Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
There are high levels of concern about sectarian tensions in several countries where Sunnis and Shias live side by side. These concerns are particularly pronounced in Lebanon, where two-thirds of all Muslims say sectarian tensions are a big problem.
The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.
A federal judge ruled this week that the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim employee in San Mateo, Calif., for wearing a headscarf. About six-in-ten Muslim American women (59%) say they wear the headcover (or hijab) at least some of the time, including 36% who say they wear it whenever they are in public.
Anti-Ahmadi sentiment runs high in Pakistan, where two in three Pakistani Muslims say Ahmadis are not Muslim.
Across 11 Muslim publics surveyed, a median of 67% say they are somewhat or very concerned about Islamic extremism. Among these publics, extremist groups garner little popular support and clear majorities oppose violence in the name of Islam.
A survey of more than 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries and territories found that a median of 93% say they fast during Ramadan.
As Iranians prepare to elect a new president on June 14, just 40% of them think religious figures should play a large role in politics.
Around the world, Muslims who use the internet are much more likely than other Muslims to have a favorable opinion of Western movies, music and television.
Months of political uncertainty, a weak economy and often violent street protests have resulted in a majority of Egyptians saying they are dissatisfied with the way their new democracy is working.