THROUGHOUT the Medieval Ages, Europe lived one of its darkest eras ever due to disputes among Christian sects. The Church then fabricated laws and spread heresies that had nothing to do with true Christianity, up to the extent that some clergymen invented the so-called ‘execution of the dead’. The most famous of which was the trial of Pope Formosus seven months after his death in 897. He was sentenced to death and his title as Pope was cancelled.
That action brought about sectarian wars which engulfed the entire Europe and lasted for centuries between Catholics and Protestants, as well as between Catholics and the Orthodox.
Observers of the current situation in the Arab and Muslim world can see a scene similar to that of Europe in the ninth century. Muslims at the time were known as makers of civilizations. Europeans boasted whenever they imitated the Arabian lifestyle in terms of fashion and food. The Europeans then were attracted to advanced Muslim cities. They translated scientific Arab books into their languages.
Instead of continuing on the path of advancement and ruling one of the largest empires ever, the present Muslims decided to dig graves where disputes and backwardness were buried in order to fuel their struggles due to ignorance and political partiality.
This backwardness prompted a court in Kufa, Iraq to hold a series of sessions in 2012 for the trial of Umayyad Caliph Hesham Bin Abdulmalik who died in 743 AH. The trial was conducted 1,269 years after the death of the Caliphate who was charged with killing Zaid Bin Ali Bin Al-Husain in the revolution.
The comic-tragic paradox is that the court assigned a lawyer to defend the victim and it sent a lawyer in Anbar Province to defend the accused – the Caliph. The trial cost the Iraqi treasury 56 million Iraqi dinars.
In the midst of the pricing of sectarian conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites, and exhuming the terminologies ‘conflicts’ and ‘takfir’, the mind was given a blow of ignorance. Anyone who watches the video clip about that heresy will see clearly how the tribunal discriminates between the Iraqi people as it declared Anbar Province, a Sunni stronghold, responsible for Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (10th Umayyad Caliph) and demanded for the appointment of a defense counsel for the Caliph. During the time of the Caliph, there were no schools of thought. In fact, Zaid bin Ali bin Al-Husain bin Ali was neither Shia nor Sunni; he was just a Muslim who worshiped Allah alone.
The well-known schools of jurisprudence today emerged 200 years after that incident – the cause of wars between the followers of Hanafi and Shafi’i schools of thought in 1076, between Shafi’i and Hanbali schools of thought, and then between Sunnis and Shiites. A lot of blood was shed in these wars, during which Muslims drowned in the power struggle in one of the ugliest cycles of black and bloody history at a time the Crusaders were conquering Muslim countries one by one until they occupied Jerusalem in 1099.
Today, the scenario is repeated in its most terrible form. Chaos is instigated by ‘takfir fatwas’ on the most trivial things between people of one nation who are supposed to learn from their experience. It seems the devil is privy to the details. It has mastered the art of conflict between the nation’s people who are enjoying ignorance and paid whoever put the Umayyad Caliph on trial after 1,269 years.
They forgot that Allah said in the Holy Quran: “That is a nation which has passed on. It will have [the consequence of] what it earned, and you will have what you have earned. And you will not be asked about what they used to do.” This happens although they brag about Islam and consider themselves its defenders at a time that the true Islam has nothing to do with every Shiite and Sunni who incites disunity and division when we need the voice of reason to prevent the perils surrounding us in order to make our unity the best weapon in facing dangers.
How can a nation that believes in the oneness of God become a nation of division, discrimination and conflict? Is it not a violation of the fundamentals of true Islam considering what Allah said: “And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus, does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided?”
Allah also said in the Holy Quran, “Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving Clear Signs: For them is a dreadful penalty.” This is the kind of call that Allah enjoined us. Those digging the hole of misguidance and sedition have abandoned this call as they claim to be judges on earth and the heavens. May God protect us from them! Stay blessed and united in the truth. Eid Mubarak!!