The Prophet’s Promise about Twelve Imams in the Sunni Tradition

Document Type : Original Article



During his farewell pilgrimage, Holy Prophet announced glad tidings
about his twelve successors. This announcement is reported by
Sunni scholars mainly through three narrators. However, they have
paid attention mostly to one of these reports, which is narrated by
Jābir b. Samura and has some ambiguity at the end. Narrating the
glad tidings of the Twelve Imams, the author tries to challenge the
approaches of Sunni traditionalists. Questionable brevity of Bukhārī
and Muslim in narrating this hadith, preferring a child narrator to all
other narrators, and dubious adaption of this Hadith to Umayyad and
‘Abbasid Caliphs are among these challenges.