Two of the biggest groups of Muslims. Sunnis are the vast majority (around 70% of all Muslims), while Shi'a are the next biggest majority (around 20% of all Muslims).

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is giving EDIEE to the younger ones a sunnah?

in our country, on eid day there is a custom of giving some money as gift (to people younger than us) and it is called EIDEE. i want to know how and from whom this custom is started.? this custom ...
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Fadak, Fatima and Abu baker [on hold]

Prophet (p) donate Fadak to his daughter Fatemeh (p), but after death of the prophet (p) and after many logomachies between Fatemeh (p) and Abu-baker,Abu-baker got it from Fatemeh (p) and it became ...
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Why did Ali (a.s) order to be buried in secret?

It is said that Ali (a.s) asked his friends and family to bury him secretly. His burial was revealed only later during the Abbasid caliphate by Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq (a.s), his descendant and the ...
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Is caliphate a sunni concept,shia or both? [closed]

After reading Wiki on Prophet Mohammed's descendants i gleaned thus: through Fatimah (Shia fiqu?)they are known as sharifs hence caliphs and caliphate.Why are ISIS-Sunni claiming a caliphate? Do Sunni ...
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is trading stock/index options haram?

i recently started trading stock options last month and made a healthy profit (percentage wise :) ). i want to know is option trading allowed in Islam ? EDIT: while searching for answer i came ...
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Why does the Shia and Sunni viewpoint differ on the concept of Khums? And what are those differences?

What's the difference between the viewpoint of Shia and Sunni about Khums? And why? Although the verse from which the rule of Khums is clear, the idea of Shia and Sunni about this rule is completely ...
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Where does 2.5% Zakat come from?

I was hoping that this information is in the Quran but I could not find it. Apparently the Quran only says, Pray Salat and give Zakat. Where does this value come from? Are there any variation in it ...
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Why is location of Fatima the daughter of Prophet Mohammad not known?

Why is the tomb of Sayda Fatima Zahraa(as) hidden? I know she asked Imam Ali(as) to not show her tomb for some guys who have tyrannize and abuse Her and Her family. What is the goal of not ...
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Original Successor of Muhammed

I just came across a wiki page where I studied about the Successor to Muhammed the Prophet. The article told that the succession is told differently in different divisions. The Sunnis claim that ...
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Did Imam Hussain married his daughter (Bibi Kubra) to his cousin (Hadrat Qasim Ibne-Hasan [a.s]) when he reached Karbala?

I heard two views about it view 1: There are three daughters of imam hussain(a.s) Bibi Sughra Bibi Kubra Bibi Sakeena and when Imam Hussain was in Karbala Bibi Sakeena and Bibi Kubra was with ...
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why is there a difference in prayer time between shia and sunni

I live in a country in which it is possible to hear both sunni and shia (azan), I noticed that sunni azan always precedes shia azan by few minutes ( from 5 to 15 min). Why is there such a difference? ...
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Can a Sunni Muslim offer prayers in a Shiite mosque?

Many peoples says don't offer salat in a Shiite mosque if you are Sunni Muslim. Is it impermissible to pray in a Shiite mosque?
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are first thirteen days of the month of Safar unlucky?

some people consider first thirteen days of safar as inauspicious and called them as TERA-TEZI. it there any hadith in support of this or it is just a superstition.
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Why some Muslims are against mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussain(a.s.) and his companions? [closed]

Some groups of Muslims look at mourning for Imam Hussain(a.s) as something unacceptable in Islam or bidah. What is there reasoning behind there thinking even knowing that Prophet Mohammad said ...
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Representative of imam mahdi (wilayet al fakih)

The defenition of welayat el fakih from wikipedia: ولاية الفقيه هي مصطلح سياسي ظهر حديثا في الفقه الشيعي. حيث يعتبرها فقهاء ولاية وحاكمية الفقيه الجامع للشرائط في عصر غيبة الإمام الحجة، حيث ينوب ...
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Prophits VS ahel el bayt

As I know Shia Consider Ahel el Bayt as Better(AFDAL) than Prophits Except Prophit Mohammad (PBUH) where are the clues in the holy quaraan or in hadith that lead to this conclusion.
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Is Tavassol (seeking means to approach God, like Imams) according to 5:35 shirk or inoperative?

The verse says: [5:35]O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed. Shia brothers believe in Tavassol(asking & ...
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Is sufism primarily associated with Shia or Sunni Islam?

Are sufi schools equally divided amongst the two major branches of Islam - Shia & Sunni, or are they primarily associated with Shia Islam?
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Who is Abdullah Bin Saba' (عبد الله بن سبأ)? (Shia View)

As far as I know, Abdullah Bin Saba' (عبد الله بن سبأ) was a Jew who pretended to be Muslim, and claimed that Ali was God, but in some research I realized that the Shia do not view him as a hypocrite, ...
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sunni view about Hazrat Ameer Mukhtar

According to shia view Hazrat Ameer Mukhtar piece be upon him got the government and honestly killed all the mean killers of Mola Hussain(A.S) and his companions(piece be upon them). what is the view ...
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Do Shia and Sunni have different Qurans?

I recently heard that Shia and Sunni have different Qurans. Is that true? Why do they have different Qurans (that is different physical copies)?
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What Islamic texts do the Sunni and Shia branches have in common?

