What is the difference of sunni and shia ?

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edited Nov 09 '13 at 07:36 Bibi Amina ♦ 60618 Bibi%20Amina's gravatar image

The division between Shia and Sunni dates back to the death of the Prophet Muhammad, and the question of who was to take over the leadership of the Muslim nation. Sunni Muslims agree with the position taken by many of the Prophet's companions, that the new leader should be elected from among those capable of the job. This is what was done, and the Prophet Muhammad's close friend and advisor, Abu Bakr, became the first Caliph of the Islamic nation. The word "Sunni" in Arabic comes from a word meaning "one who follows the traditions of the Prophet." On the other hand, some Muslims share the belief that leadership should have stayed within the Prophet's own family, among those specifically appointed by him, or among Imams appointed by God Himself.The Shia Muslims believe that following the Prophet Muhammad's death, leadership should have passed directly to his cousin/son-in-law, Ali bin Abu Talib. Throughout history, Shia Muslims have not recognized the authority of elected Muslim leaders, choosing instead to follow a line of Imams which they believe have been appointed by the Prophet Muhammad or God Himself. The word "Shia" in Arabic means a group or supportive party of people. The commonly-known term is shortened from the historical "Shia-t-Ali," or "the Party of Ali." They are also known as followers of "Ahl-al-Bayt" or "People of the Household" (of the Prophet). Salam

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answered 60618 Bibi%20Amina's gravatar image

Salam... Zazakkallahu khair...

(Nov 09 '13 at 08:07) Mohamed bilal Mohamed%20bilal's gravatar image

@Bibi Amina is this the haqq??? I'm going to pull up the post what happened at saqeefah. Do read it, for if you are going to present the difference from what the web site claims is the root them we must really understand what happened. For only then can we grasp the reason for the difference. Salaam

(Nov 09 '13 at 09:06) yaqin ♦ yaqin's gravatar image

Sister I looked at the post and I see that you posted on it and you did a great job with your information. You can pull it up if you want. I was going to do it but I decided to leave it up to you. Salaam

(Nov 09 '13 at 09:23) yaqin ♦ yaqin's gravatar image

Can you please give the site for "what happen at saqeefah" Salam

(Nov 09 '13 at 09:31) Bibi Amina ♦ Bibi%20Amina's gravatar image

Visite this site to find more about your question.

http://islam.about.com/cs/divisions/f/shia_sunni.htm

Salam and peace be upon you

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answered 60618 Bibi%20Amina's gravatar image

Zazakallah for giving this web site. It is very usefull.. Now i understand that who is sunni and who is shia.. Thx a lot.. May allah will regard u for ur help.. Zazakkallah khair.... Salam...

(Nov 09 '13 at 08:15) Mohamed bilal Mohamed%20bilal's gravatar image

Sister this the link I was talking about. You do not have to remove it for we have given both sides by posting the saqeefah post. It is ok sister, may Allah reward you. Salaam

(Nov 09 '13 at 10:47) yaqin ♦ yaqin's gravatar image
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