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Islam and Sectarianism

Overt racism against the Pakhtuns has melded so seamlessly into the Pakistani culture, it hardly elicits a glare. Pashto words are often thrown sarcastically at one another to insult one’s intelligence, implying that it’s the language of people with poor comprehension skills....

 

The foundation stone of this decades’ long rivalry is laid upon sectarian differences, with Saudi Arabia presenting itself as the leader of Sunni Muslims and Iran acting as a messiah for the Shias. The Middle East serves as a game of monopoly for both these Islamic giants as they reassess their moves....

 
Man-Made Wars Agains Humanity
Dr Mahboob A Khwaja

The Arab Middle East is the theatre of absurdity – petty ideological rivalries, enforcing daily sectarian warfare and unending brutality for the innocent people trying to escape the prevalent insanity. No carefully reasoned and politically verifiable analysis can predict how and where the entire Arab-Muslim region will escape from the amassed misfortunes....

 
Balochistan and the Yemen War
Muhammad Akbar Notezai
Balochistan and the Yemen War
Muhammad Akbar Notezai

Sectarian violence broke out in Balochistan in the mid-1980s, engulfing the Shia Hazara community of Balochistan. The Shia Hazaras are densely populated in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan province, in its western and eastern areas: Mariabad and Hazara Town. Assaults against them have increased. “In the mid-1980s there were religious tensions between Shia Hazaras and Sunni Pashtun groups in Quetta in which dozens were killed....

 
The Ghost of Sectarianism
Syeda Ammara Fatima

According to a report, hundreds of Muslims are killed on sectarian basis every year. If Muslims had their priorities focused on education and well-being of their respective communities instead of fighting with each other, they could have been the ruling Empire of other nations....

 
Breeding Hate against the Ahmedis
Zeeba T Hashmi
Breeding Hate against the Ahmedis
Zeeba T Hashmi

A local Urdu newspaper in Lahore has been printing an advertisement for the Khatam-e-Nabuwat Conference that was to be held on March 22. The sponsors of the advertisement and the organisers of the event are all revealed in it yet no one from the authorities is willing to take note of the conference....

 
Politicisation of Sectarianism
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi
Politicisation of Sectarianism
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

Aside from extremists, the differences in religious teachings and interpretations between Sunni and Shia were similar to the differences between any Sunni schools of Islam. Most of the Shia religious leaders and imams did not even label themselves as Shia because they were the descendants of the Prophet (pbuh) and were scholars on their own merit and their teachings were rightfully acknowledged and valued by all Muslims not only Shia....

 
The Deep Divide Within
Diana Moukalled
The Deep Divide Within
Diana Moukalled

Arab vs. Kurd, Sunni vs. Shiite, Christian vs. Muslim, Lebanese vs. Syrian, Arab vs. Persian — take your pick. But what is truly making this already unbearable situation worse is the involvement of a not inconsiderable portion of those who are in the public eye. It is not just politicians and militants, but journalists, writers, and so-called intellectuals who have now taken up this divisive baton....

 

Sectarian rhetoric is on display most explicitly in the language used by militant groups. The Islamic State jihadist group, for example, regularly denounces Shias and others as heretics....

 

The message that the Yemeni conflict has little to do with the kind of sectarian violence that plagues Iraq and Syria has been circulating with increasing intensity in mainstream and social media. In many ways, the message is correct. Instead, it is radicalism that threatens to disintegrate Yemen....

 
A Violent Endgame
Irfan Husain
A Violent Endgame
Irfan Husain

Mohajirs responded to the young Altaf Hussain in large numbers as he affirmed Mohajir pride and dignity. Gen Zia spotted an opportunity to use this new group to cut the PPP down to size, and allegedly helped the party establish itself. The Zia period also saw Pakhtuns, Punjabis and Sindhis form ‘ethnic’ parties, while established parties acquired militant wings….

 

Most Houthis follow Zaidism, a sect that traces its roots to 8th century Arabia and the campaign of a great-great grandson of the Prophet (PBUH) who rebelled against the Umayyad caliphs of the time....

 
Tired Canards about Yemen and Sectarianism
Dr Mohammad Taqi
Tired Canards about Yemen and Sectarianism
Dr Mohammad Taqi

Whether the request for troops comes from a Wahhabist monarchy or an Alawite regime, the answer should be a resounding no. Maintaining a non-aligned posture is prudent diplomacy and should not have to be justified on the basis of a flimsy Shia-Sunni binary....