Exactly as the title says. I figure that both branches would have the Qur'an in common, but I also recently learned that there are at least some Fiqhs that are Shia-only, and that implies at least ...
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Sunni view on the Twelver Shia Imams? (Hadeeth request)

During a visit to Medinah I interestingly saw the names of the twelve Shi'a Imams (i.e. of the Twelvers, the mainstream Shi'a) —peace be upon them— with their reputations, around two ...
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How can Shi'a Muslims know which Imam to follow?

All factions of Shi'a Muslims, despite their myriad differences, agree on the fundamental concept of Imamah: That the authority of leading the Islamic state is divinely-granted, and that not following ...
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Are Martyrs dead?

Some brothers say: Asking alive people (parents, teachers, doctors or anybody else) to help us is not Shirk. However asking prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his Ahl-ul-Bayt or other great Martyrs for help is ...
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Is directly invoking anyone other than Allah swt justifiable, or is it shirk?

(as translated by Shakir) [72:18] And that the mosques are Allah's, therefore call not upon any one with Allah: [72:19] And that when the servant of Allah stood up calling upon Him, they ...
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Did prophet Mohammad pbuh die or he was killed?

Did prophet Mohammad p.b.u.h die naturally or he was killed and is a martyr? Indeed, someone emailed to me and asked me about this issue, a question similar to this Q&A or this one: how did ...
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Intention + haraam financing = halaal financing? (Sunni view)

I understand that Sunni's consider all forms of Riba to be haraam, including riba based financing such as mortgages. I also understand that Shia based scholars consider riba to be haraam, but ...
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A.S or R.A? Which one is right?

In Shia view, people use (Alayh Al Salam = A.S.) after the name of Imams, but in Sunni view, (Rathi Allahu Anh = R.A.) is used. What is the reason behind or how do we know which one to use in this ...
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Shia view on zakaat

Is the Shia version of zakaat different from the sunni version? AFAIK, the sunni version of the zakaat is based on accumulated wealth every year. And apparently the Shia version of zakaat is based ...
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What Sunni brothers know of the Ghadeer-e-Khumm Hadeeth?

Hadeeth of Ghadeer-e-Khumm is maybe one of the strongest reasons (based on Hadeeth) for Shia Muslims to be Shia, for those who have never heard anything about it, in the last year of his blessing life ...
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What to do if a pregnant mother dies with a baby in her womb?

In this case should the baby be taken out with surgery or mother should be buried with the baby? Is there any verse or hadith in this regard? Please specify your answer in according to your school ...
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Guardians of Mecca according to Shia theology

I was looking at the interpretation of this verse from a shia perspective But why should Allah not punish them while they obstruct [people] from al-Masjid al- Haram and they were not its ...
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Major sources of supplications

I want to know what are the major books for supplications? For Shia Muslims, I know the collection book of mafatih-al-jinan with all the supplications from the prophet and the 12 holy household. ...
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Can a Hadith naratied from Khawarij be considered authentic?

According to Hadith sciences, how is a hadith which is narrated from Khawarij handled? Can it be considered authentic or as soon as it is proved it is narrated from any of Khawarij , is it considered ...
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Whom does this verse refer to (the ones who establish the prayer and pay the charity while in bow)?

Quran 5:55 says: إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّـهُ وَرَ‌سُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَ‌اكِعُونَ Your Master is only Allah, His ...
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Why is the jurisprudence (fiqh) of Sunni Muslims different than Shia Muslims? (Sunni View)

Well, Sunni Muslims believe in four Califs after the holy prophet S.A the fourth of which being the first Imam of Shia Muslims. However, they respect all The Fourteen Infallibles (not sure about how ...
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Why did Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) order the killing of Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf?

This question is inspired by this question: How should insults to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) be handled? Narrated Jabir bin 'Abdullah: The Prophet said, "Who is ready to kill Ka'b bin Al-Ashraf ...
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Is it accepted by sunni scholars Imam Ali a.s had Keramat?

The story of death of Salman Al-Farsi r.a. the Persian Sahabi of prophet is mentioned in different Shia books like this reference. It includes that Imam Ali passed a long distance in very short period ...
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How did Talha bin Ubaidullah die?

Talha bin Ubaidullah (may Allah be pleased with him) was one of the Ashara al-Mubasharîn bi-l-Janna. How did he die? Was it natural death? or, he died in battle? I would like to listen to both Sunni ...
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What are the major differences between Sunni and Shi'i prayer?

In another post, I asked Is it permissible for Sunni Muslims to pray behind Shi'a Muslims?. What I want to know now are the major differences so that I can understand this issue better.
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To what extent can Shura (consultation meeting of Muslims from some tribes) be used for selecting Caliph?

(derived from this question) Shura (mutual consultation) is clearly prescribed in the Qur'an, as follows: وَالَّذِينَ اسْتَجَابُوا لِرَبِّهِمْ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَمْرُهُمْ شُورَىٰ ...
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Why Shia Muslims use a stone for saying prayers but Sunni Muslims don't?

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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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 ...
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Whats the difference between a Sunni and Shiite Mosque?

I am considering converting to Islam at a mosque in my area. I have never been to a mosque before so this will be my first time. I'm not sure what type of mosque this mosque is - I am not sure if it ...