Mohammed and his successors

Today's Image of Mohammed (large flame halo, no veil), shows him with his successors: Ali (smaller flame halo, no veil), Abu Bakr, Husayn and Hasan (depicted as men). The different interpretations about subsequent leaders and heirs of Mohammed are of course the main difference between Sunni and Shi'a, or at least the reason these two groups split.

Persian manuscript from Shiraz, circa 1560; British Library.

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