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Ugly Sectarianism is Getting Out of Control

Ugly Sectarianism is Getting Out of Control

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Published by Yasin T. al-Jibouri
Most Muslims nowadays seem to be unaware of a global plot aiming at getting them to be at each other's throats. While Islam is the religion of tolerance and love, many preachers and clerics, knowingly or unknowingly, due to their intolerance, prejudice, ignorance, fanaticism, blindness..., are turning it into a tool of hatred and bloodshed. Muslims of all sects must learn to respect each other and stay united. This is the only way they can withstand the monstrous odds against them.
Most Muslims nowadays seem to be unaware of a global plot aiming at getting them to be at each other's throats. While Islam is the religion of tolerance and love, many preachers and clerics, knowingly or unknowingly, due to their intolerance, prejudice, ignorance, fanaticism, blindness..., are turning it into a tool of hatred and bloodshed. Muslims of all sects must learn to respect each other and stay united. This is the only way they can withstand the monstrous odds against them.

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In the Name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful 
 And together hold fast to the rope (lifeline) which Allah(stretches out to you), and do not be divided among  yourselves
.
(Qur'an, 3:103)
UGLY SECTARIANISM IS GETTING OUT OFCONTROL
 
By 
Yasin T. al-Jibouri
Everyday, someone somewhere is fired by unholy zeal, someonewhose heart is sickened by senseless grudges and whose mind isfilled with poison is busy writing or publishing, producing or filming,attacking the faith of someone else. Someone will soon buy histrash, in any form it is presented, and the fire of sectarianism getsout of control. An attack takes place, this time it is physical, andsomeone gets hurt or a life is lost for good. His effort pays off whenhe sees innocent blood spilled. A brother is wounding or killinganother brother as Satan stands out laughing, rejoicing.It happened to Cain and Abel. It happened in this century, and inthe one before it, and in the ones before. Sadly, Muslims are also
 
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 (
ص 
), 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 (
ta'assub
 
بصعت 
) 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.

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