Tantawi of Cairo responds to the question: Are the Shia schools like Jafari school or Zaydi school part of the real Islam?

Religious Authority: 
Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Are the Shia schools like Jafari school or Zaydi school part of the real Islam?
Websites and Institutions: 
Amman Message, (Jordan)

The real Islam was defined by the prophet with: "To believe that there is no god except God and that Mohammad is his prophet, to pray, to give zakah or alms giving (the giving of a small percentage of one's income to charity), fasting Ramadan (is an Islamic religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; the month in which the Quran, according to tradition, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad), and the pilgrimage if a person can afford it". So, every person, either male or female, believes in God and in his Prophet (Mohammad), is a Muslim.

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