This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Reverence for the members of the family of the Prophet

An important term, especially when it comes to an understanding of the distinctions between Shiite and Sunni, is Ahl al-bayt, which refers to members of the family of the Prophet. Shiite Islam displays a fervent devotion to this group, of whom Fatimah, daughter of the Prophet and wife of Ali, is the mother. This love is also present in Sunnism, but in Shiism it takes on a special character to which we will refer later.

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