What is the difference in belief between the Kurds, Shiites, Soenites?
Why are these muslim groups fighting against each other?
Is the fundament dfor these fights the differences in their religion or are ther other difficulties and problems between these groups?
Are the Kurds, Shiites, Soenites the only directions in Islam or are there still other sects? Where can I find a overview of these groups and the differences between them?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Kurds are not a religious sect, they are a nation, a part of the state of Iraq......some of them are Muslim, but a majority are Zoroastrian or some other kind of off-shoot sect that claims to be Islamic.
To find out more about the numerous sects in Islam please go to: http://www.allaahuakbar.net or http://www.allaahuakbar.in on either of these two sites you will find a section called 'Guard your faith' .....if you click on this you will find info on many of the different sects that claim to be Muslims, but who have infact deviated from the teachings of Qur'an and Sunnah.
The term 'Sunni Muslim' means a Muslim who follows the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him).
The Sunnah literally means 'a path or a way. It is everything that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) said, did, encouraged, approved and disapproved of.
A good Sunni Muslim will do there best to follow the examples set by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
You may also have come across the term 'Shi'a Muslim'. Shi'a literally means 'to separate'. this refers to those Muslims who separated from the main body of Muslims after the death of Prophet Muhammad. They did not agree with the Prophet's choice on who should succeed him after his death.
The Shi'a Muslims (Shi'ites) believe that only those who were decended from the Prophet, i.e. Ali ibnu Abu Talib, husband of the Prophet's daughter, Fatimah, are the only ones who have a right to claim leadership (Khalifah) over the Muslim community.
But the problem here is that the Shi'ites do not understand that the bloodline of the Prophet Muhammad does not continue after his death because he did not have sons who survived into adulthood, and lineage does not pass through daughters.Source(s): **CoMmOn SeNsE & UnDeRsTaNdInG**
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Kurd…isn't a religion…it's a nation ….almost of them are Sunni
About the difference between Shi'a and Sunni …..THERE IS VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE:
The difference isn't as Protestants-Catholics differences (about god, Jesus and trinity)
The difference is in "smaller" issues and the most important is the leader ("legal" one) after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Almost of differences are historical.
According to wikipedia (and it's very close to the right)
((Sunni believe that Muhammad died without appointing a successor to lead the Muslim community. After an initial period of confusion, a group of his most prominent companions gathered and elected Abu Bakr, the Prophet's close friend and father-in-law, as the first Caliph.
Sunnis initially believed that the position of Caliph should be democratically chosen.
Shi`a Islam is the second largest denomination of Islam. Shi`a Muslims believe that Ali was appointed by Muhammad to be the direct successor and leader of the Muslim community. They regard him as the first Imam, which continued as a hereditary position through Ali's descendants (twelve Imams). ))
The Sunni Muslims are near to 1.300 billion
The Shi'i Muslims are near to 120 million.
- Pretty GirlLv 41 decade ago
Kurd is nation it is not religion.
Shiet and sonnie have different beliefs in the leaders after Muhammad.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The Kurds are Sunnis, but they're a separate ethnic group.
Shiites and Sunnites are like Protestants and Catholics.