Shia-Sunni schism: A challenge to world peace

The Muslim Times Editor for Pakistan

Credit: Dawn.Com

MURTAZA HAIDER

Members of the Internal Security Forces ride on their vehicle in the Bab al-Tebbaneh neighbourhood in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, Nov 18, 2013. Members of the ISF were deployed in Tripoli neighbourhoods of Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen as part of security measures to ensure stability. Tripoli, like much of Lebanon, is divided along sectarian lines. —Photo by Reuters

The recent violence in Rawalpindi or the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut are not the only manifestations of the intra-Muslim sectarian discord. The inability of Muslims to settle a 7th century dispute is now one of the biggest threats to global peace.

The Sunday Times recently reported that the Saudis and Israelis, being equally wary of a nuclear-armed Iran, were collaborating to stop the country in its nuclear tracks by any means possible. This includes giving Israel access to Saudi airspace to attack Iran. The sectarian differences between the Sunni state of Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran are maturing fast from future plans for armed conflicts to actual sectarian warfare that is already in full-swing in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. At the same time, Pakistan and Afghanistan are experiencing the proxy sectarian warfare that has resulted in the deaths of thousands at the hands of violent extremists.

It remains today as one of the oldest and the bloodiest unresolved disputes. The Shia-Sunni schism is no longer a conflict about who should have inherited the leadership after the demise of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) but has evolved from being a sectarian divide to a dispute that could see the deployment of nuclear weapons by the unwary and trigger-happy monarchs in the Middle East. More

 

 


Categories: Asia, Pakistan

1 reply

  1. The Shias are wrong in many ways compared to the Sunnis. The Sunnis are part of terrorists, killing the Ahmadis and killing the Shias.
    We have to note that Sunnis got the sanction of the Shias against the Ahmadis. Shias were with the Sunnis and Wahhabis against the Jama’at Ahmadiyah Muslimah.
    Now they (the Shias) are suffering. Of course, the Ahmadis do not hurt the Shias with any weapon. To present the correct teaching peacefully to the Shias is our right. We have to do that.

    The fault of the Shias is abusing the very senior persons of this Ummah, which nobody can tolerate. The Shias believe that evey one in Madinah was Munaafiq (hypocrite). That is not true.

    Government has to take some step to control the march of the Shias in Muharram in cities main streets. It shold not be allowed. If they want to march, it should be done out of city, in open area, in privacy.

    The British had the policy to strengthen the Shias in India. Nearly all the Nawabs of states in India were Shia. The west is using Shias against Sunnis and now may be using Sunnis against Shias. It is a very useful tool (weapon) against Islam. Any government will exploit this schism.

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