In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful.
May Allah bless Muhammad and his Family and damn their enemies.
The Imams (peace be upon them) including the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his family) were all martyred by those who claimed to be Muslim; according to the leading experts on Islamic History. We find that this fact, whilst being something apparent to most (perhaps except in the case of the Prophet’s martyrdom), remains an oft-neglected fact in light of our focus upon the false narrative of a united Islamic front composed of both Shi’as and so-called ‘Sunnis’. We all believe in the ability to cooperate through shared interests and continue to co-exist in light of such, but one should remember (unless one is a conspiracy theorist), it wasn’t the Romans who assassinated the Imams (peace be upon them). Rather, the great devilish individuals who did that were under the guise of ‘legitimate successors’ of the Messenger of Allah, the political leaders of the majority of those who identified themselves as Muslims.
When the Imams (peace be upon them) prayed for those who revived their affairs and kept their affairs alive amongst the Shi’a, they certainly weren’t praising anyone other than those who kept the remembrance of the oppression suffered by them at the hands of these so-called ‘Muslim leaders.’
The idea of a greater and unified Islamic civilization, before the involvement of foreign powers to divide the Muslims, is a sad myth, and we are extremely hard-pressed to find such claims as justified. Merely analyzing mainstream religious verdicts of the four jurisprudential schools of the ‘Sunnis’ during times such as the Ottoman Empire, are indicative of what was thought of the Shi’a. If some modern-day ‘Sunnis’ are happy to revoke such verdicts and reject them as unacceptable, then we are pleased with this positive step and are happy to cooperate in our shared goals. To claim this as sectarianism, however, is something foreign, a contemporary idea and a product of the modern world, which is sadly a fantasy and is conjured and projected over the nasty, historical reality of the blood which was shed of innocent Shi’as.
The Office of Sheikh al-Habib