Differences in Islam Religion

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  • Discuss the main similarities and differences between at least two sects of the Islamic religion.
Nov 29th, 2015

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Similarities

Both the Shia and Sunni believe in one God, Allah. They believe in the Prophet. They also believe in the Quran as their holy book. last but not least, they both pray at least five times in a day, pay the zaka, fast for the month of Ramadan and visit Mecca for pilgrimage. Also, when praying, they both direct their faces to Mecca. Lastly, they believe in Ali as their fourth Caliph also referred to as Sunnis or the first Imam, also known as Shia.
Differences
The key difference between the Shia and Sunni is what transpired after the death of the Prophet. The Shia believe that the Prophet had announced Ali as his heir at least two months before his impending death. Many Sunni books record the incident in which the Prophet publicly announced Ali to be his heir, returning back from the last pilgrimage or Hajj at a place called Ghadir-e-Khum, in front of ten thousand people. The Shia do not accept the three Caliphs as religious representatives after the Prophet, and call them usurpers. This is the primary difference between the Shia and the Sunni.


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