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5 Major Differences Between Sunni and Shia Muslims [Must Read]

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SUNNI-SHIAFollowing the international outrage at the killing of a Shia cleric by Sunni majority Saudi Arabia, this piece elaborates on the differences between both Islamic sects.

From Nigeria, to Iran, Saudi Arabia and other world countries, there have been several uproars among Islamic followers and leaders believed to be sectarian disputes in the world.

The recent cases was the Shiite/Military attacks in Nigeria, ad the execution of Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, a country believed to be Sunni Nation.

Who are the Sunni and Shia (Shi’ites) in Islam?

Sunni and Shia Islam are the two major denominations of Islam. The demographic breakdown between the two denominations is difficult to assess and varies by source, but a good approximation is that 85-90% of the world’s Muslims are Sunni and 10-15% are Shia, with most Shias belonging to the Twelver tradition and the rest divided between many other groups.

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, which led to the Battle of Siffin. The dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn Ali and his household were killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for revenge divided the early Islamic community. Today, there are differences in religious practice, traditions, and customs, often related to jurisprudence. Although all Muslim groups consider the Quran to be divine, Sunni and Shia have different opinions on hadith.

These are 5 major distinctions between Sunnis and Shias which can be seen through observation: Click “Continue Reading” to see them

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