Sectarianism and internal strife
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
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
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
Nobody among the Sunnis or the Shiites
can accept occupation, oppression or murder by claiming that Islam
On the other hand, he who stands with
occupation helps the arrogant powers and the unbelievers against the
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.