What's the main differences between Sunnie and Shiite sects in the Muslim faith?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sunni worship Allah only (Saddam's tribe)

    Sheites worship Mohammad actually, but Allah theoretically

    The She' ites were persecuted by Saddam. Now they are the majority and they are just as bad (violent) as the Sunni.

    Iraq is having a civil war, we are in the middle being shot at by both sides. Bush is too stupid to realize it.

  • mil's
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Sunni believes that the Prophet did not name anyone as his successor and thus, the affairs of leading the Muslim community can be undertaken by any capable Muslims while Shiites believe that the authority must be exercised by the family of the Prophet (peace be upon him), thus the dogma that Saidina Ali the son-in-law of the Prophet being the appointed and anointed natural successor of the Prophet.

    This happened due to differences in interpreting the holy Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions). That's why Muslims are extremely conservative and orthodox when it comes to deriving laws and verdicts from the holy Quran and the Sunnah, since even Muslims ourselves can come up with different outcomes. This also explains why Muslims are very concerned with non-Muslims interpreting our holy Book and our Prophet's Sunnah, since it can be easily misleading, if the strict rules set out by Islamic tradition are not followed closely.

    Both however agree in several major doctrines of Islam - the Oneness of God, the prophethood, the Hereafter, etc.

    God alone judges best as He indeed knows best.

  • 1 decade ago

    The main difference is that the Shiite believe that Ali the Prophet's cousin was chosen by the Prophet to be the Caliph after him, but actually the Prophet chose Abu Bakr to be the Caliph. They believe that he was the one who was supposed to lead the faith, therefore Shiite were born when Abu Bakr took over, which was his right because the Prophet appointed him to be the caliph.

    And they didn't declare some of the men that became Caliphs were Caliphs. Some refused the Hadith that were told after the Prophet by some of the men they deny. Some have corrupt beliefs, such as demeaning some of the Caliphs and the Prophet's Sahaba ( people who were with him and trusted him and vice versa)

    for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiite

    Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiite and my knowledge and readings
  • Smiley
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Shia believe that Ali ibn abu Talib was appointed as successor by the Prophet (pbuh) at Ghadeer, during his final sermon. Sunnis believe that no successor was appointed, but a council of the closest companions chose Abu Bakr as the first caliph. Later, Ali ibn abu Talib was chosen as caliph, and it seems this should have healed the divide, but after that, Muwayyah oppressed the companions of the sons of Ali, and Muwayyah's son Yazid went to war with Hussein, the son of Ali, and killed many of the believers. This was what really sealed the divide.

    Since the Sunni caliphate is no longer existing, and the Shia Imamate is in occultation, as far as daily life is concerned, in belief, there is little difference, but most of the difference is historical animosity.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Many Muslim scholars say that they are not even considered Muslims, which seems reasonable.



    The religion was started by Jew who pretended to convert to Islam named Abdullah Ibn Saba. Don't let them say he didn't exist because their "infallible" Imams attest to his existence.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why not do a Y!A search? This question has been asked and answered about two million times already.

  • 1 decade ago


    thats our faith

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