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Shia procession in northwest Pakistan attacked; 7 mourners die
Seven persons were reportedly killed and 18 other injured when a Shia procession was targeted in northwest city Dera Ismail Khan on November 24. The miscreants had hid the bomb in a heap of garbage to target the Shia procession through a powerful remote blast.

SUNNIA AND Shia communities are the two major denominations of Islam, with about 10–20% being Shias, according to some estimates. According to historians, the Sunni–Shia split took place due to a dispute over succession to Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic religious populace, resulting in the Battle of of Siffin.

There are differences in religious practice, traditions and customs between the two Islamic communities. The sharpest differences are related to jurisprudence. It is held that although all Muslim groups consider the Quran to be divine, yet Sunni and Shia have different opinions on hadith.

Shia theology has two concepts that define religion as a whole. First, there are Roots of Religion (Usul al-Din), and secondly, the Branches of Religion (Furu al-Din) unlike Sunni community.

But the two communities have witnessed sharp divide in some parts of Pakistan where violence is being used against one another. And every year, in the Islamic month of Muharram, Shias are attacked while they mourn the death of Prophet’s grandson – Imam Husain (as).  

 

Seven persons were reportedly killed and 18 other injured when a Shia procession was targeted in northwest city Dera Ismail Khan on November 24. The miscreants had hid the bomb in a heap of garbage to target the Shia procession through a powerful remote blast.

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