American Military University Muhammad Succession & Conflict Between the Sunni and Shia Paper

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One of the major divisions found within the practice of Islam today is a centuries old conflict that exists between the two major Islamic groups identified as the Sunnis and the Shia. Many students are surprised to discover that the precipitating event that led to this conflict was a difference of opinion between the two groups as to the process of religious leadership succession following the death of Muhammad in CE 632.

  • What is your reaction to this conflict and the arguments offered by each side behind it?
  • What practical principles of leadership development can you learn from it, and how would you employ them in the event you were ever selected to lead a religious or non-profit organization?

One of the little-known concepts found within the Islamic belief system is the common practice often referred to as, “Da’wah.”

  • Based upon your studies and research of Islam this week, identify and define the purpose of “Da’wah” and then elaborate upon the process by offering your reaction to it and demonstrate in practical ways how you have witnessed the implementation of it in the world today.

Respond 100 words +

Respond 100 words +

In this message post I will give my thoughts and opinions in a very respectful way on the following; the Sunni and Shia Conflict, practical principles of leadership development I can gain from this weeks lesson, and the meaning of Da’wah.

First, I knew that the Sunni and Shia sects have been in major conflict four thousands of years regarding who should be the next prophet/caliphate. I never knew the true reason as to why they had this conflict, but now I truly no why. This has caused a major divide between them. However, the Qu’ran teaches that the Muslim Faith should be “One Family Under God.” Obviously, both sects hold a grudge and for the better I hope there comes a time in history they can resolve this conflict.

Second, If I was the leader of a religious group the one that I would focus on as a principle of leadership development would be the wonderful concept of Zakat. Zakat is the Muslim principle which is to donate a certain portion of wealth each year to charitable causes. I myself am a giver and if I can financially afford to help someone with a legitimate need I will do it. I love helping people as much as I can. I would have no issue in following the Muslim concept of Zakat. This is a very similar concept that most Christians as well. I could not agree more with a beautiful principle that the Muslim faith practices.

Third, Da’wah in Islam means ‘To invite one to learn about the Muslim faith, but not force that upon people.” There are many religions in this world that do not invite people to learn about a specific religion, but “constantly push their religion down a persons throat.” In Da’wah when it comes to my opinion is that the Muslim faith wants to invite a person to educate them about the religion where that person can be more tolerable and not to be ignorant. Importantly, that person must have a desire to understand the Muslim faith.

Finally, I am glad that we covered the Islam and the Muslim faith and the following topics of the Sunni and Shia conflict, practical principles of leadership development I can gain from this weeks lesson, and the meaning of Da’wah. I wish everyone a nice evening and please stay healthy and safe among the COVID-19.

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