Definition: The majority Shi'a are "Twelver Imam Shia," a name which stems from the fact that they believe that the Imamate began with 'Ali, the fourth caliph in Islam and continued through his sons until the Twelfth Imam, who is believed to be "hidden" or to have ascended to a supernatural state but will return to earth on Judgment Day.
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