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?
I will be mentioning the view of the shia and sunni in his answer
Why don't sunnis pray on a stone made from clay ?
Sunni don't use a stone (Muhr) as the shia because there is no authentic hadith from the prophet (PBUH) which say we should only pray on a stone. On the contrary, Praying on Mud/Clay only contradicts the verses that claim Islam is not considered a difficult religion.
Thus, Sunnis are allowed to pray on anything (mud, dust, stone, cloth, etc...). Not to mention it should be clean (don't pray on the bathroom floor).
I should also mention that there are other narrations in Sunni books such as At-Tabri, kanz ul ammul and other books which mention the prophet used to order muslims to pray on Mud/Clay only. Sunnis don't acknowledge these narrations because these are either fabricated or really weak and because of the two authentic hadiths (quoted above) which contradict these narrations.
Why do sunnis consider it taboo ?
Why do shia pray on a stone made from clay?
One of the conditions for the validity of prayers according to shia is to pray on clean and pure earth. One shia hadith attributed to an Imam specifically orders shia to pray on clay/mud only. Source of this hadith is found in the book Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, Volume 3 page 592
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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