Quran & Interpretation

Shia believe in the same Quran with interpretation according to the 14 Masums

Same Quran with interpretation according to Sahabah, Abobakr, Omar, Osman, Ayisha, Abo Horaira

Same Quran with interpretation according to their own Sufi Masters

Same Quran interpretation according to Ibn Taymiah & Abdul, Wahab


14 Masums (Infallible):  Prophet (PBUH), Fatima (RA), Ali (RA), Imam Hassan, Imam Hossein, Imam Zain Ul-Abedin, Imam Bagir, Imam Jafar Sadique, Imam Kazim, Imam Reza, Imam Taghi, Imam Naghi, Imam Hassan Askari, Imam Mahdi (SA)






Prophet’s Sunnat

Sunnat according to Fatima Zahra, Imam Ali, 12 Imams, Ahlul Bayt in “Osoul Kafi”

Sunnat according to Abobakr, Omar Ayisha, Abo Horaira in “Bukhari”

Sunnat according to either Shia or Sunni sources verified by Sufi Masters

They want to rely  on the Quran alone.  Sunnat according to Ibn Taymiah and Abdul Wahab.

Love of Prophet (PBUH)

Love of Prophet and Ahlul Bayt is the cornerstone of Shia Ideology

They love the Prophet and they respect the Ahlul Bayt

They love the Prophet and like Ahlul Bayt, depends  on being Shia or Sunni

They believe Prophet came and is gone.  They reject any special love for the Prophet or Ahlul Bayt.

Love of Ahlul Bayt

Shia loves the Prophet, Fatima Zahra, Imam Ali, and  all 12 Imams.  All the 14 Masums are role models for Shia.

Respect Ahlul Bayt. No special love.  They respect Seyeds (descendants of Prophet and Ahlul Bayt)

Sufi’s like Ahlul Bayt and use them as role models, too.  They love and respect Seyeds, too.

No love for Ahlul Bayt, Wahabi’s destroyed Imam’s tombs in Medina in the 19th Century.

They are still hostile to Ahlul Bayt and Seyeds.










Shia loves some of the  Sahabah, but not all, i.e. Abosofyan  or Moavieh, Talheh Zobier were bad.

Loves all Sahabah.  They say no criticism of Sahabah like Osman or Moavieh

Like all Sahabahs, Abobakr, Omar, Osman, Ali and others.

No love for any Sahabah.  They are all historical figures.

Birthday and Death Day Memorial for Prophet and Ahlul Bayt (14 Masums)

Shia celebrates 14 Masums’ birthdays and mourns their death day every year.

Some celebrate the Prophet’s birthday, others do not.

Celebrates the Prophet’s birthday, not the Ahlul Bayt’s.

Say celebrating Prophet’s birthday is Shirk and Haram.

Ashura 10th of Moharram, 61 AH

All Shia mourn Imam Hossein martyrdom.  They cry and beat their chest.

Some celebrate Ashura to sympathize with Jews.  Some mourn.

Mourn for Imam Hossein‘s martyrdom.

Celebrate Ashura to sympathize with Jews instead of mourning for Imam Hossein.

Imam Mahdi Alayhe Salam

Shia believes 12th Imam Mahdi will return on the Day of Judgement with Jesus.

Some Sunni believe in Imam Mahdi’s coming, but not as the 12th Imam.

Sufi believes in Imam Mahdi’s coming, but not as the 12th Imam, just a descendant of the Prophet

Do not believe in Imam Mahdi’s existence.  They consider that Shirk.

Sunnat’s dress code for Imam

All Imams follow the Prophet’s Sonnat:  Turban, full beard, Aba, Tasbih to maintain Islamic identity.

Some follow Sonnat, some follow Western cloth – suit and tie to mingle with Western leaders.

All Sufi leaders follow full Sonnat:  turban, full beard, Aba, Tasbih. Islamic identity is very important. 

Some Wahabi leaders in the West wear suit and tie, and follow Western style clothing.

