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Shia-Sunni Divide and Why We Should Avoid It

Whenever the month of Muharram-ul-Haram starts, the Shia Sunni fights begin and there is a lot of violence on social media that we all face. How ironic is that you spend 11 months of a year with your Shia friend and he looks normal to you, then there is one month and you look at him strangely, why? Just because he is wearing black clothes and mourn over the Shahadat of Imam Hussain (r.a) and his companions? Imam Hussain (r.a) was the grandson of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), that Hazrat Muhammad who’s even respected by the non-Muslims.

Our society has no tolerance for a person who has different beliefs than the majority. People think it is their right to hate on someone who is not from their sect. Sorry to break it to you, all of this is utter nonsense. There is no concept of hating or killing someone who doesn’t agree with your opinion in Islam.

The prophet has ordered us to be united:

“O Allaah! Testify. Let those who are present inform those who are absent, because the person receiving the message might understand it better than the one who originally heard it. Do not become disbelievers after my death and start killing each other” Ibn ‘Abbaas, May Allah be pleased with him, said, ‘I swear by The One In Whose hands my soul is! His advice to his entire nation was, “do not become disbelievers after my death, and start killing each other” (Bukhaari, Vol 9, Book 83, No 8)

People of every sect and every religion have the right to do whatever they want. You have no reason to hate them. In fact, we should learn to respect each other’s beliefs. The non-Muslims are using this divide to rule on us and we are too blind to see it. There is no division, no division at all if we follow the same God and same prophet, why all the misconceptions then? Do we want to progress and make our name in the books of history? Then we have to stop thinking about the divisions and differences.

Imam Khomeini on Shia-Sunni unity:

“Those who attempt to cause discord among our Sunni and Shi’ite brothers are people who conspire for the enemies of Islam. Shi’ites and Sunni’s should avoid every kind of dispute. Today, discord among us will only benefit those who follow NEITHER Shia nor Sunni”.

People from Sunni tribes are attending Muharram majlis in Parachinar, Pakistan after 2 decades. / via Ali Hussain

People from Sunni tribes are attending Muharram majlis in Parachinar, Pakistan after 2 decades. / via Ali Hussain

Where are we heading? As one Muslim nation? Nowhere and even the word ‘one’ is an embarrassment for us to use. Just because your ancestors used to hate and they taught you the same does not mean you should not use your own brain to think logically and let go of the hate. There are many examples from the life of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) that teach us not to hate, even not Non-Muslims.

Eradicating the Hate with Education:

Why don’t we decide to actually explore others sects and religions this coming year? By learning about their beliefs we can remove all the misconceptions from our society. Only by educating ourselves we can rise above our prejudices. We can only prosper as a nation if we are united.

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