I am writing this from Holy Karbala, Iraq. I left this blog a long time ago, and have no intention to begin regular posting again. However, given the gruesome nature of the attack in Woolwich, I am moved to use any platform I can to speak out. If anyone is still following me, please feel free to re-post this.
On the heels of the bombings in Boston, in which my own father was very nearly killed, to see an even more vicious crime in part of London when I checked the news last night left me stunned. These events, plus the relentless wave of bombings in Shia neighborhoods here throughout April, not to mention the recent bombing near the Holy Shrine of Abbas, have pushed me to a conclusion that I’ve probably been heading towards anyway for a long time now.
When tragedies like this occur, we as Shia are painted with the same brush as these lunatics, despite the fact that it’s these same types that have been killing us for ages, and are still killing us in record numbers in places like Pakistan, Iraq, and more recently, Syria, and Bahrain. To ask why we are painted with the same brush is to put our own ignorance on display for all to see. The reason is obvious: Because most “Shia” speakers and scholars talk about is the need for “unity” with Sunnis, or how we are all “brothers” and part of “one faith” and “one Islam.” The so-called moderate (really “political”) Sunnis, meanwhile, paint events like these as freak occurrences, and the only response anyone will ever hear from them is, “But the people doing these things aren’t *real* Muslims, because Islam doesn’t teach these things.” Worse yet, many Shia will even come to the defense of these “Sunnis,” and parrot their talking points.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get real.
Indeed, there is not “one Islam.” There are two: the deviant “religion” of Aisha, and true Islam (Shiism). Trying to pretend otherwise is dishonest, foolish, and to the detriment of our religion. We need to be clear and outspoken with the public: Yes, the religion of Abu Bakr, Umar, and Aisha teaches and sanctions horrific acts like this, and anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or has not read their own scholarly works. Yes, they are a religion founded on terrorism, violent coercion, and opposition to human rights (the attack on Fatimah’s house, the rafida wars, the Battles of Siffin and Jamal, Arab Sous, the conquests of Umar, and the massacre at Karbala). Yes, the people committing these horrendous acts are indeed *their* coreligionists, no matter what the Bakri mouthpieces of the Muslim British Council or anyone else has to say about it. And yes, it’s a tragedy that the West is finally experiencing their monstrosities, but we as Shia have been experiencing them day-in, day-out for centuries, and continue to be the *foremost* victims of their terrorism in the Middle East and Asia.
It’s time to stop making the false distinction between Sunni, Salafi, and Wahhabi. They are all the rotten fruit of the tree of Saqifa, and it is their common aqedah that perpetuates these terrorist acts. Because while some of them may dress up nicely in suits on TV, a substantial number of them are simply vicious animals, drunk on their “Mother’s” milk. The only difference between your everyday peaceful “Sunni” and these wannabe Jihadist psychopaths is that the latter are the only ones with the stones to carry Sunniism to its logical conclusions.
The time is long overdue for us to speak clearly and proclaim loudly that in *our* religion, in the religion of Islam—the religion of wilayat, not the religion of an illiterate, possessed, terrorist pedophile—has nothing to do with these acts, or with the people who share a common belief system with the perpetrators. Our books are not filled with narrations and scholarly verdicts, classical or modern, that endorse behaving like wild, filthy, rabid beasts. THEIR books, on the other hand, are! THEIR religion *is* a religion of hatred and backwardness, whereas ours is a religion of peace and progress. THEIR religion is a religion of violence and never-ending struggle for supremacy, whereas ours is a religion of peaceful co-existence and civility. THEIR religion seeks to bring us back to the dark ages, whereas OURS seeks to drag humanity forward into the dazzling light of Ahlul Bayt (as).
It’s time to cut loose the dead weight of “unity,” and of Sunni/Bakri kowtowing. It’s time to get remove our head from the collective Sunni behind. Let them come to the light or sink into the darkness of their real brothers in faith, the Taliban, the Deobandis, the Boston bombers, and these two devils in Woolwich.
But as for us: no longer should we allow ourselves to remain indistinguishable in the non-Muslim public from these vermin, shackled to terrorists like these by a constant game of guilt-by-association, because we are too scared to proclaim our distinction to the public for fear of “alienating” or “hurting” our “Sunni brothers.” No longer should we expose ourselves to the collective backlash that will inevitably occur in the wake of Bakri, Sunni violence. They have brought us nothing but pain and misery since the day the founders of their death-cult “religion” killed our Prophet (sawa) and usurped the right of Ahlul Bayt (as). Now that the rest of the world is finally waking up to their true identity, why are we suddenly so keen to cozy up with our oppressors and killers, instead of joining in with everyone else’s outrage? (Could it have anything to do with a larger agenda being pushed worldwide by the Iranian government?)
And for what it’s worth, had things been the other way around, they would have cut us loose and thrown us under the bus ages ago. So let’s stop kidding ourselves like that’s not the case. It’s not our job to rush to the defense of Sunnis. They have been making this bed for 1,400 years, and now it’s time for them to either lay in it or come to Ahlul Bayt (as).
We need to be the first to protest, the first to speak out, publicly, when things like this happen—not sitting around to be left holding the bag. We need to start speaking up. When someone says Islam is a religion of terrorism, we need to say: “No, Shiism—real Islam—is a religion of peace, but Sunniism is a religion of terrorism, and we are even more its victims than you!”
This is the way forward, and we can take it if we want. It is the ark of salvation of Ahlul Bayt (as). Or, we can continue to tie ourselves to the sinking ship Aisha’s (la) offspring.
If enough’s not enough now, when will it be?
[Note: I have not had time to proof-read this post, and apologize in advance for any glaring spelling, grammar, or syntax errors]