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Can Sunni and Shia Muslims coexist? (Video)

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There are approximately 3.4 million Muslims in the US, making up about 1.1% of the country’s population. Of those Muslims, 55% identity as Sunni Muslims while 16% identify as Shia Muslims – with the rest identifying as neither.

There are approximately 3.4 million Muslims in the US, making up about 1.1% of the country’s population. Of those Muslims, 55% identity as Sunni Muslims while 16% identify as Shia Muslims – with the rest identifying as neither.

Rayan, Rida and Nour are students studying in NYC and attend the Islamic Center of New York University, a mosque at the heart of the Big Apple which caters to both Sunni and Shia Muslims. With sectarianism rife in many parts of the Middle East, we wanted to explore how Sunni and Shia students coexist in one of the most diverse places in the world: New York City.

We also spoke to Imam Khalid Latif, Executive Director of ICNYU, and Shaykh Faiyaz Jaffer, Associate Chaplain at ICNYU.

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