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Questions tagged [shia-sunni]

Questions pertaining to interactions between Sh'ites and Sunni, and explicit differences of opinion between the two.

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Rejection of Mutawatir Hadith in Sunni Islam and Shia Islam

I know that Shia have some restrictions on their hadith which they accept. As far as I know, Shia accept a hadith only if in the chain of the hadith, the transmitters are from the descendent of Hazrat ...
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Do only Shiites call Ali ibn Abi Talib “Imam”?

My question is whether calling Ali "Imam Ali" is a shibboleth that reveals that someone is a Shiite or not. I know the basic historical-political and doctrinal differences, including the imamate and ...
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Is there a Shia book that analyses all Sunni hadeeth or raavi (narrator of hadees)

Asalam-o-alekum, Is there any Shia book which analyses individual hadees in Sunni's 6 books and has some comments like whether this hadees is acceptable by Shia scholars or not? And similarly is there ...
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Hazrat Umar and bibi Fatima incident

What's the Sunni take on/perspective on incident of Hazrat Umar and bibi Fatima when he charged her during her pregnancy?
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Why did Ali postponed swearing loyalty to Abu Bakr?

Shia and Sunni disagreed on some important things. Shia thinks that Muhamad select Ali as a caliph. Sunni thinks no. In fact, an answer in this stackexchange, says that Muhammad actually primed Abu ...
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Meaning of Ulelamr

I was going through this answer on the shias imam and came across "ulelamr". This word is used in the verse 4:59. According to the answer this is what ulelamr means With the above observations, ...
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According to Sunni belief, would 'Ali is the Wali' statement added to adhan and ikamah invalidate the salah?

The closest masjid to my residence is Shia. I have been going there for convenience even though I was raised as a Hanafi Sunni. Overall, as the congregational salah is not that much different than ...
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Was Idris 1 a Sunni or Shi’a?

Idris 1, founder of Al Maghreb (Morocco) and it’s Islamization. He fleed Arabia during the Abbasid Era when his brothers’ Alid rebellion failed and were killed. According to this article in ...
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What is the source of “to know the religion of a man … look at how he treats people” attributed to Jafar as-Sadiq?

"If you want to know the religion of a man, do not look at how much he prays and fasts, rather, look at how he treats people." - Jafar as-Sadiq (attributed to) Is this a real quote or is it a ...
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is Rohingya Genocide related to their religion?

I am sure that you've heard these shocking news about Rohingya Crisis. And we know that they are our Muslim brothers and sisters. My question is that what branch of Islam do they belong to? And is ...
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Who belong to Ahle Bayt?

I was always under the impression that the Prophet's (sas) family is considered Ahle Bayt ("People of the House") which means His wives and children, but I found that my Shia friends consider the Ahle ...
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Marriage between different sects in Islam [closed]

Background My partner belongs to a Sunni family and i belong to a Shia one. My partner and i know each other from a long time, and we understand and respect each other's point of view. I however, do ...
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Why do we have different “-isms” when we have one Allah? [closed]

There are many versions of the story about Islam. I'm aware history may be vague, and likewise for wiki, portals, imams, and stories from old men. We have one prophet Muhammad, shahih hadith, a Qur’...
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What is the difference between Shia and Sunni Islam?

I tried to get the difference from different sources but couldn't get the correct answer. I want to know: What is the difference between Shia and Sunni Islam?
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True successor of Imam Jafar Sadiq a.s [closed]

There are couple of differences prevailing in Shia ithna ashari and Shia dawoodi bohra sects. The most important one is regarding imamat after imam Jafar Sadiq a.s. Ithna ashari sect believes that ...
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What is the reason behind many Muslim brothers turning their face right and left in Salah after the 2nd rakat?

I have noticed that many Muslim brothers including Sunni as well as Dawoodi Bohra turn their faces towards right and then left after 2nd rakat of namaz, saying Assalamualaykum wa rehmatullahi wa ...
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Why can't our Sunni brothers agree to the curse of Muawiya ibn Abu Sufyan

"And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense shall be hell, he shall abide therein and God’s wrath shall be on him and his curse, and is prepared for him a great torment” (...
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Why is there a difference of opinion on sex changes for transsexuals?

Hi I am 27 years old man and I recently found out that the unstoppable urge that I felt since I was a kid is called Transsexuality. Now my question is, why is sex change forbidden for Sunni Muslims ...
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What is the view of Sunni brethern about apointment of caliph?

I know in Quran, Allah has revealed that "And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights and perfected them by [the addition of] ten; so the term of his Lord was completed as forty nights....
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How can the Hadith be reliable when Sunnis and Shia follow different points of reference?

To my knowledge, 'Sunni' and 'Shia' are not so much 'religious' sects as both agree and follow the Quran-- their differences stem from historical legacy and as a result of historical legacy, a ...
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What does the word “Shia” mean?

As-salaamu 'alaykum, wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. I am aware that the word "Sunnah" means "way of", or "teaching". Therefore, a Muslim who is a Sunni is one who, at least technically, follows the ...
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Is there evidence that combining prayers is not permissible without hardship?

There is an authentic hadith which says: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed the noon and afternoon prayers together, and the sunset and Isha' prayers together without being in ...
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What is the Shia view of Abdullah Ibn Umar?

The son of Umar Ibn Al Khattab. Do Shias accept his narrations?
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What alternative do Sunni Muslims have today to Shiite system of Ijtihad? [closed]

Shias have a system of Ijtihad when a person is qualified after a meticulous and exhaustive study to issue a Fatwa on certain jurisprudential issues. These persons are mostly alive and they can issue ...
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Can I create, own & run a Dating website?

