Fighting the culture of division
Sayyed Fadlullah: Fighting the culture of division is a major task that our religious and political leaders should pursue to achieve unity in the face of the major challenges ahead .
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question : How do we fight the culture of division?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
always sought to unify and not to disperse. Islam in particular
has called for unity and abhorred fighting and the culture of
division that is the product of tyranny and autocracy as well as
tribalism, sectarianism and sometimes even fanatic nationalism.
It has always considered fanaticism as something that
Islam has not only
sought to deal with the causes of division, it also sought to build
unity through its unifying concepts that have always acted as a
weapon to fight disperse and fragmentation.
and tribalism, being an element of division have always been one of
the windows that the international arrogance was able to penetrate
through to exploit all the sectarian, racial and national divisions
that were instituted on tribal foundations and not ideological
differences. Thus, the international arrogance was able to broaden
the existing gaps and present itself as a savoir, hindering any
awakening of this giant
(the Islamic nation) that could constitute an intellectual and
But then there was also
the problem of the political and even religious leadership that did
not confront the culture of division by calling for unity and
coherence in their political and religious discourse, or in their
general movement. On the country, they chose to underscore the
existing differences by dividing the nation into categories of
reactionaries and progressivists .
Such a categorization
was not founded on national or religious basis, but rather on
political or jurisprudence affiliations.
Thus a large section of
the nation was nourished the culture of division by accusing others
of being either politically or religious apostates, relying on its
priorities and that of the nation, and pushing for the adoption of
the nation for these priorities, which led into a deep division in
defining the national or Islamic goals, and ultimately to a nearly
irreversible loss of all our causes.
With the arrogant
powers trying to make use of our political divisions which they
themselves instituted in the first place when they split the region
into spheres of influence in the aftermath of the First World War,
we have to be aware of the dangerousness of the arrogant efforts to
wipe out the Palestinian cause from the nationís collective
conscience, and leave the Palestinians on their own in confronting
the big American and Zionist pressures.
As for the Palestinians
themselves, they are trying to preoccupy them with daily security
details, so that it will turn into a center of tension, which the
other states should hurry up to diffuse, instead of being the basic
cause of our nation since Israel was installed by force in the
We are also afraid that
the culture of sectarian and confessional division that was
consolidated by the Lebanese elections is going to be universalized
in the coming projects to serve the international powers that aim at
throwing Lebanon in the regionís turmoil, by using sometimes the
slogan of reform and by promising economic aid in others. All this
proves that their underlying aim is to move Lebanon to the side that
promotes the American projects in the region, and to relieve
Israel's worries, the fact that such a turn of events would let
Lebanon fall in a lot of internal problems notwithstanding.