Sunni and Shia are both forms of the Islamic religion, like Christianity and Catholicism are different forms of Christianity. They both have similarities and differences. Sunni takes up more of the Muslim population than Shia. 90% of Muslims are Sunni and 10% are Shia. Here are the differences and similarities between Sunni and Shia:

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Similarities:
  • Building and visiting shrines are permitted
  • Their prophets are Muhammad, Jesus, Moses and Abraham
  • Their main prophet is Muhammad
  • They deny the resurrection of Jesus
  • Men are allowed to marry up to 4 women
  • Believe Adam was the first man created by God
  • Their Holy Book is the Qur'an
  • Believe Jesus born a virgin birth
  • The use of statues not allowed
  • Based on the virtue of Peace
  • The place of origin is Saudi Arabia
  • Their Worship Day is Friday.



Differences (Sunni):
  • Its place of worship is the Mosque
  • Believes that Muhammad didn't choose a successor
  • Most of it is in all Muslim countries
  • Some of it is spread across the world
  • Its original language is Arabic
  • Has five Pillars
  • Believes that God created angels from light so that they may serve him
  • Its Holy Days is Ramadan, Eid al Fitr, and Eid al Adha
  • People who follow it are called Sunni



Differences (Shia)
  • Its place of worship is the Mosque and Imam Bargah
  • Believes that Muhammad chose a successor (Ali ibn Abu Talib)
  • Most of it is in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, and Lebanon
  • Some of it it is spread across the world
  • Its original languages are Arabic and Persian
  • Has nine Pillars
  • Believes that angels are God's messengers
  • Its Holy Days are Ramadan, Ashura, Eid al Fitr, Eid al Adha, and Eid al ghadeer
  • People who follow it are called Shiites, Shia, or Shii


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