Over the centuries, a number of distinctive expressions of Muslim faith and practice have emerged, within both the Sunni and Shia traditions. Some have grown to have a clear and separate identity, others have remained more or less within the Sunni/Shia traditions.

This category is for sites about these diverse groups.

  • Please help the ODP represent fairly and positively the wealth of experience and belief which has developed over the centuries. We recognize and seek to represent (but make no judgement on) the diversity of the Muslim community, and their different interpretations of faith and practice.

  • If you wish to submit a website critical of/hostile of a particular group, may we suggest that a more appropriate category may be found within the directory for your own religious tradition, or in one of the Opposing Views categories.
The Ahmadiyya movement originated in Qadian in 1899. In 1914, the community split into two branches: the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam; and the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement for the Propagation of Islam. Both branches believe that founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was the Mahdi and the Promised Messiah. The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam believes that the founder was a prophet; the Lahore deny that he was a prophet. The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam has a khilafat (caliphate); the Lahore do not.
Please submit only sites dedicated to the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam (Jamaat-i Ahmadiyya) here. If your site also relates to the Lahore branch of Ahmadiyya, it should be submitted for review in Ahmadiyya.
The only surviving branch of the Kharijites are the Ibadhi Muslims, most of whom live in Oman.
A religious movement, founded by Syed Mohammad Jaunpuri (1443-1505 CE), in India. He is regarded as the Promised Mahdi.
This category is about the Nation of Islam. Nation of Islam is different from Islam mainly because Islam is universal, but Nation of Islam claims a distinction between nations.
Websites about a group based on the teachings of Dr Rashad Khalifa, in Tucson Mosque. Distinguishing aspects - rejection of the Hadith and Sunnah, accepting the Qur'an alone as an authentic source, and analysing mathematical miracles in the Qur'an (involving the number 19).