Shia Islam primarily contrasts with Sunni Islam, whose adherents believe that Muhammad did not appoint a successor and consider Abu Bakr (who was appointed Caliph through a Shura, i.e. Shia consider Ali to have been divinely appointed as the successor to Muhammad, and as the first Imam.
The Shia also extend this "Imami" doctrine to Muhammad's family, the Ahl al-Bayt ("the People of the House"), and some individuals among his descendants, known as Imams, who they believe possess special spiritual and political authority over the community, infallibility, and other divinely-ordained traits.
One person’s religious value will not match the religious values of another person.
Globalization as a whole has affected the way we view the different religions and our feelings towards them; it has moved towards a more symbolic representation of ideologies.
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They believe God chose Ali to be Muhammad's successor, infallible, the first caliph (khalifa, head of state) of Islam.
Although there are myriad Shia subsects, modern Shia Islam has been divided into three main groupings: Twelvers, Ismailis and Zaidis, with Twelver Shia being the largest and most influential group among Shia.
At present, the word refers to the Muslims who believe that the leadership of the community after Muhammad belongs to Ali and his successors.
He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven in front of many people.
All those who have faith in him and believe are reborn of God and are saved. Try and picture how Jesus and the Father can be two, but one - by imagining two spotlights focused on the same spot - in this way they blend together.