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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Basic Differences between Sunni and Shia Sects - A Dispassionate Comparison


Islam is the second largest religion of the world after Christianity and is fast growing taking its roots in many non Muslim countries. Most of the Muslims belong to the Sunni sect of Islam while a sizeable number of Muslims around the world follow the Shia sect of Islam. And this division often creates questions as how to clearly distinguish between Sunni and Shia? 

And thus it is one of the major decisions that a new Muslim upon reversion to Islam is to take as to which of the two leading sects of Islam, that is Sunni or Shia, should he adopt. There are many videos and lectures available on the net to guide a raw mind. But some are really very intricate and even misleading that further the miseries of a reverted Muslim. I too, being a born Muslim, get confused as to what really major differences when seen dispassionately without any prejudice.

Recently I came across a video on the subject which I found to have tackled the issue of major differences between Sunni and Shia sects and I thought by sharing this video, many a basic doubts would be addressed and a clearer picture would emerge for a reverted Muslim to make up his mind.

The video is by Islamic scholar Dr. Abbu Ammar Yasir Qadhi, is a Pakistani-American preacher and imam. Since 2001, he has served as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute, an international Islamic educational institution with a center in Houston, Texas. He also taught in the Religious Studies department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Please watch the video as shared below. You may further your research on the subject by taking this lecture as a base before making any conclusive final decision:
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These are just to basic differences. For more detailed discussions and information, please search  for such discussions where the matter is discussed without any prejudice rather than bumping into hardcore scholars from both side.

May Allah helps us understand Islam better by pondering over the verses of the Qur'an and acting upon the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Aameen

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