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March 26th, 2007
Pilgrimage to Karbala
Sunni and Shia: The Worlds of Islam

While the Islamic world is predominantly of the Sunni sect, the Muslims who live in the Middle East, and particularly those in the Persian Gulf region, are often Shiite. Globally, the Shia account for an estimated 10 or 15 percent of the Muslim population, but in the Middle East their numbers are much higher: they dominate the population of Iran, compose a majority in Iraq, and are significant minorities in other nations, including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Syria. Outside of the region, Shia generally constitute only tiny minorities in other Muslim countries, including Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt in Northern Africa.

Map Data Sources: CIA World Factbook;

Population: 28,513,677
Percent Shia Muslim: 19%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 80%

Population: 32,129,324
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 99%

Population: 7,868,385
Percent Shia Muslim: 67%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 29%

Population: 677,886
Percent Shia Muslim: 70%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 30%

Population: 76,117,421
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 90%

Population: 69,018,924
Percent Shia Muslim: 90%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 9%

Population: 25,374,691
Percent Shia Muslim: 63%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 34%

Population: 6,199,008
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 15%

Population: 5,611,202
Percent Shia Muslim: 2%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 92%

Population: 2,257,549
Percent Shia Muslim: 25%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 60%

Population: 3,777,218
Percent Shia Muslim: 36%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 22%

Population: 5,631,585
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 97%

Population: 32,209,801
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 99%

Population: 2,903,165
Percent Shia Muslim: 2%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 21%

Population: 159,196,336
Percent Shia Muslim: 20%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 77%

Palestinian Territory
Population: 3,152,361
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 95%

Population: 840,290
Percent Shia Muslim: 14%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 86%

Saudi Arabia
Population: 25,795,938
Percent Shia Muslim: 5%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 95%

Population: 39,148,162
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 70%

Population: 18,016,874
Percent Shia Muslim: 13%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 74%

Population: 9,974,722
Percent Shia Muslim: –
Percent Sunni Muslim: 98%

Population: 66,893,918
Percent Shia Muslim: 15%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 85%

Population: 2,523,915
Percent Shia Muslim: 16%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 80%

Population: 20,024,867
Percent Shia Muslim: 36%
Percent Sunni Muslim: 63%

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  • zuhair

    Sunni-percent in IRAN is almost 20% to 24 %.
    Sunni percent in Iraq is almost 55%.
    Sunni percent in Bahrain is almost 50%.

  • lena

    iran is 90 + percent shia the rest is baahi zoroastian is sunni

  • maria

    i trust they don’t tolerate sunni is Iran?

  • Syed Mazhar Ali Shah

    His Highness

    Honourable Sir,
    I Chief Organizer,Zawar Syed Mazhar Ali Shah Naqvi, of village, Nebahoo Bhoora Deh-10 Bhoora, Taluka Sakrand, Disrict Nawabshah,Sindh (Pakistan) as I have established Imam Bragah Safina, in the name of Mazhar-ul-Ajaib, at about 40 or 50 years ago in village Bhoora Deh-10, Bhoora and in the above locality there are only Two and Three houses which belongs to Assna Ashari Momineen and other who resides there belongs to the followers of Ahl-e-Sunnat Jammait. With my un-tiredable and entire efforts I have established Alam-Pak of Hazrat Ghazi Abbas Alamdar (A.S) in the premises of Imam Bargah and in the holy days of Moharram, I have made necessary arrangements to start Majils, Salam-o-Marsiya and Matam Majils accordingly. And on 9th Muharram Sharif, Sejj in the name of (Prince) Shahzada Ali Qasim (A.S) is being also arranged in shape of Juloose where all Momineen take part from religious point of view.
    The entire mearment of above plot, where above named Imam Bargah is situated approximately its total area is at about one and half-acre.

