By Shabana Syed
On tenth day of Ashura Muslims and in particular Shias commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson about whom he said “Hussein is from me and I am from Hussein”.
Pictures of Shias beating themselves with hands and chains will be beamed around the world by western media, happy to perpetuate the myth that Muslims are violent.
And this year Americans in particular will be paying a closer attention, after the Oscar winning Jewish Director Oliver Stone’s son Sean Stone astonished America by articulating his conversion to being a Shia and accused Piers Morgan who tried to portray him as some nutter, ‘a warmonger’ while defending Iran.
What the TV screens will not be showing is the grief and pain felt by the Shias for the death of a leader about whom Mahatma Ghandi said “I learnt from Hussein on how to achieve victory while being oppressed”.
Shias are also mourning a time in history when the Prophets message and teachings were subverted by the forces against humanity, which not only attempted to wipe out the whole of the Prophets family, but ensured that every direct descendant who followed the 11 Imams were all systematically put into prisons and murdered.
The followers of the ahlalbayt (the 12 infallible Imams) as they are called have tried throughout years of persecution to keep the practices of the Prophet alive as well as the incident where Prophet Mohammed stood in Ghadeer e Qum where he picked up Imam Ali’s hand and said “to whomever I am the Mawla (supreme authority) so is Ali the Mawla” in front of over 120,000 pilgrims (a historically recorded event)
Today Shia’s have grown in strength because of the rise of Iran after the Iranian revolution in 1979, however the need to ‘wipe them out’ is still continuing.
According to Director for External Affairs at ‘The Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle Eastern and African Studies’ Shias is the real threat. In 2009 he said:
“Israel is now a strange partner of the Sunni Arab states,”
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan however this alliance according to him is an “alliance of anxiety for Israel” as the Sunni Arabs are not as confident as the Shias and Iran and as a result he believes that Israel cannot rely on the Sunni states in the same way that the Sunni states can rely on Israel.
This alliance must come as a real surprise to critics of Israel, who are aware the lengths the Zionists have gone to pump millions into Islamophobic think tanks and organisations like (Rand, Centre for Social Cohesion) and through the pro Israel media to misrepresent Islam and ferment hatred.
Their propaganda has been so successful that a 2011 Pew research poll found that 40% of US adults think that Islam is more likely to encourage violence than other religions. Even though a Europol study of terrorism found 99.6% of terrorist attacks from 2006 to 2008 were committed by non Muslims.
However the issue of misrepresentation not only involves Muslims but all who question the status quo, as European groups realised at the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement which according to the media had nothing to do with Zionists bankers and the Federal Reserve Bank, but rather people annoyed at losing their jobs.
In order to understand why Arab States are in an unspoken alliance with Israel, we need to look at the growth of sectarianism and why Shias are seen as the biggest threat.
In a documentary about Iraq war, an American soldier said something on the lines of…
“We don’t have a problem with the Sunnis it’s the Shias who we are afraid of its something to do with their leader who was killed centuries ago and they are willing to lay their life down for him”.
Of course the leader he was talking about was no mere man, Imam Hussein who stood against oppression and tyranny with only 72 men against thousands strong army, and set an example that ‘might is not right-right is might’.
The story of Imam Hussein’s martyrdom at Karbala is the story of Jihad. The term Jihad is confusing today, as the essence has been filtered out by warped Muslim rulers and western propaganda maligning the term making it synonymous with terrorism.
This can be seen in Britain alone where Muslims groups are tripping over themselves to denounce Jihad while British Islamic clerics like Abu Qatada who has been revealed by The Times in 2004 to be a MI5 double agent, encourages violent jihad?
Jihad actually means to stand up against oppression and tyranny.
The problem facing humanity, is that if we are expecting the UN to stop the atrocities against defenseless Palestinians or the Rohingyas in Burma or stop America’s proxy wars on Iraq, Pakistan, Libya and now Syria where Washington is directly responsible for recruiting, arming, funding mercenaries and death squads, we are fooling ourselves as the UN is as described by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at Veterans Today a “cheap con” “…where 5 nations have total veto power over any real action”.
As people around the world clamor for justice the UN which was set up to protect the rights of nations has become what Iran’s leader Imam Khameni has described it as:
“..an illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic structure and mechanism. ….It is through abusing this improper mechanism that America and its accomplices have managed to disguise their bullying as noble concepts and impose it on the world”.
As Israel carried out another attack on Gaza Daniel Mabsout writing in ‘ De-Liberation’ said: “It is the continuation of the war on Syria and is being cooked in Israeli/NATO kitchens and its goal is the liquidation of the Palestinian cause by targeting its armed Resistance”
On the issue of Arab rulers he states: “…the Arab League that is a dead corpse became as busy as a beehive concerning Syria: gathering and rallying and threatening and expelling. And now they will continue their conspiracy by covering for Israel”.
