There are less Ismaili Shias and Ahmadi Muslims as well. Sunni Muslims make over 85 percent of the Emirati population. The great majority of the remaining 15% are Shia Muslims, who live mostly in the UAEs of Dubai and Sharjah. Around 2,000 people in the country are Ahmadis, a minority sect within Islam that was founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. He claimed to be a prophet after Muhammad and called himself "the Promised Messiah".
In total, there are about 5,000 Shias in the United Arab Emirates. They are an ethnic group based in the United Arab Emirates. There is also a small community in Iraq. Most of them live in the emirates of Dubai and Sharjah. Some families can be found in other parts of the Gulf region like Bahrain or Oman but they are not numerous.
Shia is one of the five major sects of Islam. The others are Sunnis, Sufis, Shi'a Islam and Jahadists. Although they share some beliefs, such as belief in the prophecy of Jesus Christ and his resurrection, and some practices including prayer (worship) and fasting, they differ on several points of doctrine and law. For example, Sunnis believe that only God should have power over life and death, while the Shahis believe that a human leader can have this power too.
According to media sources, around 11% of the population is a citizen, with more than 85% of the population being Sunni Muslims. The great majority of the remaining population are Shia Muslims, who live mostly in the Emirates of Dubai and Sharjah. Although they account for only 7% of the total population, Shias are given prominent positions in politics and business.
In fact, it is not unusual for people to come from all over the world to work in Dubai's luxurious skyscrapers, because of the good salaries that are on offer. The city has also become a popular destination for visitors, thanks to its modern infrastructure and lifestyle.
However, even though Dubai is a wealthy city, there are still many poor people living there. Political instability and violence between Sunnis and Shias have prevented many people from coming to work or study in the country.
Furthermore, Dubai has been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers. Many of them are subjected to bad conditions at their workplaces and when they complain about these practices, they are often fired for "violating the employment contract".
In conclusion, Dubai is a wealthy Sunni Muslim country where most people are tolerant of other religions and cultures. However, political unrest has prevented many people from migrating here. There are also reports of human rights violations against foreign workers.
Shia Muslims are the majority in both Iraq and Bahrain. Shia Muslims make up around half of Yemen's population and half of Lebanon's Muslim population. There is also a sizable Shia Muslim community in the Arab Gulf countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
The three most populous Shia-majority countries are Iran, Iraq and Pakistan. However, Iran has the largest number of Shia Muslims with approximately 80 million, while Iraq has about 35 million and Pakistan about 10 million.
Shia Islam originated in the town of Safed in Palestine in the 11th century. It was here that Shias split from Sunni Islam by believing that the 12th Imam had been hidden by God before his death and will return to restore justice on Earth. This idea creates a parallel system of law where sharia (God's law) is applied by religious leaders during prayer meetings known as sermons. These sharia laws include such practices as the stoning punishment for adultery and the execution of apostates (those who leave Islam).
In each country, Shia Muslims are discriminated against by the government and often suffer violence at the hands of Sunnis who believe they should be ruling instead of Shia Muslims. In some cases, the governments may even help Sunnis find ways to kill Shias because they believe this makes them safer from internal rebellion.
Muslims number 3.45 million. Ismaili Muslims are a minor subset of Muslims worldwide. We make up around 20 million of the world's 1.8 billion Muslims. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 3.45 million Muslims in the United States, with the Ismaili Muslim population in Texas being roughly 40,000.
Ismailis are a small but widely dispersed community with communities living in almost every country in the world. The largest concentration of Ismailis is in Iran, where they account for about 5% of the total population. Other large communities can be found in Pakistan, India, Italy, Nigeria, and North America.
In Africa, several hundred Ismailis live in Tanzania and Uganda. In Asia, Indonesia has the highest number of Ismailis with approximately 200,000 people. The majority of Americans who identify themselves as Ismaili are based in Texas. There are about 40,000 Ismailis in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area alone. Smaller communities can also be found in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
Ismailis believe in Islam as revealed by Muhammad and preserved by his descendants, the Hassanalbs (or Shi'ites). However, we do not follow the practices of other Shi'a Muslims such as mourning rituals and fasting during Ramadan. Rather, we celebrate Islamic holidays such as Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.
The Muslim community is divided into two sects: Shia and Ismaili. Shias are the world's second biggest Muslim denomination. Ismailis are a subset of the Shia community. They differ in some beliefs and practices from other Shias. Ismailis believe that Imam Ali (the son-in-law of Muhammad and cousin of Jesus) was the true successor to Jesus Christ. Many Ismaili texts say that Jesus returned to Earth in various forms throughout history and will do so again before the end of time. Shias do not share this belief.
There are three main branches of Ismailism: Irani, Afghanistani and Nigerian. All use the Persian calendar and follow a legal system based on Islamic law. However, they vary widely in how often they pray, who their leaders are, and what books are accepted as holy scripture. Irani Ismailis live mainly in Pakistan and India while Afghanistani Ismailis live in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria has an Iranian diaspora and many businesses there use the name "Ismaili" for branding purposes but they are not connected to each other and do not have a leader called a sheikh. Most international scholars consider them to be separate religions with no common origin.
Iranian Ismailis split from the rest of the community over one thousand years ago.
Nearly 96% of Emiratis are Muslims. South Asians make up half of the population, predominantly Indians and Pakistanis. The next three largest expatriate ethnic groups are Iranians (2.5 percent), Arabs from various regions of the Middle East (13%), and Westerners (1%).
Emirati society is based around the federal government in Abu Dhabi and seven other sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. All citizens are equal before the law, but the absolute power of the ruling family means that none of them can have more power than others. In practice this means that not even the prime minister can do that much.
The country has an advanced economy with investments from all over the world. It is among the top five countries in the world for wealth per adult. Its capital, Abu Dhabi, is also one of the richest cities in the world.
However, 25% of the population lives below the poverty line. There is no formal unemployment system, but estimates range from 1% to 6%.
Emiratis have a very positive image abroad. They are seen as tolerant and welcoming, with great hospitality toward foreigners.
But they also have a very negative image due to the corruption found in many sectors of the economy, such as real estate and business services. This has led many people to leave the country.