The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future...What Role Najib Can Play?

Kebangkitan Syiah: Bagaimana pertelingkahan sesama Islam terutama Sunni dan Syiah akan membentuk masa depan?

Buku ini sudah lama 2006 tapi berpengaruh. Pengarangnya Vali Nasr rakyat US keturunan Iran adalah penasihat dan pakar Islam dan politik Timur Tengah yang paling berpengaruh kepada kerajaan US.

Orang Islam Syiah hanya 10-15% dari 1.3 biion umat Islam bertebaran dari Timur Tengah hingga Asia selatan paling kurang 190 juta.

Pertelingkahan Sunni-Syiah telah berlaku sejak 1400 tahun dulu. Bermula dari politik.

Kerajaan Sunni sejak dulu yang berkuasa telah menindas orang Syiah dari politik hingga agama.

Pemerintahan Sunni menjadi dominan di Timur Tengah. Revolusi Iran oleh Khomeni memberi cahaya dan pengharapan kepada orang Syiah.

Bila US mengulingkan diktator Sunni Saddam Hussein itu juga memberi harapan kepada orang Syiah kerana kerajaan Arab pertama Syiah sudah memerintah Iraq. 

Iran mula berpengaruh. Hezbollah di Lebanon, membantu monarki Allawit di Syria, mempengaruhi kebangkitan Syiah di Tunisia, Algeria, Maghribi, Mesir, Palestin, Lebanon, Syria, Arab Saudi, Kuwait, UAE,  Bahrain, Afganistan, Pakistan dan India.

Di Indonesia terutama di Malaysia, Syiah sedang melebarkan pengaruh.

Kelahiran sunni extreme seperti Al-Qeada dan Taliban serta Ikhwan Muslimin menjengkelkan US.

US sudah mula rethink polisi dari pro Sunni kepada pro Syiah. US boleh bersama dengan Syiah kerana common enemy iaitu kumpulan Sunni extremist.

Apa peranan DS Najib sebagai PM Malaysia sebagai satu negara Islam yang berpengaruh?

DS Najib boleh dikatakan Imam Najib al-Razak. Pemimpin politik Sunni disegani di Asia Tenggara. DS Najib didalam pertemuan dengan Presiden Barrack Hussein Obama dalam lawatan Presiden US ke Malaysia pada bulan Oktober ini boleh memberi kefahaman dan tarbiyah Presiden Obama tentang wasattiyah-kesederhanaan Sunni.

Itu sebab Raja Arab Saudi berabis duit berbilion-bilion US bagi membendung pengaruh Syiah di Timur Tengah terutamanya.

Some interesting review about the book:

The Shia Revival_ by Vali Nasr is a well-written and timely analysis of the history and nature of the greatest division within the Muslim world, that of the 1,400 year old split between Sunnis and Shiites, a division existing from practically the beginning of the faith, each sect viewing itself as the "original orthodoxy."

Though stressing that the Shias (like the Sunnis) are hardly monolithic, varying in degrees of piety and because of different cultural and economic backgrounds, Nasr listed a number of key characteristics of Shias worldwide.

Though Shias are a minority of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims (comprising 130 to 195 million people or about 10 to 15% of the total Muslims in the world), they are as nearly numerous as the Sunnis in the Islamic heartland from Lebanon to Pakistan and around the Persian Gulf comprise 80% of the population.

The Shia-Sunni split dates back to the succession crises after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunnis came to accept the notion that successor caliphs to the Prophet (perhaps individuals chosen by the community) need not possess exceptional spiritual qualities but merely be exemplary Muslims who could direct the religious and political affairs of the community and still later accepted future rulers so long as they maintained order, protected Islam, and left religious matters to the ulama (religious scholars).

What became the Shiites disagreed with this, feeling that the true leaders of the community should not be "ordinary mortals" but should instead be Muhammad's family - popularly known as the ahl al-Bayt or people of the household - as the blood of the Prophet ran in their veins along with the spiritual qualities invested in him by God.

