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What is the difference between Shia and Sunni Namaz?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Nov 11, 2019

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Answered on Nov 11, 2019

One of the most obvious differences between the two is their main view of leadership. Sunni Muslims believe that the next leader should be someone who is capable of doing the job. Shia Muslims believe that the new leader should be someone who comes from the family of Muhammad. Another main difference is the places where they live.

There are more Sunni Muslims who are residing in different parts of the world as compared to Shia Muslims. Both Shia and Sunni Muslims follow the lessons of the Quran, but the Shia Muslims somewhat feel animosity towards some of the people who surrounded their prophet. Shia Muslims also follow a religious hierarchy, while the Sunni Muslims believe that there is no need for this.

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Answered on Nov 01, 2019

Sunni and Shia Namaz are diverged from each other based on actions and words involved. They share the most fundamental beliefs and faith; however, they have different political distinctions. Sunni Muslims follow various interpretations through different schools of laws, while Shia Muslims follow different legal traditions. Sunni Muslims follow Harbli, Hanfi, Malikii, and Shafi schools of thought. Shia Muslims follow Jaafi Madhhab. Shia Muslims pray three times a day, while Sunni Muslims pray five times a day.

Shia Muslims utilize a plank made of wood or a hard tablet made of clay from Karbala to rent their heads during prostration, while Sunni Muslims touch their heads directly to the floor. Some other differences between Shia and Sunni include the placement of their hands. Sunni Muslims fold their arms during the salat; however, Shia Muslims do not.

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