Since its very beginning, Shi‘a Islam was the fruit of a debate on authority and legitimacy. According to Sunni tradition, Prophet Muhammad died without male heirs and without leaving any instructions regarding his succession. Shi‘ites believe Abu Bakr’s election by the community’s notables was the usurpation of an authority that lawfully belonged to ‘Ali, who had been explicitly designated as his legitimate successor by Muhammad.
26 September 2017
SHIITES AND LEADERSHIP