Bazighiyya Shia

The Bazighiyya Shia (named for Bazigh ibn Yunus, to whom they were related) was a Ghulat sect of Shia Islam. They believed that Ja’far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq was God. Today, descendants of the followers of the sect either converted to Sunni Islam or mainstream Twelver Shia Islam.[1]


The Bazighiyya Shia had the following beliefs:

  • They believed the Imams after Muhammad are (in chronological order):
  • They believed that Ja'far al-Sadiq (who succeeded his father Muhammad al-Baqir) was not an Imam, but God Himself.
  • They believed Ja'far al-Sadiq commands the Bazighiyya Shi’ites the acts of the inhabitants of heaven.[clarification needed]
  • They believed God does not look like Ja'far al-Sadiq, but He merely presents Himself to the people in Ja'far's form.
  • They believed the Imams after Ja'far al-Sadiq, like the Imams before him, are not gods.
  • They believed that everything that is born in their hearts is revelation.
  • They believed that every Bazighiyya Shi’ite receives revelation. To support their belief they used as evidence the words of God in the Qur’an:
    • “Nor can a soul die except by the leave of God” and
    • “And your Lord inspired the bee” and
    • “And behold, I inspired the disciples to have faith in Me.”
  • They believed there are among them some who are better than the angels Gabriel and Michael, and the prophets Abraham and Muhammad.
  • They believed that no Bazighiyya Shi’ite will die. Rather, when one of them reaches perfection in his devotion, he is taken up to the heavenly kingdom.
  • They believed they have seen those of them that are deceased, and that they see them in the morning and evening.

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  1. ^ Moosa, Matti (1987). Extremist Shiites: the ghulat sects. Syracuse University Press

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