What are the types of Shias and what do they believe and how are they different from Sunnis?

It's just something I was wondering about so it would be great if I got long answers, and please don't post anything discriminatory.

Thank you:)

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    types of Shias:

    1- Twelvers (The largest branch) over 85% of Shia belong.

    Twelver Shia believe in the lineage of the Twelve Imams. The Twelver Shia faith is predominantly found in Iran (90%), Azerbaijan (65%), Bahrain (70%), Iraq (60%), Lebanon (24%), Kuwait (33%), Turkey (15%), Albania (10%), Pakistan (15%) and Afghanistan (15%).

    2- Zaidi Shia. they dispute the succession of the fifth Twelver Imam, Muhammad al-Baqir, because he did not stage a revolution against the corrupt government, unlike Zayd ibn Ali. They do not believe in a direct lineage, but rather that any descendant of Hasan ibn Ali or Hussein ibn Ali who stages a revolution against a corrupt government is an imam.

    3- Ismaili Shia. dispute the succession of the seventh imam, Musa al-Kadhim, believing that his older brother Isma'il ibn Jafar actually succeeded their father Ja'far al-Sadiq.

    difference is in leaership of Islam after prophet (Imamat). Shias believe that the first Khlifa (successer of the prophet) should have been Ali, whereas Sunnis believe that Abu Bakr should be the first, while Ali the fourth. Both acknowledge Ali as Khalifa, but for Sunnis, he's the fourth, for Shias, he should've been the first, but he gave it up, in order that Muslim affairs remain intact and unsplit.

    The major difference, however, is between Wahabis/Salafists and both Sunnis and Shias. Wahabis/Salafists are the ones who comprise Al-Qaeda members, found mostly around Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. they are pretty much, the Muslim version of the Evangelical church; only, if they're not kept under control, they can get dangerous. Salafists are the ones who are sniper-shooting Syrians and doing suicide-bombings around Syria and Iraq.

    Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has two famous sayings about truth:

    1) *** the Judaism nation after Moses (PBUH) became 71 sect that 70 of them are in Hell and 1 in Heaven and Christianity nation after Jesus (PBUH) became 72 sect that 71 of them are in Hell and 1 in Heaven and Islam nation after prophet become 73 sect that 72 of them are in Hell and 1 in Heaven. ***

    2) *** Truth is with Ali and Ali is with Truth ***

    [en.sahih] O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message. And Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed, Allah does not guide the disbelieving people. ‌[5:67]

    [en.sahih] And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book in truth,

    ... Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good. To Allah is your return all together, and He will [then] inform you concerning that over which you used to differ. ‌[5:48]

    no need to know all the sects.

    only know and follow Ali (sa)

    (here is text limit, please read rest here:)


  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The main difference lies in political stance.

    Sunnis believe that Abu Bakr (ra) was correct to take over after prophet Muhammad(saw).

    Shias believe that it should have been Ali (ra).

  • Zit
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    And why do they kill each other ? There is no God who tells us to do that ! !

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