Some Shia may also perform tatbir on other occasions as well. The practice of Tatbir includes striking oneself with a form of a talwar “sword” on the head, causing blood to flow in remembrance of the innocent blood of Imam Husayn.
Since Shia hold for authentic narrations where the descendants of Muhammad cursed the Sunni Caliphs, Shia also curse them (which does not literally mean using inappropriate terms for them, but rather asking God to withdraw His mercy from them) when doing tabarri.
“Ya Ali” (Arabic: یاعلی “O Ali”) is an Arabic phrase used by Muslims to invoke the memory or intervention of Ali Ibn Abu Talib. Shia Muslims use this phrase in an act called Tawassul (Intercession). They call upon Ali believing that the intercession of Ali will allow their prayer to be granted.
Shi’a Muslims have more freedom to combine certain prayers, such as the midday and afternoon prayers. Therefore they may only pray three times a day. Shi’a Muslims also often use natural elements when praying.
The Four Companions, also called the Four Pillars of the Sahaba is a Shia term for the four Sahaba who stayed most loyal to Ali ibn Abi Talib after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad: Salman al-Fārsī
Tabarra is a Shia Muslim doctrine that refers to the obligation of disassociation with those who oppose God and those who caused harm to and were the enemies of the Prophet Muhammad or his family.
Sunnis and Shiites share the belief that there are five pillars of Islam: (1) the unity of Allah and the prophethood of Muhammad, (2) the five obligatory prayers, (3) fasting, (4) charity, and (5) the pilgrimage to Mecca.
There are two pilgrimages, Hajj-i-Zahiri and Hajj-i-Batini. The first is the visit to Mecca; the second, being in the presence of the Imam. The Musta’lī also maintain the practice of going to Mecca. The Druze interpret this completely metaphorically as “fleeing from devils and oppressors” and rarely go to Mecca.
7) Are there differences between how Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims observe Ramadan? For the most part, no. Both Sunni and Shia Muslims fast during Ramadan.
The Shi’a acknowledge the five obligatory daily prayers. However, they frequently combine the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers by offering them consecutively during the time period defined by the start of Zuhr and the end of ‘Asr. They also consider it permissible to combine the Maghrib and ‘Isha prayers in a similar manner.
The Shia view of the Qur’an differs from the Sunni view, but the majority of both groups believe that the text is identical. While some Shia disputed the canonical validity of the Uthmanic codex, the Shia Imams always rejected the idea of alteration of Qur’an’s text.
According to the History of the Prophets and Kings, after the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakr, Umar and Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah and the Anṣār of Medina held consultations and selected Abu Bakr as the first caliph.
Those who followed the Prophet’s closest companion (Abu Bakr) became known as Sunni (the followers of the Prophet’s example – Sunnah). 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).
jihad, (Arabic: “struggle” or “effort”) also spelled jehad, in Islam, a meritorious struggle or effort.
The 10 Obligatory Acts focus on what they do in their religion. The 10 Obligatory acts aren’t exclusive to Shi’a Muslims. 4 of the 10 are effectively the 5 Pillars of Islam which all Muslims, whether Sunni, Shi’a or a smaller sect, believe are important acts of worship.
The Shia give preference to the Hadith as narrated by Ali and Fatima and their close associates. The Sunnis consider the Hadith narrated by any of twelve thousand companions equally. This ultimately led to a different understanding of Islam. … The Shia believe only a living scholar must be followed.
The concept of the Mahdi is a central tenet of Shi’a theology, but many Sunni Muslims also believe in the coming of a Mahdi, or rightly guided one, at the end of time to spread justice and peace. He will also be called Muhammad and be a descendant of the Prophet in the line of his daughter Fatima (Ali’s wife).
The vast majority of Ismaili women do not wear a hijab. Some attribute these liberalisms to a philosophical commitment to modernity and pluralism. Ismailis have a religious mandate to pursue knowledge and fulfill traditions of tolerance by actively working toward harmonious, pluralistic societies.
Alawite theology and rituals break from mainstream Shia Islam in several important ways. For one, the Alawites drink wine as Ali’s transubstantiated essence in their rituals; while other Muslims abstain from alcohol, Alawites are encouraged to drink socially in moderation.
There are some differences on how Sunni and Shia Muslims celebrate Ramadan. Sunni Muslims break their fast at sunset, which is when the sun is no longer visible, but there is still light in the sky. Shia Muslims wait until all light has disappeared from the sky before they break their fast.
In 2009 a group of Shiites on their way to perform hajj pilgrimage (one of the five pillars of Islam that all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform once in their lives) in Mecca were arrested by Saudi religious police due to the involvement in a protest against the Saudi government.
In a 1965 article published in the journal Man: A Record of Anthropological Science, author John Carswell documented that Sunni and Shia Muslims in Lebanon would get tattoos of the swords of Abu Bakr and Ali, respectively, to distinguish themselves from one another.
Additionally, both Sunnis and Shiites believe that the Prophet Muhammad established the Islam religion during the seventh century. … They believe that Muhammad’s followers chose Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s close friend and advisor, as his successor.
Muslims believe that the Quran was orally revealed by God to the final prophet, Muhammad, through the archangel Gabriel (Jibril), incrementally over a period of some 23 years, beginning in the month of Ramadan, when Muhammad was 40; and concluding in 632, the year of his death.
The rise of Islam is intrinsically linked with the Prophet Muhammad, believed by Muslims to be the last in a long line of prophets that includes Moses and Jesus.
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