Comparison Between the Sunnis and Shiites Essay

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A Comparison Between the Sunnis and Shiites

Have you ever wondered about other religions that are out there and why they are out there? I have and that is why I chose to write my paper on the Sunnis and Shiites. Read on to learn more about a brief history and then I will break each of them into separate religions.
In books written on Islam the word "hadith" usually refers to the sayings or "traditions" which have been given from the Prophet. Muslims hold these to be the most important source of Islamic teachings after the Qur’an. A lot of books have been written in English about what the hadith means in Islam and a number of important translations have been made. Almost all the studies have been limited to the point of view of
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Books that have been found about and of the hadiths in Sunni Islam, such as those of al-Bukhari and Muslim, have only sayings from and about the Prophet. But the Shiite collections, such as that of al-Kulayni, also contain sayings from and about the twelve Imams. The Shiites believe in the words from the Prophet to be much stronger than the Sunnis, but both religions are looked at as having the same beliefs, which is wrong.
After giving you a brief over view of both the Sunnis and Shiites I will now go into more depth on both the Shiites and the Sunnis. First I will start with the Shiites. Shiism is the smaller of the two major branches of Islam. In early Islamic history the Shi’ites were a political faction (shi’at ‘Ali, "party of ‘Ali") that supported the power of ‘Ali, who was a son-in-law of Muhammad and the fourth caliph of the Muslim community. ‘Ali was killed while trying to keep his authority as caliph. The Shiites stand against the caliph was not normal with that of the more realistic Sunnite majority of Muslims, who were generally willing to accept the leadership of any caliph whose rule followed the way the Prophet believed.
In 656 ‘Ali became the caliphate with the support, among many others, of the murderers of the third caliph. ‘Ali never quite received the faithfulness of all the Muslims. ‘Ali was murdered in 661, and Mu’awiyah, his main enemy, became caliph. ‘Ali’s son, Husayn, refused to recognize the power of Mu'awiyah’s son and successor

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