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or Shi·ah also Shi·'a  (shē′ə)Islam
1. (Used with a pl. verb) The Shiites.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A Shiite.

[Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyʕ in Semitic roots.]


(ˈʃiːə) or


1. (Islam) one of the two main branches of Islam (the other being the Sunni), making up a tenth or more of the entire Muslim population, and forming the majority in Iran and Iraq, which regards Mohammed's cousin Ali and his successors as the true imams
2. (Islam) another name for Shiite
(Islam) designating or characteristic of this sect or its beliefs and practices
[C17: from Arabic shī'ah sect, from shā'a to follow]


or Shi•'a

(ˈʃi ə)

1. (used with a pl. v.) the Shi‘ites.
2. (used with a sing. v.) Shi‘ite.
[1620–30; < Arabic shī‘ah literally, sect]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shiah - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
Islam, Muslimism - the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion; "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia"
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Shia Muslim, Shiite, Shi'ite, Shiite Muslim, Shi'ite Muslim - a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
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However, CPN-Maoist Centre's lawmakers Top Bahadur Raymajhi and Dharma Shila Chapagain as well as Mahendra Ray Yadav and Resham Chaudhary of Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal were absent in the oath taking ceremony.
REUTERS/Christopher Pike DUBAI: Thousands of Indians gathered in the sunny morning at Dubai Opera, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessed the Shila Pujan (Hindu religious prayer) of the stone temple to be built in Abu Dhabi and addressed the gathered members of the community.
On the foundation stone laying ceremony overseen by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Dubai, he added: "It was shila and bhoomi pooja.
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As per this only one third of the land has gone to the Babri Masjid Action committee, another one third to Ram Shila Nyas and another third to Ram lalla.
2) Desarrollo pacifico se dio en los principios de la Pancha Shila, cinco principios de la coexistencia pacifica, formulada en 1954 en el tratado entre la India y China que se convirtieron en la base ideologica para el movimiento de los paises no alineados y para la doctrina oficial de la politica exterior china.
location, which at the time had the lowest unemployment rate in the state," says Shila Mason, front end supervisor for Jamieson Family Markets, based in Uniontown, Pa.
amp;nbsp;Basheer Ahmad Maula Sahul Hameed and&nbsp;Nur Shila reportedly transferred and withdrew thousands of dollars from four late passengers' bank accounts.
This finding was consistent with the study conducted by Shila et al4, which showed that the mean age for their study group was 38 years as well.