Written by the ex-Shia, our respected Sheikh `Abdul-Malik ibn `Abdul-Rahman al-Shafi`i under the original title of “Imamat-ul-Shi`ah Da`wah Batiniyyah li Istimrar al-Nubuwwah”, translated and abridged by Hani al-Tarabulsi al-Shafi`i on January/13/2013.
The Imamah of the Shia, a hidden call for the continuation of Prophet-hood.
Praise be to Allah and peace be upon the messenger of Allah and his family and companions,
The one who closely follows the differences between the Islamic groups certainly knows that the fundamental point that sets the Imami Shia sect apart from all others, is their belief in the need of the existence of an infallible Imam(1) after the Prophet (SAWS) until the coming of the hour.
(1) Imam: Leader, the Shia believe that the leader of the nation is infallible and divinely appointed by Allah.
Shia scholar and `Allamah Muhammad Rida al-Muzaffar says in his book “`Aqa’id al-Imamiyyah” pg102-103: