of Sayyed Muhammad Baqir Al-Hakim ,
and the Attempts to generate civil strife
Fadlullah: We have to be vigilant and rely on direct meetings to
ensure the failure of such sectarian plots .
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question: After the martyrdom of Sayyed
Muhammad Baqir Al-Hakim and scores of worshipers, attempts have
been made to exploit this horrific crime to create sectarian
divisions in Iraq and open the way to civil strife. Do you think
there is an opportunity for those who are planning for such a
development to succeed?
The Religious Authority
Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
One of the motives of those who
committed this crime is probably to initiate civil strife between the
Sunnis and the Shiites.
Towards this end, we noticed that
several media sources and certain shady parties have hastened to give
the issue a sectarian dimension.
But they were unable to harvest their
desired results, for the Islamic reaction in Iraq, as was demonstrated
by both Shiite and Sunni clerics and the effect they had on the Muslim
Iraqi “street” that demonstrated its unity by the angry
demonstrations that condemned the assassination, was able to thwart
the vicious plot.
Nevertheless, more awareness is needed,
in this stage, as well as monitoring any attempt to commit similar
crimes which we feel that the occupation night be indirectly involved
in, because it benefits from them on several levels.
Therefore, we should confront these
developments by enhancing our political awareness that studies the
deep-rooted motives of the crime. We also have to discover who is
responsible for the assassination, for many states have begun to enter
Iraq to benefit from the existing situation. In this respect, we
notice that the struggle between the major powers does not focus on
the principle of occupation, but on the share the US would give each
country in the reconstruction or oil contracts.
We call upon our Iraqi brothers not to
yield to this new situation and became distracted from their real
cause, to liberate themselves from the occupation, especially that
there are many plots and many international powers that would like to
see Iraq sink in this state of turmoil to serve their own interests.
Therefore, the Iraqis, having been liberated from the dictatorship,
ought to prove to the world that they could run their own affairs
without a need for an American or a British overseeing. They have to
be weary of the rosy dreams the occupation spreads, for all they care
about now is protecting their own soldiers having got sunk in the
The higher religious leaders of both
sects ought to meet directly and study the repercussions of these
crimes, so as to thwart the plots of civil strife that many are trying
Similarly, Shiite and Sunni religious
leaders in the Islamic world should emphasize in their condemnation of
this crime the critical importance of Islamic unity, and make every
effort to fight the plot of inciting a civil strife that will not
remain in Iraq alone. It will extend, as it is hoped, to the entire
Islamic nation ending all its hopes of freedom and prosperity.