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What is difference between SHIA and SUNNI?Why cant theu tolerate each other?

Asked by Ashish, 21 Dec '08 10:30 pm
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The major division among Muslims is between the Shias (the followers of Ali) and the Sunnis (the traditionalists). The division began right after the death of Muhammad ibn Abdillah, the founder of Islam. Right away, the question had to be addressed: who would be Muhammads successor: the caliph? Who would lead the Muslim community: the ummah? Muhammad had managed to unite disparate tribes under the banner of Islam, and a caliph would be needed to rule over them and maintain the faith. Who should it be? How should the caliph be selected?

A leading candidate was Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first convert to Islam. Ali was related to Muhammad in two ways. He was Muhammads cousin, as well as his son in law, husband of Muhammads daughter Fatima.

According to the Shias, Muhammad wanted Ali to be caliph. He was a close associate of Muhammads, and the two battled the Infidels (whoever wouldnt convert to this new religion) together on many occasions. According to the Shias, Muhammad made it perf ...more
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 21 Dec '08 11:01 pm

 
  
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Sunni
The Sunni are the largest group in Islam. In Arabic, as-Sunnah literally means "principle" or "path." The sunnah, or example of Muhammad is described as a main pillar of Sunni doctrine, with the place of hadith having been argued by scholars as part of the sunnah. Sunnis recognize four major legal traditions, or madhhabs: Maliki, Shafi'i, Hanafi, and Hanbali. All four accept the validity of the others and a Muslim might choose any one that he/she finds agreeable to his/her ideas. There are also several orthodox theological or philosophical traditions. The more recent Salafi movement among Sunnis, adherents of which often refuse to categorize themselves under any single legal tradition, sees itself as restorationist and claims to derive its teachings from the original sources of Islam.

Shi'a
Shi'a Muslims, the second-largest branch of Islam, differ from the Sunni in rejecting the authority of the first three caliphs. They honor different accounts of Muhammad (hadith) and have ...more
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 21 Dec '08 10:35 pm

 
  
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Shiah-a section among muslems.
Answered by bnramachandran, 21 Dec '08 10:36 pm

 
  
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It is just slightly different thoughts...not that they cannot tolerate each other...
Answered by Biswaroop Ghosh, 21 Dec '08 10:35 pm

 
  
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Both are human.
Answered by bindass rock, 21 Dec '08 10:34 pm

 
  
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Islam consists of so many sub-division, sub-sub divisions, each claiming their's is the only true Islam. They will act accordingly, A shia majority area sunni will be targetted including their Mosque, Likewise a Sunni majority Shia will be at the receiving end, Ahamadias through out the world is always at the receiving end, whether it is in India or in Paki

Muslims and Christians can remain happy so long we are in the majority . the moment they become majority no chance for the followers of other religion
Answered by SREENIVAS, 21 Oct '12 12:16 pm

 
  
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A very senstive issue but it is a matter of perception and beliefs. Shia's believe in Runa Lailas famous song- Ali da pahla number- meaning Ali was the true successor to Prophet Muhmmad .Ali was the son in law of the Prophet. While Sunni's feel the succession line was correct and there were three more Caliphs before Ali.
Answered by Deepak Joshi, 16 Nov '09 10:32 pm

 
  
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