In this write up, we are trying to examine the terms "Shiah" in the Prophetic traditions, particularly from the Sunni sources.
According to a literal meaning, the word “shi’ah” means adherent, follower and partisan of a particular course. Then, why the term is specifically applied and used only for the adherents and the followers of Ali and not used generally for the adherents and the followers of the Prophet of Islam; Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)?
Islam, unlike other religions is a strong advocate of marriage and it has attached great importance to the issues of marriage in its social system. There is no place for celibacy in Islam. In the Qur'an and the sayings of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a) and the pure Imams (AS), we find that marriage has been greatly encouraged.