Edalat – Social Justice

Shia believe God is just and wants social justice for everyone.  Shia must strive for social justice.  Injustice is not Godly and should not be tolerated.

God is just.  We must accept what we have, we cannot change our future (Jabri) (fatalistic), good for leaders not for followers.

Sufi’s are more Jabri.  They accept what they have, they do not fight for justice.  They sympathize with people.

Wahabi’s are Jabri.  They believe in separation of religion and politics.  They tolerate injustice and corruption, like Saudi.






Emamat Pious Leadership –

Historical Facts

Shia believes Prophet (PBUH) in Ghadir Khom recommended Imam Ali (RA) as his successor, but Khelafat was unjustly taken by Abobakr

Sunni believe the Prophet did not choose his successor, therefore, Omar nominated Abobakr and got Bayat for him in Saghifa.

Shia follows Shia line and Sunni follows Sunni line.  They try not to talk about it, and solve the problem with peace.

Believe the Sunni line.  All others are considered Mushrik and outside Islam.

21st Century, Moral Leadership

Marja Taghlid

Shia have leaders Ayatallah that they follow.  Shia believes leader must be pious like Ayatallah Khomeyni.

Have no leader or Ayatallah that they follow, have no Igtihad.  Each group follows a leader.  There is no unity.

Have their own Sufi Masters that they follow Sufi Masters are very pious and lead their Tarighat (followers).

Have their own leaders that they follow in Saudi Arabia.

Intercession (Shafaat) Forgiveness


Shia believes 14 Masums can intercede for their pious Shia to Allah for forgiveness on the Day of Judgement.  Shafaat promotes piety.

Some believe in Shafaat, some do not.  Some believe Shafaat may cause corruption by a false hope.

Sufi believe in Shafaat of their Sufi Masters to Prophet and then Allah for their pious followers.  Shafaat promotes reliance on Shafi.

Do not agree with Shafaat and consider it Shirk, Haram and they say it promotes corruption.

Women’s Rights

Shia’s role models are Fatima Zahra and Zaynab Kobra women have equal rights.  Must protect family structure.

Sunni role model is Ayisha.  They believe in equal rights, but family comes first.

Sufi’s believe in  women’s rights and protection of family.

Wahabi’s do not agree with women’s rights.  Women are not allowed to drive a car or go to family restaurants in Saudi Arabia.










Marjae Taghlid Special Imam

Shia have a special Imam they follow and obey in all issues, private, social or political, etc.  Unity is most important. 

Sunni do not have a special Imam that they follow.  Therefore, there is no unity.

Sufi Masters are role models for their Morid, all Sufi’s follow their leader on all issues. Each Tarighat is very united.

Wahabi’s have a leader that they follow.  They are very united in their ideology.

Dawat Principles

Love of 14 Masums, social justice, pious leadership, following 14 Masums as role models, living as Quran.

Love of Prophet (PBUH) and Quran discussions.  Sahabah’s as role models..

Love of Prophet (PBUH), love of Sufi master.  Promoting Islam with love.

Dawat based on the Quran, very strict and harsh

Ziarat – Visiting Prophet and Ahlul Bayt’s tomb

Shia believes in visiting Prophet and his family’s tombs to pay love and respect, and ask for Shafa and Shafaat

Some believe in Ziarat, but others do not if influenced by Wahabism

Believe in Ziarat of Prophet, his Ahlul Bayt and Sufi masters’ tombs.

Partially accept Prophet’s tomb (Ziarat), but all others are considered Haram.

Antropomorphism Human-Like Shape or Form

Shia believes Allah (SWT) is unique and cannot be described or imagined, and none is like him.

Some believe God has hands, eyes, ears, and face influenced by Wahabi.  Others believe like Shia.

Sufis’ beliefs are similar to Shia.  They believe God is unique, has no limit, not imaginable.

Wahabi’s believe God is sitting on a throne, has a face, hands similar to what Christians believe.  God is like a big man.