How is Shiite different from Sunni?

Those who followed the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law (‘Ali) became known as Shi’a (the followers of the Party of ‘Ali – Shi’atu Ali). Sunnis focus on following the Prophet’s example whereas Shi’a focus on the lineage of Muhammad’s family through a series of Imams.

What are the main sects of Shiite?

There are three main branches of Shia Islam today – the Zaidis, Ismailis and Ithna Asharis (Twelvers or Imamis).

What did Shiite Muslims believe?

Shiites believe that only Allah, the God of the Islam faith, can select religious leaders, and that therefore, all successors must be direct descendants of Muhammad’s family. They maintain that Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, was the rightful heir to the leadership of the Islam religion after Muhammad’s death.

What is a Shiite leader called?

Shiite Muslims. The highest ranking present-day Imams (Ayatollahs) are believed to receive their guidance and spiritual enlightenment directly from the “Twelve Imams,” who stay in continuous contact with their followers on earth every day through contemporary spiritual leaders.

Are Alawites Shia or Sunni?

Considering Alawites to be Shiaa is not even admitted by Shiaa scholars but they are (Political Allies). In every aspect Alawites are different. Ali was the first creature to be made, he was God’s Adam, then reincarnated as Jesus as I recall, then Ali Inb Abi Taleb and they praise Ali’s killer for letting his soul separate from his body.

What do Syrian Alawites think of Shiites?

Shiites are a little closer to Alawites than Sunnies in the way of worship, but culturally they are way closer to Sunnies than Alawites, and Alawites are closer to Christians than both. Syrian Alawites are good people. They are friendly and honest people. shiism is the Persian version of Islam.

What do Sunnis and Shiites have in common?

Both Sunnis and Shiites read the Quran, the sayings of the Prophet. Both believe Prophet Muhammad was the messenger of Allah.

Are the Alawites a part of Islam?

Alawites have been moving theologically closer to Twelver Shiite Islam since they acquired political and military power in Syria in 1970, and a select few Shiites have acknowledged Alawites as part of Islam. However, many Muslims deny that Alawite theology is sufficiently similar to Islam for them to claim the title of “Muslim.”