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Imtiyaz Osman, johannesburg- south africa - wrote on 12/7/2011 12:31:16 PM
this article can indeed be used as a blueprint to foster a much needed dialogue between the two groups. dialogue is the arena where sanity are lauded and the insanity shackled. where intellect is stretched and ignorance humbled. it is where the multiple layers of hatred and the proverbial stereotype are slowly peeled off until we find that we are mirroring each other in pure essence of ourselves only to realise that we are neither sunni nor shiah, just muslims reciting the same shahadah, praying behind the same Imams, fasting during the same month of ramadaan, paying the same zakaat and embracing each other on the plains or arafaat. i pray that Allah Almighty fortify us against the violent onslaught of Islam's enemies. be it physical, intellectual or spiritual.
Yassin, Dar al Kufr - wrote on 12/6/2011 8:18:26 PM
This is a reminder to me first and to others Muslim brothers and sisters.
By Syhadah one become a Muslim and have opportunity for Jannah by Allah Mercy followed by his/hers nawaitu and deeds which only Allah All Knowing.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad was send to teach AlQuran Nur Karim as a truth guidance and Mercy from Allah for all human kind.
As a Muslim it is our responsible to learn about our Prophet Sirah and strive our best to follow 100% of his footsteps. Then Muslim should reflect by Prophet way of life how to live in this world because he is the only best example.
The biggest jihad for Muslim is jihad with ourself and self-control not to fall with any trick of Syaitan which disguise in many ways.
Every Muslim must constantly and sincerely ask help from Allah for Taufik and Hidayah and commited to seek the true Knowledge according to AlQuran and Sunnah and be humble shying away from judging others. Allah only hold us responsible of our own deed. Fear of Allah and may Allah forgive our weakness as long we as a Muslim always repent and make taubah and show our mercy to others.
Wal Allah Hu a'alam.
salim, oman - wrote on 12/3/2011 4:15:05 PM
i believe and every one of Islamic faith do the same; That WE HAVE BEEN CREATED TO... A abudu Llah...
then if i may ask what is this...aabud Lllah ?
Syed Baqar Ali , Sydney, Australia - wrote on 11/11/2011 3:35:33 PM
Comment:As Salam o Alaekum
The differences between Shia and Sunni beliefs are scathing and harsh but the common beliefs are far more numerous.
Even if there was nothing common between us, it is no reason to hold a grudge or foster bitterness.
The Quran requires Muslims to exercise courtesy with all human beings - Muslim and non-Muslim [2:83] and it has high praise for peace-makers.
Let us shed our prejudices and extend our hand in friendship to all men and women - especially Muslims.
Shias and Sunnis are brothers in faith. Let us not abandon our brothers and sisters just because our beliefs are different in some details. Let us concentrate on what is common between us and there is indeed a lot - belief inn one God, belief in the Holy Prophet, belief in the Quran, belief in the Day of Judgment.
We will all face our Maker on the Day of Judgment and we will be taken to task for harboring bitterness for all human beings, especially Muslims.
Syed Baqar Ali , Sydney, Australia - wrote on 11/11/2011 3:17:59 PM
Comment:As Salam o Alaekum
Beautiful article but is it enough ?
I would like to know what Shias and Sunnis have done to progress their dialog since this article was written.
There does not seem to be any significant change in the Shia-Sunn relationship.
The love-hate relationship between the two groups does not appear to have changed.
Clearly, we need to do a lot more to achieve unity among Muslims.
Mir, Detroit - wrote on 10/11/2011 8:58:07 AM
Jazakallah Brother for initiating this important issue.
Ayatullah Khamenei , the leader of muslims have clearly stated , Its not allowed to curse or launch insults at personlaties considered respectable by our Sunni brothers and sisters.
Imam Khomeni has said..Any one who creates fitna between sunnis and shias is neither sunni nor shia but an enemy of both.
yes there are differences in some issues. But its time we , only see our enemy ...i.e. Shaitan and Nafs.
Its time we restore our Honor as muslims and Identify elements that cause discord and sow seeds of hatred in the community.
We need to discourage anybody who tries to declare the other school of thought as "infidel".
My sunni brothers , my shia brothers..lets stop the hate spreaders...
Razi Abbasi, Karachi,Pakistan - wrote on 9/25/2011 12:31:39 PM
Comment:I am apalled by the lack of knowledge,readers are expressing in this thread.Please read (late)Maulana Manzoor Naumani's book"Irani Inqilab,Imam Khomeini aur Shiaeat".The preface to this book is written by Late Ali Mian Nadvi.
The problem with Shias is that they hide their faith(not like Hindus,Christians etc).Even if you consider them Muslims,they don't regard to be Muslim.Khomeini says in his book that no sooner our Prophet(SAW)passed away,all Sahabas becamce Munafiq except three(indirectly accusing our Prophet(SAW) that his choice was faulty(Naoozbillah).There is too much filth about Khulafa Rashdin and Ummahat as well.
We should rather put all our efforts to remove the veil from their faces for emancipation of Islam.If there is a quarrel or fight between a Sunni and Hindu/Christians,they support Hindu,Christians .Ask people in India/Pakistan.
I regret that my post seems to be in bad taste,but it was necessary to call spade a spade.
mohamad-aly nasser, Toledo - wrote on 9/6/2011 2:11:25 PM
Comment:aslaaamu alaykum, brothers and sisters in islam we are in a society where disputes have become ignored, the muslim youths and the upcoming generations are ignoring disputes and moving on with life as accepting both sunni and shia as muslims. mahmoud shaltout of the alazhar school in egypt has made a fatwa indicating that shia muslims are indeed muslims and that both sunni and shia are able to marry one another. yet you have a small portion of muslims from both sunni and shia sects who go against unity or even dialogue because of thier extremeist beliefs and extremist teachings, this small percentage of so called muslims are effecting the muslim society and are causing hatred with in the muslim society. however there a positive outlook on this and that is that this is a very small percentage that are doing this. the solution to this problem is for both sunni and shia to study eachothers beliefs, differences and similarities. once one gains knowledge of that they are able to respect one another or atleast tolerate one another. is it possible to tolerate one who believs that jesus is the son of god (astekhferallah) yet not tolerate our muslim brother and sisters who have more similarities then differences? indeed that is rediculous, for one to ignore this small fact and act according to it is a sign of ignorance. so studying and dialogue is important and we must approach with an opened mind. unity does not mean that we must compromise each others beliefs but to respect or atleast tolerate eachothers beliefs. may allah (swt) grant us unity. wa salaaam
Khatima, Hong Kong, China - wrote on 6/9/2011 11:28:13 AM
Comment:Jazakum Allah khairan!
Khatima, Hong Kong, China - wrote on 6/9/2011 11:27:37 AM
Comment:Jazakum Allah khairan!
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