Similarly, Sunnis and Shiites differed widely on matters of religious interpretation. Sunnis came to believe that all believers are capable of understanding religious truth in a way and to a degree that makes special intermediaries between God and man unneeded, while Shiites came to feel that there were outer and inner, hidden truths in religion, and that without the right leadership the true meaning and intent of Islam will be lost. Shiites believed that there is hidden and esoteric knowledge, inaccessible to the average believer without help.

The Shiites placed a great deal of emphasis on the history of the early rightful successors to the Prophet and on Shia saints and consequently also have a great love for visual imagery depicting these individuals and their struggles (most of which ended in martyrdom). This love of imagery grates on Sunni sensibilities, who often view it as "possible inducements to, if not outright expressions of, idol worship." Related to this is the great Shia festival of mourning, remembrance, and atonement known as Ashoura, a religious festival and drama akin in many ways to Christian festivals such as Good Friday "Way of the Cross" processions. As Nasr put it, while Sunnism "is about the law and the "thou shalts" and "thou shalt nots" of Islam, Shiism is about rituals, passion, and drama." Sunnism and Shiism differ not so much because of divergent practices but because of the spirit of their interpretation of Islam.

Shias, much like Christians, have a strong millenarian streak as well. They believe that the line of imams (descendents of Ali, son-in-law of Muhammad, first rightful successor to him) continued through the tenth century, when the Twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi (the Guided One) was taken by God into a miraculous state of occultation in 939. His return will be the "end of time and the advent of perfect divine justice." This messianic framework of belief (along with the martyrdom of the imams and of Shia saints) have been key influences on Shiites and resonate in events today, such as Shiite views of the Iranian revolution, the disappearance in Lebanon in 1978 of the popular leader Imam Musa al-Sadr (some felt he had been miraculously occulted), and in the actions of Muqtada al-Sadr in Iraq (who named his militia the Mahdi Army, implying that his cause was that of the Twelfth Imam).

The key reality of the Middle East today is the Sunni-Shia conflict. The most important outcome of the war in Iraq, its "central legacy," has been that Iraq has become the first Arab-majority country to be ruled by a democratically-elected Shia majority, tipping the scales against the long Sunni domination of the Middle East. Though the Shia revival began with the Iranian revolution and Hezbollah gains in Lebanon against Israel, today it is about "protecting and entrenching" Shia gains in Iraq. Shia success there will lead to greater ties among Shias throughout the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and increased Shia demands for a greater political role everywhere. This Shia revival rests on three pillars; the newly empowered Shia majority in Iraq, the rise of Iran as a major regional power, and the empowerment of Shia populations in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Afghanistan.

This revival will result in a huge Sunni backlash - as shown by the actions of such Sunni organizations as the Taliban and al-Qaeda - and if anything will strengthen anti-Americanism in the region, as the revival comes at a time of rising Sunni extremism. Anti-Shia feelings and actions by the extremists will hurt the U.S., as anti-Shia feelings will solidify Sunni public opinion and expand the influence of groups such as al-Qaeda.

Nasr does see hope though as well. Shiites will be much more likely to work with the U.S., as both the U.S. and the Shiites share a common enemy (Sunni extremists) and greater democracy in the region (a stated U.S. goal) will add Shiite empowerment throughout the region. The U.S. has already been of great aid to the Shiites, removing Saddam Hussein and empowering the Shia majority in Iraq (efforts at de-Ba'thification in Iraq have really been de-Sunnification efforts) and taking down the "Sunni wall" around Iran, as for a time Iran was constrained by Sunni-dominated Iraq to the west and a Pakistan-Taliban-Saudi axis to the east.


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Shadow Banker said…

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Anonymous said…
'Kepala otak' kamulah Wan bila kamu menyatakan Ikhwanul Muslimin merupakan kumpulan ekstrem suni. Statement kamu ini sama macam puak2 zionis dan barat.

Aku rasa kapala otak kamu juga bersetuju dgn US yg melebelkan Hammas (palestain), Fis (Ageria) dan Parti Islam Sudan sebagai ekstrem.

