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Origin of the Shiite-Sunni Split
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:25pm

I keep hearing from the foolish apologists of Islam that the Jihadis who quote the Quran's verses of violence are misinterpreting the Quaran.

Would not an omnipotent, omniscient God be smart enough to make absolutely certain that the book could not be misinterpreted?

Take any sentence, paragraph, chapter, etc that might possibly be misconstrued. An intelligent God would follow these steps:

1. Choose a widely spoken inherently simple and clear dialect to write it in, not the weird version of Arabic that was used.
2. Re-write the sentence, paragraph, chapter, etc so that it was utterly unambiguous, instead of foggy.
3. As a further safeguard, each unit would be followed by a detailed analysis making the true intent absolutely clear.

Every decent technical manual is written this way. I would expect God to have enough smarts to write a book at least as well as the best human.

The very fact that the followers argue and fight to the death over varied interpretations proves that the Quran was NOT divinely written. God would have done a better job.

Also, there is the matter of the succession that caused the original split. If God had wanted Islam to remain united, why in the Hell didn't God write out the succession in advance? The names of the successors for all times should have been written in the Quran. After all, God knows the future.

Sunni Islam and Shia Islam are the two major denominations of Islam. Their division traces back to a schism following the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the year 632 AD. A dispute over succession to Muhammad as a caliph [supreme leader] of the Islamic community spread across various parts of the world, which led to the Battle of Jamal and Battle of Siffin. The dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn Ali and his household were killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for revenge divided the early Islamic community.

What caused the split?

A schism emerged after the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, and disputes arose over who should shepherd the new and rapidly growing faith.

Some believed that a new leader should be chosen by consensus; others thought that only the prophetís descendants should become caliph. The title passed to a trusted aide, Abu Bakr, though some thought it should have gone to Ali, the prophetís cousin and son-in-law. Ali eventually did become caliph after Abu Bakrís two successors were assassinated.

After Ali also was assassinated, with a poison-laced sword at the mosque in Kufa, in what is now Iraq, his sons Hasan and then Hussein claimed the title. But Hussein and many of his relatives were massacred in Karbala, Iraq, in 680. His martyrdom became a central tenet to those who believed that Ali should have succeeded the prophet. (It is mourned every year during the month of Muharram.) The followers became known as Shiites, a contraction of the phrase Shiat Ali, or followers of Ali.


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