By: S. Nawabzadeh
While Muslims throughout the world, both Shi’a and Sunni, are commemorating the heartrending martyrdom of Imam Husain (AS) with mourning ceremonies and discourses on the historical event in the month of Muharram in 61 AH (680 AD) that drew the permanent line between truth and falsehood, the minority Wahhabi cult that runs the fiefdom called Saudi Arabia which Britain created in 1932 for the desert brigand from Najd, Abdul-Aziz Aal-e Saud, has resumed its attacks on such gatherings.
The tents and other symbols associated with the immortal martyrs of Karbala that are set up each year at main squares to facilitate public participation in the mourning ceremonies in Qatif, Awamiyah and other towns and cities of the oil-rich Eastern Region by its Shi’a Muslim majority, are being razed and bulldozed by the regime’s forces.
Why are the Saudis alarmed at these peaceful religious gatherings where the holy Qur’an is recited, where preachers expound the fundamentals of faith, and where the audience moved by the sufferings endured by the Prophet’s grandson and his family, including the infant martyr Ali Asghar, for safeguarding Islam and humanitarian values, shed tears and often beat their own chests in grief (not those of others)?
What is the totalitarian and unelected regime in Riyadh, which is the darling of the democratic West, especially that of the US, afraid of?
When it is relaxing its medieval tribal laws which have no connection with the Islamic shari’a as falsely claimed, by granting permission to women to drive cars and allowing non-Muslims to openly observe their rites, how come it is scared of the age-old rituals of the Eastern Region which the Najdis had seized during World War 1 on condition of returning it after a certain period (long expired) to its Shi’a Muslims who continue to be deprived of their own oil wealth?
Do the Wahhabis – and the Aal-e Khalifa minority regime of Bahrain which is also indulging in similar blasphemy against the freedom-inspiring symbols of the tragedy of Karbala – hate fellow Muslims, or more properly Imam Husain (AS)?
It is obvious the Saudis, who are mercilessly killing the Muslims of Yemen for the past three-and-a-half years and are the evil minds behind the emergence of Takfiri terrorists for destabilizing Muslim countries from Nigeria to Afghanistan, have no answers to these questions.
All Muslims, irrespective of their jurisprudential differences, hold the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt (Blessed Household) in high esteem in accordance with the ayahs of God’s Revealed Word – the Holy Qur’an – and the Hadith (statements) of the Messenger of Mercy.
They thus regard Imam Husain (AS) as the supreme symbol of the campaign against corruption and oppression, while the accursed perpetrator of the tragedy of Karbala, the Omayyad ruler Yazid, is considered by both Shi’a and Sunni Muslims as the incarnation of evil.
Every conscious non-Muslim, whether Christian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Buddhist or Jew, is fully aware of these facts. Moreover, it is a common custom among these communities in many countries to pay tributes to Imam Husain (AS) in the month of Muharram for his epic of Ashura in bravely courting martyrdom rather than acknowledge the illegitimate rule of the tyrant Yazid.
Despite the recent campaign of the Zionist-controlled western media to portray Yazid as a "Sunni”, all Muslims, as well as knowledgeable non-Muslims, point out that he was a Godless infidel with no attachment to any humanitarian value, let alone religious belief, and was the embodiment of all devilish traits.
They also note that the term "Ahl as-Sunnah” (Followers of the Prophet’s practice and behaviour) did not exist during the 92-year rule of the Omayyad regime, and was formalized in the early Abbasid era, with emergence of the four Sunni Muslim Jurisprudential Imams – Abu Hanifa, Malek ibn Anas, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and Idris as-Shafe’i – all of whom, either directly or indirectly, were students of Imam Husain’s (AS) great-grandson Imam Ja’far as-Sadeq (AS), whom Shi’a Muslims consider as the 6th Infallible Heir of the Prophet.
Even Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, whose school of jurisprudence, the Wahhabi cult wrongly claims to follow, has openly cursed Yazid and paid homage to Imam Husain (AS) – tributes for whose Great Sacrifice (Zibhin Azim in the holy Qur’an) with emphasis that the Prophet himself had prophesied it with tears – is mentioned in all authoritative books of history and hadith of the Ahl as-Sunnsh including "Sihah as-Sitta” or the six canonical Hadith compilations.
But who said the Wahhabi cult is a sect of Islam?
Didn’t Sheikh Ahmad at-Tayyeb, the Head of the Sunni World’s prestigious seat of learning, Egypt’s al-Azhar, didn’t say recently in 2016 that the Salafis (Wahhabis, Takfiris) are not part of the Ahl as-Sunnah, while it is permissible for Sunni Muslims of any of the Four Schools of Jurisprudence to practice Shi’a beliefs?
Kudos to President Bashhar al-Assad, whom the western media calls a ‘sectarian tyrant’ despite the fact that he and his father President Hafez before him never imposed upon the Syrian people the laws of their Alawite sect but showed respect for Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority by joining them in congregational prayers and official observance of all state laws as per Sunni Hanafi jurisprudence.
In sharp contrast, neither the Aal-e Khalifa minority regime permits Bahrain’s Shi’a majority to practice the laws of the Ja’fari School of Jurisprudence, nor do the Saudis – whose Wahhabi cults makes hardly 12 percent of the population of the British-created entity – allow the estimated 25 percent Shi’as as well as the Sunni Muslim majority to observe their respective Ja’fari, Hanafi, Shafe’i, Maleki and Hanbali laws.
The height of hypocrisy is the accusations in the western and Arab media of suppression of minorities in Iran when in fact the Islamic Republic constitution guarantees full religious rites, along with the political right to elect representatives of their own to the parliament, for not just Sunni Muslims but the Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians.
The Saudi and Khalifa clans ought to know that the massive military and political support of the West cannot ensure their survival; for sooner than later they will fall for having committed the Yazid-like blasphemy of desecrating the symbols associated with the Leader of all Freemen, Imam Husain (AS).