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The Sunni-Shia Conflict

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The historic background of the Sunni -Shia lies in the schism that occurred when the Islamic prophet Mohammed died in the 632, leading to a dispute over succession to Mohammed as a caliph of the Islamic community spread across various parts of the world, which led to the battel of Safin. The dispute intensified greatly after the battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn ail and his household were killed by the ruling Umayyad caliph Yazidi, and the outcry for revenge divided the early Islamic community. Today, there are differences in religious practice, traditions, and customs, often related to jurisprudence. Although all Muslims groups consider the Quran to be divine, Sunni and Shia have different opinions on hadith.
Over the years, Sunni relations have been marked by both
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His sons, Hassan and Hussain, were denied what they thought was their legitimate right of accession to the caliphate.
Hassan is believed to have been poised in 680 by muawiyah, the first caliph of the Sunni Umayyad dynasty, while Hussein was killed on the battlefield by the Umayyad’s in 691.these events gave rise to the Shia concept of martyrdom and the rituals of grieving.
Shia Islam: Shia Islam encompasses most Muslims who are not counted the Sunni. The division between Sunni and Shia, dates to the death of the prophet Mohammed when his followers were faced with the decision of who would be his successors as the leader of Islam’s. Shiites are those followed Ali, the closest relatives of Mohammed, as Muhammad’s successor. Today there are approximately 120 million Shiite Muslims in the world.
The Shia consists of one major of thought known as the jafaryia or the “Twelver’s”, and a few minor schools of thought, as the “Seveners”or the “fivers”. These names all refers to the number of imams they recognize after the death of Mohammed. The term Shia is usually meant to be synonymous with the
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