|Fadlullah: Takfiris are the enemies of the Sunnis and Shiites|
His Eminence, the Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, issued a statement condemning the explosion that ripped through crowds of people marking the Ashura occasion nearby, Pakistan a Shiite mosque in Der Gazi Khan City in Al-Bejnab Province. The following is the text of the statement:
"The perpetrators of the violent explosion that ripped through crowds of people commemorating Ashura, nearby a Shiite mosque in the middle of Pakistan, are overwhelmed with a savage sectarian mentality that is nurtured by arrogant powers in order to disrupt the Islamic reality.
For all those who permit the killing of Muslims on sectarian basis and hold their Muslim brothers as infidels only because they differ with their religious and political stances, we say: The Shiites are not the enemies of the Sunnis and the Sunnis are not the enemies of the Shiites. Takfiris are the only enemies of both Sunnis and Shiites, because they are the enemies of all Muslims and since they empower the arrogant powers to dominate Afghanistan and Pakistan and kill innocent civilians all over the place. Your enemy is the American arrogance, NATO, and the Zionist entity, not the Shiites who were commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein [a.s], the grandson of the Prophet [p] who is loved and respected by all Muslims. Imam Hussein (a.s) did not stage his revolution on sectarian basis, but for the purpose of defending the message of Allah and reforming the Ummah of his grandfather.
While we call upon Muslims all over the world to adhere to Islamic unity that strengthens and allows them to partake in the world's decisions, we find it extremely shameful – after this Zionist violence against our people in Palestine whose innocent blood united the Muslims – for a group that claims loyalty to Islam and Muslims to commit these brutal crimes that emanate further divisions and deepen the chasm within the Islamic nation, at a time we are in need for unity to face our real enemies.
I would like to send my deepest condolences to the families of the martyrs and ask God Almighty for a speedy recovery of the wounded. We also call on the Muslims to avoid any reaction because actions and retaliatory reactions serve the enemies of our nation who want to tighten their grip over our Islamic world and plunder its wealth.