    I belongs to poor family of Syed but neither I have got any sources of Income nor any type of Aid or moral monetary support from any side or nothing from any sound monetary position-holders therefore I appeal to whole world Assna Ashari Tanzeem or Organizations kindly to help and give me monetary support, so that I may be able or in position to provide religious education on Assna Ashari basis to the poor children of this locality and also specialty be given in Taleem of Quran, so for to serve this purpose Building consists on two or three rooms as Darisagah alongwith wash-room also suitable position for Mosque should be arranged which also be facilitated with Ghusil Khana(Bath-Room) etc.

    In addition to this Imam Bargah and Takhatgah of Moulai Qainat Hazrat Ali (A.S) should be entirely decorated and furnished with Marble Tiles etc, in order to beautify the whole scene of Imam Bargah and Mosque alongwith religious Darsgah, so that it gives good-look to every visitor, and in this way all will be interested to take part to provide financial help/Aid and enhanced the hands of Co-operation to this religious IDDARA whole-heartly.
    F O U N D E R
    Village Nehbahoo Bhoors, Deh-10, Bhoora,Taluka
    Sakrand District Nawabshah,sindh (PAKISTAN)
    C/O.. Ahmed Lakho, Tailer Master, near Gold Smith Street, Sakrand, District Nawabshah.

  • anon

    Kuwait is mispelled.

  • edrees alany

    these statistics are not precise :
    in regard to turkey , it says that sunni people are 85% and shia 15% , now here s a question : what is left for other minorities and how shia are 15% while we know that turkey had a long war with iran the center of shia … (shia cannot live in turkey) ..
    in oman , if sunni population forms 21% then what s the majority?
    in kuwait .. it’s known that sunni people form the majority , how did shia reach 25% ? while they won a very few seats in the last elections…
    in lebanon , it says that shia form 36% while sunni 22% , now if we know that there s a conflict between sunni and shia and every single person elects a candidate from his sect , how did the sunni people dominated the parliament last elections?
    I suggest reviewing these statistics

  • The Algerian Zahraa

    Hello, I am an Algerian woman and I would like to share some information with you.
    In fact, Algeria is a 99.99% Muslim country, which is mostly Malekit. I am not convinced that this country does not have SHIITE MUSLIMS. Personally I am Shiite Jaafarite and my whole family so is. So please in future DO NOT mention WRONG information, unless you are sure about the same. Thank you.

  • Syed Qamar Abbas

    In turkey the alawite shia percentage between 20 – 30 %
    In oman the majority not sunni or shia they are kharjee’s
    In lebanon sunni win more seats coz they have alliance with druze and christian
    In Algeria i heard first time have some shis population…………Alhumdolilah

  • Fiaz Muhammad

    In fact the Sunni population in Lebanon is more than 40%. The wining of Saad Hariri, a sunni politicans, in Lebanon despite of Shias opposition proves that there is majority of Sunnis in Lebanon. Similiaray in Iraq, Sunni are not less than 45%. In North Africa, there is absloutely no Shia poulation. In Algeria, there is no Shia population, simliary in Morocco, Tunsia, Lybia, Egypt are absoultely Sunni countries, Allahahamodollilah.

  • abdulla

    sunni percent in bahrain is more than 60 percent

  • karim

    @Faiz Mohammad
    The reason why Saad Hariri won is because both the Sunnis AND the Christians voted for him. You WISH Sunnis were 45% in Iraq dont you? There are Shia populations in North Africa, but they are small minorities at present. But Shi’ism is spreading there more now, Allahahamodollilah.

  • Syed Murtuza

    Firstly, we are muslim unity afterwards different community, we have to live jointly not communally

  • jafar raza

    I think you people forgot about bangla deash and india muslim countries in this plant Earth.In west they call them modern muslims and arbic countries are modern becuse they help israiel against iran now you know who is munafic.All the sunnis are munafkeen.

