Arrogant plots divide
Sayyed Fadlullah: There
is a dire need to present a comprehensive and unified Islamic view
towards current challenges.
in his weekly seminar the following question: How do you view the persistence of the differences among
Muslims, or the media classifications that divided Muslim, between a
faction that has become a part of the Arrogant project and one that is
The Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein
No observer or
researcher can deny that the differences between the Sunnis and
the Shiites on the issues of the caliphate or on certain
theological issues have been over consumed in that everybody
has, over and over again, presented his view point and his
Moreover, these differences had had a negative effect causing
confusion and additional fragmentation to the extent that political
sensitivities had added, through the history of this dispute, to each
party certain beliefs and opinions it does not adhere to.
Yet, in this critical stage, the nation has to focus on the political
challenges it faces. It has to address issues such as foreign
occupation, demands of international arrogance, violence as a means of
solving problems recognizing or canceling the other… and the image
of Islam as concerning issues of human rights and other vital
political and economic issues that we present to the world.
Both Sunnis and Shiites face critical and imminent challenges they
have to reach unified positions on how to deal with them. In addition
to occupation, issues raised like reform, war on terrorism, the
arrogant project of the greater Middle East, should be addressed and a
common Islamic stand should be reached, since these plots target both
Sunnis and Shiites.
Therefore, we believe, that regardless of what happened in the past
and regardless of what Muslims debated in the previous centuries, they
have to study these issues to reach a unified and comprehensive
Islamic view that condemns the massacres that are sometimes committed
in the name of Islam, rejects violence as the only means of change,
and opposes anti-human terrorism… They have to renounce any equating
between lawful struggle for liberation and cold-blooded terrorist
Efforts should then focus on supporting liberation movements with the
Palestinian Intifada in their vanguard, as well as presenting the
counter Islamic project and not any sectarian one.
The political and military battle in Iraq presents a daily challenge
to Sunni and Shiite clerics, especially that the plot to disperse
Muslims and divide them into sects and even geographical locations is
being vigorously carried out. They are suggesting, for example, that
the divide necessities that political alternatives should be sought
from outside the context of Iraqi national unity which we know it to
be deep rooted, despite whatever the occupier might claim.
We, Sunnis and Shiites, in Iraq should meet on the basis of national
and Islamic unity and confronting the occupation, to present the
nation with a model that shows it how to face the arrogant campaign on
the one hand and the fanatic sectarians who wish to devastate the
Islamic unity on the other.
All our contemporary experiments have proven that those who support
foreign occupation might be from both sects, while those who confront
it, as in Lebanon and Palestine are also from both sects. In Iraq too,
those who confronted occupation in the past and those who are
confronting it now are both Shiites and Sunnis.
Any attempt to fragment and disperse the Islamic efforts will yield
the most negative consequences.
Therefore, we deem unlawful any attempt to incite strife among
Muslims, as it only serves the occupier whether they are aware of it