why do shiites and sunnis hate each other
We Sunnis go by the Quran and Hadith as much as we can. As such we take God s Quran as the final authority and our prophet s words, actions and life to learn more and to understand God. This is because in Islam, prophets carry out the will of God. The Shias do almost the same thing. The only difference is that they have 12 Imams as almost like representatives of God on Earth. They respect them as much as prophets. That s one of the things that pisses Sunnis off. The creed of Islam is La ila ha Il Allah Muhammad ur rasulullah. In Arabic that means There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger. We hope to say this when we die so every time we say this every time we go to bed in case we die. So this means Muslims are supposed to take God as the all knowing and seeing authority and his last prophet as his messenger. This means that we cannot accept any other authority such as the 12 Imams. The main beliefs of Islam come from the Quran and there are no mentions of Imams so that is why we don t believe in them. Also you have to know about the Quran and the Hadith. The Quran is the exact word of God as revealed to Muhammad(pbuh) through the angel Gabriel. All sects agree on this (as far as I know) but one of the problems come with the Hadith. These are collections of the life and times of Muhammad(pbuh). They were narrated by different people and passed down for generations. So there is a question of authenticity in the Hadith. Many times it has been found that there were fabricated Hadith created by people to serve their purposes. I can give a couple of examples of this. Anyways there are entire books of Hadith which we follow and the Shias reject and vice versa. Many of our practises come from Hadith.
A lot of rules about behaviour, ettiquette and hygiene comes from the Hadith. We agree on basic things such as the ones mentioned above but we disagree on larger matters. For example, in the month of Ramadan, we Sunnis go to Taraweeh prayers every night for 20 days. It is a large prayer that lasts for over an hour. We believe this is Sunnah, which means Tradition of Muhammad. We Sunnis have a story about how Taraweeh was establish by Muhammad(pbuh). The Shias on the other hand don t care about Taraweeh. There are some other things like this. All these things combined creates differences. These differences are then exploited for political reasons. If the Sunnis and Shias fighting each other really followed Islam they would drop their weapons and discuss what really is in Islam. Then there would be no sects. The Quran forbids making making sects because we are all believers. Anyways no disrespect to Shias I don t want to offend anyone. If you have any question feel free to ask and sorry for any mistakes.
Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran fundamentally boil down to two things Б the battle to be the dominant nation in the Middle East and the fact the countries represent the regional strongholds of two rival branches of Islam. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ruled by a Sunni monarchy known as the House of Saud, with 90 per cent of the population adherents of their leadersБ faith. The Islamic Republic of Iran, meanwhile, is overwhelmingly Shia, with up to 95 per cent of nationals belonging to the denomination. Both countries are major oil producers but while Saudi covers a significantly larger land mass, IranБs population is more than twice the size.
It is the theological divide that really drives the wedge between the two countries, however, with each unable to accept the legitimacy of the other nationБs dominant faith. What caused the Sunni-Shia divide? The Sunni-Shia conflict is 1,400 years in the making, dating back to the years immediately after the Prophet MohammedБs death in 632. The Prophet died without having appointed a successor leading to a massive split over the future of the rapidly growing religion Б chiefly whether the religionБs next leader should be chosen by a kind of democratic consensus, or whether only MohammedБs blood relations should reign. The arguments are complicated but essentially boil down to the fact that SunniБs believe the ProphetsБ trusted friend and advisor Abu Bakr was the first rightful leader of Muslims or БcaliphБ, while Shias believe that MohammedБs cousin and son-in-law Ali was chosen by Allah to hold the title. Both men did eventually hold the title Б Abu Bakr first until his death, and Ali fourth after two previous caliphs were assassinated Б but the schism really hit over who should come next. While Sunni Muslims argue that their interpretation of Islam follows the Sunnah (ways of Mohammed), Shias argue that Ali was the rightful first caliph and only his descendants could claim to be the true leaders of Muslims. The tension is not eased by a Hadith in which the Prophet was quoted as saying: БMy Ummah (community) will be fragmented into seventy-three sects and all of them will be in the Hell fire except one. Б Inevitably both Sunnis and Shias claim to be the one БpureБ Islamic sect. What does each group believe? As with any division that lasts over a thousand years, the Sunni-Shia split led to each denomination developing its own unique cultures, doctrines and schools of thought.
While followers of either group range from the moderate to the extremist, Sunnis are largely focussed on the power of the God in the physical world, while Shias look more towards the rewards of the afterlife and as such place significant value in the celebration of martyrdom. What is the geographical split of Sunnis and Shias? The vast majority of the Muslims in the world are Sunni, amounting to as much as 85% of the religionБs adherents. They are spread all over the globe Б from Morocco to Indonesia - and make up the dominant religion in North Africa and the Middle East. Only lran, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Bahrain have a Shia majority, although there are also significant Shia populations in Yemen, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria and Qatar. Despite being members of the religious minority, the Saudi-backed Kingdom of Bahrain has long been ruled by the Sunni House of Khalifa. Equally Iraq was ruled by the Sunni Saddam Hussein for more than 20 years, during which time he brutally oppressed Shia Muslims. The current conflict in Iraq is fuelled by sectarian rivalries too, which embattled President Bashar al-Assad and his family members of the Shia Alawite-sect, while many of the insurgent groups in his country Б including the Islamic State terror group Б are Sunni adherents. And of course the current civil war in Yemen has become a sectarian proxy war, with Iran backing the Shia Houthi rebels who overthrew the countryБs Sunni-dominated government, while a Saudi-led coalition has since intervened to reinstall the Sunni leadership.
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