Afghan National Stabs Two To Death At Ismaili Center In Lisbon

(MENAFN- Khaama Press)

The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, generally known as the Ismailis, belong to the Shia branch of Islam. Ismailies are believed to be one of the most liberal and progressive communities within Islam.

The Ismaili Muslims are a culturally diverse community living in more than 25 countries, mainly in Central and South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and Australia, and number approximately 12 to 15 million. The Ismailis are thus a transnational community who are responsible citizens of the countries where they live.

Throughout their 1,400-year history, the Ismailis have been led by a living, hereditary Imam. They trace the line of Imamat in hereditary succession from Ali, the cousin, and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him).

The followers of Ali, or Shia, already in existence during the lifetime of the Prophet, maintained that while the revelation ceased at the Prophet's death, the need for the spiritual and moral guidance of the community continued.

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