Shiites


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Shiites

Muslims who believe that the legitimate line of succession from Muhammad is through his cousin, the caliph Ali, and his descendants. Most Shiites live in Iran.
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The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday revealed that it is 'looking into the alleged' illegal killing of 492 Shiites by the Army.
Although there are some Sunni Muslims who partake in the Ashura commemoration with Shiites, along with other Shiite rituals, there has always been a general political and social stance of intolerance towards the presence of a non-Sunni Muslim ideology in Egypt.
The suffering and injustices faced by the Shiites in the 1990s and the disorder of post-2003 Iraq combined to make today's Shiite militias.
In a 62-page report, entitled "'They Are Not Our Brothers': Hate Speech by Saudi Officials" and released on Tuesday, the HRW said Saudi clerics often refer to Shiites as rafidha or rawafidh, which mean rejectionists, and stigmatize their beliefs with impunity, presstv reported.
No group has yet claimed responsibility but militant Sunni fundamentalists such as the Taliban and Islamic State view Shiites as apostates and frequently attack Shiite mosques and public gatherings.
Most are decorated with Hezbollah flags, Nasrallah posters, and the 'Sword of Ali,' the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to whom Shiites pledge allegiance.
Iran's supreme leader has blasted as "foolishness" a decision by Bahrain's leaders to strip a top Shiite Muslim cleric of his citizenship, and said it could provoke violence from Shiites, who make up the majority in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.
Compare that to 76 percent of Shiites who believe that the citizens of Ramadi will be treated fairly.
A Kuwaiti court has sentenced 21 Kuwaiti Shiites to prison or death for belonging to an Iran-linked cell.
Extremist group Daesh, which considered Shiites heretics, claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first attack the group has carried out in Saudi Arabia.
The attack happened when the Shiite Muslims were in ceremony to mark their Ashoura, the holy day commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Mohammad who is revered by the Shiites.
The Islamic State fighters consider Shiites to be heretics, and proudly post images of them being killed -- often for no reason other than their beliefs.