is the most dangerous phenomenon that
Islamic World is facing nowadays.
Fadlullah: We warn from all
those who are trying to incite sectarian strife between Shiites and
Sunnis, and call on the religious scholars to play their role in
upholding Muslim unity and protecting Islam. It is Islam and not the
Shiites or the Sunnis that they are after.
in his weekly seminar the following question: The state
of the Islamic world nowadays is quite shocking and
disappointing: people are being killed, the occupation is taking
hold, the resources are being blundered and fanaticism is
growing to unprecedented levels. How do you view the state of
the nation? And what can we do to confront it?
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
A quick review to
what is happening in the Islamic World is enough to give us an
idea about the big threats and dangers we are facing. The
security of the Islamic World is being undermined, its wealth is
being usurped and its political decisions are being dictated.
Moreover, the entire Islamic World is sinking in a sea of blood
which is being spilled for political or security and even
Islamic pretenses. This means that there are two parties that
are waging war on this world: a foreign one that wants to
dominate over this world and that has the most advanced nuclear
and traditional weapons and an internal one that might justify
the first even while confronting it with unethical and
The American war in
Afghanistan, the subsequent occupation of Iraq, the siege and
sustained pressures against several Islamic countries, the
pressures on certain regimes to enter in behalf of the US in
internal wars under the name of fighting terrorism, all this has
made the Islamic world an open front for the bloody terrorist
alternatives America is leading in the name of fighting
terrorism. It has also made it an open front for the violent
practices of the radical and fanatic groups which have broadened
the scope of their action and extended it to kill hundreds of
innocent people; thus, helping the arrogant in providing an
image of the Islamic world of being a place that lacks security
and a place where abducting innocent people or employees of
certain foreign companies are taken as hostages, foreign workers
or citizens are killed just for sectarian differences, all such
practices serve foreign occupation and distort the image of
Islam and Muslims in the world.
On the other hand,
we believe that Israel too is behind several of these practices
whether directly or indirectly, since it stands to benefit from
the state of chaos and hindering any development in the Arab and
Muslim world, whether in the political or economic levels, or
even the scientific one. Trying to prevent the Islamic countries
from developing nuclear energy even for peaceful purposes is a
case in point.
Despite all this,
we believe that inciting sectarian strife in the context of
confronting occupation is the most dangerous.
It might lead to
catastrophic results, and it provides the international
intelligence agencies with a chance to penetrate especially that
we have been witnessing a kind of blind fanaticism that presents
itself in a very backward way. In Iraq, for example, the
mentality of accusing others of unbelief and the crimes of
killing members of others sects is becoming a very dangerous
All Muslims should
be aware that the various arrogant intelligence agencies benefit
of such mentalities and practices to find a way out of the
impasse they find themselves in, by inciting civil strife and
blind fanaticism which is readily acceptable by the backward
parties, and by certain religious personalities who have
resorted to accusing others of disbelief and betrayal and whose
sectarian and fanatic ideology has produced fanatic and backward
individuals who justify the killing of the foreigners who live
in the country as well as other Muslims under false pretenses.
Such an atmosphere
demands that all Muslims should hold their responsibility in
trying to find the political and religious means to secure our
Muslim unity in the face of external and internal threats,
especially that we have to promote and strengthen this unity to
confront what the Zionists backed by America, are doing in
Palestine as well as our other big causes.
We warn from all
those who are trying to incite sectarian strife between Shiites
and Sunnis, and call on the religious scholars to play their
role in upholding Muslim unity and protecting Islam. It is Islam
and not the Shiites or the Sunnis that they are after.