Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 1 decade ago

What is the difference between: Shite,Sunni,and Kurd Muslims?A congressman on a Intelligence Comtee didn't Kno

10 Answers

  • Dr.O
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Kurds are Sunni too but they are non Arabs,Iraqi shites are Arabs the only thing common with Iranians is the religion.Of course in the Border region there is Intermixing.Sunni and Shites are the two main branches of Islam in addition to that there are Sufis and Ahmedia sect in India Pakistan,Sufis originated in Turkey.There is also a considerable population of Shites in Saudi Arabia which is mostly Sunni.Shites and Sunni are Arch Enemies of each other by Religion.

  • 1 decade ago

    Wow, I could give you a very, very long response. But I'll spare you.

    The differences between the Sunnis and Shiites go back almost to the founding of Islam and are essentially about who should govern the church and how. Remember, the Protestant Reformation began 499 years ago; the Sunnis and Shiites have been split since the 600s. So, their differences are even more ingrained than the Protestant-Catholic split in Christianity.

    The Kurds are (mostly) not a separate religious group (they're mainly Sunni), but an ethnic minority.

    And, really, are you surprised?

  • towley
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Sunnis Shiites And Kurds

  • 1 decade ago

    The main difference between Sunni and Shiites is as follows.

    The Sunni recoginizes that the first four caliphs who were Mohammed's successors were the legitimate leaders of Muslims. The name Sunni comes from the Arabic sunnah, meaning the custom or example of the prophet Muhammad. Approx. 90% of muslims are Sunni.

    Shiites, in contrast, believe that only the heirs of the fourth caliph, Ali, are the legitimate successors of Mohammed. "Shia" comes from the Arabic word shi'at 'Ali, which means the partisans of Ali. Ali was the son-in-law and cousin of Muhammad, and Shias believe that he was the prophet's rightful successor. Ali ruled as the fourth caliph after Muhammad, but he was assassinated in 661.

    Source(s): History News Network and Ask Yahoo.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Kurds are made up of both Sunnis and Shiites Muslims. But they are not Arabs like the rest of Iraq.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Worst Answers: 1. Islam is a great and peaceful religion. 2. Newspaper explanation I read years ago about Lew Alcindor becoming a Muslim and changing his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was that he was a Sunni Muslim and Sunni's were the more peaceful branch of Islam. (ISIS is made up of Sunni's as is 85% of American Muslims).

  • 1 decade ago

    The difference is, Im A civilian romancatholic who wants to pay-off their fight,and im standing with their humanright's principle's,and it is not important to complicate what humanbeing can be,and im a southernman from the philippines has no the better great oneselfpride idea.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Are you asking, or just telling us he didn't know.

    They are different sects. That is, like the difference between cuban and a mexican. They are both latin, but different blood roots.

    The arabs countries and surrounding areas were different sects usually because they had different kings or princes at one time. Then someone either conquered, or joined many together, much like Saud did in Saudi Arabia.

  • 1 decade ago

    shiite: They believe that the Imam Ali should have been the islamic prophet

    Sunni: They believe that Muhammed is the last of the prophets.

    The Kurds are a branch of the shiites. ( Less religious a little more secular)

  • mcfee
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    purpose is the real distinction. actually not judgment. somebody might choose erotic artwork to be pornography via loss of adventure, or lack of ability to comprehend the unique purpose. yet yeah, the reality at the back of expression lies in purpose.

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