alslam alaikom, i'm sunni and i wanted to know what makes Shia and Sunni different aren't we all just muslims?, what are the major differences between them and Whether they are major or just minor (Fiqh differences)? as i'm hearing many different things about Shias which are confusing, so i thought its better if i asked a shia. Thnx in advance
Wa aleykum salam.
Shia Muslims are followers of Imam Ali (as) because we (shia) believe in the ahadith where the Prophet (saw) clearly acknowledge Imam Ali (as) as his successor. Ahlulbayt (the family of Prophet Muhammads s.a.w. family) has a major role in Shia Islam according to this hadith. Hadith al thaqalayn:
This hadith is accepted by both sunnis and shias. But the two groups differ on the exact wording of what the Prophet (saw) said.
There are a lot of misconceptions about shia. Like let’s say, that we pray to a stone. When in fact, we pray on it (it’s called turbah, and it’s mud from Karbala) because the Prophet (saw) used to make sujod on mud. You (not personally you, but sunni muslims in general) say that we worship this “stone”, but when you make sujod on your rug, does that mean you are worshiping the rug? Of course not.
We have difference of opinion regarding hadiths and tafseer of the Holy Quran. But we are all Muslims alhamdulillah, and that’s what’s important. I think it’s kind of sad when someone tries to correct you on the shia/sunni issue, when that person is full with flaws him/herself. We should focus on praying on time, praying correctly and light our own candle before we even try to light someone elses candle. I maybe sound like a hypocrite now haha, but I just answered your questions. :) And please, correct me if I said anything wrong.
Jazak Allah Khair.
It is narrated in Sahih Muslim that:
Someday (after his last pilgrimage) the Messenger of Allah (PBUH&HF) stood to give us a speech beside a pond which is known as Khum (Ghadir Khum) which is located between Mecca and Medina. Then he praised Allah and reminded Him, and then said: “O’ people! Behold! It seems the time approached when I shall be called away (by Allah) and I shall answer that call. Behold! I am leaving for you two precious things. First of them is the book of Allah in which there is light and guidance… The other one is my Ahlul-Bayt. I remind you in the name of Allah about my Ahlul-Bayt. I remind you in the name of Allah about my Ahlul-Bayt. I remind you in the name of Allah about my Ahlul-Bayt. (three times).”
Sahih Muslim, Chapter of the virtues of the companions, section of the virtues of Ali, 1980 Edition Pub. in Saudi Arabia, Arabic version, v4, p1873, Tradition #36.