West creating divisions among Muslims: Analyst

Massoud Shadjareh, who is the chair of the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission, made the remarks during a discussion about Islamic unity on Press TV’s program The Debate broadcast on Tuesday. 

“When you look at the sort of literature coming out of the RAND Corporation in the United States and out of the Zionist-run think tank groups, you see that they identify it very clearly that the way to stop the way… Islam is progressing is to create conflict and to create conflict between the Shia and Sunni, to have a conflict between the Salafi and Sufi, and this is planned to destroy the unity of Muslims,” Shadjareh stated. 

Every Muslim knows that the lack of unity is one of the obstacles in creating a just society, and those impediments planned by the US and Israel are being implemented by Saudi Arabia, he added. 

Shadjareh went on to say that “the insurgency” in Iraq “was initially… against the US hegemony, but that was hijacked by… Saudi Arabia, and the insurgency turned killing Muslims. And now… thousands of Muslims are killed every month in Iraq and this only serves… the purpose of the US and Israel.” 

A string of attacks, mostly targeting Shia Muslims and security forces, across Iraq have left about 6,000 people dead since the beginning of 2013. 

Elsewhere in his remarks, Shadjareh said, “I remember going to a mosque in London and asking for Quran, but there was no Quran to be found, to be given to us, but there were hundreds and hundreds of these Takfiri books being given freely, right across all the mosques in London.” 

Commenting on Takfiris — people who believe they are the only true Muslims — he stated, “Takfirism is something which is being designed to create hatred within the family and actually destroy the unity of the family, and it really has got no roots in Islamic beliefs.” 

“This concept of cutting a man open and eating his heart comes from Jahiliah (ignorance of divine guidance). It is not even within the culture of Syria, it is not in the culture of Iraq. It is a culture of Jahiliah within a specific part of the Saudi ugly past of Jahiliah and now it is being Islamized,” Shadjareh stated. 

The political commentator also referred to video footage that surfaced on the internet in July of a Takfiri militant eating what appeared to be the heart of a dead Syrian soldier. 

In an interview with Time magazine on May 14, the cannibal terrorist, known by his nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, confirmed that the video was real and that he did indeed take a bite of the soldier’s lung. Human Rights Watch said it was a war crime. 

Shadjareh also mentioned the martyrdom of Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib, a close companion and uncle of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who was slain in the Battle of Uhud in 625, and whose body was desecrated by Hind bin Utbah. 

Read the original article publised in PressTV on Wednesday 16 October 2013