Anonymous said…
Anon 11:41,

Faktanya kumpulan Ikhwanul Muslimin yang extreme telah membunuh 60 pelancong asing di Luxor pada 1997 itu BUKAN BUKTI NYATA.

Ikhwanul Muslimin extreme sebab tak pernah nak berhenti tunjuk perasaan menjatuhkan Hosni Mubarak....sudah dapat kuasa mahu menjadi monopoli memaksa orang lain yang lain fahaman ikut kehendak..lepas itu tunjuk perasaan lagi.
Anonymous said…
Anon 5.13pm, kalau bagitu umno merupakan parti ekstremlah..bunuh orag kg semasa operasi Memali.
Anonymous said…
Anon yang berkata,"kepala otak" kamu itulah contoh sunni extreme....
Anonymous said…
Selepas kejatuhan kerajaan Islam Othmaniyah yg menjadi perlindung kpd umat pd 1924 bermakna persaingan politik ideologi berkisar hanya samaada kpd kapitalis sekular atau sosialis sekular. Negara umat Islam yg pd asalnya berpegang kpd perlembagaan Islam turut dipaksa memilih salah satu diantaranya.

Hal ini menyebabkan muncul gerakan Islam bagi mengembalikan sebuah daulah Islamyiah demi mempastikan sistem Islam ditegakkan semula.

DiMesir muncul Ikhwan Muslimin yg dianggatoi oleh cendikiawan Islam yg diketui Hassan al Bana. Walaupun pegerakan ini menggunakan pendekatan sederhana namun mereka tidak disenangi oleh barat. Barat terlalu bimbang akan muncul semula sebuah daulah Islamyiah yg boleh memberi saingan kpd negara bangsa yg beteraskan sistem kapitalis atau sosialis. Maka Ikhwan Muslimin diperangi dan pemimpinya dipenjara serta dibunuh.

Demikian juga yg berlaku dinrgara umat Islam lain termasuk Tanah Melayu. Parti Hisbul Muslimun yg ditaja oleh alim ulama Gunung Semanggol telah diharamkn oleh British. Pemimpin mereka disumbat dibawah ISA.

Jadi serangan kpd mana2 gerakan Islam serta melebelkan mereka sebagai ekstrem serta pengganas walaupun mereka bersetuju mengamalkan pendekatan sederhana serta turut memilih jalan demokrasi merupakan tajaan barat yg dinaungi zionis. Mereka yg bersetu dgn lebel ini bermakna mrereka telah terperangkap dgn agenda Yahudi. Berhati2lah!!!

Mat Periba
Anonymous said…
Tindakan Ikhwan bersama merusuh menjatuhkan Mubarak juga adalah salah,kerana Islam melarang menjatuhkan pemerentah selagi ianya Islam.Ikhwan pun satu ketika dulu bersama dgn regim Mubarak,sepatutnya Ikhwan menggunakan kaedah DAKWAH utk memperbaiki pemerentahan Mubarak,bukan menjatuhkan Mubarak.Sekarang Ikhwan pula di tumbangkan.

Kita umat Islam di Malaysia sepatutnya belajar dari apa yg di alami oleh negara Islam yg lain.Kaedah politik dan perebutan kuasa bukan caranya utk memperbaiki pemerentah Islam,mahu pun utk melaksanakan Islam.Islam adalah sesuatu yg cukup besar dan sempurna tidak boleh di muatkan dalam bakul politik yg sempit.Tanpa jenama politik pun mana-mana umat Islam yg jadi pemerentah wajib berniat dan berusaha utk melaksanakan sistem Islam.Jadi tak perlu lagi parti itu ini,yg kononnya berlandaskan Islam,kerana ianya hanya akan menimbulkan permusuahan.Mereka yg menjenamakan parti politik mereka sebagai Islamik,mereka itulah yg sebenarnya berfahaman politik suku ugama suku,kerana jika kita berpegang kepada Islam itu sudah sempurna,maka kita tidak memerlukan apa-apa lagi selain dari apa yg sudah di gariskan dalam Islam,iaitu DAKWAH.

