involved in this sectarianism. When followers of other religions lookat Muslims and see how they attack each other’s beliefs, they feelelated. And when Muslims see how non-Muslims view Islam andMuslims scornfully, they become angry, and they blame those non-Muslims instead of blaming their sinful selves. They do not blametheir own selves because they are too proud, the same pride thatprevented Satan from prostrating to Adam. Wrong-doers do notadmit their wrong. They justify it. Thus, more blood is spilled, andmore hatred begets even more hatred, and the cycle goes on andon. In the end, the Almighty and His Prophet Muhammad turn theirfaces away from the Muslim Ummah, and Satan welcomes it withopen arms.The noticeable increase in sectarian sentiments is worth a seriousstudy due to its consequences now and in the future. It is mucheasier to demolish than to build. The Qur’an describes humannature as being self-destructive; how true. Most often some writersor clerics tear chapters from this book and that, including the Bookof the Almighty, the Holy Qur'an, take sentences out of context,including statements made by the Prophet and Messenger of Allah,Muhammed (
), misquote from books that are difficult to locate, orquote from statements of extremists, in order to mislead theinnocent uninformed reader, listener or viewer, or perhaps anunsuspecting worshipper.Muslims who engage in such activities are Muslims, but they are not “mu'mins.” They will never be, for a mu'min respects not only thebeliefs of all other Muslims, from all Islamic sects and schools of law, but even those of non-Muslims, reserving to themselves thebasic right of not subscribing to such beliefs. You do not have toaccept my beliefs, but if you want me to respect your beliefs, youhave first to respect mine. There is no doubt that people canunintentionally harm their religion a great deal when they carrytheir narrow sectarian beliefs too far, thinking that they are servingthe Islamic cause. This is true about Shi’ahs and Sunnis alike.Fanaticism (
) is a two-edged sword.If some Shi’ahs speak ill of their Sunni brethren and of their beliefs,the rest of the Sh’iahs of the world should not on their account becondemned, and the same is true for Sunnis who speak ill of theirShi’ah brethren and of their beliefs. There are fanatics in allreligions and sects of the world, barring none, and their fanaticismmust be condemned. There are extremists among the Sunnis andthe Shiites alike, but their views cannot be held as the criterionwhereby the entire doctrine is judged.