emergence of tribalism in the West
ask all Arabs and Muslims not to retaliate by hurting the security of
their hosts. They should respect the laws in the countries that
received and welcomed them.
Asked in his weekly
seminar the following question: How
do you view the emergence of tribalistic trends in West?
Religious Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
History -as well as
what is happening in the present- talks about the tribal mentality
that dominates the East. Such a mentality that holds the group
responsible for any act committed by any of its members, and then
the group would subsequently be punished, even at the political
This is also true in
the sphere of the relations between confessions that coexist in the
same society. If a member of one confession or sect offends another
doctrine, the whole sect would be responsible and the Christians
would have offended the Muslims or the Muslims would have offended
However, Islam does not
have anything to do with such practices, as some might claim. It
teaches that the responsibility lies on the individual who commits
The Quran explicitly
says: “No bearer of burden shall bear the
burden of another. Imam Ali (a.s.) told his relatives on his
“The only one who
should be killed for killing me is my assassin”.
Nevertheless, we notice
that this backward tribal mentality has begun to impose itself even
in the West.
To prove this, it is
enough to point out to the reaction against the Arabs and Muslims in
America, Europe, Australia and Canada in the aftermath of 9/11.
Every Arab or Muslim had felt that he was accused, and consequently
prosecuted not only by the governments but also by some of the
citizens as well.
In this respect, we are
afraid that the accusations and the negative stands that we have
heard by some officials and parities in Europe concerning the
bombings in Spain constitute a new attempt that falls in the same
It aims at holding all
Arabs and Muslims responsible, despite all the unequivocal
condemnations by many Arab and Muslim personalities and officials of
this barbaric crime that contradicts with the spirit of Islam and
its respect to man. Such crimes could not be justified by any logic;
let alone any religion. Moreover, the Muslims themselves have paid a
big price in their own countries as a result of these attacks which
targeted the Arab and Muslim countries too, and even their shrines
Nevertheless, we call
on the Muslims and Arabs not to act in the same way. And we ask them
to continue to act as guests whose relations with their host demand
that they would respect his human rights especially that of being
secure and safe.
To those countries in
the West that have Muslim communities we say that it is their right
to protect their security against those who try to disrupt it.
However, it is not rational to accuse all Muslims and start to pass
laws that violate human rights; even they are pressured to do so by
the Americans or the Israelis.
We call on the
Europeans in general and the Spaniards in practical not to adopt
these unjust measures, and not to permit any wrongdoing to the Arabs
and Muslims who have been loyal to the countries that received them
and gave them citizenship.
Such an attitude would
lead to new and complicated problems all over the world, creating
more violence and new acts of terror that they claim that they are
doing their best to curtail.