Everyday I hear Muslims grumbling about Sunni Shia violence in Iraq. Coupled to this in the Internet almost every Muslim blog or forum I surf, I hear remarks against Sunni or Shia Muslims and occasionally come across brothers and sisters engaged in endless Sunni-Shia debates and telling everyone how bad the other is. In this kind of situation, my usual reaction has being to ignore them and hope Allah gives them better understanding to ignore such controversial subject because I believe our priority today is not the sunni/shia issue but our incompetent Muslim governments and the lack of knowledge among the Ummah.
But now I think my ignoring the Sunni-Shia issue is like the ostrich burying its head in the sand. I think I can no longer afford to ignore this bloody reality. I think I must help to reconcile the two sides. But how or what can I do? These are the questions that haunt me 😦
Well, when I was in this state of mind, last week I heard from Abu Sinan about this great article about Shia in the ‘Eloquent Incoherence’ blog.
Click here to read the article – Myths and Misconceptions about the Shia. It explains in detail about 6 common misinformation (or misconceptions) many of us Sunni Muslims have about Shia.
This is a article I think everyone should read. Thanks to it I was able to correct several misconceptions I had about Shia Muslims like the problems I had about their Kalima (Shahadah) and their Salaath (prayers). Also I thought they believed that Allah intended for ‘Ali (rali) to be given Prophethood, but the Angel Jibril made a mistake and gave Muhammad the revelation instead and Shia pray only three times, both of which turned out to be wrong.