The paradox here is why Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Gulf States which are dictatorships, aligning themselves with Israel and US and funding the so called Arab Spring? To implement democracy?
Or is it that instead of democracy all they are doing is leaving a bloody trail of death and destruction to establish a greater Israel which will be easier to implement once Shia Iran has been dismantled. Which probably suits all parties concerned.
Why the Arab states are aligning themselves with Israel and the West can be explained clearly in a book titled ‘Terrorism and the illuminate’ a three thousand year history by David Livingstone’.
Livingstone explains how in ‘their typical strategy of “divide and rule”, the British, through their Masonic agent, sought to undermine the Ottoman Empire.’
He writes that it was not legal in Islam to fight another Muslim therefore “the British devised a method that would create a new interpretation of Islam that would sanction such murder, but under the guise of “Jihad”.
“This new interpretation became known as Wahhabism and was founded by British agent, Mohammed Abdul Wahhab.”
Mohammed ibn Abdul Wahab was born in 1703 in Najd, Saudi Arabia. A region where Prophet Mohammed, had predicted would emerge only “disturbances, disorder and the horns of Satan”.
According to Livingstone Abdul Wahhab traveled and settled in Bagdad where he married a rich woman.
Livingstone quotes another historian Stephen Schwartz in the “The two faces of Islam” and that “Mir’at al Harramin, a Turkish work by Ayyub Sabri Pasha, written in 1888, states that in Basra, Abdul Wahab had come into contact with a British spy named Hempher who “inspired in him the tricks and lies that he had learned from the British Ministry of the Commonwealth”.
The details of this relationship are outlined in a little known document by the name of ‘The Memoirs of Mr. Hempher: – A British Spy to the Middle East’, first published in a series in the German paper Spiegel, The Memoirs outlines the autobiographical account of Hempher, who claims to have acted as a spy on behalf of the British government, with the mission of seeking ways of undermining the Ottoman Empire. Hempher claims,“we were designing long term plans to wage discord ignorance poverty and even diseases in these countries”.
He outlines how the strategy was to obstruct education and “Aggravate economic decline through sabotage”. “Accustom statesmen to such indulgences as sex, sports, alcohol, gambling, and interest banking. Then, in order to make the new generation hostile towards their rulers and scholars, expose them for their corruption.” Also “In order to spread the misconception that Islam is chauvinistic towards women, they must encourage the misinterpretation of the verse in the Koran” regarding women.
One of the main reforms implemented through Wahab’s mouth was to discourage people from visiting sacred sites, relics, graves saying visiting them was tantamount to apostasy.
Wahab was financed by the British to carry out the task. Wahab settled around 1744 in Dir‟iyya, an oasis controlled by Muhammad Ibn. Saud (1746-1765) where he made a pact with Ibn Saud pledging British financial assistance and arms for his military support in the propagation and enforcement of Wahabism. The alliance was cemented by Ibn Saud’s marriage to the daughter of Abdul-Wahab, the beginning of frequent intermarriage between the two families that continues to the present.
Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth made possible the dissemination of Wahabi ideas through religious propaganda and financial assistance to mosques and schools from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Philippines the Middle East, and so on.
During the Afghan war against the Soviet Union, Saudi financed charities that educated and cared for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The religious schools educated the boys and later produced the foot soldiers for the Taliban, who seized control of much of Afghanistan during the 1990’s and established a state based on Wahabi doctrine which forbade education and suppression of women.
Osama bin Laden was heavily involved in recruitment and training of Arabs coming to Afghanistan to wage jihad against Soviet occupiers. This was the basis for the terrorist organization Al Qaeda that developed in the 1990s which continues to carry out atrocities.
Which begs the question, if Wahabism is a western doctrine aimed at subverting the growth of real Islam, then who is al Qaeda working for? The answer may explain why Al Qaeda has killed more Muslims then westerners.
It may also explain why the killer of Imam Hussein, Yazid a man known for his debauchery and oppression has a respected position in Wahabi doctrine.
It also explains why it has been important for Britain, US and Israel to continue suppressing the message and teachings of Imam Hussein and his followers.
Their message must be potent if a small group called Hezbollah managed to defeat Israel’s high tech war machine during the Lebanon war in 2006 and how in the same way in the Iranian revolution under Imam Khomeini people stood with nothing but the Koran against bullets, tanks and the best equipped army in the world and managed to throw out an exploiting empire.
“The sacrifice of Imam Hussain is not limited to one country, or nation, but it is the hereditary state of the brotherhood of all mankind.”- Dr Rajendra Prasad an Indian politician who became the first President of India