Twelvers

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Twelvers, or Twelver Shia's (Arabic: اثنا عشرية ‎شيعة) are Shia Muslims that believe that God appointed twelve guides after Prophet Muhammad. These are:

  • Ali ibn abi Talib (Ameerul Mu'mineen)
  • Hasan ibn Ali (al-Mujtabaa)
  • Husayn ibn Ali (ash-Shaheed)
  • Ali ibn Husayn (Zaynul Aabideen)
  • Muhammad al-Baaqir
  • Ja'far as-Saadiq
  • Musa al-Kaadhim
  • Ali ar-Ridha
  • Muhammad at-Taqi, al-Jawaad
  • Ali al-Haadi, an-Naqi
  • Hasan al-Askari
  • Muhammad al-Mahdi

About 85% of Shia Muslims are Twelvers. Most of them can be found in Iran (90%), Iraq (65%), Azerbaijan (85%), Lebanon (35%), Kuwait (35%), Saudi Arabia (10-15%),[1] and Bahrain (80%). There are large minorities in Pakistan (20%) and Afghanistan (18%).

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