RNA – I call all Muslims throughout the world to reflect on these realities. We do not at all insist that in a unified Islamic ummah certain Islamic denominations should accept the beliefs of other Islamic denominations. No, this is not what we mean by unity. Unity means that different Islamic denominations should highlight what they have in common and do not use their differences to cause fratricide, war, and enmity among Muslims. That is what we mean by unity.
But all Muslims should study what has been written by contemporary Shi’ah researchers and great Shi’ah scholars. Their works have been praised by the ulama, intellectuals, and prominent figures of the entire world of Islam. This is a reasonable request. They should not confine themselves to their own sources. They should not deprive themselves of the works produced by the scholars of other Islamic denominations. Allamah Amini’s “al-Ghadir” and the books written by the late Sayyid Sharaf al-Din are a collection of religious realities. Ghadir is an important historical event. In many of his books, Allamah Amini cited tens of Sunni sources that narrate Ghadir the way Shi’ah do. Ghadir has not just been narrated in our books. Some people may disagree about the meaning of mawla, but Ghadir was a historical event that established a criterion [for leadership]. It is obvious to all Muslims and Muslim rulers that the Commander of the Faithful was a peak of perfection.
The late Allamah Amini - the author of the book “al-Ghadir” - and Shahid Motahhari believed that Ghadir is a source of unity for the Islamic ummah. Some people should not assume that Ghadir is a source of discord. That is not the case. Today Shi’ah Muslims are being accused more than the past. Shi’ah Islam is rooted in a correct, healthy, and pure belief in divine revelations. That is the meaning of Shi’ah Islam. Shi’ah Islam means being committed to the values and Quranic criteria. Some people may talk nonsense and accuse Shi’ah Islam of something that has nothing to do with it. They may say that Shi’ah Islam is a fake sect. They may claim that Shi’ah Islam is political in nature and that it has been added to Islam later on. Ghadir invalidates all these claims.
Some people try to show that this great Islamic movement and its followers are outside the scope of Islam. What do they gain out of this? Today policies are being adopted to promote this idea. Why? Because thanks to the spirit of wilayah, Shi’ah Islam has managed to achieve something that was a dream for all Muslims. In the past, all benevolent, committed, and sympathetic Muslims wished that Islam would one day gain power and would restore its original unity and authority. Muslim intellectuals of the past few centuries lived out their lives, wishing to see such a day. Today Shi’ah Islam has fulfilled this dream - the dream of Islamic rule, grandeur, and dignity. This achievement has been made thanks to the spirit of wilayah. The enemy can see this. It wants to scatter the supporters of Shi’ah Islam and wilayah. As a result, today more accusations are levelled against Shi’ah Islam than ever before. Throughout history, there have been some twisted individuals who have talked against Shi’ah Islam, levelled accusations against it, and spread lies about it. But today these accusations are far more than ever before, and this state of affairs is due to the policies adopted by the arrogant powers. Why do they not understand this?
We should all try to understand this. Shi’ah Muslims should try to understand this. We should know that the policies of the arrogant powers are aimed at separating Shi’ah Muslims form non-Shi’ah Muslims. We should know that their policies are aimed at dividing Muslim denominations and pitching them against one another. We should not help them achieve this goal. We should prevent the enemy from achieving this goal. Both Shi’ah and non-Shi’ah Muslims are responsible in this regard. Today it is Shi’ah Muslims in Islamic Iran who have raised the flag of Islamic power and glory, and the arrogant powers feel powerless. All Muslims should know this. This is a fact. The plots that have been hatched by the enemies - the United States being the most important, and the United Kingdom being the evilest among them - against the Islamic Republic during the past 30 years are all due to the fact that they are terrified. They are terrified of the Islamic movement and Islamic Awakening. The areas that are populated by Muslims are the most strategic areas in the world. They know that they will have no control over these areas when Muslims wake up to the realities, pay attention, and feel independent and powerful. They know that they will lose control of these strategic areas when Muslims feel their Islamic identity. They are afraid of this. They hatch plots because they are afraid. They use various means to achieve their goal. Today the leaders of arrogant policies - namely, the United States, the Zionists, and other arrogant powers of the world - are using all their power in order to isolate the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic. So far, they have not achieved this goal. And by God’s grace, they will not be able to do so in the future either.
December 6, 2009