the Name of Allah The Compassionate the Merciful
Avoid Violence, Discard Differences and
The Great Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Said Al – Hakim says:
I – Such campaigns, though fierce, are
predictable in view of the Shia stance articulating the word of truth. The
Shia tread a different path from the global drive which is controlled by
devilish force… The Shia should get used to that and prepare theirselves
to fight back through:
- avoiding all means of violence. Violence is Achilles’ heel. It damages
the one applying it. It can be exaggerated with unwanted complications
opposite to religious legislations. We should be quiet and have the good
morals of our Imams and their followers.
- We should have confidence in ourselves as being truthful.
- We should recall our bright history in patience and persistence and
insist on treading the road at various stages.
- We should apply dialogue and express our viewpoints with suitable proofs
and through objectivity and truth. We should avoid equivocation, fallacies
5 - We should keep on performance of our initials and revival of religious
occasions along with the display of Ahlul Bayt’s concepts.
This has the greatest impact on bringing closer the Shia
communities. We should renew the spirit of determination and firm stand.
– We should strive for the unity of all Muslims and bring closer
different opinions. We should avoid dispute and unfair accusation for the
sake of making a show.
– Beware of deviated calls and discouraging claims which could destroy
the Shia entity, and liquidate its concepts. Such suspicious calls may aim
at distortion of the Shia doctrine and mislead followers of Ahlul Bayt
(peace on them) in order to produce a loose group lacking commitment.
Religion scholars should be supported in their attempts to safeguard this
doctrine. Violence should never be applied.
– We should strengthen the links with Allah the Almighty Who will take
our side and bestow His care on us.
A – Regarding the different opinions and trends
in the Shia arena, decisions should be made through sound investigation,
seeking Allah’s pleasure. Islamic reformation should be through
religious duty away from individual interest, personal wishes, fanaticism
and blind imitation. All matters belong to Allah.
Beware of Satanic influence, which misleads
people in order to spread sedition amid Muslims. Satanic whispers may
claim pleasure of Allah and common interest through honey words while
internally motivations are different.
B - Violence and force should not be used to
impose one’s opinion on others. The other’s viewpoint should be
respected. A compromise of one’s belief should not be made if one is
certain of truth. Matters should be tackled objectively and reasonably to
reduce acute differences and disputes. Viewpoints should be brought closer
and each one should have a role in serving the community, according to his
convictions. Dispute should not lead to violate one’s rights through
lies and defamation.
Differences in opinion should not hinder
cooperation and exchanged respect within the religion limitation that does
not go beyond the sect’s established factors.
Muslims should deepen the feeling of necessary coherence and join hands.
It is the religion duty for all since they know it is the religion
accepted by the Almighty Allah, rather than any other religion.
Muslims should be careful of the enemies’ plots
that insist on fighting them in the general framework (Sunni and Shi’ite)
and strive to keep them away from life realities and deprive them of their
The enemies confront all Muslims wherever they
are in order to weaken them and block their life drive. They spread
sedition amid the Muslims and ignore their human rights with deaf ear and
For such reasons Muslims should stick together
and mobilize their forces to overcome obstacles. They should discard all
differences and disputes, which only increase their weakness. They should
learn co – existence and respect each other, considering the following:
– Each side should understand the other side through that side’s own
books and sources rather than other sources. Each side should refine the
distorted information accumulated by the passage of ages out of prejudice,
hostility and defamation, intentionally or un intentionally, about each
- Scientific objective methods should be applied to display one’s
viewpoints. Confusion slander and agitation should be avoided.
Quiet discussion should be carried on.
– Each side’s viewpoints regarding religion belief, history and
education should be published through the other side’s media thus each
side can perceive the other.
– Each one should be free to choose his own belief within the Islamic
general framework. No one is forced to change or adopt other’s opinion.
Objective dialogue regarding truth surely will achieve victory.
– Each side should warn whoever confronts such guidelines. Misconduct
should be rejected within each group to confess mistakes.