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

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Isn't it possible for Muslim Ummah to unite under one identity?

We can clearly see that until Muslims were just Muslims and not "Shia" and "Sunni" they ruled the world (well most of it). These major categories subdivided into countless sub-categories and today you ...
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Whabbism vs extermists why does the theology seem so close?

I used to say terrorists dont follow Islam by definition since killing and aggression is clearly against the religion. Learning more about Wahhabi-ism seems to go against this. Please tell me some ...
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The hadith foretelling that Islam will split into 73 sects

They had discussion on a religious issue, one belong to Deobandi group and another is from Barilwi's, at the end they did't convinced each other, and I was confused that who is on right path. I have ...
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In Wahhabism who is called a Muslim?

What are the minimum conditions by which one is considered a Muslim from the viewpoint of Wahhabism?
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Is there a sect in Islam that follows the the Quran to the exclusion of hadith?

In christianity protestants are Sola scriptura. Is there a similar muslim group who follow the same kind of belief that the Quran is all that needed, and disregard other texts (such as Hadith)?
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Do most Muslims not acknowledge the beliefs of ISIS as a form of Islam? [closed]

In an interview I heard on CSPAN with Jessica Stern (I found the same point documented online in this article), she claims that most Muslims do not acknowledge ISIS as a form of Islam in the same way ...
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Kissing thumbs and then touching eyes after Muhammad name [duplicate]

I have seen many people in Friday prayer in khutbah when Muhammad (pbuh) is mention,that they would kiss there thumbs and then touch those to there closed eyes. Is there any reference to that in Quran ...
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Is reciting 'salat o salam' in mehfil(gathering) allowed in Islam?

There has been much debate among deobandi and baralvi of salat o salam, but both sect belong to Sunni. However there are one sect who say companions of prophet Muhammad(PBUH) use to recall salat o ...
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What are the principle/fundamental differences between Sunni and Shia? [closed]

Although I do believe that the separation into sects of Islam is terrible and contradicts with the Qur'an (6:159, 30:32 and etc...) I'm interested in knowing why there is so much conflict between both ...
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Are bahaism and babism counted as one of the branches of shiism?

bahai or babi sects formed in an Islamic country (Iran).they follow Bahá’u’lláh and Ali mohammad shirazi or bab as their leader . Are they counted as branches of shiism?
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Is it mandatory for Muslims to choose the right sect or they ought to defend their current sect?

In accordance with a narration, after the Prophet (pbuh), the Ummah will be divided into 73sect, 72sects will go to hell, and just one of them will go to heaven. Mu’awiyah b. Abi Sufiyan stood ...
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Are Muslim jins Sunni or Shia? (if there are Muslim jins)

In case of being the Muslim jins, are they divided in Sunni and Shia like Muslims? (I am looking for authentic ahadith)
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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? [closed]

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 Wahhabism?

Recently I heard the term 'Wahhabism' for specifying a group of muslims . Actually what is Wahhabism? 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 ...