  • lebanese

    the sunnis dont have a majority in lebanon’s parliament.the bloc headed by sunni hariri has a majority.and that bloc is not only is made up of sunnis,shia and christians and druze.sunnis have 28 MPs as do the shia also have 28 MPs.the largest christian sect,the maronites,have also 28 MPs.

    for your information,in lebanon there is a power sharing deal among the sects that gives them a fixed quota that does not change no matter what in any election.

    the parliament is equally divided between christians and muslims.50%-50%.the muslim seats include shia,sunni and druze elected to parliament.each of the sunnis and shias have 28 seats in matter what,the sunni or shia sects cannot have each more than 28 members.the best either of the main blocs headed by the main shia or sunni party can do,is to win members of the other sects into their own bloc.for example,hariri’s sunni bloc have a shia MP called oqab saqr.the reality is the same for the other blocs who have members from other sects.

    as for the size of the shia population in lebanon,the shia community do form the largest community.they are said to be at least 40%.the christians are about 20% and the sunnis about 30%.there are other sects like the druze,alawites,ismailis etc.

    i can also see false estimates regarding bahrain and yemen and saudi yemen the shia and sunnis are almost equally bahrain,the shia are the overwhelming majority from history.the bahraini sunni monarchy is trying to change that by naturalizing sunnis from other countries to change the country’s demography in favor of sunnis.that is very bad and criminal.

    the shia population of saudi arabia is 15-20%.what a pity.the saudi shias are even oppressed on the are mostly found in oil rich eastern part of saudi arabia.

  • yoldas akkaya

    Turkey 20-30% alawi (shia) someone says up to 40 procent someone says only 10 procent….you forgetting india and most of the turkesh world in the old soviyet ( russia kasakstan turkmenistan and more countries) shia is growing the last 30 years world muslim population 15 % to 25 % is shia some one says more then 30 procent another says only 10 procent…shia countryes like iran and shia minorites in sunni countries are growing the last 30 years because off fertilitet rate. Its simple to survive sunni agression and imperilist countrys the goverments in shia countryes and the shia peoples in the world makes more babyes statistisk the last 30 year and its still growing now

  • Real Lebanese

    In Lebanon, Shia is 35%(Including Druze,Alawaite ects), Sunni is 25%, Christian is 40%. when 1985, Christian made up 25% but 2010, they are almostly 40%. NOT 20%!!!

    just see it

    Well, Lebanon have Muslim Majority country…But we are not in MUSLIM STATE.

  • Fiaz Muhammad

    Actually, sunni shia ratio in Islmaic countires has changed dramatically. Only half a century ago Yemen was absolutely a shia country. But now Yemen has Sunni Majority population, because of Al-Quaeda inflence in Yemen and because Osama bin ladin is Sunni and belongs to Yemen. In Bharain, there was absoltely, Shia population some year ago but now there are more than 60% sunni, beacuse of migration of Sunni from other countries. In Iraq, Shia are concentrate only in South but Sunni are in Central and in North, as Kurds are also Sunni, despite the fact that Kurds are not Arab. It is only with American Aid that Shia gains government in Iraq, but it is syre that Sunni are more than 40% in Iraq, this could be understand from the fact that Sunni are in North, centre and even in South of the country. As for North Africa, Iran had done its most effort to influence, but miserly failed. All independent surveys sggest that in world as whole Sunni Muslim are 90% and Shia are 10% of total poulation of world. Alhamodlliah Sunni Islam dominates the world.

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  • Ibrar siddique

    actually shia are showing them selves as in big majority in the world.just for this purpose that shia to get courage for
    spreadig thier religion,but it is just thier misconcception.we have ther historical scoolers (FATWA)

  • Fiaz Muhammad

    You are true Mr. Ibrar. Their(Shia) munafqat is very clear in Iraqi. In Iraq Shia got upper hand with the help of Americans and other Western forces and with help of Jews. Shia mlitia in Iraq has killed thousand of thousand Sunni men in brutality. It is for the service of Jews, Iran is actually helping Shia Militia with money. Now what is hppeing in Iraq now. israeli companies are wining billion of dollars contract in Iraq with the help of Shia government of Iraq and Iraqi government has been supported by Iran. Then you may decided who is friend of Jews. Is Iran is acutually not aiding Israel. Iran appearantly opposes Isreal for creat its influence in Sunni. So Sunni population of world listen and see all happening in real life, do not be fool. Actually Iran America Jews all are same in Iraq and in wider spectrum all over the World. Is there any body deny these facts?

