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[Arab., shiat Ali,=the party of Ali], the second largest branch of Islam, Shiites currently account for 10%–15% of all Muslims. Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting Ali (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam) as the
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Izala's preaching against IMN and Shia Islam has increased since last December It openly supported the military crackdown in Zaria and even called for harsher action.
The Druze, who follow a secretive offshoot of Shia Islam, have been divided during Syria's civil war, with some members fighting on the government side and others sympathising with the opposition.
In view of these proxy wars where Shia Islam led by Iran is at war with Sunni Islam led by Saudi Arabia, we see a replay of the Shia/Sunni animosity that rocked the Muslim world after the late Imam Khomeini overthrew the Pahlavi regime dynasty in 1979.
Imambargahs and mosques are two different places in Shia Islam.
The Houthis are members of a rebel group, also known as Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), who originate in the north of the country and adhere to a branch of Shia Islam known as Zaidism.
In recent weeks, Monis claimed to have converted from Shia Islam to the radical brand of Sunni Islam preached by Islamic State.
Shia Islam is the smaller branch of the religion and has long been at war with Islam's more dominant population, the Sunnis, in Baghdad.
Reinforcing this distinct ethnicity is Iran's role as the steward of Shia Islam, a minority sect within the Muslim world.
3 ( ANI ): The editor of a reformist newspaper in Iran has been jailed for publishing an article on Shia Islam deemed offensive by authorities.
Assad belongs to the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam, while most of his opponents are Sunnis.
The Shabak, who number about 50,000, follow a faith considered an offshoot of Shia Islam and are frequently targeted in attacks by Sunni militants.
Lebanon's Iran-backed Shi'ite movement has been fighting alongside the forces of President Bashar Al-Assad, a member of the Alawite offshoot of Shia Islam, against Syria's mainly Sunni rebels.