Leave 10% Academic Differences To Ulama: Aga To Muslims

SRINAGAR: Prominant youth leader Aga Syed Abdul Hussain Musavi today urged Muslims of Kashmir to unite in order to foil the 'nefarious designs of anti-Islamic elements'.

Member of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought and Shia leader from Budgam, Aga was addressing Friday congregational prayers in Grand Mosque, Hanafia in Beeru today. 

He said there are 90 per cent commonalities among various Islamic schools of thought and 10 per cent differences which are purely academic. “The need is to focus on the 90 per cent of commonalities and leave the 10 per cent of differences strictly to the Ulema,” he said. 

Hailing the age-old tradition of sectarian and communal harmony in Kashmir, Abdul Hussain said that although Kashmir history has witnessed several Shia genocides in the past, particularly during the Mogol era, the Sunni and Shia scholars later realized that the sectarian clashes were the handiwork of the common enemies of Muslims.

Terming the recent Shia-Sunni clash in many parts of district Budgam as unfortunate, Hussain said it was painful to see that people who all claim to be the followers of last messenger of Allah (PBUH)  fighting and attacking each other with impunity.

“The example of Muslim unity is that of a hand. We can do a limited work with one finger. At the most, we can dial a number with one finger; if two fingers are used we can hold an apple or tomato; if three fingers are used we can hold a pen and can write; if four fingers are used we can lift a full bucket; and if all five fingers are used then there is no limit. We will be able to do every big or small work with ease. Similarly, if all the Islamic schools of thought unite for a cause then all small and big problems faced by the community will be redressed,” Hussain said. 

He said if a person belonging to a particular school of thought says something that makes no sense, then his/her grand ayatollahs or grand muftis should be contacted to know the original position. 

Referring to a question posed to grand Ayatollah of Shias, Ayatollah Imam Khamenei, Abdul Hussain said, “He gave the fatwa (edict) that "Insulting any symbol adored by Sunnis is forbidden". This fatwa not only resolved the misunderstandings, but also foiled the designs of anti-Islamic elements,” Abdul Hussain added. 

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