TRUE IMAMS ACCORDING
|Velayat Ali, Velayat Faghieh: Shia believes the leadership (Velayat) of Muslim Ummah was left for Imam Ali (RA) after the Prophet (PBUH) and after Imam Ali (RA) to the 11 Imam until the 4th century Hijra then to a pious chosen leader that is approved by all pious Muslims as an example of follower and Shia of Ali (RA). To Shia, pious leadership is a must. Most of Shia Imams were martyred by corrupt khalifehs because of their piety and modesty. Even in recent years, Ayatollah Komeini, a Shia leader, fought with the Shah of Iran for 30 years until he toppled the Shah and got rid of 2500 years of monarchy in Iran. Now Iran is ruled by Velayat Faghih (pious leader). A Shia corrupt leader like the Shah of Iran was as a bad as Sonni corrupt leader of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the gulf nations. As a Muslim Ummah, we all should ask for Velayat Faghih. A pious leadership like the Prophet (PBUH) like Ali (RA), Imam Hossein (RA) and Imam Mahdi (Alahie Salam).||Most of the non-Shia Muslim leaders were appointed and supported by corrupt Khalifehs. They were very mild mannered and learned to look the other way. They promoted Islam the way the rulers wanted and not the way our Prophet (PBUH) promoted. Best examples are todays Imams in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc. They do not object to corruption around them. Most of the non-Shia Imams had high official positions with Khalifs. Imam Maleki was the Chief Justice. Yazid got Fatva (approval) of Imams in Damascus to martyr Imam Hossein (RA) and 72 members of the Prophets (PBUH) family (Ahlul Bayt). Pious leadership is one of the main principles of Islam. We should not accept any leader who is not pious, modest and follows our Prophet (PBUH) in Zaher and Baten (outwardly appearance).|
The Prophet (PBUH) recommended Ali (RA) as the best person to follow his Resalat. A recommendation does not need election, i.e. a cardiologist (heart specialist) wants to leave town and tells people the best cardiologist to cover me is Dr. so and so. There is no need for election. The Prophet (PBUH) wanted to keep Islam on the right track for a few hundred years until the Islamic Revolution is matured. However, Omar (RA) did not follow this recommendation and started the principle of Shura and Bayat. We witnessed the result 50 years later when Yazid, the worst person in Islam, took over the khelafat in the year 61 (AH) and martyred Imam Hossein (RA) and the 72 members of the Prophets family. In 62 AH Yazids army attacked Medina and martyred thousands of Shiayam and Seyedan, and destroyed the Prophets mosque. In the year 63 AH, Yazids army attacked Mecca and killed thousands of Muslims. Fortunately, Yazid died in 64 AH due to alcoholism.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL CLASS ACCORDING TO SHIA
SOCIAL CLASS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN NON-SHIA GROUPS
|The Prophet (PBUH) became Prophet 13 years before Hijra. His
wife, Khadijeh (RA) joined him first, then Ali (RA), a 10 year old cousin, who was living
with the Prophet at the time. Zaid, Khadijehs servant, then joined him. The Prophet
had two groups of early followers:
A: A group of oppressed and under-class Sahaba:
1) Ali (RA), the Prophets cousin
2) Zaid (a servant of Khadijeh)
3) Bilal (an Ethiopian black slave with a nice voice)
4) Amar (son of a white slave)
5) Abozar Ghafari (a poor man)
6) Salman Farci (an Iranian white slave)
After the Prophet (PBUH) died, the elite group outside the Prophets family, voted for Abobakr Sadigh as the first khalifeh and Abobakr (RA) chose Omar (RA) as his successor. Omar (RA) chose the 5 elites (Osman, Abdol Rahman Oof, Talheh, Zobier, Saad Ibn Abi Vaggas) and Ali (RA) to form a committee and naturally, Osman (RA) was elected as the third khalif. Osman gradually shifted to the elite group. His son-in-law, Marvan Ibn Hakam, was running the government. The people revolted against Osman and killed him (35 AH). Then Ali (RA) became khalifeh and started emphasizing social justice and modesty. The wealthy and elite did not like that. A war broke out among Muslims and eventually the elite class succeeded.
|After the Prophet (PBUH) was chosen as Gods last
prophet, first a group of his family and poor people joined him, then a group of
high-class elite from outside his family joined.
Group B: Elite Sahaba