Sects are branches of Islam. There are many, but the most known are Sunni Islam, Shia Islam, and Sufism.

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Why are they called sects in Islam and not denominations?

I understand that Islam has different ideologies and ways of interpreting the Qur'an, and those people with like views will stay together and call themselves a group. Though I wonder, why is each ...
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Praying like other sects

Is there any problem by praying by the way that muslims from other sects does? And if I was praying alone?
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What is the concept of sects in Islam?

I have heard majority of people say that there were no sects in the era of Hazrat Muhammad(PBUH). Then, how and why did the sects in Islam came into being?
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Are Al-Jabiriyah considered “outside the fold of Islam”?

The Wikipedia article on "Predestination in Islam" contains the (unsupported) assertion that: There are only two groups who represent the extremes regarding Qadar and are considered outside the ...
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How fragmented is the Islam religious group?

There are many, many, many groups that all say they are Christian yet they have such differing views on what that is that they will not worship together. Is Islam the same? Roughly, how many groups of ...
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What are the different Madhabs created by people in Islam?

Islam is one, but we hear about different Madhabs. I would like to gain information regarding various madhab. How many ? How were they formed ? What common things bind them together ? Please let ...
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Are the Alawites considered to be outside the fold of Islam by mainstream Sunnis and Shi'a?

Alawites do not follow many of the core principles of Islam, such as Ramadan or Hijab. They don't have 5 pillars (but 7), which they don't practice and many consider Ali to have been Allah in human ...
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Do the four Sunni Madh'hab 'divide' Muslims?

What are the rulings over differences in opinion between Madh'habs? How should they be resolved? As an example: as the Hanafi interpretation of 'Praying the prayers according to it's time' leading to ...
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What defines a sect in Islam?

What exactly defines a sect in Islam? There are many supposed sects in Islam, but how do you define this label? I know the two 'major' sects in Islam are the Shia and Sunni, but why are these ...
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What is wahabism?

Recently I heard the term 'wahabism' for specifying a group of muslims . Actually what is wahabism? Is it a sect or normal religious group?
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Can a Muslim not belong to any sect?

Is it possible for a Muslim to not identify himself/herself belonging to any sects? If so, how does s/he chose what to believe on the controversial (different sects have different opinions) topics.
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Is it sin to categorize yourself into a particular sect?

What is the ruling in Islam regarding categorization of muslims into sects like Sunni and Shia? Does Allah allow/disallow it in Quran? What did Prophet (P.B.U.H) say about it? Would it be a sin if I ...