The five Pillars of Islam according to the Shia are: Divine Unity (Tawhid), Prophethood, Imamate, Justice and the Hereafter.
The book of Kafi writes:
Islam is built upon five things: Prayer, Zakat, Fasting, Hajj and Wilayat (Successorship) and none of them have been emphasized on as much as Wilayat.
The Shia does not believe that Imamate is the most important pillar in Islam. The pillars can be divided into three groups:
- Understanding the Origin, which means Tawhid and Justice
- Understanding the Guide, which means Prophethood and Imamate
- Understanding the End or the Destination, which means the Hereafter
The axis of all these pillars is Divine Unity. The origin of being is God and our destination is God as well: Ø§Ù†Ø§ Ù„Ù„Ù‡ Ùˆ Ø§Ù†Ø§ Ø§Ù„ÛŒÙ‡ Ø±Ø§Ø¬Ø¹ÙˆÙ†. Justice is one of his traits and the guiders in this path are his ambassadors, caliphs, and representatives.
But we should also notice that the Qurâan has used the word Imam or its plural form in 12 verses, which are: