Lead: After the death of the Prophet Muhammad disputes within and with members of his family created a severe and long lasting division among Muslims. The Sunni and Shi’a split continues to divide that faith into the modern era.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Shi’a revere the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law Ali who claimed the mantle of his kinsman, but who was assassinated in disputes that firmly established the split between his followers and the vast majority of adherents to Islam known as the Sunni.