(Solution) RELI448 Week 7 discussion: Islamic Belief and Practice

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 10
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)

Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, respond to only one of the following options:

Option 1
For this option, address the following:

  1. List and briefly describe each of the Five Pillars of Islam.
  2. Select one of the pillars to examine in more detail, including how Muslims express this pillar.
  3. How do Sufis differ from other Muslims? Do they express this same pillar differently or in the same way as other Muslims?
  4. Explain why you chose this pillar and how your chosen pillar relates to your own life and worldview.

Option 2
For this option, address the following:

  1. Explain briefly both Sunni and Shia forms of Islam.
  2. Choose one of these two forms and explain its core beliefs in greater detail, including the following: history, countries where this form is practiced, and any sub-sects within this branch.
  3. List the differences between these two forms of Islam.
  4. Identify and examine one way in which the conflicts between these two forms of Islam continue to influence Islam itself; and also, one way the conflicts affect the politics of the whole world.

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to a peer who chose an option different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)
  • Initial Post Length: 300-500 words
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and one outside scholarly source)
  • APA format for in-text citations (include page or paragraph) and references

This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:


The religion of Islam has recorded several schisms in its history. One such schism led to the rise of Shiites and Sunnis; the two divisions started in the 17th Century after they disagreed on Prophet Muhammad’s successor (Molly, 2020). The Shiites believed that Muhammad could only be succeeded by one male from his immediate family. That is, one of the males descended from his immediate family. On the other hand, the Sunni held that the leadership position should have been occupied by a male from Muhammad’s tribe (Molly, 2020). The said leader would be chosen by the people to govern the caliphate. Their differences have widened as the divisions gradually adopted different religious approaches, practices, and beliefs over the years….Please click here to purchase the solution at $5