Formed                             632 CE
Origin                                Middle East
Followers                        150,000,000
Deity                                  Allah
Sacred Texts                Qur'an (Nahjul Balagha)
Headquarters               None

Shia Muslims account for approximately 15 percent of the total Muslim population in the world. Shiism has the greatest influence in the contemporary world in Iran where nearly 90 percent of Muslims are Shiite, but Shia are also the majority in Iraq, Bahrain, and Yemen. The division between the Shia and Sunni is rooted in disputes over the proper succession of leadership after the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632 C.E. The Shia maintain that the rightful successor of the Prophet was his cousin and son-in-law, Ali. Shia especially revere a succession of scholars (called Imams). The Imam is regarded by Shia Muslims to be both a political and a spiritual leader. Although Shia and Sunni Muslims agree on many doctrinal and ritual matters, the Shia hold past Imams and saints in particularly high regard. The most important of these figures are memorialized by often elaborate tombs, which have become important pilgrimage places and objects of devotion. Shia put particular emphasis on the death of Ali; he was assassinated in 661, in Najaf, Iraq, which has become an important place of pilgrimage for Shia. Another very significant figure is Husayn, Muhammad's grandson, who was murdered in Karbala (Iraq) in 680; Shia commemorate this event each year on Ashura, a day of mourning recognized throughout the Shia world, and, particularly, by pilgrimages to Karbala.

eastbangle
4/28/2012

ndeed, Iran's nuclear ambitions probably serve more to protect it against its Sunni neighbors than Israel. The only difference is that if Iran was claiming this as a defense against Sunni Arabs the present situation would be likely far worse.

That said, it reveals just how tolerant Islam is. If Muslims cannot tolerate even mild variations in Islam can non-muslims ever expect to be tolerated?

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myra
4/30/2012

Shia has 15% of Islam community and Sunni has 940,000,000 followers i think the great follower will be in hearts so the majority will be Sunna its all the-same to ALLAH, after all who will be first are not indicated in Great Qur-an even the two of them only ways are different rules to do to follow Allah.
Imam have a great rule to spread learning to every Muslim spread to the world about Qur-an handle ling people lesson about good morals what is good of being a Muslim understanding what would be the punishment according to the sins. and what would be the rewards of good thing u will done here in earth before we leave. So whatever Sunna or Shia followers we are brother and sister under Prophet Mohammad going to The great ALLAH.

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myra
4/30/2012

Shia has 15% of Islam community and Sunni has 940,000,000 followers i think the great follower will be in hearts so the majority will be Sunna its all the-same to ALLAH, after all who will be first are not indicated in Great Qur-an even the two of them only ways are different rules to do to follow Allah.
Imam have a great rule to spread learning to every Muslim spread to the world about Qur-an handle ling people lesson about good morals what is good of being a Muslim understanding what would be the punishment according to the sins. and what would be the rewards of good thing u will done here in earth before we leave. So whatever Sunna or Shia followers we are brother and sister under Prophet Mohammad going to The great ALLAH.

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myra
4/30/2012

Shia has 15% of Islam community and Sunni has 940,000,000 followers i think the great follower will be in hearts so the majority will be Sunna its all the-same to ALLAH, after all who will be first are not indicated in Great Qur-an even the two of them only ways are different rules to do to follow Allah.
Imam have a great rule to spread learning to every Muslim spread to the world about Qur-an handle ling people lesson about good morals what is good of being a Muslim understanding what would be the punishment according to the sins. and what would be the rewards of good thing u will done here in earth before we leave. So whatever Sunna or Shia followers we are brother and sister under Prophet Mohammad going to The great ALLAH.

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myra
4/30/2012

Shia has 15% of Islam community and Sunni has 940,000,000 followers i think the great follower will be in hearts so the majority will be Sunna its all the-same to ALLAH, after all who will be first are not indicated in Great Qur-an even the two of them only ways are different rules to do to follow Allah.
Imam have a great rule to spread learning to every Muslim spread to the world about Qur-an handle ling people lesson about good morals what is good of being a Muslim understanding what would be the punishment according to the sins. and what would be the rewards of good thing u will done here in earth before we leave. So whatever Sunna or Shia followers we are brother and sister under Prophet Mohammad going to The great ALLAH.

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7/20/2012

oh, its a great post, i like it.

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