Grand Ayatollah Sayed Sadeq Shirazi, while the Shirazis ... Kabul
Hezbollah's power and resilience at the Lebanese level is not only derived from its military might and Tehran's constant backing, but more importantly, from the tireless support of its Lebanese Shia Muslim community base. The allegiance of Lebanese Shia to Hezbollah is widely known to be rooted in the ... Kabul
“Motion of defendant Shia LaBeouf to strike first amended complaint is denied,” court documents exclusively obtained by Radar stated. LaBeouf had claimed Bernstein's lawsuit was “frivolous” and the bartender was suing him because his “celebrity status turned what would have otherwise been a wholly ... Kabul
Two major Iran-backed Iraqi Shiite groups have reportedly demanded that the United States leave Iraq, with one of them, the Badr Organization, saying that any remaining American troops would trigger instability. "The two governments should coordinate to ensure a full withdrawal. US presence will be ... Kabul
It is the second, if not the third warning issued by the Iranian-backed Shia militia against American troops in the country since the Iraqi government declared final victory over the Islamic State (IS) in late 2017. There are over 5,000 US troops in Iraq. The US-led Coalition against IS on Monday stated its focus in Iraq would shift ... Kabul
THANE: Union minister Giriraj Singh said he hoped that Sunni Muslims would come out in support of building a Ram Temple in Ayodhya just as Shias extended ... In November last year, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board had submitted before the Supreme Court a proposal for settlement of the ... Kabul
Faizabad, Feb 3 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has stated that Zakir Naik and other radical Muslims, who do not believe in ... a garnd Ram temple should be constructed where it was and a mosque should be established in Shia Muslim dominated areas away from Ayodhya. Kabul
A Malaysian Shiite Muslim performs religious rites inside a place of worship in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in a file photo. Photo: AFP/Saeed Khan ... Indonesia's national census does not distinguish between Sunnis and Shias, so the actual number of Shiites is a rough estimate. An East Java ... Kabul
Beirut: Officials from Lebanon's Shiite parties Amal and Hezbollah visited a mainly Christian district of Beirut on Friday to help defuse tensions ignited this week by a row involving the country's president and the parliamentary speaker. Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the son-in-law of President ... Kabul
Drawing on his two years spent working at the American Embassy in Bahrain, Loud & Clear host John Kiriakou pointed out that most Shia Muslims in Bahrain are ethnic Bahrainis and speak Arabic, not Persian, at home. Still, their Shiite affiliation is often taken by the ruling Sunnis as proof they are ... Kabul
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top court in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain sentenced two people to death on Wednesday and issued lengthy prison sentences against nearly all 60 defendants on terrorism charges in a case that highlights the rivalry between Sunni Gulf states and Shiite-ruled ... Kabul
Mr. Asri, the mufti, fuelled debate about creeping influence in Malaysia of ultra-conservatism with assertions earlier this week that Mr. Amri was a Shia, who practised mut'ah, a temporary marriage contract under Shiite religious law. The mufti accompanied police who came to their house in 2015, according ... Kabul
The statement described the rejection of Prophet Muhammad and the Shiite imams' infallibility as an explicit opposition to Islam and the Shiite faith and said: “We strongly recommend that some officials refrain from entering issues related to [people's] beliefs in their speeches and instead focus on solving ... Kabul
Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin draws flak for remarks condemning Shia Islam and accusing its followers of threatening national security. ... in 2004 by Islamic leaders which was signed among others by prominent Malaysians, was a good effort to end the animosity between Sunnis and Shias. Kabul
Considering the debates that ensued about the fate of the Gitmo 2 expressed by section of the politicians and members of parliament, the office of Shia National Imam is disappointed about the politicization of the issue. Terrorism is a global phenomenon that is as old as human industry, so when people try ... Kabul
Welcoming the steps being taken by the Modi and Yogi governments for the modernization of madarsas, the UP Shia Central Waqf Board now wants hoisting of tricolour and reciting national anthem be made mandatory in the Islamic institutions across country. In yet another letter written to the Prime ... Kabul
Asri said Amri was a Shia Muslim who practised mut'ah, a form of contract marriage not recognised in Malaysia, which can be summarily ended with the consent of both sides. But Asri denied any suggestion linking him to Amri's disappearance, after Amri's wife told the Human Rights Commission of ... Kabul
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made several advances in the Idlib Governorate recently, capturing many areas that were once firmly under the control of the jihadist rebels. Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army scored their biggest advance of the year ... Kabul
Shia and Sunni clerics on Wednesday unitedly filed an FIR against the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chief for allegedly spreading hatred against the Muslim community and its educational institutions. At a press conference at New Delhi, they lashed out at Wasim Rizvi for stating that madrassas are ... Kabul
A man allegedly wanted on terrorism charges was shot and killed by Saudi security forces on Tuesday night in the Qatif province, a region charged with sectarian tensions. Tags: Awamiya, Qatif, Nimr al-Nimr, sectarian violence, terrorism, security, Saudi Arabia. Saudi security forces shot and killed a man on ... Kabul
Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and a coalition of civil society groups on Wednesday demanded the release of the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, from detention. The coalition joined the Shiite members to protest the continued incarceration of the cleric by the Department of State Services ... Kabul
But the heat on them evaporated. In August the Shia board headed by Rizvi jumped into the decades-old case in the Supreme Court challenging the Sunni Waqf board's claim over the contentious Babri mosque. The board claimed that the mosque always belonged to Shias and also proposed “a mosque at ... Kabul
Moqtada Al Sadr said he was “surprised” by Mr Al Abadi's "Victory Alliance" with the Al Fatih coalition, a group of powerful Shiite militias that includes Al Badr Organisation, Asaib Ahl Al Haq, Harakat Hizbollah Al Nujaba and others. Mr Abadi made his announcement on Sunday. “My condolences [to the ... Kabul
The detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, has made his first public appearance more than two years after he was detained by the Nigerian government. Mr. El-Zakzaky met with a select group of journalists on Saturday at the State Security Service office in Abuja, ... Kabul
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi said Sunday he had received a threat call from a man, claiming to be an aide of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, who ... The Shia Waqf Board chairman said he had informed the police and also given the caller's phone number. An FIR ... Kabul
Mr Al Abadi reached an agreement with Al Fatih coalition, a group of powerful Shiite militias led by Hadi Al Ameri, to jointly participate in the elections as Nasr Al Iraq. This, added the prime minister, would "transcend sectarianism, discrimination and segregation". Nasr Al Iraq brings together the most ... Kabul


 

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