Isis has been a catastrophe for sunnis accelerating and deepening a reversal in the fortunes of the majority sect of islam old sunni-shiite. Congressional research service ˜ the library of congress crs report for congress received through the crs web order code rs21745 february 23, 2004 islam: sunnis and shiites. Lesley hazleton, author of after the prophet, talks to time about the origins and importance of the split between sunni and shi'ite muslims. In some countries, significant shares of muslims don’t even see the distinction between sunni and shia islam as relevant.
Article 2 social education,october 1994 islam: sunnis and shiites muhammad hanif muhammad hanif is an associate professor in the early andislam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions, and isy. Sunni islam and shia islam are ayatollah ruhollah khomeini endeavored to bridge the gap between shiites and sunnis by declaring it permissible for twelvers to. Shiite-sunni conflicts are raging in syria, iraq, lebanon and pakistan and the divide is growing deeper across the muslim world this historical schism continues to permeate the daily lives of muslims around the world ken chitwood is a phd student of religion in the americas, global islam, at university of florida. They do this in conformity with the order of prophet reported in the authentic sunni and shi’i collections of the al-islamorg site and the dilp are. Clashes between islam's two big sects, the sunni and the shia, take place across the muslim world in the middle east a potent mix of religion and politics has sharpened the divide between iran’s shia government and the. The shiite tribes of the south probably only converted to shiism in the past 200 year s and, sunni-shiite riots per se were rare in 20th century iraq sunnis and shiites cooperated in the 1920 rebellion against the british if you read the newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, you don't see anything about sunni-shiite riots.
Sunni islam (/ ˈ s uː n i, ˈ s ʊ n i /) is the largest denomination of islam its name comes from the word sunnah, referring to the exemplary behaviour of the islamic prophet muhammad the differences between sunni and shia muslims arose from a disagreement over the choice of muhammad's successor and subsequently acquired. Sadly for the minority shiites, the sunni won out and abu bakr became the leader of islam, known as the caliph however, this did not settle the conflict in the mind of the shiites and violence and war began to torment islam.
Tensions between saudi arabia and iran have reached new heights with riyadh's execution on saturday of a shiite cleric despite tehran's calls for clemency h. What is the difference between shia, sunni those of the shiite views which are opposed by sunnis or a group of them: ,but sunni islam chose the caliph(s. Shiites gradually became the glue that held persia together and distinguished it from the ottoman empire to its west, which was sunni, and the mughal muslims to the east in india, also sunni this was the geography of shiite islam, and it would prevail into the 20th century. The war for islam amid a roiling as it requires harkening to either shiite or sunni conceptions of islam shiites and sunnis each have their own methodology.
The saudi royal family, which practices an austere and conservative strand of sunni islam known as wahhabism, controls islam’s holiest shrines, mecca and medina karbala, kufa and najaf in iraq are revered shrines for the shiites. In islam, there are two main sects: sunni and shi'a sunni islam is the largest sect, although in some countries it is a minority sunnis have their historical roots in the majority group who followed abu bakr, an effective leader, as the successor of muhammad, instead of his cousin and son-in-law ali.
What are the differences between sunnis and shia. Shiites and sunnis share the quran but have different collections of the hadith, which are the traditions and deeds of muhammad shiites believe that the imams are the source for the hadith sunnis believe the hadith come from the prophet's companions. Sunnis vs shi'ites: the vast majority of the world’s muslim population follows the sunni branch of islam, while approximately 10-15% of all muslims follow the shiite (also shi’ite, shi’a, or shia) branch. Additionally, both sunnis and shiites believe that the prophet muhammad established the islam religion during the seventh century the schism between the two sects began. How historical divisions of political and spiritual leadership separated shia and sunni where sunni and shiite no basis in islam for a. Sunni muslims and shia muslims (also known as shiites) comprise the two main sects within islam sunni and shia identities first formed around a dispute over leadership succession soon after the death of the prophet muhammad in 632 ad. The shiites were divided primarily among iran, iraq and lebanon, with alawites (an off-shoot of shia islam) in syria this area has come to be known as the shia crescent sunni muslims make up the bulk of the population of other countries in the region, with pockets of shiites scattered among them.
So what we can conclude at the end of the day, it's important to remember that the majority of ordinary sunnis and shiites do not hate each other, and both groups share the same core tenets of islam. Geographically, the sunni/shia picture differs across the middle east and the rest of the world (see graphic, above) sunnis are the more dominant form of islam – at least 80 per cent of muslims worldwide some sunni dominated countries include saudi arabia, egypt, turkey and syria (see more on syria, below. The great majority of the world's more than 15 billion muslims are sunnis - estimates suggest the figure is somewhere between 85% and 90% in the middle. Interestingly, both sunni and shia islam accept the muslim teaching that jesus is one of many prophets in islam yet the new testament is the book in which many of the historic teachings of jesus can be found. Sunnis view shiites as from the ahlul-bidah — the people of innovation sunnis oppose shi'ite beliefs concerning some of the companions of the prophet, the belief in the imamate and difference on the caliphate, and others. The majority of the world’s muslim population follows the sunni branch of islam, and approximately 10%-15% of all muslims follow the shiite (shi’ite, shi’a, shia) branch.