Mosque Wars

Bahrain moves against shia rafidite dogs

Razed mosque symbol of divided Bahrain

Its been going on for a long time:

_73831415_73831414When an historic Shia Muslim mosque in Bahrain was bulldozed on 17 April 2011 on the orders of the government, it sent shockwaves through the island’s majority Shia community.

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Hugh Fitzgerald

It’s been going on for  a long time. It’s fun. It isn’t done just  by a “handful of Sunni extremists.” Many people take part, many others are indifferent. In Afghanistan, in Syria, in Yemen, in Bahrain, in Kuwait, in Lebanon, Shi’a have been treated with contumely, or attacked, or killed, by Sunnis. But those who rule in Iran don’t want to see this, can’t allow themselves to believe that it will continue to go on, don’t want to think that their attempt to become leaders of the Muslim world is a will-o’-the-wisp, can’t face the fact that their entire nuclear project, designed to obliterate or at least mortally wound the Infidel nation-state of Israel, will win them nothing from Sunnis, but will only ensure a devastating retaliatory attack from Israel. And the Sunnis will take delight in both spectacles.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had carried out two powerful explosions at the mosque earlier in the day.

The al-Qaeda splinter ISIL and other Takfiri militant groups have targeted many historical and religious sites in Syria over the past three years.

Among them are the holy shrine of Hazrat Zaynab (AS) — the daughter of the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali (PBUH), and Hazrat Fatemeh (PBUH), Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)’s daughter — as well as churches in the Christian village of Maaloula, near the capital city of Damascus. (Here.)

Hugh Fitzgerald

It is comforting for the Shi’a — in Iran, in Hezbollah — to believe that “takfiri” Muslims, that is Sunnis who consider Shi’a to be Infidels, and among the worst of Infidels, are not representative, but are “only a small minority of Sunni extremists” to borrow the well-known lphrase. But they aren’t. In Pakistan, Sipah-e-Sahaba is only one of several Sunni groups dedicated to attacking, and killing, Shi’a professionals, and Sunnis have been informally attacking Shi’a, for sport, for many decades (Ibn Warraq remembers boys doing it in his childhood). In Saudi Arabia, the Shi’a are kept down, and occasionally a Shi’a street demonstration is suppressed using well-known methods — the kind used as well, by the minority ruling Sunnis in Bahrain, to keep the Shi’a in their place. In Lebanon, the old Sunni elite has discovered, to its horror, that the lower-class Shi’a have simply outbred them (as the Muslims in general have outbred the Christians in Lebanon), and are now the largest group in Lebanon, and Sunnis who formerly merely paid little attention to the Shi’a now have found their contempt replaced by hatred and fear. In Yemen, the Shi’a Houthis, supported by Iranian aid, are marching south; Sunni tribesmen are determined to stop them. The votaries of ISIL may have gone further in their latest attacks, on a Sunnni shrine to two of Muhammad’s Companions, but the Sunni contempt for Shi’a shrines, saints, rites including the famous flagellation, is widely shared, and not confined to a handful of “Takfiris.”

It will be interesting to see when Shi’a begin to see it is not “takfiris” but Sunnis in general who are hostile to them, and that there is nothing they can do about it, except to change their beliefs and their practices. And that they cannot do. (Article here)

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