Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran that date back decades have heated up this week after the Saudis executed a prominent Shiite opposition cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Much of the regional
Sunni and Shia Muslims share the most fundamental Islamic beliefs and articles of faith and are the two main sub-groups in Islam. They do differ, however, and that separation stemmed initially, not from spiritual distinctions, but political ones.
Another difference between the Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims is with regards to their belief of the Mahdi, or the ‘Rightfully Guided One.’ While both sects believe that the Mahdi would serve as the global caliph of all Islam, the Sunni Muslims look forward to his birth and coming into the Earth .
Jan 04, 2016 · Karbala, Kufa and Najaf in Iraq are revered shrines for the Shiites. Saudi Arabia and Iran, the dominant Sunni and Shiite powers in the Middle East, often take opposing sides in regional conflicts.
I’m pretty naive when it comes to the difference between Sunni and Shi’ite muslims. Let’s say, hypothetically the Shi’ites gain an overwhelming majority in the new Iraqi government, and draft the
Although Sunni and Shiite Muslims are both sects of the Islamic faith, the differences between these two groups stem from conflicting religious beliefs. Political conflict separates the groups as
Jan 04, 2016 · While many Muslims consider Saudi Arabia as the leading power in the Sunni Muslim world, Iran and its theological regime is often thought of as its chief Shiite rival.
The vast majority of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world are Sunni, according to a 2009 study by the Pew Research center. Between 10% and 13% are Shia Muslims, and 87% to 90% are Sunni Muslims.