  • Muhammad Azhar

    you right drar jafer all people forgot about bangla deash and india muslim countries in this plant Earth.In west they call them modern muslims and arbic countries are modern becuse they help israiel against iran & Pakistan. now you know who is munafic.All the sunnis are munafkeen. This is the latest Resurch in the world the sunni islam is not related with MUHAMMAD PBUH. All suni islam are belong Banu Umaiya and Banu Abasia. If you don’t know then read Bukhari Sharief.

  • syed urfi hussain

    In fact the Sunni population in Lebanon is more than 40%. The wining of Saad Hariri, a sunni politicans, in Lebanon despite of Shias opposition proves that there is majority of Sunnis in Lebanon. Similiaray in Iraq, Sunni are not less than 45%. In North Africa, there is absloutely no Shia poulation. In Algeria, there is no Shia population, simliary in Morocco, Tunsia, Lybia, Egypt are absoultely Sunni countries, Allahahamodollilah.

  • ahsan Reza

    @@@@ ibrar siddique dear this is law of nature (ALLAH) upto now from trillion of people ALLAH make only 0.125 million prophets from 0.125 million prophet ALLAH selects only some are ULOLAZM from some of ULOLAZM few are RASOOL from few of RASOOL 4 have HOLY BOOKS and from 4 who have HOLY BOOKS only one is MUHAMMAD RASOOL ALLAH SAWW, so plz dont say again shia wants to show bigger mijority we never wants like this bcz example mention above sunnis look like trillions of people of world but worth less but we shia are in less in quantity but more in faith quality then trillions of peoples :)

    in the last i have one request with all sunnis of world plz hold all world as soon as possible bcz we shia wants our IMAM will appear as soon as possible.

  • Syed Rizvi

    cool .. guyz ,, no need to fight over the numbers ,, these might be right or not ,, already Quran says tha majority are in a loss .. so stop trying to show who’s in majority & where ,,
    by the way ,, ever tried to find out how many Muslims are there in India (roughly 200 million Muslims & among them around 50 million Shia Muslims!!) ,, enough to control the Islamic world in their hands sensibly .. but always India is never talked about cause people want to follow like cows &goats behind others feeding them (like usa,europeans,ozzies, ect) but never want to take help from India!!??

  • Syed Rizvi

    & yeah ,, some contries the Shia populaiton is shown as NIL (zero) which means that there are people but not enough to be counted as even 1 percent ,, where as in some other countries like eypt or algeria or tunisia or sudan, there are Shias but cannot openly claim that & niether does the goverment allows them to specify like that .. for your information, egypt has around 4 to 5 million Shias but un-accounted for, India has 50 million Shias, Yemen has 60 percent Shias .. but stats have to be reversed by the order of the govermnments .. to appease it own people or to appease others like iran does not have those many sunnis it shows because it has to appease other sunni countries too ,, politics everywhere ,,

  • naina

    i m shocked by seeing only 3% of shia are there in india. mere pas aik sawal hai bura na manna.
    sunni inte bereham kyo hote hai ?

  • Syed Rizvi

    @naina –
    its only 3% of a population of 1200 million, which is equal to 50 million, second only to Iran & more than pakistan, alhamodlillah.
    for ur query as to y sunnis r bereham, it is because their hearts r filled with enmity for AHLEBAIT e RASOOL & the fact that they follow such people who had spread ISLAM through sword & not by the charecter of RASOOL ALLAH SAWAWS.
    check the facts – all wars fought by RASOOL ALLAH SAWAWS were in defense & not for surpression but after martydom of RASOOL ALLAH SAWAWS, the pseduo sahaba waged crazy wars for political power and so large number of people were FORCED to convert under the sword. hence though the people accepted ISLAM but their dislike & enmity reained inside. these sunnis r the same people and that is y they r so bereham.
    where as Shias just followed AHLEBAIT e RASOOL & QURAN & have soft hearts since RASOOL ALLAH SAWAWS was Himself Rahim.

