I dont understand the Difference between Sunni and Shia?

How is Sunni and Shia different if they both follow Islam?

Why would you hate each other?

How did Shia's come to be around?

Shia's and Sunni's are two branches of Islam right? Why are their two branches?

How do you plan to help the world understand Islam better if you have hatred in your very own religion?

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  • 9 years ago
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    shia are the largest minority denomination (10-20%) based on the Islamic faith after Sunni Islam. Shias adhere to the teachings of Islamic prophet Muhammad and the religious guidance of his family (who are referred to as the Ahl al-Bayt) or his descendants known as Shi'a Imams, whom they consider to be infallible. Shia's assert the right of Ali ibn Abi Talib (Muhammad's cousin and husband of Fatimah) as successor to Muhammad

    both are Muslims following different fiqa.they both practice the Islamic values but see hadith and quran from different perspective

    Sunni Muslims are the largest denomination of Islam. Sunni Islam is also referred to as Sunnism or as Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā‘h (people of the example (of Muhammad) and the community) which implies that they are the majority, or Ahl as-Sunnah for short. The word Sunni comes from the word Sunnah, which means the words and actions or example of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. They represent the branch of Islam that accepted the caliphate of Abu Bakr due to him being chosen by Shurah. Shurah over the caliphate is the first distinguishing factor of Sunni Islam.

    Sunni Islam and Shia Islam are the two major denominations of Islam. Approximately 85% of Muslims are Sunni and 15% are Shi'a, with a small minority belonging to other sects. Shi'a Muslims are the majority in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, countries considered to be the cradles of civilization. Sunnis are a majority in Indonesia and in African and Indian Muslim communities. The historic background of the Sunni-Shia split lies in the schism that occurred when the Islamic prophet Muhammad died in the year 632, leading to a dispute over succession to Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic community spread across various parts of the world.

    Over the years Sunni-Shia relations have been marked by both cooperation and conflict. Today there are differences in religious practice, traditions, and customs in addition to religious belief.

    The Shia believe that Muhammad divinely ordained his cousin and son-in-law Ali (the father of his only two grandsons Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali) in accordance with the command of God to be the next caliph, making Ali and his direct descendants Muhammad's successors. The Sunnis hold that Abu Bakr was Muhammad's rightful successor and that all caliphs should be chosen by consensus of the Ummah, Muslim community, and that this method of choosing or electing leaders (Shura) is endorsed by the Qur'an. The meeting of Saqifah, however, during which Abu Bakr was elected, was held secretly immediately after the death of the prophet, with Ali and the prophet's closest Sahaba excluded.

    Sunnis follow the Rashidun (rightly-guided caliphs), which were the first four caliphs who ruled after the death of Muhammad (Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman Ibn Affan, and Ali). Shias discount the legitimacy of the first three caliphs and believe that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man (after Muhammad) and that he and his descendants by Muhammad's daughter Fatimah, the Imamah (Shia imans) are the sole legitimate Islamic leaders.

    A rift also still exists between Sunnis and some small Shia branches who curse Aisha (RA) and the first three Caliphs. Sunnis strongly disagree with this practice. Mainstream Shias do not consider the cursing of the first three caliphs as a sin, but neither do they consider it helpful to the Shia cause, and hence do not endorse it.

    Most Sunni and Shia believe that the Mahdi will appear at end times to bring about a perfect and just Islamic society. Twelver Shia believe the Mahdi will be Muhammad al-Mahdi, the twelfth Imam returned from occultation where he has been hidden by God since 874 AD. Sunni do not accept this.

    The Shias accept most of the same hadiths used by Sunnis as part of the Sunna and to argue their case. In addition they use hadith narrated by the Ahl al-Bayt (the prophet's family through Ali), that Sunni do not consider hadith. Some Sunni-accepted hadith are less favored by Shia, for example, because of Aisha's opposition to Ali (whom they believe to have been divinely appointed by Mohammad), hadith narrated by Aisha are not given the same authority as those by other companions.

