How I tackled the “Sir, I don’t think Shias are real Muslims” concept

Published: May 30, 2015
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The shrine of Imam Hussain (RA) in the central city of Karbala. PHOTO: AFP

Shiite Muslim worshipers pray during the commencement of Ashura. PHOTO: REUTERS The shrine of Imam Hussain (RA) in the central city of Karbala. PHOTO: AFP

I started my career as a Religious Education (RE) teacher in September 2013, in a school that has nearly 1500 students ranging from the ages of 11 to 18. Of these, approximately 75% come from a Muslim background.

Due to the comments and vitriol usually directed towards Shias, I chose to hide my identity as a Shia Muslim from my class. If my students ever asked me what ‘type’ of Muslim I was, I never felt the need to tell them that I was Shia. I merely insisted that I was just a Muslim – but they were never satisfied with that answer (a reflection of the state of affairs we live in). It was not because I was scared of their reaction but because, as a teacher you always have to think of the wider implications of every decision you make.

However, this did not stop the students from sharing what they had been taught to think of the global Shia community.

“Sir, I don’t think Shias are real Muslims.”

“Sir, aren’t Shias the ones who cut themselves?”

“Shias have some weird beliefs, sir.”

During lessons, whenever the topic of Shia Islam came up, I heard all the regular comments and misconceptions I was already used to hearing. Even though I always corrected them – without revealing that I belonged to the very group they were making these comments about – this led to little change. And while I found this experience very amusing (lesson number one = don’t take comments by your students personally if you are a teacher – you will not survive), I was disturbed at the same time.

I did not blame these students for having such views, because they were only repeating what they had been taught. My concern was with the sources from where they were getting this misinformation from.

However, ignoring all these things, I continued to concentrate on my teaching and, all praise to God, my reputation amongst my students and peers soon began to rise, and I generally felt well-received by my class. I tried to show my faith through my conduct and manners rather than labelling myself under some umbrella term, and it eventually paid off.

Fast-forward to September 2014, and I was (somehow) appointed as head of RE at my school and I was now in-charge of the curriculum, results, teaching and progress of every student who studied RE as well as the staff members who taught this subject. This, coupled with the spiritual boost I received from my visit to Karbala that year during Arbaeen, made me feel more confident about my faith and helped me in gradually displaying my religious beliefs more openly to my students and colleagues alike.

I started praying with my hands down, wearing a ring and wristbands with the names of Imam Ali (RA) and Imam Hussain (RA) written on them – which led to many questions – and started taking days off on Ashura and the likes, when the rest of the school’s Muslims would come in regularly.

Furthermore, when students asked me whether I was Sunni or Shia, I would give a straight answer, which often led to amusing responses.

“But how sir? You’re normal!”

“Wow! I’ve never met a Shia before”

“You know what sir? For a Shia… you’re not too bad”

“That is so cool sir!”

After telling them about my faith, I would ask them,

“Has that changed your opinion of me?”

And fortunately, with almost every student, the response has been a negative. This helped them to realise that one needs to respect all people, irrespective of belief systems.

It was the best decision I ever made. The students began to admire me even more and realised that I was the same person – regardless of whether they knew I was Shia or not. This then, naturally, allowed me to answer questions more directly (of which there were many) and made it easier for me to remove the misconceptions they had. My experience is summed up by a comment two 16-year-old girls made to me a few weeks ago:

“Sir, we’re not going to lie. We have heard some crazy things about Shia Muslims but you have made us realise how normal you are and how many of those things we were told wrong.”

With the position I am in, I have now included the Shia perspective in all parts of the school’s RE curriculum. This discusses Islam holistically – be it Islamic history (we teach about how the Sunni-Shia split happened and Ashura), theology (the concept of the 12 Imams and Ahlulbayt), ethics (Ijtihad and the institution of Ayatollahs), architecture (the shrines of the Ahlulbayt), literature (the Psalms of Islam and The Treatise of Rights by Imam Zainul Abideen) and media (both Ahlulbayt and Safeer TV). The reaction to these topics have been incredible – the students (whether Muslim or not) have had a genuine fascination for learning this side of Islam that they have never come across before.

