Recently, not a day goes by without the mass media broadcasting the disturbing news of the killing of innocent people in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Tens and sometimes even hundreds of people fall victim to the unstrained violence of the Takfiri terrorists on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, the horrible news of the execution of Ayatollah Al Nimr along with a number of other innocent individuals has left the Muslim world in shock. This brutal crime was particularly shocking because it was committed under the title of the Kharijites and Takfir. If there were still some people who doubted the fact that the creators of the sedition of Takfir in the world are, indeed, the Saudis, this clear example leaves no one with any doubt in this regard. We strongly condemn this terrible crime and we remind the Saudis that such a crime will not go unpunished.
The Saudis and the Wahhabis have a long and a dark history filled with such horrendous crimes and atrocities, and this is something that even some Wahhabi historians have admitted in their books. At times, however, their violence has even inflicted their own people, and they have committed terrible acts of terror in Saudi Arabia as well. One of such terrible atrocities is the execution of Shaykh Al Nimr which, the Saudis committed in line with the crimes committed by the ISIS terrorists.
Considering the situation explained above, there seems to be a greater need today to know the perspective of the great Shia religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Makārem Shirazī, regarding the best strategies that the Muslim world can employ against the violence and the crimes of the Saudi regime. The following are some of the most important strategies put forth by his eminence in this regard:
The Elimination of the Saudi Sectarianism through the Unity of the Muslim Ummah
Indeed the US and Israel are seeking to further the division between Muslim schools, and in particular between Shia and Sunni Muslims. This is why they are extremely happy with the recent events in the Muslim world. Meanwhile, the Saudi regime has also formed an alliance with the US and Israel to fan the flames of sectarian divisiveness amongst the Muslim schools. Thus, on the one hand the US and the other powers order the Saudis to create more division amongst Muslims and, on the other, the Saudi officials urge their Wahhabi Muftis to promote division and sectarianism in the Muslim world. This is why Saudi Arabia is considered to be the champion in creating division and discord among Muslims.
Yet, despite these evil plots of the Saudi regime, there are a lot of Shia Muslims all around the world, including the region of al Sharqiyyah in Saudi Arabia, who live peacefully with the followers of other Muslim schools and have good relations with them. Indeed, if the followers of all Muslim schools are awakened and vigilant, they can work together to foil this evil plot of division.
Fighting Takfir a Responsibility upon the Muslim Ummah against the Saudi Conspiracies
It should be noted that leveling false and unfair accusations at Shia Muslims and accusing them of disbelief is a great service to the enemies of Islam, particularly the US and Israel. This is due to the fact that such actions will entail results which are desirable for the enemies of Islam, who seek nothing but to provoke sectarian conflicts amongst Muslims so as to freely plunder their wealth. One of the instances of such actions is the Saudi Muftis’ race with one another in ruling the Yemeni people as unbelievers!
Unfortunately, the Saudi board of Muftis, which is an official organization in Hijaz, continues issuing fatwas against the Shia school and keeps calling Shia Muslims unbelievers.
Such fatwas are one of the reasons why not a day goes by without the mass media broadcasting the disturbing news of the killing of innocent people in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Tens and sometimes even hundreds of people fall victim to the unstrained violence of the Takfiri terrorists on a daily basis. It is because of this inauspicious offspring of Wahhabism that, unfortunately, the name of Islam has been associated with violence in the minds of many people in the world. The Takfiri terrorists have also provided the enemies of Islam with their desirable excuse to depict Muslims as a “group of murderers” in many countries.
This is all while Islam has ordered everyone to respect the properties, lives and the honor of all Muslims and has strictly prohibited the violation of the sanctity of Muslims. This issue was of such great importance that the great Prophet of Islam (s) explained it to everyone present in his speech on his last Hajj pilgrimage, and said that it is a law for all Muslims. The Prophet said: “it is strictly prohibited for you [Muslims] to kill each other or take each other’s properties, for a Muslim’s life and properties must be respected just as this day (the‘Eīd al Aḍḥa), this month (a Ḥarām month), and this place (the holy city of Mecca) must be respected”. Then [to emphasize the importance of this issue even more] the Prophet (s) continued: “O’ Lord! You be my witness! [that I told them what you ordered me to]”. The validity of this tradition has been unanimously confirmed by all traditionalists.