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  • 9 years ago

    we shias believe the prophet wanted ALI (his cousin) to be the next khalifa. and that the RIGHT and the ONLY message (the message of the prophet) was kept by ALi and that umar and the other two made their own things up and changed the religion.

    so after mohammad died they didn't let ali be the leader and did all of their wrong things. The message of Muhammad (not the quran because it survives through time) but the message of the sunnah and of what really happened at that time was kept by Ali and passed down to the other 11 descendants of the prophet. the last one will be Imam Mahdi

    sunnis love umar and abu bakr and uthman more than Ali and the 12 imams. It EVEN SAYS IN SAHIH BUkhari and sahih muslim (sunnis most trusted books) that there will be 12 IMAMS!

    and it also says in their hadiths sahih bukhari that mohammad left two things for the people. one was the Quran and the second was the ahlul bayt (his family) Fatima and the twelve Imams.

    thats where the true message of Islam is the 12 imams(rulers of the islamic world) and they will ALL be from Quraysh. and when Mahdi the 12th imam comes he will show the true message of Islam to the world again.

    Source(s): try this it will give you some of the answers: www.abubakr.org
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  • 9 years ago

    After the death of muhammad, the leadership of the muslim community was carried out by the four rightly guided caliphs. these are regarded as having preserved orthodoxy in islam. Each was renowned for their own contributions to the islam community.

    Sunni make up 90% of the muslim community, whilst Shia makes the remaining 10%.

    The ultimate dispute between both is who should be the leader of islam after the death of muhammad.

    Shia believe that the leader should be a descendent of the prophet- have familial links.

    Sunni believe that the leader should be chosen among the tribe of muhammad but doesn't have to be one of his direct descendants.

    As for your last question, i'm not even muslim, so i wouldn't know...

    Source(s): indepth study of islam
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  • 9 years ago

    Shia are pretty much not even muslim. They believe self-harm is justifiable and mourning some relative of the prophet muhammad. Why would we mourn for some guy when the prophet himself told us not to mourn for him. Better yet, why would we cut ourselves and smile as our blood and childrens blood spills all over the carpet in hopes of mourning for this one guy who does not even compare to the prophet. Sunni is authentic islam. We make up 90% of all muslims and are only considered a "sect" because we had to be given some distinguishing title when the other stupid "sects" were made.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Sunni are monotheists, unlike Shia

    Muslims worship only Allah, Shia love Ali and Hussein more ...


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    Shiism was made by a jew called Abdullah Ibn Saba

    Search for the founder of Shiism..

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Its all in the food, Sunni like shish and Shia like doner

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  • Tebriz
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    9 years ago

    Shias don't follow islam.... do mormons follow christianity?

    I don't hate... I separate truth from falsehood

    Shiaism was spread by the sword by shah ismail who butchered iran into a shia country, that is why iran is shia now.

    again, shiaism is not islam or apart of it... shiaism and islam have nothing to do with eachother.

    it's not hatred..... again.. are mesianic jews really follow judaism... do mormons follow real christanity... no.... same thing with shias.


    Qinzy is not shia.. she does not hold beliefs that are necessarily within shiaism.

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  • 9 years ago

    @ Asker: Ak who gave the link is a CLONE

    Lanat on Sunni taghuts

    Source(s): Aisha was NOT wife of Prophet(saww)
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    this is a terrible place to learn about this stuff... I suggest you choose a user and ask them or actually go ask sunni and shia imams this... i can give u contact info for a shia imam ^-^

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    it's simple. mohammad in the last 9 years of his life attacked between 72 to 100 villages and towns. of these he lead 27 of the attacks personally. he would then receive 20% of all the wealth and 20% of the women and children as slaves that he would either auction them off to his gang or he would send them to the slave market. after mohammad died it was a power struggle to see who would take his place and receive the 20% of the booty and slaves.

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