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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Imamah (Arabic: إمامة‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is the Shia Islam doctrine (belief) of religious, spiritual and political leadership of the Ummah. The Shia believe that the Imams are the true Caliphs or rightful successors of Muhammad, and further that Imams are possessed of divine knowledge and authority (Ismah) as well as being part of the Ahl al-Bayt, the family of Muhammad.<ref name="Vali reza">{{#invoke:Footnotes|harvard_citation_no_bracket}}</ref> These Imams have the role of providing commentary and interpretation of the Quran<ref>Sociology of religions: perspectives of Ali Shariati (2008) Mir Mohammed Ibrahim</ref> as well as guidance to their tariqa followers as is the case of the living Imams of the Nizari Ismaili tariqah.

According to Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, the Imam is a means through which humans receive divine grace, because "He brings men closer to obedience (of Allah) and keeps them away from disobedience." As fulfilling the human being is his wish, it is logical that God appoint Imam to subject man to his wishes. So his existence and his deeds display two forms of grace of God toward man.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Imamah (Shia doctrine) sections
Intro   Etymology    Introduction    Sects    Imams   List of The Twelve Imams   Sunni view on shia im\u0101mate    See also   Notes   footnotes    Bibliography    References   [[Imamah_(Shia_doctrine)?section=</a>_External_links_|</a> External links ]]  

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