  • Syed Rizvi

    @naina –
    it is noy ONLY 3% but it is more than 50 MILLION (out of 1200 million Indian population) .. second only to Iran & more than pakistan. alhamdolillah ….

  • Syed Ather Hussain Zaidi

    Afghanistan Population Shia Muslim: 5,417,599,
    Azerbaijan Population Shia Muslim: 5,271,818,
    Bahrain Population Shia Muslim: 474,520,
    Iran Population Shia Muslim: 62,117,032,
    Iraq Population Shia Muslim: 15,986,055,
    Jordan Population Shia Muslim: 112,220,
    Kuwiat Population Shia Muslim: 564,387,
    Lebanon Population Shia Muslim: 1,359,798,
    Oman Population Shia Muslim: 58,063,
    Pakistan Population Shia Muslim: 31,839,267,
    Qatar Population Shia Muslim: 117,641,
    Saudi Arabia Population Shia Muslim: 1,289,797,
    Syria Population Shia Muslim: 2,342,194,
    Turkey Population Shia Muslim: 10,703,027,
    U.A.E. Population Shia Muslim: 403,826,
    Yemen Population Shia Muslim: 7,208,952…

    Mashallah inhe illam roozi aur kamyaabi day aur hamesha siratal mustakeem kay raste per rakkhe….

  • mohamed abdirahman

    my anames mohamed abdirahman mohamuud why they added somalia country
    somali country all most 99% are suni so this is not fair

  • Fiaz Awan

    Not be confused, in Almost all Islamaic countries there is absolutely Sunni except three countries, Iran90% shia, Iraq50% shia, Bhirain 50% shia, most of Islamic countries ratio is as under

    Algeria 0% shia
    Albanaia 0% shia
    Egypt 1% shia,
    Moroco 0% shia
    Tunsia 0% shia
    Lybia 0% shia
    Somalia 0% shia
    Mauritania 0% shia
    Sudan 2% shia
    Saudi Arabia 5% shia
    Palestian areas less than 1% shia
    Lebanon 35% shia
    Syria 10% shia
    Turkey 5% shia
    Pakistan 5% shia
    Indonisia I really do not now but it should be 2%
    So these are Muslim countries which has significent population as for UAE Qatar, etc these countries have very little insignificent populatins.

  • Syed Rizvi

    thanks fiaz for urinfo but ur figures r based on hypocrisy & the actual figures r what given by Syed Ather Hussain Zaidi…..anyhow ,, we do not want to prove we have significent numbers but infact we r contend that we are in minority and to remain so since QURAN says that majority of Muslims are in for a loss….so alhamdolillah our opponents are losers and we are the successful group following QURAN & AHLEBAIT.
    jazakALLAH khair al jaza……

  • Malik

    DEATH WITH yazeed

  • Fiaz Awan

    But no one has commented on my earlier remarks about Shia rule in Iraq. Is it not true that Iraqi Shia win there a government with help of USA and Israel. And is it not fact that Iraqi shia government is giving billion of dollars contracts to Israelis firms. It is also fact that Iraqi government has been supported by Iran. So in Iraq Shia, jews and Americans are united. It is also fact that in Iraq shia militia has killed thousand of thousand Sunni Muslims cold blooded. Any justifictaion for this?
    As for Indian Muslims, there is no doubt there number is great 200 million but they are under Hindus, very little freedom themselves, how they can play a role in Islamic world?

