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From the FAQ:

"Major Divisions

Sunni: Approximately 85% of Muslims are Sunnis. They consider the first successor (khalifah) to the Prophet to have rightly been Abu Bakr. They regard the first four caliphs (Abu Bakr, Omar, Uthman, and 'Ali) to have been “rightly guided”. Following these four caliphs, rulership became dynastic and often very un-Islamic and the capital was moved to Damascus and later to Baghdad.

Shi'i: The remaining 15% of Muslims. There name comes from the Arabic for “party” or “partisans”. They believed that the successor to the Prophet needed to be not only a political ruler, but the spiritual and jurisprudential leader as well. There are three main divisions, but each agrees that the Prophet designated his son-in-law, 'Ali, as his successor."

Does this mean the Shi'ites regard the first three caliphs chosen to be incorrectly chosen? If the Prophet designated his son-in-law why was this wish not followed? TIA

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