Just a political dispute?
For the writer to assert that the matter was ''political'' and not ''religious'' in nature demonstrates his complete ignorance of even basic understanding of what Deen is. Islam is a complete ideology, political, judicial, economic etc, you CANNOT separate politics from Islam; it IS a part of Deen.
Had the writer actually sought to use logic rather than blindness, he would have been manifestly obvious that to deem the difference as political NOT religious carries serious ramifications for both sides. If it was not religious and political then he is in fact suggesting that both sides instigated fitnah based on personal enmity, leading to a 110-day battle in which thousands of people needlessly lost their lives. If these acts were based on political differences and NOT based on upholding religious rites then the end for both parties is the fire (astaghfirullah).
This is absolutely clear from the verses of Qur''an and hadith.
"And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense shall be hell, he shall abide therein and God''s wrath (Ghazibullaho) shall be on him and his curse (lanato), and is prepared for him a great torment" (Surah Nisa, v 93)
Further, Abdullah Ibne Umar narrates he heard Rasulullah (s) say:
"Do not revert to disbelief after me by striking (cutting) the necks of one another". Sahih al Bukhari Arabic-English Volume 9 hadith number 198
The Holy Prophet said "Your blood, property, honour and skin (i.e. body) are sacred to one another" Sahih al Bukhari Arabic-English Volume 9 hadith number 199
It is narrated on the authority of ''Abdullah b. Mas''ud that
The Prophet, said, "Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief)." [Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 9, Book 88, Number 197]
So these ahadith and verse make it clear:
To kill a Muslim is an act of kufr
The intentional killing of a momin places the perpetrator in hell
Now with these facts in mind we should ask ''how many momins were intentionally killed at Sifeen?''
The ONLY way that these actions can be defended is if there is a clear provision in Islam that entitles an individual to fight and kill his Muslim brother. If no such provision exists and we accept Maulana''s preposterous notion that the differences were NOT religious then in light of the Qur''an and hadith ALL the participants committed kufr, they are murderers and are therefore in hell. (astaghfirullah)
Adapted from the book: "Historic Background of Shiism"
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