The Rafidhi and the Arabs

The Rafidhi and the Arabs


This piece is not intended to harm original Islamic values or to defame anyone except for the monarchs (tyrants) of Saudi Arabia and their ilk in Qatar, U.A.E. & other Arab states.

The title is self sufficient in raising a lot of questions. Have you ever been to Saudi Arabia? For pilgrimage? Or for a casual visit? If you have never been there and have a lot of glazing aspirations regarding Saudi Arabia, you might consider some second thoughts. Some fellow ‘muslim’ brothers of ours, Takfiri Deobandi militant preachers to be exact, propagate that Saudia is the symbol of Muslim glory today. You might not have heard it, but it exists (try speaking to a few normal muslims about it).

If you try googling on the topic, you’ll find immense writings on the condition of human rights in Saudi Arabia.

Amnesty International : Saudi Arabia

Comprehensive Report on Saudi Arabia by HRW

Well, this is all that is on paper. There are a few things that are slowly beginning to bloom, of which one is religious exploitation by the Saudis. Rumour has it that recently when Saudi Arabia was considering it’s policies on regularising the immigration status of the workers working there, they were filtering out Shias so that Saudia could clearly kick them once and for all. However, as unlucky as fate makes us, there is no on paper research or proof regarding it but this nevertheless can be rightly linked to the ‘ilk’ that was mentioned in the beginning. There is a country known as Bahrain (for those of our Human Rights activists who cry on patriarchy, inequality and people suffering from chronic malnutrition) where Shias suffer immense persecution by the Monarch. This too is highlighted in much in the media, where a few links have been given below.

Al-Jazeera :Bahrain 
Shia Leader’s Death in Bahrain
Shia Leader’s house raid in Bahrain

By the way, Bahrain is a Shia majority country ruled by Saudi influenced Wahabis. There’s more to Bahrain, only if you consider it legitimate to look around regarding the issue a bit more.

The next in line is U.A.E., especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Shias have been kicked out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah just because they are Shias. Why? No one knows.

Shias being deported from U.A.E.

LUBP has already written on the subject.

Slowly and gradually, Shias are being sidelined from the Khaleej, Arab and etc etc.

7 responses to “The Rafidhi and the Arabs”

  1. Why Shi’as are called Rafidhis?
    We will enlighten our readers by citing the following Sunni sources:

    1. Al-Ghunyat liTalibin, Volume 1 page 409
    2. Fathul Bari Sharh Sahih Bukhari Volume 14 page 450 Chapter 9
    3. website by Safar al-Hawali

    Salafi scholar namely Safar bin Abdul-Rahman al-Hawali has written on his website:

    الرافضة هم الذين رفضوا خلافة الشيخين أبي بكر وعمر وزعموا أن الخلافة في علي

    “Rafidha are those who reject the Khilafa of Abu Bakr and Umar and claim that Ali is the Khalifa”

    Fatah ul Bari:

    والتشيع محبة علي وتقديمه على الصحابة فمن قدمه على أبي بكر وعمر فهو غال في تشيعه ويطلق عليه رافضي

    “Shiasm is the love of Ali and whoever prefers him over Abu Bakr and Umar is an excessive Shia also known as Rafidhi”

    Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani writes in his esteemed work Al-Ghunya li-Talibin (Published by Al-Baz Publishing, Inc. Hollywood, Florida):

    “As for the Shia, they are also known by several other names including Rafida. They came to be called Shia for the simple reason that they relied to support the cause of Ali and considered him superior to all of the rest of the companions. The Rafida were so called because of their rejection [Rafd] of the majority of the companions and their refusal to accept the imamate of Abu Bakar and Umar.”
    Sufficient Provision for Seekers of the Path of Truth (Al-Ghunya li-Talibin Tariq al-Haqq), Volume 1, page 409

    This establishes the reason why we are called Rafidhi, one who abandons the Shaykhayn is a Rafidhi.

    Muhammad bin Aqeel Al-Shafi’yee said that the Sahaba and all the Banu Hashim were Rafidhi
    Ibn Aqeel al-Hadhrami al-Shafiy’ee records in his authority work al al-Atab al-Jameel ala ahl al-Jarh wa al-Tadeel, page 33:

    “According to Ibn Hajr Asqalani, all those lovers of Ali that deem him to be superior to Abu Bakr and Umar are Rafidhi. The conclusion of Ibn Hajr’s research would be that many major Sahaba, such as Miqdad, Zaid bin Arqam, Abu Dharr and Burhaida, the Banu Hashim and Banu Abdul Muttalib are Rafidhi, since they were his lovers and deemed him superior to Abu Bakr and Umar”.

    Imam Shafi’yee was a Rafidhi
    Fakhruddin al-Razi Tafseer al-Kabeer Volume 13 page 433 as well as Ibn Hajjar Makki have recorded the statement of Imam of Ahl’ul Sunnah Muhammad Idris Shafi’yee:

    وقال الشافعي رضي الله عنه ۔۔۔۔ إن كان رفضاً حب آل محمد فليشهد الثقلان أنى رافضي

    Shafi’yee (ra) said: “If a Rafidhi is one who loves the family of the Prophet (s), then I testify before the mankind and Jinns that I am a Rafidhi”
    Sawaiq al Muhriqah, page 449 & 450 (Faisalabad, Pakistan)

    Alhamdolillah we the lovers of Maula Ali (as) feel no offence at being called Shi’a or termed Rafidhi.

