Shia are “simple-minded”…Kuffar!
It began pleasantly enough, a Shia member of a discussion group sent their felicitations on the birth anniversary of Hazrat/Imam Ali. It was a simple sharing of joy of a certain group, that did nobody any harm and nobody was being asked to embrace the Shia school of thought Then, one rather loud member of the same group decided to take it upon himself to castigate the Shia for being “simple-minded lunatics” and then accuse them for dividing Muslims. He wrote:
- It is a sign of simple mindedness (lunacy) to divide Muslims TODAY for things that happened some 1400 YEARS ago…………….Those who claim to love Imam Ali (May Allah Honor his face) would do well if they actually act like him for the benefit of the Ummah…………..Imam Ali would sacrifice himself for the sake of the unity and strength of the Ummah of Mohammed (PBUH)…………May Allah guide us all to what he likes and accepts and give us all sanity, reason, and wisdom
The biggest reason for Muslims to be at the bottom of the kick-pile of the world, is because we are divided, solely because of our intolerance. Each of us insists only WE belong to the group that has the monopoly on “The Truth” and everyone else is “simple-minded” and from there it is but a small step to turning them into “Kuffar!” (Unbelievers).
- Lo! This is an admonishment, that whosoever will, may choose a way unto his Lord. (76:29)
While we are busy fighting each other and killing each other, our enemies are making the best of the opportunity and making sure Muslims are completely ground into dirt. Our divisions run deep over the last three decades after America decided to invent the precursors to the Taliban…Al-Qaeda…Al-Nusra…ISIS and God only knows what future monsters await us.
In the name of “Muslim Unity”, we Muslims have divided every Muslim-majority country into intolerant chiefdoms bent on destroying each other. In the name of Islam, we are committed to kill every Muslim of some different way of thinking that we can find.
Thinking for ourselves is “Haram” (forbidden)
Speaking out is “Haram”
Questioning an injustice done in the name of Islam is “Haram”
Questioning or criticizing a self-styled “Imam” or “Scholar” is “Haram”…as are hundreds of other matters ranging from trivial to inconsequential.
Of course, anyone who does something “Haram” is among “The Kuffar” and the punishment for such a sin…is death. It would appear that death is the only punishment these violence-loving extremist fanatics know of. They probably believe that God did not know what He was saying when he commanded in the Quran, that Mercy is greater than revenge or punishment and that it is solely His domain to punish anyone for being an “unbeliever”. All that humanity is directed to do to “The Kuffar” is to advise them that they are on the wrong path. Even the prophet Mohammed, was told to:
- Remind them, for thou art but a remembrancer, thou art not at all a warder over them. (88:21-22 and many more)
These fanatics do not pay attention to verses [Before He created life, the Almighty Allah declared,”My mercy shall surpass my wrath”. Thus it was written. (Abu Hurairah)] that direct them towards tolerance, mercy, forgiveness, charity and brotherhood, they have invented their own interpretations of the Quran that have changed the original meaning of the words of the Quran into words that are nowhere to be found in the Holy Book. It is frightening that unless we change our attitudes quickly, we Muslims are heading directly towards the path predicted by the prophet Mohammed:
- Allah does not erase knowledge by erasing the knowledge from slaves. Rather He erases knowledge through the death of scholars. When He leaves (the earth) without scholars, people will take the ignorant as leaders. They will be asked and then give religious rulings without knowledge. Then they will be led, and will lead (others) astray. (Ahmad)
I just could not sit silently as intolerance was allowed to gain ground so this is what I wrote back to him:
I respect your right to believe that you have a strong grip on the only TRUTH on all matters (that’s how you come across). I also respect your right to believe you are a highly intelligent person.
I fail to understand how you can be so arrogant and belittling of people with whom you disagree. Let’s look at the original e-mail from Muslim Congress (likely Shia) and forwarded by Khan Mehdi Hussain.
You start off by calling all Shia, “simple-minded” and lunatics, that is rude, arrogant (mughrur) and emotionally violent. You then dismiss their beliefs as, “things that happened some 1400 YEARS ago” and then you accuse THEM as being responsible for the accursed “Shia-Sunni Divide”.
