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Stands >2005 Stands >The Stand of  Shawwal 13, 1426H /November 15, 2005 A.D.
 

Sectarianism and internal strife

Sayyed Fadlullah:  We are facing a very difficult and complicated phase in the entire region, and we are expecting a lot of fires, and we have to plan to make these fires a graveyard for those who want us to become a fuel for them.

The nation has been able in several instances in the past to make the Israelis and their collaborators burn their fingers with the fires they started and it can succeed in other instances as well

Asked in his weekly seminar the following question: How can we differentiate between sectarianism in the field of jurisprudence, and that in the field of politics, which could be diverse and dangerous?

The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:

Difference in opinion in matters related to jurisprudence or doctrine is something quite familiar in Islamic history, which is not viewed as a negative aspect.

The Holy Quran condemned the differences that lead to dispute, and not merely those representing various views regarding matters of juristic judgment or the like.

But, at the same time, the Quran has instituted the mechanics that ought to contain the differences within a certain framework.

Not reaching the level of internal dispute as a result of diverse juristic interpretations is the responsibility of religious clerics and intellectuals, both Sunnis and Shiites. This is true in every stage, but this stage in particular calls on them to act quickly on all levels to preserve the unity of the nation, and not to let the juristic or theological differences be used as a means of fragmenting and weakening the nation.

They ought to strengthen the internal unity in the face of the foreign challenges that besiege the nation to destroy its present and ruin its future, as well as trying to distort the image of Islam both as a religion and a guide in life.

The danger lies in the fact that some of those who are basically ignorant, or who made the wrong decision of mixing between the sectarian and political issues, have led the nation into security mazes and bloody internal conflicts, thus, giving the occupier an opportunity to fragment and weaken the nation on the basis of the old imperial game of “divide and rule", targeting a certain party in one place and isolating another, until they defeat all the opposition forces of the nation.

Therefore, I consider the party that incites sectarian strife be it a religious group or a political one as a big traitor for the nation’s history, present and future.

This party acts a reserve force for the arrogant powers especially the Americans and the Zionists that undermines our reserve religious, militant political power.

We have always said to all parties that the religious or sectarian differences represent a point of view in understanding Islam especially that we find several sects agree on some points that are controversial within a certain sect.

Therefore, we believe that presenting sectarian differences as political ones, or dividing Muslims on the basis of their sectarian identities, and accusing them of unbelief or of being traitors because of their sectarian beliefs, are among the greatest prohibited acts. They are also major acts of treason that will undermine our very existence and future as a civilization.

That is why we say to all those whose actions serve the occupation and the arrogant powers, whether directly or indirectly, and to all those who are heedless of the affairs of this nation, or those who have been deceived by the directed media: Being a Shiite or a Sunni has nothing to do with fighting occupation or crime here and there; it could not be said that this sect is with and that sect is against.

Nobody among the Sunnis or the Shiites can accept occupation, oppression or murder by claiming that Islam accepts them.

On the other hand, he who stands with occupation helps the arrogant powers and the unbelievers against the Muslims.

That is why we ask all parties to leave religious issues of both Christianity and Islam away from political differences, and to not use them in order to gain political objectives.

We are facing a very difficult and complicated phase in the entire region, and we are expecting a lot of fires and we have to plan to make these fires a graveyard for those who want us to become a fuel for them.

The nation has been able in several instances in the past to make the Israelis and their collaborators burn their fingers with the fires they started, and it can succeed in other instances as well. In this respect, the first victory which could lead to the bigger one is the victory over ourselves that could pave the way for the nation’s religious and national unity.