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Do written (or at least oral) records that show that the Shi’i imams are directly related to the Prophet Muhammad?

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    @PieterGeerkens non-muslims? That seems unlikely. Even half the muslims seems highly unlikely, considering most of them aren't even Arab. – Lennart Regebro Sep 12 '13 at 5:15
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    1: this question should be asked in islam.stackexchange where they can provide you correct information about your question. 2: You should understand first what "Imam" means, and why they only exist in shii Islam. – moudiz Sep 12 '13 at 7:00
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    (Although, as a tangent, one of the most successful "forefathers" of Gotland is a late 16th century priest that has at least some 20.000 offspring through history. He's my 12xgreat grandfather, giving 14 generations, which means an average factor of c:a 2.03349 per generation, meaning Muhammad with 40 generations could feasibly have as many as 2 billion descendents. But that said, I still think this sort of maths is silly and shows nothing relevant.) – Lennart Regebro Sep 12 '13 at 9:28
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    @LennartRegebro but most probably it's Shia believer who wrote that article. And probably based on Shia Islamic tradition rather than history – Louis Rhys Sep 12 '13 at 15:02
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    @jwenting That's not Shia imams, but Sunni Imams. The question is specifically about the "Shi'i Imams". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imam – Lennart Regebro Sep 14 '13 at 7:10

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