The Number 12 in Islam
The Twelve Imams are successors to Muhammad, the profit of Islam.
They are infallible and have a close relationship with God.
They keep the Divine Law and therefore they are able to guide believers.
Each of the Imams was the son of the previous Imam except Husayn ibn Ali, who was the brother of Hasan ibn Ali.
There are special prayers for each of the infallible Imams during the weekdays. Shi'a Muslims believe that pilgrimage to their tombs will bring favorable rewards.
The first eleven Imams were murdered.
The last and twelfth Imam disappeared as a young child.
The Twelvers believe he is still alive and is in occultation.
When the twelfth Imam returns he will bring justice and peace to the world.
The Twelvers do wait for the promised return of the twelfth Imam, the Promised Mahdi.
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