Faith and Practice
SHIA ISLAM IN BRIEF
By S. Saclain [2010 U.K.]
Shia Islam is way of life that God has chosen for human beings.
It is the pure and peaceful way of living according to the
teachings given by God to His Prophet Mohamed. It was explained by his
rightful successor Imam Ali.
People who convert to Shia Islam accept to
accept the following basic doctrines and practices of the faith.
1. SHIA ESSENCE OF FAITH:
Things that Shia Muslims believe:
There is only One True God Almighty, the Creator of the Universe. He is Single. Unique. Perfect. All Knowing, and All Powerful. The Greatest Supreme Being who is beyond imagination. There is nothing else like Him. This is real Monotheism called Tauheed.
God is always Just. He is never unfair. God commands humans to be just towards others.
Guidance. God choses pious human beings as messengers. They reveal His Divine Will. Prophet Mohammed was the final Messenger. God gave to him Holy Quran as the Perfect Holy Book for humanity.
Leadership. God choses pious men to lead humanity. The improve society. These Imams implement Divine order in the world. Imam Mehdi is perfect leader who will establish God's Kingdom of peace and justice over the whole world.
Afterlife. After our death, there is a Day of Judgement when all humans will be held to account for what they had done during their short life. There is Hell and there is Paradise.
2. SHIA PRACTICES OF RELIGION:
Things that Shia Muslims do as part of their religious duty:
Remembering God five times a day. Shias combine two prayers and pray 3 times daily.
Refraining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for 30 days in Ramadan.
Pilgrimage to House of God built by Prophet Abraham in Mecca.
Helping the poor and the needy. Feed them, clothe them, and house them.
Resisting oppression. Fighting against all forms of injustice and persecution. Stuggling to end tyranny.
Reforming the community towards good morals and away from harmful things.
Developing good relations with your family, neighbours and community members.