Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Examining Selected Jurisprudencial Differences among Muslims

Following the demise of the Holy Prophet (s), intellectual and ideological distinctions between Shi‘as and Sunnis prompted jurisprudential differences among them.  These differences existed between the two groups for a long time and they continue to this day. The purpose of this study is to take a brief overview at some of the jurisprudential differences between Shia‘s and Sunnis in matters such as wudu (ablution), adhān (the call to prayer), prayer, khums, Tawāf al-Nisā, and fasting. By examining the evidence from both sides concerning each matter, it is possible to conclude that the Shi‘a view in the issues is closer to God’s true verdict. 


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