Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ancient Sunni-Shiite Conflict Continues

"Saudi Arabia and Iran are competing for influence over the entire Middle East and are willing to fuel civil wars in pursuit of their goals. Many Sunni-ruled nations have large, restive Shiite populations.... Sunni rulers fear that these populations could become radicalized by the Syrian conflict and stage uprisings of their own. "

Comment: Over twenty years ago, an older ex-Jewish fellow (who'd been born in Egypt during the Battle of El Alamein in 1942) that I knew quite well, told me that when the Middle East blew up that the trigger would be Syria. He didn't explain the particulars if why, but this has its roots in biblical historic times and very ancient events that keep repeating in this regional crossroads between three continents.

Comment: The Shiites are concentrated most heavily at the source of the Persian Empire (Iran) while the Sunnis mostly originate at the source of the original Babylonian Empire (Mesopotamia / present-day Iraq).
So, when you read about the Shia-Sunni schism after Muhammad died, keep this secular historical background in mind.

Shiite groups:
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah
Syrian president Assad's Alawites

Sunni groups:
Al Qaida
Taliban / Pushtans
Boko Haram
In fact, ISIL appears to be ifar outside of Sunni Islam. The kind of “Islam” espoused by the ISIS Takfiris is an extreme version of the Salafi-Wahhabi school of thought (think Egypt). These people reject the five major Islamic madhhabs (schools of thought) including the four Sunni ones. If you reject all four Sunni madhhabs, how can you call yourself Sunni?