I have spoken to many Sunnis about the killings of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the west, in the name of several banners such as occupation, western oppression of Muslims and the list goes on, but they seem to justify these kinds of killings even though this declared Jihad is killing people indiscriminately. As long as they are able to kill some westerners; military or civilians, dose not matter how many Muslims get killed in the process. I must emphasize here that I do not condone killings of civilians regardless of their race, background or their affiliation to any military establishment.
We have to be frank and admit that there is a serious flaw in the Sunni branch of Islam in advocating hate and distorted definition of Jihad. Lets take Iraq for example, we find Sunni extremists have launched their attack on the shi’a Muslims for about three years and Shi’as has exercised fairly good level of restraint.
Sunni extremists have killed nearly 300,000 of Shi’a Muslims on the hands of the mass murderer “Al-Zarqawi” under the direct command of “Osama bin Abu Sufyan-Bi Ladin” But unfortunately some “week in faith” of the Shi’a followers have lost their restraint and began to commit murders against some innocent Sunni Muslims in revenge, despite the grand spiritual Shi’a leader Ali Sistani clear religious decree to prohibit any form of revenge against Sunnis. On the other hand we have seen several Sunni Muslim scholars, in response to Shi’a revenge against Sunnis, to call upon all the Sunni followers to counter attack against the Shi’a. It seems the majority of victims in Iraq are Shi’a, and according to the Iraqi president Mr. Jalal Talbani, Sunni Muslim, who stated that 70% of Iraqi’s victims are Shi’a.
Sunnis must take this problem very seriously and try to reflect upon their teachings. If you look at the Shi’a in general, we find the problem of terrorism not as prominent as it is in the Sunni branch of Islam. The reason for this, I believe is due to influence of the Ahlul-Bait’s true teachings which is embraced by Shi’as and this philosophy teaches peace and tolerance. Perhaps Sunnis may consider looking into Ahlul-Bait’s philosophy in addition to their philosophy.
Sunnis must ask themselves why is it that their scholars do not make attempts in making the philosophy of Ahlul-Bait as part of their common knowledge. Here I am talking about the Holy Prophet’s household whom are for all Muslims and not exclusive for Shi’as, where Shi’as seems to have claimed those great Muslim leaders; beacons of lights as were declared by the Holy prophet Mohammad.
Sunnis have developed an acute complex towards Ahlul-Bait. They think that adopting Ahlul-Bait philosophy should mean embracing Shi’ism. I personally draw a line between Shi’sm and Ahlul-Bait, for I do not believe that shi’as are following Ahlul-Bait true teachings. For example, Ahlul-Bait never cursed the “Sahaba-companions” but Shi’as do. Ahlul-Bait never called for the formation of shi’a school of thought, but Shi’as did. Ahlul-Bait did not encouraged Muslims to engage in the dispute of leadership of Ali or Umar but shi’a did. Ahlul-Bait never added the statement “Ali Walyul Allah” to the “Azan-the call to prayers” but shi’a did. Ahlul-Bait never beat their chest and backs mercilessly but Sh’ias did. Ahlul-Bait never stricken their heads with swords but Sh’ias did. Therefore such behaviors of Shi’as have intimidated Sunni followers which made Sunnis to abandon Ahlul-Bait teachings and made them unaware of the conspiracy against Ahlul-Bait committed by the early Muslim empire Rulers.
In addition, we can see that whatever terrorism committed by some Shi’a may not target civilians for it is not sanctioned nor permitted by Shi’a scholars. Shi’a scholars seem to be very cautious in involving civilians in their struggle against oppression, although there are some shi’a scholars may permit some terrorism but they represent very small minority and mainly because it is provoked by Sunni extremist attacks.
If we compare Shi’a extremist attacks to that of the Sunni branch of Islam you will see a great difference. You can see that the entire Shi’as school of thought do not sanction suicide bombing under no circumstances nor involving civilians in their struggle. On the other hand you will see that a lot of Sunni Muslims condone terrorist activities under many pretexts, such number is sufficient to make this terrorist behavior very prominent in the world and enough to disrupt life and progress. Take for example, all the killings which have been committed in New York, London, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya, Madrid, Turkey, Yemen and etc.., all of which have been committed by Sunni Muslim extremists. And it is important to remember that no shi’a have participated in any of those murders.
I truly think that Sunni Muslims must make sincere efforts to look at the real causes of such hateful philosophy towards life. And they should ask themselves as to why Shi’as does not seem to have such dangerous disease of terrorism in their philosophy, in comparison.
It is true that Shi’as are busy with the issue of leadership of Imam Ali and his family, but they seem to be influenced by the philosophy of Ahlul-Bait of tolerance and patience. This characteristic of the Shi’a teachings is probably the main noble principle that Shi’as ought to be proud of.
I am not suggesting here that the philosophy of the “Sahabah” teaches terrorism, absolutely not, but I believe that many traditions which have been attributed to them were fabricated and taken by their followers as authentic. Sunnis considers the collections of hadeeths are to be authentic and has the same status of the Quran in terms of authenticity. This is I believe is the major problem in the Sunni philosophy. Nothing should be as authentic as the Quran and everything else should be measured by the Quran.
Frankly speaking, if Umar were alive today he would definitely command his Muslim army with the advice of Imam Ali, to fight those who are committing mass murders in their names. In Iraq we have heard the formation of several armed militia groups which carry the name of Islam’s great Muslim leaders, such as:
“Umar’s brigade” “Muhammad’s Army” “Islamic Jihad” “Ansaru Al-Sunna-The helpers of Sunna” “Mehdi’s Army” “Zul-Fiqar Army”
There are a lot more extremist groups in the Muslim world today. What makes the situation worse is when we hear reports from Iraq that these groups are often in power struggle. We heard that “Muhammad’s Army” was fighting with “Umar’s brigade” and “Mehdi’s Army” with “Zul-Fiqar’s Army” Such situation is truly miserable and shameful. I do not know what our future generations will say about this. Will they be proud of the mass murders of New York, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.. It is for them to judge.
We need the return of Umar and Ali to save Islam from those rodents and Muslim criminals who are attacking all symbols of life, schools, places of worship, market places, funerals, wedding parties, workers gatherings, police stations, libraries, restaurants, and etc… all in the name of Islam, in the name of Ali, Umar, Abu Bakr, and other great Muslim personalities.
May Allah guide us all?