Do we need more enemies? [Archives:2007/1033/Community]

March 15 2007

By: Maged Thabet Al-Kholidy
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Conflicts are the nature of all creatures. Behind any conflict there is always some disputed interest. It is, however, nonsense to take a hostile stance against each other, while we are in a dire need to stand hand in hand against the “real deadly enemy(s)”.

Listening to mosque-preachers nowadays, and even to the current common sense among the nation, one realizes the immense danger that threatens the Islamic nation (not nations), and the gab that shakes the unity of the Yemeni nation in particular. “Is it time for more divisions and conflicts among Muslims? Everyone should ask oneself this question considering the state of weakness and humiliation that has gradually haunted the Islamic and Arab nation.

The events that are ongoing in Sa'ada provoke the nation's anger. Every one, and myself too, is against the Houthian rebels in Sa'ada, and we, as a part of this “dear homeland”, should be one hand against them not because they are from Sa'ada or for being Shi'ite, but because they illegally rebel against the government so that a security gab had taken place among the nation especially the common people living in Sa'ada and nearby areas.

To be one hand against these rebels does not mean to stand against the “Shiites”. Muslims are Muslims regardless of any sect they belong to. And it is really more than enough to learn from the “lessons that are daily taught” in Iraq and other parts of the Islamic and Arab world.

Undoubtedly, to stand against each other is to weaken the nation's unity. Everyone's real anger must be against whoever tries to destabilize the nation's interests. For this reason we must be against the Houthians and any other rebels in any corner of the country.

“Shi'ites” and “Sunnis” are all Muslims; both should be together when facing homeland and Islam enemies. Just recently people have raised the photos of Hasn Nasr Allah for standing against Israel. We also feel proud of Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President, for standing against the U.S. threatens. Today, people pray against “Shiites” though Hasn Nasre Allah and Ahmadinejad are “top leaders” and “religious references” of Shi'itism.

By standing against the Shi'ites today, who would be standing with these two heroes in the future? Of course, such a conflict may be extended from the local level to the international one. The conflict would be widened to be between not mere groups, but “countries”. This serves only the real enemies of Islam, Israel in Lebanon and the U.S.A. in the whole region, which are behind any such conflicts in the world.

Actually, the Houthian rebels do not represent all the “Shi'itism”, and there might be some of the “Sunnis” among them. They must be fought, no doubt in that, but not for being parts of this “Islamic sect”, but for rebelling against the government. Launching a political and social war against Shiite Muslims as a whole is unfair. It is, therefore, better to be against the Houthians, or better to say against the “rebellions only”.

If we want to know the real danger of this, we should consider who would get the benefits of such conflicts among such or any other religious sects. The conflict between the Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq, for instance, did really pave the way for the so called “peace-lovers” to occupy Iraq. Similarly, the same thing has repeated itself in Somalia and Sudan but with “different names of the conflict-parties”.

In short, no need for more gabs among the nation. It is enough to be victims of this “trap” in different Islamic and Arab areas. Allah Almighty says what means “Be together, and never get apart”. So we have to follow His instructions, and to act logically through the mind's eye.

Majed Thabet Al-kholidy is a 26 year old writer from Taiz, currently doing his M.A. at English Dep, Taiz Uni. An ex-editor of Eng. Journal of the Uni.