Ahl al-Bayt

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People of the house, or Muhammad's family and descendants. Shiis are particularly devoted to the Prophet's family, believing that they embody special holiness, spiritual power, and knowledge due to their blood relationship to Muhammad. However, Sunnis also revere the family of the Prophet. The phrase is often associated with both Shii descendants (sayyids) and Sunni descendants (sharifs).

Subjects: Islam.

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