Asslamu-un-Alakum I was wondering if I can provide a matrimonial service (known as dating sites) to the users? If I wanna launch a site just for Muslim brother and sisters who are seeking a partner. ...
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What is the difference between “Mubtalat-of-Wudu” of Shia and Sunni?

Concerning "Mubtalat of Wudu (Wudhu) or actually the items which invalidate the wudu (ablution), there seems to be some differences between Shia and Sunni Wudu. I'm relatively familiar with Shia view, ...
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Why are sunnah prayers considered nawafil for Shiites?

Unless I'm mistaken about the meaning of nawafil in Shiite context, I'm a bit confused about why Sunnah prayers for Sunnis are nawafil for Shiites. From this site: Misconception #4: Shias do not ...
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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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Divorce in case of Shia Sunni Couple

My friend who is Shia got married with a Sunni girl. The father of the girl gave in writing that he is not responsible for the girl and she has all the rights to spend her life as per her wish and ...
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Nikah between a Sunni girl and Shia boy [duplicate]

Assalam u alaikum brothers and sisters... I need your help regarding the sunni shia marriage. Can a sunni girl marry shia? Because no matter what we are, we are all Muslims, so please guide me whether ...
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Relation between the Ahl Bayt and Ahlu Sunnah in the early days

How was the relationship between the Ahl-Bayt, particuarly the Imams from Ahlul Bayt or the top authority with the Ahl-Sunnah and those popular among them. Was it hostile, normal or friendly? The ...
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What's the overlap between Sufi Muslims and Sunni and Shiite Muslims?

A Pew Poll has given the percentages of Sunnis, Shiites, and those who identify as "just a Muslim" throughout the world. Each of these is considered mutually exclusive by the pollster. Then it says: ...
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According to which law would a Shia-Sunni couple divorce if nikah is according to Sunni law?

Let's say a Shia boy married a Sunni girl according to Sunni law, then the Shia boy wants to divorce his Sunni wife. Under which law will he give talaq? That is, by which law the talaq will be ...
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In Shia or Sunni Islam, may Muslims pray for non-Muslims? [duplicate]

A friend of mine, a Shia Muslim, said he does not pray for non-Muslims even when they ask him to. Rather, this person prays only for Muslims as he believes that Allah (swt) will only accept those ...
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Why Matam by Shias when maximum mourning period is 4 months?

How do Shias justify their Mourning (Matam) over Battle Of Karbala? We know that maximum mourning period of someone's death is 4 months 10 days (that too for a widow) but they do it every year. ...
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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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Marriage between a Shia boy and a Sunni girl

Can a Shia boy marry a Sunni girl, according to the Sharia laws? There is a Sunni girl that I know who really likes a Shia boy, and he likes her too. She was asking me today if it is permissible or ...
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Is Sunni versus Shia the main division in Islam?

Is Sunni versus Shia the main division within Islam? I've heard this many times, but I don't trust everything I hear. Also, are there any groups in Islam which see itself as separate from both ...
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After the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, Will the world (life) be continued for a long period of time or not?

According to the perspective of Shiite, Imam Mahdi (a.j.) (another name: Imam Zaman) will reappear as the last Imam of Shiite to save the world from the oppression. I'd like to know what will ...
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According to Shi'ites, are 'Sunni' hadith collections reliable?

Particularly concerning the two most famous texts on hadith in Islam, al-Bukhari and Muslim. If not, why not? And what are the go-to hadith books in the Shi'ite followers of Islam?
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Is it Haram to use the office's phone to talk with my family? (Shia & Sunni view)

I have heard that it is not permissible for the clerks to talk by the phones of their office(s) in personal fields (such as speaking to their families and other personal jobs). Since it is not a ...
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What theological and historical factors distinguish Ibadi Islam from either Shia or Sunni schools?

I'm learning much about the division of Shia and Sunni Islam from this wonderful primer by the Council on Foreign Relations. I'm understanding the main divisions resulting from the succession question ...
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Is it possible for a woman to be Imam al-jama’a for women?

I know that majority of Shia Marja’al-Taqlid considered it as a permissible issue for women to stand as the Imam-al-Jama’ah for women. (Not for men)/www.islamquest.net But I’d like to know if it is ...
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What is the difference between Shia and Sunni recitations of Ayatul-Kursi?

Why do Sunnis only recite one verse and Shias recite three verses as Ayatul kursi (Qur'an 2:255)?
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Is playing cards Haram?

I have heard that playing cards is Haram even if you play it without gambling. (According to Shia, actually in accordance with the Fatawa of many Maraja' such as Ayatollah Khamenei) playing cards is ...
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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? Note: I am looking for authentic ahadith.
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Sunni and Shia Islam class different things as sin; who would be a sinner if only one of them is correct?

I keep thinking about why Sunni and Shia and other muslim communities have different opinion about different issues which makes them very difficult for us to follow right path. Let's take example. ...
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Why do Shias do things differently?

What I understand the reason for separation was a dispute over the succession of the Caliphate (I could be wrong), how did this turn into Shias doing things (praying, adhan etc.) that differ from ...
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What is the difference between Mutah marriage and Misyar marriage?

I know we have two kinds of marriages in Shia jurisprudence and also two kinds in Sunni jurisprudence. The ruling of permanent Nikah is similar in five sects (Shia and Sunni). But I want to know 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 ...