This has led to a level of tolerance in the school that I have never seen before.

Yes, it is a little selfish of me to add this to the curriculum, and many would say that I should focus on Islam generally and not go in the sectarian divide, but we live in a world where the words ‘Sunni’ and ‘Shia’ are used so much – in the media and by the people around us – that the young people have become susceptible to negative ideas. They need to know exactly what the difference between Shias and Sunnis is, and not make one the devil and the other, the saint. It is only through the understanding of each other’s beliefs that we can strive for true unity.

Shia Muslims are being killed because of misconceptions. I am in a position where I can remove these misconceptions at an early age and where young people can learn about the authentic teachings of different world-views, so that when they leave this school, they leave with religious literacy. Not every religious class has to be one-sided.

I do not want the readers of this article to think I am some sort of a Shiite preacher at my workplace. This is the way I approach all subjects I teach. Along with removing ‘Shiaphobia’, my curriculum also aims at removing Islamophobia in general, anti-Semitism and all other forms of prejudice and discrimination towards people of faith or non-faith.

As a Muslim RE teacher in a school where the majority of pupils are Muslim, I regard it my duty to remove all hints of intolerance. And today, I am treated as an unofficial Islamic scholar. Muslim students ask me questions about Sunni Islam and other sects whereas non-Muslim students ask me about Islam and other religions. They do not care that a Shia Muslim is answering their questions. They now embrace it. And it is important that these children have a place to get answers to their questions, and if I am able to provide a fraction of what they need, I do not regret my decision one bit. They deserve it and so does Islam.

This post originally appeared on The Muslim Vibe here.

Zameer Hussain

Zameer Hussain

Philosophy graduate, Secondary School Religious Education Teacher/Head of Religious Education. His interests include philosophy, world religion, cinema, football, fitness and cooking.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Iqbal

    ever considered extending such courtesies to other faiths?Recommend

  • forced2

    Yes, there are quite a few of Pakistanis who say they consider “Shias worse than even Jews and Christians….”. Go figure.Recommend

  • yasmin

    a very open-minded approach i must say. it’s my life-story summed into this article :). keep up the good work but with your eyes open. may Allah be with you :)Recommend

  • Marty Hisington

    Wonderful article, Please continue your wonderful work.Recommend

  • Imaan Ali

    Sir, I believe you’re doing a fantastic job at enlightening people about what Shia-Islam truly is. And you’re right, the root of all sectarianism, that we see today, is because of the misconceptions that we’ve developed about Shias. I myself am a shia Muslim and know what sort of discrimination we have to face, just because we live in a world of ignorants. Our kids are kept away, at an early age, from knowing this side of Islam and so, they grow-up thinking Shias are some alien people (Or God knows, Kafir). This is just so pathetic!! Recommend

  • Gul Zaman Ghorgasht

    Godspeed to you. May you succeed in your endeavors. May you always
    find the words that will spread your mission of enlightenment with ease.Recommend

  • Komal Bukhari

    I must praise you for your efforts in eliminating the misconceptions about shias that often lead to hatred and indifference at such a tender age. But i must also ask you this, do you really at your heart believe in what you have taught your students, that Muslims are all Muslims, and only divided and labelled under differences that really not matter much? Personally, i’ve come along a few shias, who happened to be friends as well and i’ve always admired them for their zeal in religion and yet their peacefulness. But they’ve made me feel in one way or the other, that in their hearts there’s always a difference too. A difference that they hold on to so tightly but they don’t really show it. A difference that they desire only to be respected, not questioned. A difference that cannot be removed. It’s more of a feeling than something that can be explained. But you’re the expert here, so I must know. Do you really at your heart believe in what you teach for all of us?Recommend

  • Fareed

    What if you are an Ahmadi? Recommend

  • Headstrong

    Well done sir! Kudos to your efforts. Maybe you could also include tolerance for the other, less fortunate religions in your curriculum too. The Good Lord knows pakistanis need a healthy dose of sane, reasonable teaching like you gave your students. Ahmediyas, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs et al could probably begin living a life in pakistan if others followed your lead.Recommend

