The period of the Rightly Guided Caliphs is often referred to as ‘The Goldren Era’ of Sunni Islam. It is remembered as a time when Muslims subdued their enemies, spread the religion and social justice across new continents and millions embraced Islam as their new way of life. Whilst we Sunni’s celebrate the successes of the Caliphate system, the memories of early Shi’i Islam is mourned by its adherents as being its darkest period marred by splits, repression of the Imaams and sectarianism. Annual bloodbath ceremonies are enacted to remember phases of early shi’a history.
The extent of shi’i infighting and confusion
over who should be God’s appointee on Earth (Imam) is documented by a book called Kitaab Firq Al Shia by Abu Muhammad al Hassan al-Nawbakhti. He is an early shi’i scholar who documents the Imami Shi’a perspective on the differences among, and origins of the various sects within Shi’ism.
This book contains beneficial knowledge for Ahlus Sunnah because it gives Sunni’s a perspective of the turbulent origins of Imaamah within Shi’aism. After reading it no one can possibly call for a return to the times of the shi’a Imaams.
In fact today’s accursed Ithna Ashari shi’as don’t do that. They believe that the 12th Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi is present (Al-Qaim) and he is Imaam Al Hujjah (God’s Last Proof on Earth) and it is he who will bring justice and peace to planet Earth.
In the absence of justice and the 12th Imam for over 1100 years we can safely say Imaamah is just a ‘concept’ and a smokescreen for shi’as to reject the Caliphate system out of jealousy, hatred and ignorance.
You can get the book from amazon, its worth reading for those who want to learn about shi’a history.