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According to Shia sources Al-Jamia (Also called al-Jami’a, al-Jámi'a, al-Jami'ah, al-Jamea, al-Jami‘, al-Jami, or al-Jama) (meaning “the encyclopedia” or “the comprehensive”) is a sacred and secret text. Shi'ites believe that it was dictated by Muhammad to Ali, who then wrote down these words.
Description of al-Jamia
The Shia believe that Al-Jamia is currently in the possession of the 12th Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi, after he inherited it from his predecessors. But the Imam went into major occultation and will not come in contact with the world until end of times.
The contents of al-Jamia include:
- Details and showing of all the permitted (halal) and sinful things (haraam).
- Legal verdicts .
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