  • Marvi

    I remember a non muslim friend of mine once needed help with his civics ssignment. He was to write the differences between Shias and Sunnis. Its funny how I was completely blank at that moment and couldn’t think of any that held any great significance. Good read. You’re doing a great job with your students.Recommend

  • Fatima Zahra Hassan

    Interesting read.Recommend

  • Red-Taz

    1400 years of Islam, nobody denounced them as non-Muslims, 50 odd years ago some idiot decides to disagree and the rest follow suit. Great work Zameer – I’m a Lecturer myself and the only way to avoid conflict is to educate the younger minds.Recommend

  • ajeet

    Muslims are funny.Recommend

  • chaigram

    Great article, someone has to stand up and put the religion of Islam in the right perspective. Keeping the younger generation ignorant of what Islam is, is one of the goals of the extremist organizations which are well supported by the corrupt politicians. It is the duty of older generation to enlighten the young with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Thank you Zameer sahib.Recommend

  • Kashif Raza Baseej

    wow! fab!….This is the idea that how to teach and how to counter secteratianism and shiaphobia. but unfortunately saying that there are hundreds of thousands of saudi and american brand of religious seminaries who are generating these false allegations about other sects…..and it can only be countered when these foregin countries stop support these outfits and its the responsibility of govt to make stop foregin funds used for the haters in our beloved country.Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/ ather khan

    really loved the article. our society had so much misconception about shia islam. i myself once was anti shia. but then i started to discuss my misconception in some forums. fortunately i am an openminded person and accept logic even from the person whom i hate most. as a result i was able to cope up with my misconception. but unfortunately most of our religious sunni youths are adapting salafist ideology which doesn’t allow any question or logic. it will be hard for pakistan to get rid of this divide.Recommend

  • Turtlehead

    Great read ! Taught the right way kids always do see the truth better than adults ! Going forward i hope every kid understands this and gets off the path of sectarian hatred !Recommend

  • bob

    What about Ahmadiphobia. Did you also discuss what Ahmadi Muslims belief or were content by the misconception of your students and peers? And perhaps yourself? Do a favour to Islam and teach them about all the sects including Ahmadiya Muslim. Otherwise the Shias will meet the same fate, eventually.Recommend

  • Wryde

    So what about the other 25% students? Completely ignored and forced to accept what you have been teaching as “tolerance”Recommend

  • mahvish

    When I was teaching islamist, I made it clear to the administration that I was shia, that much of what was in the book was different from how I saw Islam but they insisted I teach. So I did. The result … Children forever asked if I was Muslim or Christian or Jewish … And patents on meeting day kept coming and telling me how pleased they were with islamist that their children were developing spiritually etc and knew so much more. I think despite what’s in a text book one must regardless of sect always speak of alternates and let children decide what appeal s to them. Let them think rather than just absorb whatever is being said.Recommend

  • Eternally confused

    Well written. I have never thought of Shias as being inferior or weird. Never thought of them as different.
    However, some of his student’s questions do have merit. As a Sunni, I respect all Muslim sahabi and leaders who came afterwards, but I could never justify hurting myself. Recommend

  • Shahjahan Khurram

    People should not pinpoint shias and mock their religion. I am very much against this and I always propagate tolerance towards all sects. However, please kindly keep in mind the fact as well that some Shia’s constantly degrade our religious personalities such as the righteous caliphs and wives of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). This should also be spoken out against. After all, we Sunnis take it as persecution as well.Recommend

  • Azeem Khan

    should not we just call ourselves Muslim only ? because all the sects are made by man , neither Quran / ALLAH or PBUH told us to make different sects instead they told us to avoid making sects and there is a Hadith about 72 sects as well.
    i do not call myself shia/sunni/wahhabi or anything else, i just call myself as Muslim.Recommend

  • Napier Mole

    Excellent. The key word here is pluralism. Teach the average student – or, for that matter – average man the concept of pluralism and he would accept the right of orhers to have a different secr, religion, ethnicity, race or even political opinion.Recommend

