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When the influential cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi recently called on fellow Sunni Muslims to join the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, he effectively called for the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East to escalate in some countries and start anew in others.

Qaradawi said he was not demonizing all Shia Muslims — but that is precisely the effect of his inflammatory words. He denounced al-Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam, as «more infidel than Christians and Jews.» signaling a broader demonization of all Shia. He also said the Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah (whose name means «the party of God») is really «the party of the devil.»

«How could 100 million Shia (worldwide) defeat 1.7 billion (Sunnis)?» Qaradawi asked, speaking May 31 in Doha, Qatar, about the two largest Muslim sects.…  Seguir leyendo »

Just a few years ago, it was rare to hear public declarations from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claiming vast authority as a theologian. But today it is unusual if a few weeks go by without a public pronouncement from him boasting of his Islamic credentials.

Recently, Khamenei issued a fatwa on his Web site, demanding that Shiites obey him as the ultimate spiritual leader on earth. In his words, Khamenei said he was the earthly “deputy” of both the Prophet Mohammad and the Hidden Imam, who is the 12th imam Shiites believe will return to earth one day to save the world.…  Seguir leyendo »