In the previous Majalis, Syedna Fakhruddin TUS explained the cause of the Sunni Shi’a split (Majlis 47-49) and the split of the Zaydis in time of the fourth Imam, Mohammed al-Baqir SA (Majlis 50). He then addressed the split of the Isna-Ashari (Twelver Shi’a) faction following Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq SA (Majlis 51-52). In this Majlis he discusses the split after the 18th Imam al-Mustansir billah Amirul-Mumineen SA.

Some historians argued that Nizar was the eldest son of Mustansir Imam and so he must be the rightful heir. Others contend that Nizar was given the title “waliyy ‘ahd- al-Muslimin”, and that was an indication of his Imamate. Yet others say that Hasan al-Sabbah, a supporter of Nizar, claimed that Mustansir Imam personally told him while visiting Cairo that Nizar was his successor. How do our Hudaat break these arguments?

And how do our Hudaat establish the rightful Imamate of Musta’ly Imam? What indications did Mustansir Imam give upon his birth and his marriage?

Syedna TUS answers these questions in this Majlis, the 56th in the Majalis al Hikma series.