 
Spreading Fitnah!
Zafar Bangash
Spreading Fitnah!
Zafar Bangash

What we are witnessing today is reconfirmation of a prophetic Hadith; let us remind ourselves of what the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said about Najd. There are many Hadiths that predict the eruption of a great Fitnah (sedition) from there....

 

Since the collapse of the Arab Spring and the rise of various jihadist movements, Iran has steadily extended its influence to a number of capitals in the region, including Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and lately Sanaa, effectively encircling Saudis and other Sunni-led Gulf countries....

 
Insecurities and Ghettoisation
Muhammad Amir Rana
Insecurities and Ghettoisation
Muhammad Amir Rana

The constant shadow of fear makes people behave ‘fearlessly’. Many experts and social scientists think that such insecurity leads crowds to believe in a sort of oneness, which shapes their collective actions......

 

Yet, it seems that non-Muslims are not the only ones who are told not to criticise Hudud; Muslims themselves are bashed for questioning the Islamic penal code. BFM journalist Aisyah Tajuddin received death and rape threats when a video of her questioning Kelantan’s drive to implement Hudud went viral on social media…..

 
Sectarianism Tearing Iraq Apart
Harun Yahya
Sectarianism Tearing Iraq Apart
Harun Yahya

Since the last 27 years, Iraq has been the same. Very little has changed in Iraq, even after the departure of the dictator, Saddam Hussein. The Sunni Saddam who persecuted the Kurds departed, and then we had the Shiite Al-Maliki oppressing the Sunnis.....

 
Terrorism of All Hue
Najam Sethi
Terrorism of All Hue
Najam Sethi

Unfortunately, however, the history of Pakistan shows that the principles of humanitarian Islam that were expected to guide the new state in safeguarding minorities have been distorted by the practitioners of Islam in Pakistan to erode the writ of the state in general and target the minorities in particular…..

The Ruined Ruins of Pakistan
Humeira Kazmi
The Ruined Ruins of Pakistan
Humeira Kazmi

I’m thinking what took them so long, eh? If you’re a Pakistani, you must contribute to the wreck and ruin of your homeland on some and/or all levels. Alhamdulillah, the Pakistani Christians have finally realized they’re just as much entitled to disrupting social order and terrorizing the civic population as anyone else.....

 

The issue of religious (dis)harmony should give authorities a cause for concern as evinced lately in Yogyakarta, where banners propagating sectarianism have been unfurled in many parts of the city, which, in contrast to these banners, is known for its cultural diversity. Those banners contain hate speech like Syiah Bukan Islam (Shia is not Islam), Syiah Kafir (Shiites are infidels) and so forth.

 
Iraq Becoming a Sectarian Minefield
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
Iraq Becoming a Sectarian Minefield
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

They might be able to free all Iraqi territory and eradicate IS and other rebels, but this war will be followed by a sectarian one similar to Syria. How will the US benefit from supporting the Iraqi army without a political process that makes everyone a winner?....

 
A Life's Constant Fear
Zehra Abid
A Life's Constant Fear
Zehra Abid

I have now become part of the people many feel morally obligated to sympathise with. It was easier empathising with the Baloch, the Ahmadis, the Hazaras and the Shias of Parachinar and Gilgit-Baltistan. But now I am on the side, where friends, some directly, others between the lines, try to tell you it’s time to go.....

 
Healing Our Sectarian Divide
Pervez Hoodbhoy
Healing Our Sectarian Divide
Pervez Hoodbhoy

Crucially, the Quran is silent on how a state’s ruler is to be chosen and what might be legitimate grounds for his removal. Revealed for the purpose of separating right from wrong rather than politics, the Book does not specify the limits of the ruler’s power or that of the shura’s (consultative body). Also unmentioned is the manner in which the shura, which could potentially appoint or remove a ruler, is to be chosen. Would there be an executive, judiciary, or government ministries and what should their functions be? Islam’s other source of definitive authority, the Holy Prophet (PBUH), did not outline the process for selecting future leaders of the faithful. Whether he actually specified his immediate successor remains deeply contentious....

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Declining Violence, Increasing Threat
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Declining Violence, Increasing Threat
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty

Little can be expected from the Federal Government as well, given the steps that were taken in the aftermath of the Peshawar attack. Islamabad has chosen to intensify selective operations against domestically oriented terrorist formations, even as it continues to support a range of terrorist groups operating against Afghanistan and India, or who support ‘global jihad’. Unfortunately, these distinctions are far from sustainable, as most state sponsored groups in Pakistan maintain some contact with the anti-state formations and, crucially, share a common ideology with these....

 


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