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Shiites or Sunnis

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Sunni
this Muslim sect is larger demographically
Sunni
87% of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims
Shiites
believes that Muhammad explicitly named Ali ibn Abi Talib, his cousin and son-in-law, as his successor
Shiites
regard Ali as the 1st Imam after the prophet and therefore his rightful successor
Sunni
recognize Ali as the last of the first four caliphs
Shiites
follow an Ayotalloah, a senior Islamic scholar, who issues edicts on how the laity should incorporate Islamic doctrine into everyday life
Sunni
is less formal and centralized in its organization
Shiites
may beat or cut themselves to mourn Hussain's death, a key event in their movement
Sunni
Saddam Hussein was a member in Iraq, controlling the government, until is overthrow during the US invasion in 2003
Sunni
Bin Laden was a member under his terrorist organization Al Quada
Sunni
Saudi Arabia is the most power country of this Islam sect
Sunni
Arabic term that refers to the sayings and actions of Muhammad (meaning habit, custom, tradition)
Shiites
Islamist militant group Hezbollah adheres to this Islamic sect
Sunni
Al Quada, Hamas, and the Taliban are associated with this Islamic sect
Shiites
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is most closely associated with this sect
Shiites
became known as partisans of Ali because they favored Muhammad's son-in-law
Shiites
felt Muhammad's successor should be someone in his bloodline
Sunni
have a less elaborate religious hierarchy
Shiites
give human beings the exalted status that is given only to prophets in the Quran
Shiites
vast majority live in Iran and are centrally located
Shiites
consider certain direct descendants of Ali - the Imams - infallible and true inheritors of Muhammad
Sunni
believe that the position of Caliph should be a position to which one is elected by the religious leaders of the Islamic community