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Some questions about Azerbaijan

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Salam aleykoum, Like you know Azerbaijan is one of the few shia majority country in the world and its great.

However i have some questions about this country which i dont really know.

1) Securalism

I saw on many websites that Azerbaijan is considered as one of the less religious country in the islamic world with only 7% on azerbaijani population who want sharia law, few people who go to mosque or do the ramadan and i have some relatives who went to azerbaijan for holidays and said to me that very very few women wear hijabs (near zero).

 

2) Salafism

I also heard that after the collapse of the Soviet Union many gulf countries went to Azerbaijan and tried to spread salafism in azerbaijan and they partially successed to convert many azerbaijanis , i also saw that many azerbaijanis are now fighting for ISIS in syria and Iraq.

 

That is what i heard about this country and the situation looks to be not so good. Could azerbaijanis on this forum or people who know azerbaijan could say to me if the points above are true ? What is the place of religion in the azerbaijani society ? After so many years of atheist communism do the religion is becomming more important in azerbaijan society ?

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Partially. Most of people visit Baku, but not other cities, if you visit other cities, then you will find more religious people. Also, often, you will find people to be partially secular and partially religious in Baku. It is almost like Turkey - with exception - the majority are 12er Shia.

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17 minutes ago, alidu78 said:

After so many years of atheist communism do the religion is becomming more important in azerbaijan society ?

Yes! There is good development / rush among young people towards Islam. So, I hope, that everything will be fine.

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6 minutes ago, Rasul said:

Partially. Most of people visit Baku, but not other cities, if you visit other cities, then you will find more religious people. Also, often, you will find people to be partially secular and partially religious in Baku. It is almost like Turkey - with exception - the majority are 12er Shia.

Yes i must admit its true. If im not wrong most of them just visited Baku , not other cities.

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im living in turkey and i posses some information about the religious affiliations of the azerbaijani people,i will try to provide as much information as i can

1.After almost 70 years of communism Azerbaijanis have been made largely secular

2.There is a return to religion,which has been happening since the collapse of the USSR

3.80 percent of the population  are Twelver Shia

4.the remaining 20 percent are extremist wahhabis

5.the govenrment is autheriterian and while it tries to preserve secularism mostly, it favours shias and the president is shi'ite

The Islamic Republic of Iran should respond to the growing threat of salafism in Azerbaijan in coordination with the Azerbaijani government,the salafi groups MUST be CLEANSED either through religious opinion making or through devastating FORCE.

The other thing that the Islamic Republic should do is to,help our Shi'ite bretheren there to learn their religion and understand what an infidelity secularism is.

 

Edited by Al Amir

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On 8/12/2016 at 6:31 PM, Mohammadi_follower said:

Salam aleykoum, Like you know Azerbaijan is one of the few shia majority country in the world and its great.

However i have some questions about this country which i dont really know.

1) Securalism

I saw on many websites that Azerbaijan is considered as one of the less religious country in the islamic world with only 7% on azerbaijani population who want sharia law, few people who go to mosque or do the ramadan and i have some relatives who went to azerbaijan for holidays and said to me that very very few women wear hijabs (near zero).

 

2) Salafism

I also heard that after the collapse of the Soviet Union many gulf countries went to Azerbaijan and tried to spread salafism in azerbaijan and they partially successed to convert many azerbaijanis , i also saw that many azerbaijanis are now fighting for ISIS in syria and Iraq.

 

That is what i heard about this country and the situation looks to be not so good. Could azerbaijanis on this forum or people who know azerbaijan could say to me if the points above are true ? What is the place of religion in the azerbaijani society ? After so many years of atheist communism do the religion is becomming more important in azerbaijan society ?

1) Many people are not practicing, but there are many who are fasting in Ramadan

2) Salafis are minority, but they have some influence

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Tragic case for us. Shia Islam has been violently destroyed in Azerbaijan thanks to the godless Communists, and then the policy is carried on by the Aliyev regime. There are still few religious villages in the country, but outside of them majority of people are heavily secularised and religiously ignorant. Any form of Shia religiosity is seen by the regime as a threat, and religious practice is ignorantly associated with Iran. Aliyev’s kufr led to the spread of Sunni and Wahhabi practices in previously uniformly Shi’ite nation. 

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6 hours ago, OrthodoxTruth said:

Tragic case for us. Shia Islam has been violently destroyed in Azerbaijan thanks to the godless Communists, and then the policy is carried on by the Aliyev regime. There are still few religious villages in the country, but outside of them majority of people are heavily secularised and religiously ignorant. Any form of Shia religiosity is seen by the regime as a threat, and religious practice is ignorantly associated with Iran. Aliyev’s kufr led to the spread of Sunni and Wahhabi practices in previously uniformly Shi’ite nation. 

As far as I know there had always been sunni minorities in Azerbaijan. 

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8 minutes ago, Mohammadi_follower said:

As far as I know there had always been sunni minorities in Azerbaijan. 

That’s their version ;). When Azerbaijan became majority Shia under the Safavids, there were barely any Sunnis in the country. 

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8 minutes ago, Mohammadi_follower said:

Thanks to respond! 

