Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
notice that there are several official and unofficial parties in
the Islamic world that exploit the Islamic cause and manipulate
it to serve its own political interests.
And there are those
persons and groups that try to accuse Shiites of various sorts
of false charges, including apostasy, in violation for Allah's
call to using the best means in dialogue and to refer every
difference to Him and His Messenger (p.).
In the midst of
these stormy atmospheres that are nurtured by international
intelligence agencies and serve to undermine Islam, there was a
renewed talk about a “Shiite Crescent" that is not based
on any proof, but that conforms with the enemy's interests.
and incitement attempts serve the American offensive that
targets certain Shiite Islamic parties in Iran, Syria and
Lebanon that might have a different Arab and Islamic strategy
than those who are involved in the American project and wish to
benefit from sectarian incitation to stay in their positions as
an imperial award for their additional services in dividing the
We ask those
people: what made them concerned about the Arab identity of
Iraq? Is it because of their awareness of the danger posed by
the American occupation and the political, economic and security
opportunities it provides for Israel?
Or are they afraid
that the Muslim Shiites will obtain the majority, although they
know that Iraq’s political system does not depend, like
Lebanon, on sectarian quotas? The Iraqi system is based on the
notion of citizenship which the Iraqi Shiites fully adhere to…
If the question of the majority arouses such fear, why didn’t
the dominance of the previous regime cause any such concerns?
Then again, what Arabism are they talking about? Is it the one
demonstrated by invading Kuwait as a part of the American
arrogant project? Or is it the one demonstrated by their letting
down their brothers in Palestine and their readiness to cover up
for Sharon's criminal practices, as well as their continuing the
normalization process with the enemy whether secretly or
Let them rest
assured that the Shiite Iraq is the Iraq of the Arab tribes that
are deep rooted in history. The Shiites there have never become
Iranian or Turks.
They have always
held fast to their Arabian nationalism and Islamism and to their
homeland and Arab Islamic identity…
who are making these accusations should not let their political
ignorance and superficiality lead them to such illusions like
the Shiite state or crescent. Every one knows the big
complications of the conditions in and around Iraq, Syria and
Lebanon, to the extent that no one could contemplate the idea
that Iran would extend to those areas. In addition, Iran itself
does not have such ambitious.
Just as other
Muslims do not feel that there is a contradiction between Islam
and Arabism, the Shiites too have never seen any problem
concerning the fact that they are both Arabs and Shiite Muslims.
It is true that
they are linked culturally to the Iranians, but that they have
never thought that Iran should become their ruler.
Shiites in Iraq have never sought a Shiite mini state. They have
always called for a united Iraq where all citizens have equal
rights and duties. If they have been persecuted in the past it
does mean that they want to persecute others. On the contrary,
they wish to live in harmony with their Sunni brothers and the
rest of the Iraqi sects and races.
The Shiites were
able to prove how much committed to their Arab nationalism they
are when they liberated an Arabic land from the Israeli occupier
in Lebanon, and when they supported their Palestinian brothers
when the others let them down.
The Shiites are
Muslims who believe in Muslim unity. But if there were certain
deviations among some of them, this sort of deviation exists in
other sects as well.
We can not
generalize these deviations to accuse the entire sects. Instead,
the Shiites as, an Arab and Muslim community, ought to resort to
a frank and forthright dialogue with the other Arab and Muslim
sects and study the political and religious accusations in
accordance with what Islam has called for. Such dialogue should
also aim to prevent a civil strife that many enemy intelligence
agencies are trying to agitate.
We call on all
Arabs to unite in their strategic goals and objectives and seek
to regain the elements of strength, especially as they have a
lot of sources to depend on in their confrontation of the
greater challenges. Islam is a source of strength for the Arabs
and Arab nationalism, just as Arabism is a source of strength to
Islam, away of racism, sectarianism and all kinds of