Therefore, all Muslims of the world must unite and put an end to the ideology of Takfir. They must get together to repel the enemies who have targeted Islam, the Quran and even Allah the Almighty, and they must present the pure teachings of Islam, free of any kind of Shīrk, extremism, exaggeration or distortion, to all the people of the world.
The Need for All Muslims to Rise up against the Saudis’ Insatiable Hunger for Power and Domination
First of all, the Saudis must know that their many crimes, in particular their atrocious act of executing Shaykh Al Nimr, can never be forgotten, and that they will, no doubt, suffer the adverse consequences of their ill-advised actions. The sings of these consequences as clearly visible in the reaction of the people of the world to this crime, where not only Shia and Sunni Muslims but all free-spirited people in the world condemned this heinous crime.
Moreover, the abundance of the atrocities that the Saudi regime has committed against the innocent people of Yemen can be called with no other name but madness and hunger for power and domination. In this unfair and barbaric assault on the Yemeni people, a number of other Arab states have also assisted the Saudis, all in the name of Islam, and have together brought tremendous destruction upon another Arab, Muslim country. Of course all these atrocities are committed with the support of the US and Israel.
Worse than all, perhaps, is the shameless silence of the international community regarding these crimes, as if they are all dead and so unable to see such horrendous crimes being committed by the Saudis! This is all while if anyone so much as states a word against Israel every country will raise their voice to condemn them. However, there is now a country being destroyed completely but not a word is spoken by anyone, let alone condemnation or objection. There are only very few countries that felt obligated to react to the atrocities committed by the Saudis against their fellow human beings.
But the Saudis must know that the Muslim world will finally take its vengeance on them and will punish them for the multitude of their crimes.
Enlightenment, the Fundamental Step towards Exposing the Crimes of the Saudi Government
I humbly respect all Muslim scholars and ask them all to unite against this small group of Wahhabis who seek only to support the terrible policies of the atrocious Saudi regime. These people consider everyone but themselves pagans and so they consider killing them and plundering their possessions as permissible. By uniting against them, we can show the world that these people and the terrible things that they do are not the real examples of what Islam is about. Indeed such an ideology has no place in today’s world and it is approaching its last days.
In order to understand their error, the Saudi officials and their puppet Muftis have to answer the question as to why the Wahhabi Muftis refrain from having scientific discussions with other Muslim scholars in Al Azhar, Damascus, Qom, and Najaf?
Why do they still enter scientific discussions, just like some of their predecessors, by calling their opponents “you ignorant pagan!” and by first ruling their life and properties to be forfeit and then beginning the discussion with them?
Why do they resist having friendly discussions the way the Quran has ordered in the verse “فبشر عباد* الذين يستمعون القول فيتبعون أحسنه” with others? Indeed, if they had agreed to have such discussions, so many innocent Muslims would not have been killed and their properties would not have been plundered.
There is no doubt that the Saudi regime has failed to pursue his evil policies and plots in the region. Thus, the Saudis must know that by committing more crimes such as the massacre of the innocent people of Yemen and the execution of Shaykh Al Nimr they cannot save themselves. We believe that these atrocities are being committed by the Saudis because of their failure in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, and in order to take vengeance on the Muslims of these countries. However, the Saudis must await a much greater defeat in these three countries.
The bloodthirsty Saudi regime should also know that the barbaric act of the execution of Shaykh Al Nimr will incur such a heavy cost that they could not even Imagine. They will, then, see for themselves the wrath of Allah (swt) being sent down on them and it will crush them along with all other murderers who have assist them.
Researched and edited by the deputy News editor of the website of the office of Grand Ayatollah Makārem Shirazī