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Sunni vs Shia Islam

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I was wondering what the difference is between Sunni and Shia Islam. I’ve heard Sunnis call Shiites apostates. Why?

asked March 31, 2015

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Muslims are split into two main branches, the Sunnis and Shia. The split originates in a dispute soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad over who should lead the Muslim community. The great majority of Muslims are Sunnis – estimates suggest the figure is somewhere between 85% and 90%.

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