“A Syrian helicopter has crossed into Lebanon and fired two rockets near a town home to thousands of Syrian refugees, reports say. No casualties or damage were reported after the incident on the outskirts of Arsal, which is close to Syria. Syrian forces have previously fired mortars across the border and crossed into Lebanon to attack rebels. Lebanon’s president described an air attack last month as an unacceptable violation of Lebanese sovereignty. The UN estimates that at least 70,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began, just over two years ago. Opposition activists say more than 6,000 people died in March alone which, if confirmed, would make it the deadliest month of the conflict. Much of the surrounding area of the Lebanese Bekaa valley is largely populated by Shia Muslims whose biggest organisation, Hezbollah, backs the Syrian government. Hezbollah fighters are also reported to have been active across the border, supporting Shia villages inside Syria against the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels, our correspondent adds.”
Syrian forces need to stop all this bloodshed! They are going way too far by attacking refugees in neighboring countries who are not even fighting back. The behavior of the Syrian forces also puts Lebanese people at risk who are either helping Syrian refugees or in the wrong place at the wrong time. The statistics provided that “more than 6,000 people died in March alone” in Syria is crazy! The Syrian government and supporters must be stopped to protect the majority of Syrians who are losing lives and thier country before more corruption comes. The information that “Much of the surrounding area of the Lebanese Bekaa valley is largely populated by Shia Muslims whose biggest organisation, Hezbollah, backs the Syrian government. Hezbollah fighters are also reported to have been active across the border, supporting Shia villages inside Syria against the mainly Sunni Muslim rebels, our correspondent adds” is new to me. Although I knew there are Shiites in Lebanon and Syria, I didn’t know that Shiites are in support of the Syrian government. For those who don’t know or understand the difference between Sunnis and Shiites:
“One of the most perplexing scenarios to non-Muslims and new Muslims alike is the division they may see between Shiites and Sunni Muslims. Some tend to become confused when they see that each group claims to be following the true Islam. To truly understand this subject to the fullest, one must delve into the early history of Islam and see under what circumstances this division actually began, a study far from possible for most people. Another way, much more in the scope of the average person, is to analyze which group is true to the teachings of Islam, a simple comparison may be done between Sunni and Shiite beliefs and practices in relation to textual evidence, the Quran – the revealed word of God, and the Sunnah – or teachings of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him.
Many times, people see this division to be a major one, while the fact remains that Shiites only make up a mere 8 percent of the Muslim population, reaching even this figure after taking hold of certain important political regions in history. Not a division, one can confidently say that the Shiites are but one of the various splinter groups which left the pure teachings of traditional Islam. Sunnis, on the other hand, are not a splinter group, but merely name themselves as such to differentiate themselves from the Shiites and other deviant sects.
The word “Sunni” itself comes from the term “Sunnah”, explained earlier to be the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, for they are strict in abiding by these teachings without any introductions, interpolations, or omissions. The word Shiite (Shi’a in Arabic) means a “party”, “sect”, “supporters” or a “group of like minded individuals”. God says in the Quran addressing His Prophet, Muhammad: “Verily, those who divide their religion and break up into sects (Shi’a), you have no concern in them in the least. Their affair is only with Allah, Who then will tell them what they used to do.” (Quran 6:159) Although the specific groups called the Shiites is not what is directly intended in this verse, it is inclusive of them.
When one studies a bit of history, they will see that the term Shiite was first used amongst the Muslims in regards to a political issue over which the Muslims varied, 37 years after the death of the Prophet. Although the Shiites claim that their origin lies in
that scenario, the actual term Shiite being used to denote this specific sect actually occurred much later in history. In either case, it is clear that the term was unheard of during the time of the Prophet, and thus we can say that the Shiites were a group which appeared after the death of the Prophet.
Over the long evolution of Shiite thought, they incorporated many foreign concepts into their faith. Starting as a political opinion which favored some views of Ali, the cousin of the Prophet, over some other companions, it became a sect purporting strange ideas foreign to Islam.”
To read the entire article @ BBC, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22013113
To read more of the article about Shiites, Shiism, and Islam, go to http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/490/viewall/
Posted on: Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm
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