Shia Islam

Shia Islam or Shi’ism is one of the two main branches of Islam. It holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad designated Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor and the Imam (leader) after him, most notably at the event of Ghadir Khumm, but was prevented from the caliphate as a result of the incident of Saqifah. This view primarily contrasts with that of Sunni Islam, whose adherents believe that Muhammad did not appoint a successor and consider Abu Bakr, who was appointed caliph by a group of Muslims at Saqifah, to be the first rightful caliph after Muhammad. A person observing Shia Islam is called a Shi’i.

Imamah (Shia doctrine)


Shia Islam



Shia days of remembrance

Muhammad sallallahu Alaihi wasallam

Muhammad sallallahu Alaihi wasallam

Prophet Muhammad

Who is Muhammad?

Muhammad’s character

Muhammad’s Life

His life chronology

His possessions

Muhammad’s Family life

Muhammad and Prophethood







Calligraphy Prayer Wishes Religion Allah Muslim


The Holy Quran

What is Quran?

Historicity of The Quran

Glossary of The Quran

Articles on The Quran

The Quran and Modern Science

FAQ about The Quran

Sufi dervishes whirling (abstract)

Sufi dervishes whirling (abstract)


Main Articles

Aims and objectives

Unity with God

Four Stations in Sufism

Devotional practices of Sufis

Sufi ranks


Major Sufi orders

List of Sufi orders

Prominent Sufis

Influence on Judaism

Asādʿullāh: Nickname given by Muhammad to describe his kinsman Ali. Asadullah means "Lion of Allah", which is also well known as "IsmāʿīlīLion". Alevism, Bektashism and Sufism consider Ali as the holder of the divine secrets and esoteric meaning of Islam, transmitted to him by Muhammad. "I am the city of knowledge, Ali is its gate." —Muhammad.

Asādʿullāh: “Lion of Allah”

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