Salam I am reading about Imamate and it is very interesting intellectually but here are some questions I have: If we have a divinely appointed imam to guide us on the way of the Prophet (s.a.w.) why only stop after 12? Why not continue with one imam after another till Imam Mahdi? I would like you to answer this without referring to the Sunni hadith books about the hadith of 12 caliphs or similar narrations in your own books but only using intellect and logic. See, I am almost convinced that the
The Ismaili have tried this. But their present Imam, their 49th, has no progeny despite many efforts and all and therefore the Ismaili customized system of imamate is about to collapse for them.
In the Qur'an, the word "Imam" is mentioned exactly 12 times.