*I found the article interesting and will validate with The Quran. The article is the opinion of the writer. Opinions are just that, an opinion. I’m not a hater declaring a Religion is bad. Have an open mind, it’s a diverse world and we have to adapt. My opinion is  terrorist misuse passages in the Quran, a Holy Book as a front for their cause not for Allah. * M

The article

Tensions in the Muslim world have risen even further in the wake of a mass execution of 47 men by the Saudi Arabian government, among whom was a prominent Shiite cleric named Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy led by a Sunni Muslim family, while nearby power Iran is a theocracy led by Shiite Muslim clerics.

In news coverage from the region we often hear of tensions between Sunni and Shia Islam, but find that few people in the Western world have been truly exposed to the differences between these two interpretations of one of Earth’s most influential faiths. What is the difference between Sunni and Shia

Islam Around the World

For starters, most Muslims (more than 85 percent of them) practice Sunni Islam. These form the majority of the population in most “Muslim” nations (the two most notable outliers from this trend are Iraq and Iran, where Shiites form the majority).

Because these two sects must account for nearly 1.5 billion individuals around the world, it is also important to note that the spectrum of ideas within Sunni and Shia Islam is incredibly wide. There are more fundamentalist and more secular individuals in either group. Some people have argued that the differences between these two groups is analog to the difference between Catholic and Protestant Christians – among which you see a similar ideological spectrum.

History of the Sunni/Shia Split

The initial split between the two groups actually took place nearly 1,400 years ago, when the prophet Mohammed died. The sect that would become Sunni Islam argued that Mohammed’s best friend, Abu Bakr, should succeed him as the next leader of Islam. Those who would come to form the Shia sect of Islam believed that Mohammad’s son-in-law, Ali, should succeed him.

The Sunnis would eventually win that debate, but the rift never really closed (Sunni troops would later kill Ali, an event commemorated annually by Shiites). Tensions have remained high between the two groups – one Pew Research poll revealed that 4 out of 10 Sunnis don’t believe that Shiites are ‘real Muslims’.

What is the Difference Between Sunni and Shia Islam?

Both Sunni and Shia Islam share most of the core values of Islam and largely believe in maintaining similar practices. The rift between the two, at least from an outside perspective, definitely appears to be more historical/political (much of the political upheaval that has taken place in the Middle East over the last ~30 years can at least partially be attributed to Shia/Sunni conflict) than it does theological.

What’s Next for Islam?

Especially in the wake of the recent uproar in Iran, it appears unlikely that tensions between the two factions will ease anytime soon. At this point, unfortunately, it appears as though the religious conflicts we’ve seen around the world (particularly over the last year) will only increase in quantity and severity.

We want to know what you think: How can we close rifts and built peace?

*Comment Left for the Writer*

All the information that I have received over the years on Islam has led me to develop a zero tolerance for Islam. Mostly provoked by the jihad they have waged on Western culture.

The beheading of Christians and the current hostile take over of our culture and religion has put me on guard. While it is nice to know the difference between the Sunni’s and the Shi’ites it is immaterial as long as the jihad and threat to me and my family exists.

Just the fact that we 47 terrorist training camps in the United States is enough to keep us all in guard. The Federal government checks into everything else that poses a threat and have allowed these camps to exist. As long as the jihad exists and the government remains complacent I will have zero tolerance for Islam.

Xx  M

9 Comments on “Whats the Difference Between Sunni Islam and Shiite Islam? *Haters are not welcome*

  1. Interesting Post 🙂 Here’s a recent piece of Islamic State News that caught my eye. Situated in Mosul, Iraq there used to be a 6th Century Christian Monastery, I say ‘used’ because IS used bulldozers to remove all trace……….. a drone took a photograph and it’s as if the Monastery never existed! Need I say any more?


    • Hello friend
      Any sacred place in a war zone is a target. We all lose. I looked at your About Me page, you mentioned Epilepsy. Hopefully it’s not preventing you from living life to the fullest. I would loved to have seen the Monastery, no doubt photos exist standing from the 6th century.
      Have a Blessed Day

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  2. I have no problem with Islam. My problem is with violence in the name of God. Violence at all is hateful, but claiming that God directed blowing up, shooting, beheading, torturing, raping, cutting, etc etc etc…nope, not God. The opposite.

    In my experience Shi’a Islam tends to favour Shari’a, while many Sunnis are more secular.


    • Hi friend
      I hoped the post would start a dialog. A conversation leading to more conversations. To break down the us against them mentality.Can one person write about Islam unless the follow Islam? I am debating on that. I asked three people who follow Islam to read, then provide feedback.Have not heard from one. In my limited knowledge about Islam, I see Islam as a way of live and religion. Being Catholic my way of living is between me and God, not ingrained into every action of the day. It’s possible than the post sent an unknown message.
      Last time I post an opinion of one writer. My heart was/is sincere.
      I am concerned about the wars,terrorist,other violence in the name God.
      Have a great week.


  3. jihad doesn’t mean to guard oneself against attack but it means to fight against anything wrong, harm, crime, wrong doing, treachery, misguiding, hatred, in short anything that is harmful for humanity or own self. the word jihad is misinterpreted. Satan exists in every nation every religion every where. As he promised to misguide human being from the right path. just go through the history. have Muslims only killed others? are all others so weak meek and crippled that they surrendered and put their heads to be slaughtered?
    Islam is the religion of peace and harmony. If i do wrong it doesn’t means Islam has to do something my it
    Please enlighten us that how, when and why did Sunni and Shia emerge
    Thank you. love, peace, health and happiness to you 🙂 ❤


    • Thank you for leaving a comment. I wrote a long reply yet not sure you received. It’s frustrating to login the when push reply WP tells me I have to be logged in. How can I be logged in and not logged in? Somehow overnight the header on page changed. If you didn’t receive reply. I am not a hater just the opposite. Are post about religion add more distance or does it send a message of hope.
      I’m hopeful we can co-existence in the future.

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