  • Uzair

    Beautiful gesture brother, this is what Quran, Rasool saw and Ahlebaith have taught us, love, compassion, mercy and treating everyone equally.. Be it Shia, Sunni, Sufi or any one out of the 72 existing sects in Islam, the basic principles and ideolgies are same and if every Muslim follows that path, i’m sure there won’t be any differences. And there shouldn’t be …Recommend

  • MDK

    This is indeed one of the best ways to portray yourself whenever you find yourself in such a situation. From a general perspective towards building a specific one and ultimately disclosing your identity. The same approach used by the Prophet PBUH when he disguised himself among the native arab community and got “sadiq” and “ameen” as his alqabaat before openly announcing his prophethood.Recommend

  • hyder

    I faced discrimination from my teacher and friends but still i have no bad feelings for them …i love them all i believe in muslim brotherhoodRecommend

  • MMH

    @Zameer.. I agree with you brother, a person from the same sect.. It is important to let educate students (from whatever sect) about the difference and remove the misconceptions .. This does allow everyone to respect all religion, sect and create tolerance.. I think now a days the most important message we should be teaching our next generation is Tolerance and co-existence ..Recommend

  • Ahsan Malik

    That’s why I am okay not being attached to any specific religion at all. I just have my own set of beliefs and I don’t give a damn to label things.Recommend

  • Zohaib Hassan

    Well I always believed shiasm is closest to reality and a real face of Islam not that I am a shia but its strings are the most reliable ones which take us yo the basis of Islam, home of Mohammad PBUH,The ultimate love of Allah. Let’s not be conclusive follow whatever you believe is true and leave the rest to Allah. As he says I am the best to decide among you. And above all isn’t it a good idea to rectify our own believes before we mess into others plate. May You all be blessed with knowledge and not battered as Allah hasnt liked it much as said in Quran.
    Finally its not to hurt anyone’s belief just a point of view which everyone of us must have.
    Regards,Recommend

  • Lord J

    Thank you for doing your part.Recommend

  • Aale Mohammad Syed

    When Ali, the first Imam of the Shias and the fourth caliph of the Sunnis, was martyred in the mosque of Kufa, people in Damascus were extremely surprised because they couldn’t understand what Ali was doing inside a mosque. They were misinformed by their ruler to the extent that they believed Ali (and his shias) to be vicious thugs and heretics who had nothing to do with Islam, or praying or mosques.

    The same thing happened at the battle of Kerbala where the forces of Yezid had such a big misconception about Imam Hussain, that they considered him & his followers as non-muslims and worthy of being butchered.

    If the early Muslims too could believe in such great lies about Ali and his family, then it is not surprising how much misconceptions the present day ordinary man can have regarding the followers of Ali. The same process of spreading lies, misconceptions and hatred has continued for centuries & centuries. Recommend

  • Junaid Khan

    ahahahahaa….. nyc …. but i still dont get the beating you guys do….. enlighten me plz… i swear i dont know yet
    thanksRecommend

  • zeee

    very nice sir… i think every Shia should follow you and every sunni should follow the same reaction by the students . if both sect will take it positive i am sure there will not any sectarian violence and hateRecommend

  • Jamal

    What’s that one thing that, if removed from Ummah, will begin the process of unity/healing…and what is that one (same) thing that when introduced within a United umma has, will start the process of disintegration?

    The man-made sub-labels (i.e. Shia, Sunni, salafi, Sufi etc)

    I wish you (author) would have insisted on using the God-Given label of “Muslim” (see Quran suratulHajj 78th ayah) and never disclosed the sub label. Practice the Deen the best way you know…but only call yourself “Muslim”.

    Each one of us needs to do that (drop sub-labels) one person at a time. Unless we bring the change within us, no change in ummah should be expected (see suraturRaad 13th ayah)Recommend

  • Custard_Pie_In_Your_Face

    As a Shia myself, while I get what you’re trying to do I honestly don’t think it is the right thing to do.

    One of the reasons why people are getting so aggressive about their faith is because they see differing views as a threat to their beliefs. Some parents will be pretty upset that their teacher is teaching them matters of Shia faith.

