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There are many differences between Sunni and Shi'i Muslims.

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There are many differences between Sunni and Shi'i Muslims. Many more Sunni Muslims exist than Shi'i ones. 85% make up Sunni Muslims and the other 15% are Shi'i. Although Shi'i Muslims are the minority this makes no difference to them and they stand up to what they believe in. Shi'i Muslims mainly are found in Iran and Sunnis claim they follow the right path of Islam. Sunnis follow the way of the prophet whereas the Shi'is follow the Shiat. The main difference between the two types of Muslim are that Shi's say that Muhammad's cousin who is called Ali should have been the next leader after Muhammad because he was a blood relative and it should be passed down the line of the family. They do not accept Abu Bakr, Umar or Uthman. But Sunnis accept all of the four Caliphs. These types of Muslims are the minority which believe this. The larger side of Muslims believe differently. ...read more.


One of the main issues for Muslim families is that children are going to school with other people not in their faith and be taught the wrong way with the wrong people and by the wrong sex. Although they are supposed to be taught unlike this they have no rights to come to a non-Muslim country like England and change our rules, regulations or laws. If a Muslim needs to pray and he or she is in the wrong place they may find it impossible to do so therefore making life difficult for them. Whereas if they were in there own country nearly everyone would be in your faith and everyone would be praying and they would not be out of place. Muslims may feel uncomfortable at times when they need to cover up but others may look at them and take judgement since they do not understand how there faith works. If a Muslim was in his or her own country this would not be a problem because everyone is in your faith or understands the faith because it is the faith of that particular country. ...read more.


Everyone has got a right to speak there mind and give there opinion and we as voters should not be prejudiced in making a unjustified decision. Religion also would push the politician to do things extra for there own country or world. A religious person like a Vicar is in touch with people and their views regularly so he can help others from listening to them. A person in religion has a different viewpoint to express to others and want it to be treated in a serious way. On the other hand there any many points which can back up that religious people should stay away from politics and not get involved. People in religion will believe there faith is right and push there faith at other people which is wrong. It could cause violence and people could be prejudiced towards them. The public may not listen to their ideas or thoughts because they simply don't because of there beliefs. They may want to change or countries faith to a different one and this could involve racism. Matthew Oates - 1 - R.E Coursework ...read more.

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