Spirituality in Shia Islam: An Overview

Author: Gary Carl (Muhammad) Legenhausen

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Spirituality in Shia Islam An Overview

This text gives an overview of Shi’ite spirituality comparing it with Christian spirituality.
In Christianity, the soul becomes spiritual as it is sanctified through the gifts of grace brought by the Holy Spirit as it enters into the soul itself; while spirituality in Islam, is the quality of being inwardly meaningful, and the Muslim becomes spiritual as the mirror of the soul is polished to reflect the image of God, and the soul becomes sanctified as it is led to enter the spiritual realm. In Shi’ite spirituality, the Imams as divine guides are especially prominent.