    And what about Ismailis, or Ahmadis or Bahais, Wahabbis, or even Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists etc for that matter? Does everyone need to explain their faith in detail in order to comfort others?

    It shouldn’t be necessary to educate people on every single faith (or even people of no faith) to ensure they don’t grow up hating or being suspicious of others.

    I don’t really care what scripture you pull up to support the superiority of your belief over others, but if you want people to respect your choice of faith (or lack of), then you need to start respecting the choice of others. It’s as simple as that.Recommend

  • Joe

    LOL Shias make up some 20% of Pakistan and most sunnis in Pakistan have family or friends who are shia.

    This article makes shias to some some of tiny minority like muslims in Australia hahaRecommend

  • Mehdi

    zameer be safe in pakistan for showing tolerance but I hope miscreants dont pick you for their mandatory religious decree. I am a shia from usa albeit a non practicing one and sorry to say that violence and intolerance would increase many fold in predominantly sunni countries against us. be safe my friend. Very few will accept shias as human and accept their right to not being killed.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Ahmed’s are constitutionally not considered muslim in Pakistan but in usa / India they are. I as a shia consider them muslim why because they claim to be muslim, who the hell I am judge their faith.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Because they are misguided and I say this as a Sunni. I have no gripes with Shias. I firmly believe our differences are primarily over political leadership of the ummah and inshallah Sunnis and Shias will come together, if not in my lifetime, sometime soon thereafter!Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Yes Muslims do that all over the world. Lets not look at Interfaith relations in Pakistan as the one and only example. Even in Pakistan, its the minority that is biased.Recommend

  • Naveed

    Good articales, good efforts but difficult digestRecommend

  • saimah

    good u have done ur job. Yes, you should educate them that Imam khmaini has never said anything against Sahaba(R.A), you should tell them historic references that How Tab’iun held Majalis e aza.Recommend

  • Malik Ali Abbas

    Superb Sir ….. I totally agreed with you my name is ali abbas and i also face this type of so called hearing from my skul time to my professional life but its okey i take people just like the best way of Islam Yes With Peace and Love….. Ali Abbas But Iam Not Shia when ever anybody said to me that what is my name is replie Ali Abbas they Suddenly Say Are You Shia omg for a long time i heard this from the mouth of People now i always say that yes i amRecommend

  • Malik Ali Abbas

    First Of All Love Humans And then Love Alot Like Brothers To Muslim Ummah The Great Umah Of Prophet Muhammad S.A.A.W Because Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa Sarkar e Doalam S.A.A.W always Pray for their Umah And ALso Mola Imam Hussain A.S Pray and said to Ghazi Abbas Alamdar A.S that No Abbas They are the Umah OF Our Holy Great Nana S.A.A.WRecommend

  • zain ul Abidin

    very nice….only in the recent past i come to know the difference in sunni shia and in my opinion it is not really a difference….our enemies are exploiting these differences to make us weak….Recommend

  • نائلہ

    What’s wrong with Jews and christians though? Recommend

  • saads

    i dont think Shia Muslims are being killed because of misconceptions. its rather way to create definite source of conflicts so that ppl get divided and fight each other and kill each other so enemy will be happy.Recommend

  • saas

    agreed.Recommend

  • seismann

    Not teaching other faiths is bad;creating hate against them is worse,and that is what is happening in Pakistan.Recommend

  • seismann

    Tolerance is accepting the belief of others,however wrong it may sound.Recommend

  • seismann

    Then don’t.Just respect their right to do it.Recommend

  • seismann

    Sectarianism will only cease when you look inwards rather than blaming others.Shai-Sunni blood-shedding was there long before there was a USA or SA.Recommend

  • seismann

    Where do you learn your history from?Mullahs have been after Shia blood ever since 7th century.Recommend

  • seismann

    First step should be removing the stereotypes and hatred in school books.Would mullahs allow it?Recommend

