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    I am confused as to why there is animosity between Shi’as and Sunnis. Recently a Shi’a 18 year old in Saudi Arabia, who was arrested at 13 for protesting against Shi’a discrimination, was marked for execution. I do mot understand...both groups affirm that there is only one God and that Muhammad was the messenger... is that not enough?

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    Re: The Shi’a

    Generally Shias and Sunnis get along fine in Saudi

    That teen boy was the nephew of the Shia cleric who started the protest against Saudi; it was an all Shia protest at time of the Arab spring - he tried to bring down Saudi government in preparation for a Shia takeover

    So it is feared that teen could have leadership influence and instigate another revolt, since he's the nephew of the cleric who started the revolt

    So this is a political matter rather than Sunni - Shia animosity

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    Re: The Shi’a

    Quote Originally Posted by oceanbreeze View Post
    I am confused as to why there is animosity between Shi’as and Sunnis. Recently a Shi’a 18 year old in Saudi Arabia, who was arrested at 13 for protesting against Shi’a discrimination, was marked for execution. I do mot understand...both groups affirm that there is only one God and that Muhammad was the messenger... is that not enough?
    Is this about this incident only or the Sunni-Shia animosity as a whole?

    Modern day animosity is generally down to Iran's militants committing war crimes in Syria and Iraq generating anger from Sunnis, while on the other hand salafist militant bombings in Pakistan, Hazara shia massacre in Afghanistan, etc has riled up Shias.

    Historically there are also issues, but they are not tied to modern day animosity. Personally,I distrust them mostly for historical reasons than for theological reasonsor because of Syria.

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    Re: The Shi’a

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed. View Post
    Generally Shias and Sunnis get along fine in Saudi

    That teen boy was the nephew of the Shia cleric who started the protest against Saudi; it was an all Shia protest at time of the Arab spring - he tried to bring down Saudi government in preparation for a Shia takeover

    So it is feared that teen could have leadership influence and instigate another revolt, since he's the nephew of the cleric who started the revolt

    So this is a political matter rather than Sunni - Shia animosity

    Ah Ok, thank you for clearing this up. I still think what they are doing to that boy is outrageous.

    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousonTruth
    Is this about this incident only or the Sunni-Shia animosity as a whole?

    Modern day animosity is generally down to Iran's militants committing war crimes in Syria and Iraq generating anger from Sunnis, while on the other hand salafist militant bombings in Pakistan, Hazara shia massacre in Afghanistan, etc has riled up Shias.

    Historically there are also issues, but they are not tied to modern day animosity. Personally,I distrust them mostly for historical reasons than for theological reasonsor because of Syria.


    Seeing the article about the teenager made me ask about the animosity as a whole. So most of the trouble between the two groups is more about recent violence than the old rivalry? If it's not for religious reasons, why are they harassing each other? Is it for territory?

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    Re: The Shi’a

    Hello oceanbreeze,

    I do mot understand...both groups affirm that there is only one God and that Muhammad was the messenger... is that not enough?
    It is not enough to proclaim this statement whilst believing in a doctrine that opposes its meaning. Some of the Shi'ah give their Imams divine attributes of infallibility, knowledge of the unseen and the ability to bring the dead back to life, which clearly contradicts the testimony that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. Their belief in Imamah also contradicts the meaning of 'Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is the Messenger of Allah'.

    For more information you can refer to the following threads:
    [Sectarian Article] Shee'ahs - Overview
    Sunni vs Shia

    I will close this thread to avoid unnecessary debate.
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