I keep hearing terms and facts tossed about in the news like every
one should know the ins and outs of Islam. I've compiled a short list
of notes to help me keep things straight. Please let me know if I have
any of this wrong. I'll correct it. These are generalizations to help
me get the larger picture from the news and conversations on the
subject. There is nothing here you can't get from Wikipedia.
Follow the teachings of Muhammad (directly)
- Al Quida is Sunni
- Saddam Husein was Sunni
- Egypt (mostly)
Follow the family of Muhammad called Imams.Who is Shia?
- Iran is officially Shia (90%)
- Iraq - Yes, many Iraqis are Shia even if Saddam was Sunni. That
is where all the conflict is coming from.
Map of the Islamic world
map of distribution of both Sunni and Shia Islam from Wikipedia.
Kind of gives you an idea of why Iran is so disparate to take as much
control of Iraq as they can.
Qur'an: The Muslim holy book.
Fatwa: Religions ruling by a
scholar of Islam. It is an interpretation of the modern world through
the eyes of Islam.
Jihad: Spiritual struggle or
the act of achieving a goal for Islam.
Jihadi: As far as I can
tell, a made up word used by people fighting mujahideen.
mujahideen: People who are
on a jihad. A Muslim warrior.
Sikh may ware turbans and have long beards, but they are not Muslim. They are their own religion.