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

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Why Do Shia Muslims use a stone for saying prayers but Sunni Muslims don't?

I have noted that the Shia Muslims use a stone (or soil) called Turbah/Muhr for saying prayers, but the Sunni Muslims don't use that and also consider it something taboo. Why there is such ...
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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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What are the origins of Shia and Sunni division?

Can anyone tell me about the origins of Shia and Sunni division? Why were two different groups of Muslims created? Allah didn't send us to live divided. No verse of Quran or Hadith suggest that as ...
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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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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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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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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 wellnigh ...
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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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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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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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Can a Sunni Muslim offer prayers in a Shiite mosque?

Many peoples says don't offer salat/prayer in a Shiite mosque if you are Sunni Muslim. Is it impermissible to pray in a Shiite mosque?
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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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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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Who are the 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 guardians? ...
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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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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-...
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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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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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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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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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Is the Shia method of calculating zakat different from the Sunni method?

Is the Shia version of zakat different from the Sunni version? AFAIK, the Sunni version of the zakat is based on accumulated wealth every year. And apparently the Shia version of zakat is based on ...
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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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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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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 is the Sunni justification for breaking the fast after sunset instead of after Maghrib?

I've noticed a lot of my Sunni friends being very particular about breaking their fast immediately after it is sunset. As far as i know, it is makruh to wait a long time to break the fast, and that it ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Shia and Sunni have different Qurans?

I recently heard that Shia and Sunni have different Qurans. Is that true? If so, why do they have different Qurans (that is different physical copies)?
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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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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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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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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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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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Do Shia and Sunni scholars study and evaluate the hadiths collected by the other sect.?

I know that there are very different standards of evaluating the authenticity of hadiths in both sects. However, when there are no contradictions between a certain hadith and the sect's criteria for ...
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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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Major sources of supplications [closed]

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. There,...
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Why Shia and Sunnis Salat is different

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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...