[quote author=“mudfoot”] Mohammed never having a child, him shooting blanks or something like that. .
Wrong . He had 5 children , one son called Qassim and 4 girls called : oum Kalthoum , Fatima , Qukaya and Zeinab .
the difference is : the Prophet on the day he was dying told his people that they should not mourn him , he was just a human being , Islam was to remain and so was god . so his mission was accomplished and they just have to turn to god . he never chose a successor because he did not see the need .
Shia believe his nephew Ali should succeed him , and that s why Ali is very important for the Shias . Sunnis dont seem to believe Ali is a successor to the prophet but a companion and a nephew to the prophet to be respected too.
The Prophet had always insisted on a unity between Muslims and he would be very sad to see them divided into sunnis and shias. I personnally come from a sunni country with no shias , and i have never knew this divide until recently . shame