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Innocent Shias killed: What was their Crime?

By Mohammad Yusha • Sep 3rd, 2010 • Category: Politics • 14 Comments

Innocent Shias have been killed. 31 dead and 281 injured injured. What was the crime of those killed? That they are Shias? And what about the killers? Did they become better than the Shias by killing them?

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a compensation of Rs 500,000 for the heirs of each of those killed and Rs 75,000 for each injured person. However, no amount of money can compensate for the killing of someone’s father. Someone’s brother. Someone’s sister. Someone’s daughter. Someone’s mother. Innocent little children rendered orphans. What was their crime?

What is the reason for the killings? Hate. It is not just present among those who kill. It is present in many of us. We may condemn sectarian violence all we want, but for a moment let’s take a good look at ourselves. Look at the hatred in the common man. Especially among Sunnis and Shias. Look at how the average Sunni hates a Shia, and vice versa. Call a Shia a Sunni by mistake and look at the rage in his eyes. Or call a Sunni a Shia and see how you end up offending him.

Why have we made other people’s religious beliefs a reason to hate them? What is the reason? Don’t we know that we are brothers and sisters. Or are we going to fall for mullah propaganda who think that all Shias are kafir. Who are we to decide what Shias are? That is for Allah SWT to judge. Our job is to love.

The western media and local channels have made it a habit to show grisly pictures of Shias during Muharram. My question is, so what if they shed their blood during Muharram? Unlike western leaders, they are not busy shedding the blood of others. Or like those Sunni lunatics who go around killing and destroying property.

Coming back to Shia-Sunni hatred, the worst example is that of Shias and Sunnis destroying each other’s mosques. At the end, what has been destroyed? A mosque.

Whether Hazrat Ali should have been the Khalifa instead of Hazrat Abu Bakr can be debated for years. People are busy wasting their time on websites with useless discussions, throwing dirt on each other. The past cannot be changed. However, we can change the future. Let’s learn to respect and love each other.

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  1. Yusha brother, thanks for writing this.

  2. Our country needs a makeover where tolerant and secular ideas must be floated in smaller towns and their visions must be broadened in the minds so that we can live as a peaceful nation.

  3. Their crime was that they were born in a country which lacks humane values and where maniacs such as Taliban and LeT roam around thirsty of human blood.

  4. good yusha but one thing is confirmed that the common men (shia or sunni) have not a difference between each other they both are a good friends in one schools, a good neighbours in one mohallah and building, a good coulege in an office, good buisness relation they have so where is the problem . Shia an Sunni not htered each other this is the aim of zionist group to divide the both sects so they used their planted groups for this purpose.

  5. Religious tolerance is as necessary as any other thing. We have seen the havoc religious intolerance can bring. The way forward must be based on an ideology which promotes religious tolerance in us.

  6. It should be marked as an attack against Shiites, but an attack against every single Pakistani. We need unity more than over; perhaps it would be useless to discuss this here, but suicide blasts are not targeted against a particular sect or group, if you see the history perhaps others have died more.

  7. Minorities have always been on the hit list of Taliban as they have been persecuted in Sawat and in FATA. It is duty of the members of the civil society to step up and speak for the rights of those who are marginalized and voiceless.

  8. I dont see why you raise this question when you know that only a handful are involved in such heinous crimes. Pakistanis are being killed irrespective of their sects.

    I dont brand myself as a sunni or a shia. Those who do , do not HATE HATE other sects. There are difference of opinions yes. But that does not mean that the society at large supports such form of sectarian aggression. Yes their are faults , but they arent prevalant. Had the society been intolerant and into seriously HATING , you wouldve seen this on day to day basis. And there wouldnt have been a ‘bunch’ of people indulging into mass murder.

  9. Islam unites the entire human race under one banner without any kind of discrimination.

    When Allah’s (SWT) Messenger (PBUH), was raised as a Prophet, the same kind of racism, under the name of tribalism, was prevalent in Makkah. The Quraish considered themselves in particular, and Arabs in general, superior to all the other peoples of the world. Allah’s (SWT) Messenger came with the Divine Message and proclaimed that no Arab is superior over a non-Arab, and no white is superior over black and superiority is by righteousness and God-fearing alone (Surat Al-Hujurat, 49:13). He also declared that even if an Abyssinian Black Muslim were to rule over Muslims, he should be obeyed.

    Allah’s (SWT) Messenger eradicated the problem of racial or colour discrimination so successfully that superiority is not by birth or colour or blood, but by God-fearing and righteousness.

    Allah (SWT) says in Surat Al-Hujurat, “O Mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honorable of you in the sight of Allah is he who has most Taqwa among of you. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.” Noble Qur’an (49:13)

    Islam declares equality among people as one human race, one humanity, that is because Islam respect a human for being a human not for any other reason; Islam does not distinguish between two races, or two groups of people, or between two colors, and the Prophet Muhammad (saw) addressed the people signifying that concept during the last Hajj pilgrimage, saying: “O People! Your God is one; your father is one; no preference of an Arab neither over non-Arab nor of a non-Arab over an Arab or red over black or black over red except for the most righteous. Verily the most honored of you is the most righteous.”

  10. the jaloos in large city now should be stop … its not control able ,, all political religious .. jalsa jaloos should allow out of city in open areas that all …………

  11. Innocent Shias should use their brains when it comes to taking out rallies and procession in this dangerous country, when things are not well around and they get targeted in every procession they should confine themselves indoors. No where in Islam it is mandatory to take out rallies when your lives at risks. Shiaism will not end if you stop coming out on streets for sometime.

  12. lives at risk*

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