    Mulla Ali Qari’s acknowledgement if those that deem Ali superior are Rafidhi then we are all Rafidhi
    We read in Sharh Fiqh Akbar page 63 Dhikr ‘Afzaal al Naas badh al Nabi’:

    “A Sunni scholar said if we believe ‘Ali to be superior it is not due to any basis rather believing that ‘Ali is superior is compulsory since his virtues are many.

    One individual raised an objection, one who deems ‘Ali as superior has smell of Rafidhi. Another said ‘This is a lie, that this smell of Rafdiyat (Rafidhism), if we accept the superiority of ‘Ali smells of Rafdiyath from the Sunnah, then Sunni traditions will leave no one as a Sunni, rather everyone is a Rafidhi. Do not fight in the Deen, nor abandon the truth”

    We appeal to justice, all the injustices that have perpetuated against ‘Ali (as) and his Shi’a will be asked of by these Nawasib on the Day of Judgement. It is a miracle that despite their strenuous efforts to bring down the Fadail (attributes and virtues) of Maula ‘Ali, the Ahl’ul Sunnah Ulema have constantly deemed our Imam (as) as most superior.

  2. Saudi Arabia: Treat Shia Equally
    Shias Face Systematic Discrimination in Religion, Education, Justice, and Employment

    SEPTEMBER 3, 2009

    King Abdullah and the Muslim World League secretary general welcome an unidentified Shiite cleric at the Mekka interfaith meeting in June 2008.
    © 2008 Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images
    Denied Dignity
    SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
    All the Saudi Shia want is for their government to respect their identity and treat them equally. Yet Saudi authorities routinely treat these people with scorn and suspicion.
    Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch
    (New York) – Saudi authorities should treat minority Shia Muslims as equal citizens, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Saudi government also should create commissions to investigate arbitrary arrests of Shia and to recommend steps to end systemic state discrimination, Human Rights Watch said. The Shia are estimated to constitute between 10 and 15 percent of the Saudi population.

    The 32-page report, “Denied Dignity: Systematic Discrimination and Hostility toward Saudi Shia Citizens,” documents the sharpest sectarian tensions in the kingdom in years, set off by clashes between Shia pilgrims and religious police in Medina in February 2009, followed by arbitrary arrests of Shia protesters in the Eastern Province in March. The closing of private Shia halls for communal prayer in Khobar, which began in July 2008 and the arrests of Shia religious and community leaders in Ahsa’ in 2009 also have contributed to the tensions.

    “All the Saudi Shia want is for their government to respect their identity and treat them equally,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Yet Saudi authorities routinely treat these people with scorn and suspicion.”

    The government should also establish a commission to explore the sharing of holy places among Muslims of differing creeds, especially in Mekka and Medina, Human Rights Watch said. King Abdullah has made some moves toward religious tolerance, but the discrimination by state institutions has not ended.

    Between February 20 and 24, 2009, Shia pilgrims from the heavily Shia Eastern Province who had come to Medina for the anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s death clashed with Sunni religious police at the Baqi’ cemetery over doctrinal differences concerning the rituals surrounding commemoration of the dead. Security forces shot a 15-year-old pilgrim in the chest, and an unknown civilian stabbed a Shia religious sheikh in the back with a knife, shouting “Kill the rejectionist [Shia].” The authorities denied that anyone had been wounded, and played down the ensuing arrests of Shia pilgrims. On March 5, however, King Abdullah ordered all of the Medina detainees released.

    In late February and March, Shia in the Eastern Province towns of Qatif and Safwa demonstrated to show solidarity with detainees from the Medina clashes. Shia also protested in ‘Awwamiyya to demand equal treatment following a sermon in which a Shia preacher, Nimr al-Nimr, had said, “Our dignity is more precious than the unity” of the kingdom. Security forces reacted by arresting scores of demonstrators, detaining many for months.

    In May, June, and July, the police, reportedly on instructions from the Eastern Province governorate, arrested Shia in Khobar, ordering them to close private halls for communal prayers. One such Shia, Abdullah Muhanna, was held from May 25 until July 1. There are no Shia mosques in Khobar, though state-funded Sunni mosques abound.

    In Ahsa’, in southern Eastern Province, authorities arrested at least 20 Shia between January and July for their religious or cultural practices, such as Shia women’s Quran studies or selling special clothing for ceremonies. Those arrested were held under extrajudicial sentences for periods ranging from a week to a month. Such religiously motivated arrests in Ahsa’ date back to at least 2001.

    State discrimination against Shia extends to realms other than religious freedom. The report cites discrimination in the education system, where Shia may not teach religion in class and Shia pupils learn from Sunni teachers that they are unbelievers. It also cited bias in the judiciary, where Sunni judges sometimes disqualify Shia witnesses on the basis of their religion and exclusively follow tenets of Sunni religious law. Shia are not allowed to become judges in ordinary courts.

    This exclusion extends to employment as well. There are no Shia government ministers, senior diplomats, or high-ranking military officers. Shia students generally cannot gain admission to military academies.

    In 2003, then-Crown Prince Abdullah initiated the National Dialogues initiative, which in its first meeting brought senior Sunni and Shia clerics together for the first time. In 2008, Abdullah, now king, renewed his attention to religious tolerance, first by bringing Shia and Sunnis together in Mekka in June, and then by calling for tolerance between religions, in speeches in Madrid and New York in July and October of that year. However, Saudi Arabia has made no progress toward religious tolerance domestically.

    “The Saudi government has long regarded its Shia citizens through the prism of Wahhabi dogma or state stability, branding them as unbelievers or suspecting their national loyalties,” said Whitson. “It is time for a new approach that treats Shia as citizens with equal rights.”

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