Imamah (Divine Leadership)

What does the ‘Ahlul Bayt’ mean?

Question: Can you please define the notion of the ‘Ahlul Bayt’? There is the idea that the Ahlul Bayt are five (Muhammad, Ali, Fatima, Hassan and Husayn, peace be upon them all). Then we say, the ’12 Imams of Ahlul Bayt’. Sometimes, it is suggested that Sayyeda Zeinab (a.s) or Abul Fadl al-Abbas (a.s) are

Did some Imams of Ahlul Bayt have dark skin colour?

Question: From one of your lectures, my understanding is that about 7 Imams of Ahlul Bayt (a.s) had African mothers, and that our Imams were deliberately marrying them to break the widespread racist thoughts and teach people that piety is what truly matters. In our narrations, do we get a sense of the appearance of

Is saying ‘Labbayk Ya Husayn’ a form of shirk (polytheism)?

Question: I am still learning about my religion. I saw an image that read ‘Ya Husayn’. Someone told me that this is a form of shirk (polytheism). That person explained to me that ‘Ya Husayn’ is shirk because it is a call to other than Allah (swt), and the Shia intend with this call to

Meaning of Prophets admitting they don’t have knowledge of Unseen?

Question: What does it mean when Prophets and Imams admit that they do not have knowledge of the

Is the world ever left without the presence of a representative of God?

Question: In your lecture “The glad tidings of Ahmad’ in the eHawza, you mentioned that there was no

Did the Prophet (s) really say there will be 12 Caliphs after him? Sunni references?

Question: Is it true that there is a hadith from the Holy Prophet(s) that he said that there will be 12 caliphs or rulers after him? If it does exist, is it authentic, and does it exist in both Shia and Sunni books of narration? Please provide me with some of the main Sunni references

What is Wilayah Takwiniyyah and is it in the Quran and Hadith?

Question: What is the concept of ‘wilayah takwiniyah’ and is there evidence from the Quran regarding it? Why do some scholars reject this belief? Some people have the belief that the Imams have been given command over every single atom in the universe. If this is true, why do they need this type of power

Is there any mention of Imams in the Holy Quran?

Question: Is there any mention of the concept of “Imamah” (Divine Leadership) in the Holy Qur’an? Answer: The

How old was Ali ibn Abu Talib when he embraced Islam?

Question: How old was Ali ibn Abu Talib when he embraced Islam? Answer: Imam Ali (as) embraced Islam

Isn’t it wrong to believe that Imam Mahdi sees and knows everything we do?

Question: I am a revert, and I am afraid of committing shirk (associating partners with Allah). I want to know,