This question is stuck in my head from quite some time now that why shia and sunnis are offering namaz in a different way, in fact, most of the namaz part is different.

I am a Sunni Muslim and one of my friends is Shia Muslim her namaz is quite different from us why it is?

We all are Muslims and we should pray in the same way. Which way is authenticated and which one is recommended by Rasool(SAW). I searched a lot and most of the places I found(our namaz method).

  • These are two distinct questions which should be asked separately. As for which is correct this kind of question is off-topic here.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented May 25, 2019 at 16:45
  • @Medi1Saif Is it off-topic because it can cause fitna and may have different answers/opinions as there is no ijtehad? Or do we generally stick to non-controversial questions on this forum to avoid conflict?
    – Ahmed
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 12:34
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    @Ahmed yes we want to avoid controversial questions an want to avoid to preach the "truth".
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Mar 14, 2022 at 9:38

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As Shia religion is based on teaching on IMAM JAFFAR SADIQ(AS) and Imam(AS) is the grandson of IMAM ALI (AS).. The way RASOOL ALLAH (SAWW) teaches to Mola Ali (AS) they delivered to their grandson IMAM JAFFAR SADIQ(AS).. As Ahle-Sunnat follows the teaching of Hazrat Abu Hanifa.. He was one the scholar of his time, which came after 70 years of RASOOL(SAWW) passed.

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    This answer is poor and sadly not even correct many points.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented May 27, 2019 at 14:28

Like any other contentious issue between the sects, this is not an easy question. Each opinion has sources for their preferred way.

But like Muhammad Naveed Ashiq mentioned Shias rely on traditions from descendants of Rasul Allah (as) for their beliefs and practices. These start from Ali ibn Abi Talib, a close companion and family member, going down to Jaffar as-Sadiq who was a reputed scholar in his own time.

Sunnis on the other hand rely on traditions narrated from companions and some of his wives (mostly Aisha), largely to the exclusion of the family of the Prophet from Banu Hashim, like Ali, Fatima, Hassan and Hussain and those companions that were very close to Banu Hashim like Salmaan and Abu Dhar. Only one Hashimi companion features prominently in Sunni hadiths and that would be Ibn Abbas who enjoyed good relations with the other companions.

So ultimately it is on you whether you rely on traditions that have been mostly transmitted by the ruling companions after the Prophet or those related by members of Banu Hashim who were mostly marginalized after the death of the Prophet (pbuh). And this doesn't influence just the way you pray but a whole lot of other contentious issues between the sects. It all goes down to which hadith sources inform your beliefs. And these sources are sharply divided on many key questions, whether it is belief, law or history!

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