DAKWAH tidak berebut kuasa ,tapi dakwah boleh memberi kuasa.Inilah yg di lakukan oleh Rasullullah sehingga akhirnya baginda berkuasa.Dakwah boleh di laksanakan bersendirian,berkelompok sama ada formal atau tidak,tapi matlamanya satu Rahmat dan keredhan Allah.Dalam Islam peperangan juga adalah dakwah,tapi tidak ada dakwah dalam politik terutama nya politik di negara ini kerana kerja org poltik mengecam dan menyalahkan pihak lawan biarpun dalam keadaan pihak lawan adala benar.
Anonymous said…
PAS dh jual Allah kpd Kafir, tkyh nk cklah soal perjuangan Islam. Manakala pihak Ikhwan pulak skrg dikatakan tidak seperti dahulu lagi (wallahualam), cuma apa yg terbaik ialah tinggalkan lah politik jalanan, mungkin ini punca bala musibah yg Allah SWT mahu berikan ingatan. Kita tk kembali pd cara yg Nabi bawa. Guna pakai nama Islam tp menimpang dan jd hamba pd BARAT.

Sama spt di Malaysia, Allah dtgkan kita perangai sesat PAS. Kita dpt rasakan PAS merosak Agama, wpun UMNO tu masih kurang Agama tp PAS jd perosak total pd Islam. Kafir dijulang naik, isu2 besar di tong sampahkan asalkan kafir DAP puas hati.

Jika org luar dtg, msti akan anggap PAS itu parti Islam, namanya susah cukup berikan promosi. Pdhal kita rakyat lebih tahu siapa PAS, glongan MUNAFIQUN yg bermuka2 dgn Agama.

PAS mmg jahat dn sengata memutarbelitkan sesuatu termask hal ehwal negara org lain. Semoga kita tidka turut jejak langkah pendusta2 ini.

Sebarkan kebenaran InsyA Allah dtglah pertolongan di pihak yg benar
Anonymous said…
Anon 7.38am.
Kalau hujah kamu betul mengapa M'sia tidak memilih jalan Feqah Daulah 100% dalam kaedah memilih pemimpin. Mengapa kamu masih bersandar kpd sistem demokrasi yg ditaja barat itu yg membenarkan pemimpin ditukar setiap 5 tn. Kalau alasan tiada kuasa bagi meminda perlembagaan tetapi semasa kamu memperolehi kuasa dgn majoriti 2/3 diparlimen suatu ketika dulu mengapa perkara ini tidak dilakukan. Lagi..Mengapa umno dgn kuasa yg ada bersusah payah cuba menjatuhkan kerajaan pimpinan Nik Ab Aziz, Khalid Ibrahim dan Nizar. Tidak Islamkah mereka2 ini...

Hujah kamu cuma bersandar kpd pandangan beberapa orang dgn sengaja mencari nas agar pemimpin tidak dicabar walaupun dgn jelas pemimpin2 ini telah tersasar drp mengikut jalan yg benar..salah guna kuasa, tidak betlaku adil dan menindas rakyat.

Fikiran dan jiwa yg miskin!
Kutukan Dewata said…
mesir dapat bala macam hari ini kerana mereka memperlekehkan hadis nabi yang melarang kita memerangi kerajaan secara kekerasan.

rasulullah dan pesan walau sezalim mana pun pemerintah kalau dia masih bersolat jangan di perangi.

mubarak diperangi hingga jatuh tersungkur,morsi pun diperangi oleh penentang politiknya,akhirnya tentera rampas kuasa.tentera pun di perangi juga.dah tahu tentera ni keras masih nak berkeras juga juga.itulah akibatnya ramai yang mati.

allah dah ingatkan kita kalau ada yang zalim akan datang yang lebih zalim lagi.mubarak zalim,ganti morsi.morsi pun zalim juga kerana tak hiraukan penetangnya,dan yang paling zalim pun datang iaitu tentera.sebab itu jangan memperlekehkan hadis dan nas alquran!

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