Religious Freedom Of Religion And Religion Essay

766 Words Dec 8th, 2015 4 Pages
Religious freedom has often been at the center of many conflicts throughout history. The struggle between the freedom of religion and the beliefs it encompasses, have ignited tragic historical events, such as religious wars and genocides. Although the United Nations, recognizes the importance of the freedom of religious choice for all people, the struggle for these rights continue to exist and these atrocities still happen in the modern world.

An excellent example of a religious-based conflict, is the ongoing unrest currently taking place in Iraq. Numerous issues regarding freedom of thought, conscience and religion continue to shape the tumultuous landscape of this country. In Iraq, there are two branches of Islam, which have differing opinions about their belief infrastructure, regarding who is the “true inheritor of the mantle of the Prophet Muhammad. The Shias believe that Islam was transmitted through the household of the Prophet Muhammad, while the Sunnis believe that it comes down through followers of the Prophet Muhammad.” (Rubin, "4 questions ISIS rebels use to tell Sunni from Shia") In Islamic history, “the Shia were a political faction called Shiat Ali" or the party of Ali. The Shia claimed the right of Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, and his descendants to lead the Islamic community. Furthermore, Shias believe that God always provides a guide, first the Imams and then ayatollahs. On the other hand, the Sunni Muslims regard themselves as orthodox and…

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