  • Syed Rizvi

    some of ur facts r right & some r wrong.but see to it that this is a govt.whats happening in iraq is more political than religious.I accept ur facts. so will u be brave enough to accept the other older facts that all these governments in sunni countries, ranging from gulf to africa&pakistan r supported by USA&israel (just take latest example of egypt&tunisia where they cannot form another govt until USA&israel r satisfied!!).is not egypt&jordan a sunni country supporting israel openly&having embassies&support israel in killing sunni palestinians (by closing borders).atleast iran always fights with USA&israel (though we do not take iran to be a representative of Shia!).is it not a fact that pakistani sunni govt & militants & afghanistan sunni militants & many other country the govt sponsered sunni people kill Shias in thousands!!is it not a fact that saudi&egypt&jordan&algeria&morocco&tunisia buy weapons indirectly from israel through USA & eventually giving billions of dollars to them, even via starbucks which is in centre of Mecca Shareef !?
    Now, my India.who told u we have little freedom??atleast come one time for any event, EID, MOHARRUM, RAMZAN, MILAD or anything.we practice our faith&do open tableegh without any fear.we have Azaan five times daily with loud speakers.we wear Muslim attire most often with ease alhamdolillah.&yes we live peacefully with non-Muslims because India is a secular country.small things happen everywhere.even in pakistan Milad cannot be done easily, since any bomb can happen.u see how much more developed is Indian kashmir than compared to pakistani illegally occupied&all this fighting is because of pakistan only.the world knows this thing.even India supports palestinians & also has dealing with israelis for weapons, which is okay as per Islam.
    fine my only answer is-QURAN says majority of Muslims are in a alhamdolillah we Shias are never in majority&so are not the losers.the sunnis who are in majority are in loss.just cross check how many conversions happen from sunnis to Shias.people convert after thoroughly studying Islam to its right path.
    ALLAH shower blessings on MOHAMMED SAWAWS & HIS PROGENY AS.

  • ray asif bhatti

    sunni is not religen they follower of mavia and abu jahal they have already disputes among them they are wahabi, deobandi, malki, etc and divided in several groupes but they have one agenda program they all against Allah, Rasool, ale Rasool and shiane Ali

  • hamisi

    we are all muslims
    we have to work together for our best future.
    no one can try to divide us into differents groups
    i want to ask my brothers sunnis
    which sunni’s country is developping fast than iran?
    no one
    please we are shia
    our aim is to put muslims in their proper and respect places
    our aim is to help all people through the world,teach them ,fighting against tyran,fighting against corruption etc,,,,

    shaia and sunnis we are all called to respect each other,
    we can sit together and solve our problems without figthing or killing ,
    to have many shia or sunnis in one country that doesn’t help us,
    let’s concentret to what can develop fast our countries, as learning,working hard,living peacefuly with others,

    that is my comment about numbers of shia and sunnis in some countries,

    my brothers the first thing in our live is to help others without killing innocent people,learning understanding different views from others etc,,,,

    assalam alikum
    your brother (shia from Rwanda in Africa)

  • Shahid

    Two things I want to share: Before making any statement please think in a cool way of outerworld. Use common sense. Do u ever felt “noor” in wahahi’s face. They looks extremely horrible and zero noor. Not all, the wahabi type sunnies. Yes they are the followers of their ancestors Abu-Jahel, Maavia and Yazeed they Love them.
    Second thing, I m wondering that have they ever thought of the “Elahi Circle”? God gifted Muhammad (PBUH) a daughter who gots marry Ali. Hasson-o-Hussain are tow sons. Muhammad (PBUH) postpones his Namaz When Hussain rides on the shoulder during Salat (prayer). All these things are found in Sunni books.

  • Zishan

    This info is based on biased nature of western world, as we see iraq is a sunni dominant if we gather Kurd and Arab sunni muslims, then it makes total 60% of sunni population in Iraq. as far as the Iran, Iran has 25% sunni muslims who usually reside in seestan balochistan near zahidan.
    Labonan is sunni dominant country, behrain has 50% of sunni muslims. According to former chief of Hizbullah said, Iran invited USA and NATO to invade iraq to bring up shia into power, that’s why we can say” shia is supported by USA,NATO. It is not wrong that the sanction and ban upon iran is fraud, it has no reality, they gave iran free hand to expand nuclear facilities.

