There are small but contentious differences in how the Shi’a and Sunni Muslims pray.
The prayer rituals of the Shi’a are distinct, and have drawn criticism from non-Shi’a schools.
The first major misunderstanding regarding the prayer of the Shi’a is the misconception that Shi’a perform the five daily prayers on three occasions as opposed to five like the Sunnis.
The Shi’a believe that Islam allows one to combine the prayers of Dhuhr and Asr and the prayers of Maghrib and Isha.
Another misconception is that Shi’a worship a stone idol. This criticism is based on a lack of understanding of Shi’a Jurisprudence which stipulates that prostration during prayers must not be performed on anything other than natural elements from the earth which can neither be eaten nor worn.
This interpretation has prompted many Shi’a to adopt the convenience of praying on clay tablets.