  • seismann

    I am sure people like you have been waiting for that time for 1400 years.No harm in dreaming.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Righteous if you say so. You cannot force somebody to say you must respect the religious personality you hold on high esteem because you love them and has no basis in religious doctrine. Respect is earned not demanded. Tolerance mean other can say bad things about you and you refrain from committing violence against them. Tolerance mean I will defend your right to criticize and abuse me verbally. Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Saad – you begin a discourse with the word misguided. Wow hats off to you. Sarcasm ….Christian and Jews can say the same thing about Islam if you could consider salafi school of thoughts which is the main source of violence / extremism in the Muslim world. Please enlighten yourself.Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Sir you are completely wrong in your assertion . There is a sizeable percentage of people in pakistan who are extremist . their numbers are shockingly in 100s of thousandsRecommend

  • rameez

    Well half of my family is Shia and half is sunni. I try to avoid talking on any sectarian topic, reason being it will divert my mind.
    you should teach. Fundamental of Islam not Shia sunni differences. Trust me, if you could successfully transmit the message of true Islam, Ahlebait will be proud of you. Recommend

  • Shahjahan Khurram

    No sir. I’m sorry but you are totally not aware as regards to the doctrines of tolerance and co-existence as it is laid down in Islam. NOBODY has the right to blaspheme against the companions of the prophet (pbuh). it is also written in our Holy Quran that do not abuse the religion of others, lest they abuse yours out of ignorance. I don’t propagate violence, but there must be legal action against those who blaspheme against the holy personalities of Islam.Recommend

  • Shahjahan Khurram

    Tolerance is also not abusing the religious personalities of another’s religion. Or will we bend and dictate the rules of tolerance according to our whims and desires?Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    I sadly enlighten myself everyday dealing with the nonsense spouted by both camps (shias and sunnis) after shooting each other dead and shouting Allahu Akbar over each others dead bodies (ongoings in Syria/Iraq provide ample visual literature to get enlightened.)

    I will stick to the term “misguided” because not every Sunni is brought up to hate Shias and even the “hundreds of thousands” you point to in your post below don’t necessarily mean all are baying for Shia blood. In a country of 200 million people, a few hundred thousand, while a large number from an absolute standpoint, is still a minority. Granted its a tough task to change mindsets, it can and will happen over time. Kitna or kab tak maro gay aik dusray ko?Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Exactly my point. What’s there to lose? At least I dream of something better.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Sir ji, in a country of 200 million, if a few hundred thousand are not a minority then I may need a refresher on the meaning of “minority”.Recommend

  • Saad Hasan

    Perhaps praying together and growing up in Islamic community centers, as I have seen in many parts of Europe and Amreeka, is the way forward. Sorry to see the Muslims in predominantly Muslim lands failing to see the benefit in this. The seclusion is partly also driven by us as parents so our kids would not have watered down beliefs. If the idea is to understand each other, then let the children mix.Recommend

  • Harris

    A religion should respect other religions. . Give respect to receive respectRecommend

  • Harris

    I am fine with self-flagellation aspect of Shiism because they have complete right to do so. However, I have reservations about Shias abusing the companions (Tabarrah). Recommend

  • Mehdi

    Please don’t patronize me in regards to Islamic doctrine. Extreme Sunnis use this premise that we abuse righteous companion to justify Shia killings, we don’t abuse them but indeed we criticize their take on Islamic governance and ethics. I have done it in front of Sunnis here in USA. I had a logical and philosophical discussion with them. Now are you going to tell me that because of this, one should kill me and it is OK.

    Let me tell you something most educated Shias , their numbers are in majority, in this 21st century don’t even discuss the companions reason being is that it is used against us to justify our whole sale killing. If you don’t believe me go to any Shia mosque during Muharram in your beloved Pakistan.

    Abuse of religious personality shouldn’t result in human killings. This is not Islam. Did Prophet retaliate against those who physically harmed him ? No.