  • Mustafa

    In reply to Naina of Jan.24,2011 at 1032 a.m., I would say it is because their caliphs after the death of Prophet Mohammed,SAWW, their caliphs did tremendous berehemi to Ahle beit-e-Rasool,SAWW by usurping Fatema A.S,’s FADAK and even causing her miscarriage of hamal of Mohsin A.S. and her ultimate demise.

  • alkalbani

    am omani and what you said is totally wrong. becauce the government is from the Minority so they say that they are the Majority to not lose the power and they dont published the real numbers

    sunni 75%

    abadiat 25%

    shi’a is less than 0.03% – 0.05% and they are not original omani they are from iran and india.

  • ruhullah farahi

    i am ruhullah and i am from afghanistan… I would like to inform you guyz that my country afghanistan has more tht 25% of shia… So as the figure which iz mentiond iz wrong…
    And yes please stop fightin wth each other under the issue who iz shia and who is sunni…

  • Ramzan

    Yes , Bahrain was 70% shia and 30% sunnis but after vigorous efforts by the government to change the demographic scene it is now 60% shia and 40% sunnis according to latest independent studies.

  • Sarfraz Hussain

    i m sunni from mother side and shia from father side, and eventualy now following shia ideology due to eye opening reason that its shia ideology either in iran or in lebnon that is challenging America and Israil, where as all others bowing before these so called super powers. only ture ideology can do it. arab countries including Saudia are safing guard American and israli interests . No one is compareable with Ahmedi Nijad and Syed Hassan Nasrullah

  • Ghulam Abbas

    if careful study and population may be counted, shias are in very minority even in Iraq, Bahrain, Azerbaijan and Lebonon. Only Iran is shia majority country.

  • Mohamed Hussain

    Am a muslim and i believe all muslims are one irrespective of their sect provided that we agree on the fundamentals of islam(arkanul islam and iman). Sunni muslims do not support Israel against Iran but it is the dictators(presidents&kings) who are American puppets and they do not represent the views of their cityzens . Remember, if you claim that sunnis are the only muslims,we have sects within the sunni islam just like we have in the shia islam. The truth is none of these terms (Shia,sunni,suffi,druzes,khawarij,zaidy,ismaeli,takfir etc) is found in the Quran or in Hadith, or is it?
    This is an American policy of ‘devide and rule’ in the Muslim world. We all know that Iran,Syria( druze president) and Hezbullah(shia) were of more help to sunni palestinians than sunni Egypt( under Hosni Mubarak) and Jordan who sealed their borders and refused to let in aid to Gaza let alone helping them fight. Thank God, these dictators are being toppled by civilian uprisings one after the other.
    The religion of God is Islam and not sunni or Shia. We should love and respect each other as muslim brothers and sisters.

  • Syed Rizvi

    I agreed with Mohammad Hussain’s view

    I request all our brothers and sisters from both Sunni or Shia to stop thinking like what I have seen the comments above.

    We are Muslim and we have no right to say who is right and wrong. please think positive and think how we can regain the glory of our past.

    Unfortunately, I have been seeing some extreme comments from our Shia brothers for Sunni and from Sunni brothers for Shia. And instead of helping each other, we are trying to prefer ourselves.

    First decide what is the basic to be a Muslim and check if those basics are true to other party or not.

    In Islam, no one is better than other. Every Muslim either Shia or Sunni love Hadrath Fatima AS, Hardrath Ali AS and his family. However this love is not the basic of our Iman. If someone is not respecting Ahle Bait, he/she is committing a sin but it doesn’t mean he/she is out of Islam. Then who we are to issue fatwa and comments.

    Please re-think before commenting.

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