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?
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:
Moreover, We have hadiths (in Sahih Bukhary and Sahih Muslim) that says we can pray on anything.
Jabir b. 'Abdullah al-Ansari reported:
The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said:
Narrated Maimuna: (the wife of the Prophet)
(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.
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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