Why are you so intolerant about how other people wish to follow their faith? Did God send you down with specific instructions as to the ONLY way to follow His path? You must know more than what God said in the Quran because He gave us 2:177 which tells us to be good human beings and not be obsessed with HOW people worship Him.
Has it occurred to you that maybe the Shia are not responsible for the Muslim division? that WE Muslims have found all kinds of creative ways with which to divide ourselves and that if the Shia did not exist, there would STILL be Muslim divisions because every one of us seems to believe that not only are we on the only right path, but all those who are not, are lesser human beings…”simple-minded lunatics” as you put ever so delicately.
It is not righteousness that you turn your faces toward East or West; but it is righteousness to believe in God, and the Last Day, and the angels, and revelation, and (Godâ€™s) messengers; to spend of your substance out of love for Him for your relatives, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who seek assistance, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage; to be steadfast in prayer and practice regular charity; to fulfill the contracts that you have made; and to be firm and patient in distress, in adversity, and throughout all times of peril. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing. (2:177)
They are not all alike. Of the people of the scripture there is a staunch community who recite the revelations of Allah in the night season, falling prostrate (before Him). They believe in Allah and the Last day, and enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency, and vie with one another in good works. they are of the righteous. (3:113-114)
I go through all the memories I have growing up, I look around me and at the world events, especially in the so-called “Muslim World” and I cannot see any place where Shias are trying to force Sunnis into their beliefs. In fact, I see Sunnis attacking Shias in all manner of inhuman and evil ways. Sunnis have forced Shias away, Sunnis have slaughtered Shias, Sunnis have declared Shia to be “Kuffar” and yet, in all your highly intelligent wisdom, you accuse Shia of creating the Shi-Sunni Divide.
Your logic and reason is way beyond this “simple-minded Muslim.
You say “Imam Ali would sacrifice himself for the sake of the unity and strength of the Ummah“. By “Ummah” do you mean only the people who belong to your particular club or, do you mean ALL Muslims? If you mean ALL Muslims, then perhaps you might consider exercising a little more acceptance that God will love all those who follow His guidance and ONLY God will decide whom to condemn and whom to forgive, not you or others who are like you.
“Unity”, this much-abused word, should not mean that people have to discard their own ways to become a legion of non-thinking automatons. “Unity” should mean that we Muslims work together for our common interests, that we mix with each other and that we respect each other. If we fail in these actions, then “Unity” will forever be a ghost that we love to chase and use as evidence of the depravity of the OTHERS who do not follow our way of thinking. in that case, this “Unity” will be responsible for the destruction among Muslims that we see around us right now. One would have hoped, that our being at a distance from the deep, mindless violence in the “Muslim World”, we would manage to rise above those petty, exclusive, mean-spirited and violent thoughts, but it does not appear so.
Finally, did you actually READ the message of congratulations or, were you too busy condemning it, to understand what was being said?
All that was being conveyed was for people to share the happiness of Shia on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam Ali, nobody was asking you or anyone else, to convert to Shiism. Sunnis don’t like the Shias saying Imam Ali was named by the prophet Mohammed, to succeed him as Khalifa. Indeed, you and anyone else who wishes, can cling to the opposite belief and maintain that my ancestor, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddique should have been the first Caliph of Islam as he was, but that difference of thought should not cause such a rude, intense rejectionist reaction as you displayed.
It is not the different belief by the Shia or other sects, that is causing the Shia-Sunni divide, it is the intense, brainless and violent hostility by people such as yourself, that is causing the Shia-Sunni divide.
What else was in the message?
The Shia were describing a lot of wonderful qualities of Imam Ali with a view for EVERYBODY to take ownership of those qualities. Surely those are the qualities promoted by the prophet Mohammed and commanded by God or, do you have a new, revised set of instructions from God?
You finish by praying to God to, “give us all sanity, reason, and wisdom“. It would be good if you could show everyone the way it should look by acting it out in public.
I wish you well, I do not hold anything against you, we just disagree with each other on various issues and sometimes, rather deeply.