By Farhad Daftary, Gurdofarid Miskinzoda
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In the Qurʾan, the title to prophethood and religious authority (imāma) is inherited by continuous male descent. Ibrāhīm was the forefather of all later prophets. When God promised to make him the Imam of his people, Ibrāhīm asked Him to extend His compact to his offspring. 2:124). Exceptionally, however, God might elect a woman of the prophetic family for His unique favour, as He did with Maryam, the daughter of ʿImrān and mother of ʿĪsā. Might He not choose one of Muḥammad’s daughters for His special favour in the absence of a son?
Masʿūd, who preferred holding on to the practices of the Prophet. The phenomenal achievements of the Muslim armies under ʿUmar as Commander of the Faithful assured wide recognition of his title as the Fārūq, the Saviour of Islam, and the second in rank as head of the Muslim community after Muḥammad. Yet ʿUmar must have been keenly aware that, contrary to his warning to the Prophet that Quraysh would never countenance a caliphate of his family, the majority of the Muslim community including Quraysh were longing for it, even if it meant dynastic succession.
Sabaʾ. See also the abridged version of this account in al-Balādhurī, Ansāb al-ashrāf, vol. 4/a, ed. M. Schloessinger and M. J. Kister (Jerusalem, 1972), p. 225. Admittedly, al-Khathʿamī’s response is ambiguous, hence Muʿāwiya’s embarrassment. His ʿdissociation’ from ʿAlī’s religion is surely based on the obligation of taqiyya, but one wonders if the expression dīn ʿAlī does not in fact stem from Muʿāwiya or more generally from ʿAlī’s adversaries. The expression does indeed seem to have posed a problem for at least some of ʿAlī’s supporters, since it could establish a distinction between ‘the religion of ʿAlī’ and Islam.
The Study of Shi’i Islam: History, Theology and Law by Farhad Daftary, Gurdofarid Miskinzoda