In Lech Lecha. Does it have to do with Shevatim?
They also have 12 Imams. That is probably also connected.
PBA: That leaves like 1000 years before Mohammed unaccounted for. During which they were idol worshipers.
So what happened to the passuk during that time?
1000 years? from Yishmoel to mohammed is more like 2000 years.
Twelvers are, by definition, Shiites and are almost entirely Persian or other non-Yishmeaelite ethnicities.
To answer the original question, HaRav Avigdor Miller zt”l says that yes. The 12 do correspond to the 12 shevotim. This signifies that, as a son of Avrohom Ovinu, Yishmo’el could have gained some parallel to the shevotim, but didn’t. You can check it out in HaRav Miller’s sefer on Bereishis, “The Beginning”.
B’shem amro: My partner in Torah asked me this question. I would really love an answer that makes sense.
Goodbye – thank you so much! I am so excited to tell her that answer.