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  1. This is bizarre. Ja'far as-Sadiq was a remarkable scholar and man but he did not run around making miracles. Neither did Musa al-Kadhim, who Twelvers consider his successor. Both were solid, kind, scholarly men who inspired the community, not rainmakers or miracle-makers. Proof? He is the appointed successor, he has the nass, his leadership reinforces belief. As an Ismaili, I don't believe in the Mahdi. This requires me to believe there was an Imam in Occultation according to Twelver beliefs, which of course I do not. There have been times of Occultation for Ismaili Imams, but these periods we
  2. The Amman Message identifies the following schools of fiqh: Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, Hanbali; Ja'fari; Zaidi; Ibadi; Zahiri. Ismailis of all bent are Ja'fari, but Zaydi Shi'a are not. Ja'fari fiqh is different depending on which Twelver scholar you follow or if you follow one the Nizari Imam ("the Aqa Khan") or the Da'is of the Must'alis (Bohras, etc.). This is because a long time has passed and there are doctrinal differences concerning who can affect fiqhly changes - we Shi'a believe the Imams lead fiqh and our Imamates differ. Ibadis are technically Khawaarij, but not like you've heard of;
  3. The A'immah are considered divine agents, which isn't the same as being divine. One indicates God gives guidance, the other is a ghuluww idea that breaks tawhid and I am sure that you did not mean that. Of course we believe that the Imam is guided; that's what an Imam is. But an Imam isn't actually divine anymore than Muhammad was. We Shi'a are not Christians! a. The Imam is faultless in matters of faith, but still a human being. b. He's divinely guided like any other Imam in Shi'i Islam. c. Nass d. He has no magical powers, no. He does convey blessings, but he doesn't, you know, cure the sic
  4. We do not abandon the Qur'an, we simply don't have the same fiqh. Fiqh =/= Qur'an; that's why there are eight living schools (all eight have members that signed the Amman Message). Maalikis don't eat shellfish and believe the saliva of a dog is najas; other Sunnis don't agree. Is this a matter of Qur'an? What about wearing the beard? That's not a Qur'anic matter, but one of tradition (Sunnah). We are not Sunni; thus we adhere to the fiqh of the Imam, not the Sunnah.Prayer is enjoyed thrice daily in the Qur'an; we therefore make prayer according to our fiqh thrice daily. Not drinking alcohol or
  5. Most scholars in Twelverism hold they are actually Ahl al-Bayt, AFAIK. Sunnis vary, but I think that has more to do with a lack of contact with them, as they are, as noted above, Persian in origin and present as well in Gujarat and the UK. They rarely hold them to be pagans, and that's usually just the whackjobs who also hold the Shi'a to be pagans. :-)
  6. 1. The Imam is no different from the 12 A'immah of the Twelvers: the Imamate passes down through the Fatimid line (descended from Fatima via Ali). He is not divine. If you believe in the idea of the 12 A'immah's imamates, then you already understand how the imamate works in Ismailism. 2. He is not divine. 3. The Imam is the leader of the faith and he helps us understand tawhid. We Shi'i Muslims believe the A'immah do this. The difference is that we do not believe in an Imam in Occultation who consults with scholars, we have our Imam in front of us to teach us the heart of the faith. I'm not su
  7. And the Nizari 100% believe Ali was Imam, YA ALI MADAD is our cry.
  8. Let me precede all my statements with the following: I mean no disrespect. Far be it from me to judge another's religious practices - I have friends who are Sunnis, Jews and even Twelver, and of course many Christians. I don't judge when I say these things, nor assert that you are wrong - I merely state what I practice and what the faith teaches. My close friend, a Sunni woman, veils and I have full respect for her principles on this subject and never try to change her mind on her beliefs, practices or the like. I serve her halaal according to her Maaliki fiqh when she eats with me. My Jewish
  9. We're not "agha khanis", we're "Nizaris", just like you aren't Ayatullahis but "Twelvers" when outsiders (politely) speak of you. Aqa Khan is a title of nobility awarded to a recent ancestor of the current al-Imam al-Hadhir. We perform prayers, they just look a little different. Still counts as salat, but we tend to use non-Arab terms for it. We perform it according to the teachings of the A'immah, which is not in agreement with Twelver practice but that doesn't mean we are not following the guidance of Islam. We just disagree about things, like how the Imamate did not (could not!) end.
  10. Hi I would like to have a little chat about homosexuality with you. Im shia and very concerned about homosexualities punishment, I was a libertarian before and as I can see in you profile you are too so I would like to know more about it.

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  11. The Arabic term is a borrowing from the Middle Persian term for a kind of priest. English also borrowed this word, magus or "mage".






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  13. yer what? your account is still active...why did they ban you?

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