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Are Zaidi Shia or Sunni?

Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Question:

Are Zaidi Shia or Sunni?

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Answer:

Zaidis (also known as the fivers) are a strand of Shiaism.1 They claim to be the followers of Zayd Ibn Ali Ibn Husayn R.A Ibn Ali R.A.2 Though their wrong beliefs fall within the realm of Shiaism, they are not as vulgar towards the noble companions and in Fiqh they are similar to Hanafis,

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Written by Shaykh Ahmed Bin Mohamed Umarji

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 Mawsooah Al-Firaq Al-Muntasibah Lil-Islam , Volume 5 , Page 185, Dorar

2 Al-Bidayah Wa An-Nihayah, Volume 3 , Page 177 , Darul Ishaat Karachi Pakistan

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