Independent Muslim communities and even ordinary Muslims are beginning to realize the divide-and-rule plot of imperialist powers. This positive phenomenon is particularly visible on social-networks and Internet forums where Sunni-Shia unity is a popular topic.
November 26, 2012, 00:05 DST
The US proxy-war in Syria is acting as a catalyst for Muslims worldwide to strengthen the bonds of Muslim unity.
Since day one of the US instigated violence in Syria, Western media and its Saudi affiliates have tried to portray the crisis as a Sunni-Shia conflict. There was a clear agenda behind such propaganda.
After the US troops got bogged down in Iraq, Washington immediately activated its Saudi card in order to divert the energy of the Iraqi resistance towards an internal struggle. Even though this policy produced some tactical advantage for the US in its early stages, it ended up failing on the strategic level. For example, in 2009 a massive gathering of Sunnis and Shias at a joint Friday prayer at Samarra's Grand Mosque in Iraq where both sides chanted slogans denouncing sectarian violence was widely reported by the mainstream media. Today such events in Iraq are common.
Even though the Syrian government includes a significant mixture of Muslims from various schools of thought and also Christians, the publicity given to the Saudi indoctrinated sectarian pundits by the mainstream media attempts to portray the government of Bashar al-Asad as anti-Sunni.
However, the US-Israeli-Saudi sectarian narrative to the proxy-war in Syria is beginning to slowly manifest its positive impact on the Muslim Ummah. With so much attention given to differences between Muslims of different schools of thought by the Western media and its regional affiliates like Al Jazeera, independent Muslim communities and even ordinary Muslims are beginning to realize the divide-and-rule plot of imperialist powers. This positive phenomenon is particularly visible on social-networks and Internet forums. In the past several weeks’ topics of Sunni and Shia unity have become one of the most dominant themes of discussion among Muslims from various parts of the world.
Brief analysis conducted by Crescent International of various Sunni and Shia discussion forums and Facebook pages clearly shows that interest in promoting Sunni and Shia unity is rising among ordinary Muslims.
This topic gained special relevance during the Zionist aggression on Gaza. The Muslim Ummah witnessed that the US projected “custodians of Islam” did not provide any significant support to Palestinians to confront the Zionist aggressors. Those that were quick to invade Bahrain to defend “Sunni Muslims from Shias” did not raise a finger to defend Sunni Muslims in Palestine.
The analysis of various social media outlets by Crescent International shows that Muslims are actively engaged in finding a common intellectual and jurisprudential ground between various schools of Islamic thought. Sunni-Shia unity is now becoming an important issue not just for scholars at various conferences but for the Muslim masses as well.
Modern technologies have provided an opportunity for Islamically committed Muslims of various schools of thought to actively advance the agenda of Muslim unity.
In order to enhance this positive phenomenon that is slowly emerging form the US proxy-war in Syria, conventional media outlets in the Muslim world ought to compliment the work being done by ordinary Muslims through basic Internet-based technologies. Muslim conventional mass media outlets must increase their coverage of Sunni-Shia cooperation and become a platform underlining the similarities between them while respecting the differences that exist.