In His Name, the Most High
Thank you for your criticism sister Zareen. Please allow me to comment on them.
What fatwa are you seeking here? Fatwa to wage jihad? We are not wahhabis you know. We don’t wage a blind war.
I'm not seeking any fatwa. On the contrary I don't need a fatwa which commands me to do something, I try doing it before a fatwa is even needed. However there are some who need fatawi for everything otherwise they won't make a move. It is those who seek fatawi for what is already obvious - namely resisting the occupation.
Tell me sister, what do you know of war and strategy that you boldly stamp a resistance against the oocupation of Iraq as a "blind" war? We have experienced leaders of war who know how to deal with the situation but we don't have the men and soldiers to carry it out.
Please ponder upon Imam Ali's(A) "Khotbat al-Jihad" (Sermon 27) in "Nahjul Balagha":
How strange! How strange! By Allah my heart sinks to see the unity of these people on their wrong and your dispersion from your right. Woe and grief befall you. You have become the target at which arrows are shot. You are being killed and you do not kill. You are being attacked but you do not attack. Allah is being disobeyed and you remain agreeable to it.
When I ask you to move against them in summer you say it is hot weather. Spare us till heat subsides from us. When I order you to march in winter you say it is severely cold; give us time till cold clears from us. These are just excuses for evading heat and cold because if you run away from heat and cold, you would be, by Allah, running away (in a greater degree) from sword (war).
O' you semblance of men, not men, your intelligence is that of children and your wit is that of the occupants of the curtained canopies (women kept in seclusion from the outside world). I wish I had not seen you nor known you.
The marajas have provided enough fatwa so people are aware that it is the responsibility of the people to vote and find a way to administer their own country. At the end of the day, what matters is running a government and not blindly committing act of terror.
Before the Maraje of Najaf encouraged people the vote the Maraje of Qom spoke of resistance. Imam Khamenei spoke of it many times, so did other Senior Ulema and high rankging politicians and strategists. The Maraje of Najaf even drew a red line around Karbala and Najaf and threatened the occupation forces. But as I mentioned earlier a commander without anyone to carry out his orders can't do much. This is what the loneliest commander Imam Hassan Mujtaba(A) taught us.
- You only focused on the negative news coming out from Iraq and not positive. How about mentioning that millions of Shias are now able to visit and perform mourning ceremony in Karbala on large scale. Another 14 millions Azadaris are expected in Karbala on Arbaen.
I have dealt with this (secular) notion of yours in the next episode of the podcast.
Anyhow as a short comment I must say that I don't find worship under passive slavery as anything positive. Such rituals doesn't live up to the soul of true worship namely to reach freedom on the exoteric social plane and the esoteric spiritual plane. When we are under the rule of tyrants - be they external occupation forces or internal idols and desires - we do not live within the boundaries of complete Tawhid. Worship aims to break all these shackles. Worship and prayer tries to liberate man by moving her beyond the barriers of oppression.
A worship which is secular in its nature provides only individual harmony at its best, which actually is kind of selfish. In fact the occupants even encourage this kind of worship because while we are busy making "peaceful" Ziyarah they are raping and exploiting our nation! Observing Christianity in the secular West shows this. In the USA hoards of people go to the Church on the Sunday and return to their sins on Monday. Honestly, what use is such a worship except some personal psychological relief?
- You also didn’t mention all the terrorism committed by the wahhabis such as suicide bombing and blowing up market places.
It is we who make the Wahabiyya big by mentioning them all the time. Why should I mention them? They have their ideology and sacrifice their blood for this [deviated] ideology while I have a best and truest of ideologies yet I don't even lift a finger for this ideology! Let me once again quote Imam Ali's(A) "Khotba al-Jihad" in Nahjul Balagha:
How strange! How strange! By God my heart sinks to see the unity of these people on their wrong and your dispersion from on the right!
What timeless words the Imam(A) has uttered!
Edited by Ehsan, 26 January 2011 - 07:21 AM.