    I have been called kafir by Sunni brethren, did I go and abuse them, no.Recommend

  • Iqbal

    I wish that what you say is true. All interfaith dialogues take place only in secular countries. And sadly, no Muslim majority country can be a stable democracy today.Recommend

  • Iqbal

    I wish that what you say is true. All interfaith dialogues take place only in secular countries. And sadly, no Muslim majority country can be a stable democracy today.Recommend

  • Harris

    Should he have begun the discourse with the word guided? Poor sarcasm on your partRecommend

  • Holla

    At least people like him have something positive to add to the conversation, unlike you.Recommend

  • Holla

    ‘All interfaith dialogues take place only in secular countries’

    That’s a big assertion on your part. Care to provide evidence?Recommend

  • Karen

    “Yes, it is a little selfish of me to add this to the curriculum, and many would say that I should focus on Islam generally and not go in the sectarian divide …”

    Isn’t it a bit odd that you imparted skewed/biased knowledge as part of the curriculum despite being the head of religious education?Recommend

  • seismann

    Criticism is not abusing.The violence in the Muslim world is due to Muslims not accepting any criticism.Recommend

  • seismann

    would he have survived for a day so doing?.Mullahs would have eaten him alive.Recommend

  • seismann

    No harm in dreaming.But Only doing can bring about change.Recommend

  • seismann

    Open your eyes and you will see the evidence around you.Recommend

  • seismann

    But that minority is vocal and violent and knows how to silence the majority..The majority is just a silent observer.Recommend

  • Harris

    It isn’t criticism, it’s plain abuse. I hope that is just a common practice of Shias today and not part of their creed.Recommend

  • Holla

    Non-refutable evidence :)Recommend

  • Sohail

    Like you?Recommend

  • Gingo

    Youre lucky you had it easy being a shia.
    A Biochemistry teacher of mine Prof AAK whom our whole class adored for his teaching methodology came out as an Ahmadi 3 years after joining. And the majority of students and staff ostracized and began loathing him for it. And it was only then that i realized that how careful he had been all those years in his choice of words and manners never uttering Mashallah, Subhanaalh, Alhamdolliah, Allah hafiz and his reluctance and excuses in to attending Iftar parties and Juma prayers.
    Thank God he didn’t otherwise the momins at university wouldve killed him for it (hope they eventually do’nt).
    To me and a few friends he’s the same teacher as before and my respect for him instead increased more after his social boycott.Recommend

  • shaikh mustafa

    Zameer, buddy i really cannot commend you enough for your efforts in inculcating into your students a sense of camaraderie, sense of companionship, a sense of friendship and trust. A sense that irrespective of our teacher’s beliefs, it his commitment to his duty of imparting knowledge upon the students which is paramount. My school had buddhist, christian and hindu teachers and then there were teachers from different sects of islam, not just shia/sunni, but there were bohra teachers as well.
    There is absolutely no justification for the mindless acts that people commit in the name of their belief systems by butchering people from the other sects. But i just feel that it is just not about our beliefs, it is basically a numbers game. Had the shias been in greater numbers than sunnis, i would vouch for them to be doing the same with their sunni counterparts. Big fish always preys on the smaller ones and never the other way around. It is unjustifiable, but then that’s how the world has pretty much functioned.

    Lets start dissociating ourselves from this shia/sunni pre-qualifications. Who is right and who is not is not for us to decide.Recommend

  • marik

    The companions are not above fair criticism. Or are you claiming they are infallible?Recommend

  • kaif abbas

    good articleRecommend

  • Shahjahan Khurram

    Anyone associated with the Holy Prophet (PBUH) deserves respect and reverence, with whom he enjoyed good relations. How can you call yourself a devout Muslim if you disrespect someone close to the prophet (pbuh)?Recommend

  • Shahjahan Khurram

    Dear sir, you are obviously oblivious or devoid of ground realities in Pakistan, I can share with you links regarding some sectarian leaders abusing our companions. Do you want me to? And who justified killing anyone, did you see it anywhere it my posts? Please avoid putting words in my mouth, or is that what you excel in?

    To those who call Shias Kafir I have nothing to do with them. As should you have nothing to do with those who insult the companions. But alas, devoid of proper understanding and the principles of tolerance you remain!Recommend

  • Faizy Khan

    If someone Call themselves Muslim then he must respect Companions of Prophet PBUH, khulafa-e-Rashideen and wives of Prophet PBUH.Recommend

  • rahails

    sorry delete thisRecommend

  • z.guide light

    taht’s intresting!Recommend