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I have noted that the Shia Muslims use a stone called (Muhr) for saying prayers but the Sunni Muslims don't use that and also consider it something taboo.
Why such difference in style?

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The sunni's don't use a stone (Muhr) as the shia because there is no hadith from the prophet (PBUH) that says we should only pray on a stone. On the contrary, Islam is an easy religion to its followers and not to ask them to do things that they will not be able to do such as we should only pray on a stone.

In the Quran:

Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants]


He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty.

Moreover, We have hadiths (in Sahih Bukhary and Sahih Muslim) that says we can pray on anything.

First Hadith:

Jabir b. 'Abdullah al-Ansari reported:

The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said:

I have been conferred upon five (things) which were not granted to anyone before me (and these are): Every apostle wassent particularly to his own people, whereas I have been sent to all the red and the black the spoils of war have been made lawful for me, and these were never made lawful to anyone before me, and the earth has been made sacred and pure and mosque for me, so whenever the time of prayer comes for any one of you he should pray whenever he is, and I have been supported by awe (by which the enemy is overwhelmed) from the distance (which one takes) one month to cover and I have been granted intercession.

Second Hadith:

Narrated Maimuna: (the wife of the Prophet)

During my menses, I never prayed, but used to sit on the mat beside the mosque of Allah's Apostle. He used to offer the prayer on his sheet and in prostration some of his clothes used to touch me."

(In Bukhary and Muslim)

As for the part that says it is considered taboo. Sunnis don't on a clay because it contradicts the the Quran and the hadith as I mentioned earlier. Second thing, Sunnis don't like the idea that the clay used is considered the best if it was from Kerbala. This promotes the idea that Kerbala is considered holier than Mecca or Madinah. This is a really serious issue in the eyes of the sunnis.

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praying on hard surface is better then praying on soft ones? see this :islam.stackexchange.com/questions/7581/… –  Islam Mar 9 '13 at 20:06
This answer fails to answer the question: Why Shia Muslims use a stone for saying prayers but Sunni Muslims don't? and Why such difference in style?. And is an attempt to comment on another post. Please go through How to Answer. –  Bleeding Fingers Jan 14 at 17:06
@Suhaib Answers should not be used as platform to rant and contradict surrounding answers. They should focus objectively on the question and answer it. –  Bleeding Fingers Jan 16 at 20:16
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The only material we pray on is mud that is pure and clean. We don't pray on clay to "worship it", we pray on it because it is pure, and as all Muslims — Shi'a and Sunni — believe that one must be clean and in a clean environment to pray.

I once asked my Sunni friend: "Why do you Sunni people pray with your shoes on in the mosque? Isn't the mosque an untainted and a holy place? What if you get mud on shoes, can you still pray with them?" She replied with: "Yes we can pray with our shoes if there's mud on it because mud is 'tahr' so it doesn't really matter" I told her that "Us Shi'a Muslims pray on mud merely because its 'tahr' and Sunni Muslims object that and believe that we are worshiping them as idols"

The point is that us Shi'a Muslims pray on a 'turbah' (which comes from the word tarab that means mud) because it is tahr and pure. And the prophet used to pray on pure flat GROUND because in the prophet's time they did not have a sijadah as there was no technology back then to produce them.

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