A member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali and his descendants as the legitimate successors to Muhammad and rejects the first three caliphs.
Anyone who is a Shi'ite wants the leadership of the caliph to stay within Muhammad's family lines. However, anyone who says there is no God, but Allah, and that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah, is a Muslim.
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Please disregard the defintions of shi'ite above; they are absolutely wrong.

Shi'a Islam, also Shiite Islam or Shi`ism is a way of life, and is the second largest denomination of the religion of Islam. Shi'a Muslims adhere to the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his Ahlul Bayt (family). Thus, Shi'as reject the rule of the initial three Sunni Caliphs as Sunnis reject the Imamate of the Shi'a Imams. Shi'i refers to a follower of the Ahlul Bayt and of Ali ibn Abi Talib (Imam Ali) in particular.

Shi'a Muslims believe that Muhammad's family (the Imams) were the best source of knowledge about the Qur'an, Islam, and Emulation (the best-qualified teachers of Islam after Muhammad), and the most trusted carriers and protectors of Muhammad's Sunnah (traditions).

In particular, Shi'a Muslims recognize the succession of Ali (Muhammad's cousin, son-in-law, and the male head of the Ahl al-Bayt or "people of the Prophet's house") as opposed to that of the caliphate recognized by Sunni Muslims. Shi`a Muslims believe that Ali was appointed successor by Muhammad's direct order on many occasions, and that he is therefore the rightful leader of the Muslim faith pursuant to the Prophet's wishes.

This difference between following the Ahl al-Bayt (Muhammad's family) and Abu Bakr has shaped Shi`ah and Sunni views on some of the Qur'an, the Hadith, personalities in Islamic history, and other areas by extension. For instance, the collection of Hadith venerated by Shi'a Muslims is centered around narrations by members of the Ahl al-Bayt, while some Hadith by narrators not belonging to the Ahl al-Bayt are not included (those of Abu Huraira, for example).

Main Doctrines

Shi'a believe in the same doctrines as the Sunni's five pillars of Islam but categorize them differently. Shi'a beliefs include the following:

Roots of Religion

* Tawheed(Oneness): The Oneness of God
* Adalah (Justice): The Justice of God
* Nubuwwah (Prophethood): God has appointed perfect and infallible prophets and messengers to teach mankind the religion (that is, a perfect system of how to live in "peace"(("submission to God")).)
* Imamah (Leadership): God has appointed specific leaders to lead and guide mankind — a prophet appoints a custodian of the religion before his demise.
* Qiyamah (The Day of Judgment): God will raise mankind for Judgment

Branches of Religion

* Shahadah (Declaration) – the declaration that there is none worthy of worship except God (Allah) and that Muhammad is His messenger.
* Salat—called "Namaaz" in Persian (Prayer) – performing the five daily prayers
* Sawm (Fast) – fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan
* Hajj (Pilgrimage) – performing the pilgrimage to Mecca
* Zakat (Poor-rate) – paying the poor-tax
* Khums (One-fifth) – paying tax
* Jihad (Struggle) – struggling to please God. The greater, or internal Jihad is the struggle against the evil within one's soul in every aspect of life. The lesser, or external, Jihad is the struggle against the evil of one's environment in every aspect of life.
* Amr-Bil-Ma'roof – emphasizing what is good
* Nahi-Anil-Munkar – forbidding what is evil
* Tawalla – loving the Ahlul Bayt and their followers
* Tabarra – dissociating oneself from the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt

for more information, one can visit websites such as www.al-islam.org
A shi'ite muslim follows the Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt.
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A religious group that worships by drinking lots of hot chocolate and then shitting the next day.
I am a member of the shi'ite Shislamic Community.
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slang form of the word shit derived from the muslim sub group of the shi'ites.
"Now that's some crazy shi'ite."
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A sect of the Islam religion, very exremist and conservative, they're like the conservatives of America, they also are the ones who responsible for the attacked on 9/11, they funded the suicide pilots, and are responsible for the car and train bombings in Israel and London. They follow the Koranh to the letter, pray 5 times a time, treat women like property and make them wear those hoods and basically are one of the causes in the War of Middle East. The Shi'ite's want to dominate the other 2 sects Kurds and Sunnis, Sunnis are more laid back and modern and the Kurds are a small sect but non-violent, the US should basically bomb the hell outta Iran, the main concentration of Shi'ites, that or split the Middle East in 3 sects for each sect of Islam, so there wouldn't be more fucking fighting there and declare Jerusalem a holy city so they could stop fighting over it w/ the Israelies.
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1) a follower of a section of Islam.
2) something which is said when you are halfway through saying "shit", similar to "shitake mushrooms". Used around teachers, parents, O.A.Ps and anyone else who disapproves of swearing.
1) there are some Shi'ite muslims in Iraq
2) Jimre: "i forgot about my date with tasha. Oh Shi.."
*parents loom*
Jimre:"..Shi'ite muslim."
by Jimre January 31, 2006
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