Could tell more about influence of salafis in Azerbaijan ? 

What I meant was that for example if their followers are 1% of the population, their influence are more than 1%.

For example one of the two translation of the Quran are made by Salafi person.

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8 minutes ago, Rauf Murtuzov said:

What I meant was that for example if their followers are 1% of the population, their influence are more than 1%.

For example one of the two translation of the Quran are made by Salafi person.

But Azerbaijani salafis came from nonshia minorities? 

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20 hours ago, Mohammadi_follower said:

About shiism you think it is because of bad relations between Azerbaijan and Iran? 

It’s because Aliyev sees any Shia religiosity as a threat to his regime and power. Azerbaijani prisons are full of religious Shi’ites, one can end up there even for studying religion in Iran. This godless regime vigorously persecutes any form of Shi’ite revival. 

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6 hours ago, OrthodoxTruth said:

It’s because Aliyev sees any Shia religiosity as a threat to his regime and power. Azerbaijani prisons are full of religious Shi’ites, one can end up there even for studying religion in Iran. This godless regime vigorously persecutes any form of Shi’ite revival. 

 

1 minute ago, Mohammadi_follower said:

I saw on social media that many Azerbaijanis are convinced that Iran is trying genocide Azeris in Iran. 

Could I ask you if you already went to this country? 

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22 hours ago, Rauf Murtuzov said:

It has some influence. Most Azerbaijanis take (Sunni) Turkey as brothers.

This is not a sunni-Shia issue but leaders of Azerbaijan systemically by heavy propaganda  & brainwashing from early ages in their schools cultivated a false idea in mind of younger generation that Iran is stolen Azeri dominated speaking cities like Tabriz & Urumia from them & they must take back so called stolen lands from Iran & free all Azeris from oppression of Fars people  Iran & it's regime then they must join to Turkey & revive Ottoman Empire (new greater Ottoman  empire)that both Shia & Sunnis in Azerbaijan  are victims of these false doctrine that even few Azeris  from great Azeris of Iran affected by it through pan Turks activity in social media &  their satellite channels.

16 minutes ago, Mohammadi_follower said:

I saw on social media that many Azerbaijanis are convinced that Iran is trying genocide Azeris in Iran. 

 

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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3 minutes ago, Rauf Murtuzov said:

The reasons for hating Iran is that there are millions of Azerbaijanis living in Iran and they don't have any school in their language. And the relationship between Iran and Armenia.

So the problem is nationalism, nothing else. It is exactly what Aliyev uses to brainwash Azeris. First and foremost, all Azeris should identify as Shia Muslims. Conquering Iran or Armenia, speaking Azeri etc. doesn’t safeguard one’s salvation.. Aliyev replaced Shia Islam with Azerbaijani secular nationalism. 

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1 hour ago, Rauf Murtuzov said:

The reasons for hating Iran is that there are millions of Azerbaijanis living in Iran and they don't have any school in their language. And the relationship between Iran and Armenia.

Do ethnic minorities in Azerbaijan have school in their own languages also? 

As for Armenia I understand this but Azerbaijanis must also understand that Iranians don't appreciate pan Azeri movements in Azerbaijan and the relations between Azerbaijan and Israel. 

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Three Iranian border guards martyred in Sardasht

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Three Iranian border guards were martyred in clashes with gunmen in northwestern border area.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Three Iranian border guards were martyred in clashes with gunmen in northwestern border area.

Soldiers of Sardasht Border Regiment clashed with armed thugs on Friday morning on surveillance on the border strip.

The police said the incident happened in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan and on the border with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

A number of the armed bandits were also killed in the fighting as well.

https://en.abna24.com/news//three-iranian-border-guards-martyred-in-sardasht_1041631.html

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18 hours ago, Rauf Murtuzov said:

The reasons for hating Iran is that there are millions of Azerbaijanis living in Iran and they don't have any school in their language. And the relationship between Iran and Armenia.

Salam this is a copy paste from anti Iran propaganda that you can find in social media that they just replace title of Kurdistan & Arab land with it anyway Iran recognizes Azeri & Kurdi as dialect not a separate language that they can have TV & radio channels in their dialect  even they made movies in their dialect & learning Arabic is a part of standard education which officially we have Arabic TV & radio channels in fields of education & news & politics & religion  & about Armenia still we see Armenia and it's people as a part of Iranian lands that separated from Iran but we don't have any claim about taking back of it because before Islam it was a semi autonomous state  of Iran that was swapping between Iran & Rome that after Islamic conquests because of domination of Christianity it considered as a christian land that during Safavid era the Safavid king like Shah Abbas were protecting it agaianst Ottomans that until now we culturally attached to each other even during Iran-Iraq war we had martyrs from Armenian community of Iran 

Edited by Ashvazdanghe

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Hazrat Zahra (SA) mosque destroyed in Baku (+Video, Photos)

https://en.abna24.com/news//hazrat-zahra-sa-mosque-destroyed-in-baku-video-photos_1050990.html

June 28, 2020 - 2:19 PM News Code : 1050990 Source : ABNA24Link: 

 

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