To make a pilgrimage to Kerbela, or to rest finally in its holy dust, or both, 36 constitutes the ambition of every shiah.
As in all shiah (Mohammedan) lands, the priests (mullahs) possess great power.
It may be added that the King of Ahmadbd declined to accept the suggestion that he should become a shiah.
The struggle between shiah and Sunni was dividing the world of Islam.
He had listened to the history of the caliphate; he yearned toward Ali and his family; he became in heart a shiah.
According to shiah doctrine, the rulership of the State by divine law belongs to the Imam.
The call to prayer from the minarets was adapted to shiah taste.
This is taught and practiced by shiah Moslems,453 and it is continued with all its offensiveness against good morals by Bahais.
Among Muhammadans, shiah women remove their nose-rings during the Muharram as a sign of mourning.
The story of his life as handed down by shiah or Sunni writers has been much exaggerated.