Of Masters and Their Slaves

"It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master." ―Ayn Rand

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Black vs. the White Shia Turban

Hezbollah Watch
Hezbollah Watch
By Hezbollah Watch

Many observers of the contemporary Shia community wonder about the differences between the mullahs who wear black turbans and those who use white turbans. This article addresses some of these important differences.

Until the Imamat (universal guardianship and leadership) of Ali ibn Moussa ar-Ridha (also Rida or Reda), the Eighth Infallible Imam, there was no distinction in the outfits of Sayyeds and non-Sayyeds. “Sayyed” is the honorific title used to address the descendants of Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Lady Fatimah and her husband, Ali ibn Abi Taleb, the First Infallible Imam and Fourth Caliph.

Allegedly, the Eighth Imam ordered Sayyeds to distinguish themselves from non-Sayyeds by wearing black turbans, to express sadness over the murder of the Third Imam, al-Husayn ibn Ali.

It is also alleged that until time of the Eighth Imam, Sayyeds had light emanating from their faces (similar to the two luminous men who met with Abdul Karim Nasrallah and foretold him about the birth, gender and names of his progeny, including Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general and co-founder of the Lebanon-based international terrorist organization Hezbollah), but during the eighth Imamat, God allegedly took away this visual distinction to protect the Sayyeds from persecution and murder at the hands of the Abbasid and other rulers of the Islamic world.

It must be noted that since the time of the Seventh Imam, Moussa ibn Jaafar al-Kazhim, the Shiites had little or no direct access to the Imams as they were imprisoned by the Abbasid Caliphs.

In our current times, the usage of turbans fell out of favor throughout most of the Islamic world. This, of course, was to the greatest advantage to the mullahs as their turbans distinguished their clerical class.

Shiite mullahs who are not Sayyeds are known and addressed as Sheikhs; they wear the less appealing white turbans.

Needless to mention, there is a financial motive as well behind the discrimination between Sayyeds and non-Sayyeds; the former make claim to the Khums religious tax. The Khums is 20% of the yearly savings of Shiites, both Sayyed and non-Sayyed. Half of this amount is the Infallible Imam's share. The other half is distributed to the needy Sayyeds.

Nowadays, the Khums is collected by mullahs or even devout non-mullahs Shiites who have an Ijaza (authorization) from a Grand Ayatollah (source of religious emulation).

The white-turbaned Shia mullahs get a share of the Infallible Imam's portion of the Khums, as long as they are on good terms with their authorizing Grand Ayatollahs.

The Infallible Imam's Khums share can be used by the Grand Ayatollahs and their authorized delegates to help the poor in general, or for various projects, such as funding religious seminaries and hospitals, and in our bad times, finance Khomeinist terrorism attacks throughout the world.

Recent Hezbollah Casualties in Syria

Hezbollah Watch
Hezbollah Watch
By Hezbollah Watch

The followings are the names of recent Hezbollah casualties who fell during their occupation of Syria:
  1. Ali Iskandar; from Hermel, Bekaal; resident of Barouriyeh, South Lebanon
  2. Haidar Ali Kalout; from Nabatiyeh, SL
  3. Muhammad Ali al-Hajj Ali; from Nabatiyeh, SL
  4. Ali Ezzeddine Hazim; from Saida, SL
  5. Fuoad Ali Hassan
  6. Salaheddine Youssof; al-Shahabiyeh, SL
  7. Bilal Hassan Hatoum; al-Qmatiyeh
  8. Zoulfuoqar Ezzeddine; al-Buraj al-Shamalil, SL
  9. Jaafar Raad; Bednayel, SL
Late Hezbollah occupation terrorist Bilal Hassan Hatoum, KIA in Syria
Late Hezbollah occupation terrorist Bilal Hassan Hatoum, KIA in Syria

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Do All Shiites Support Hezbollah?

It is true that nowadays a majority of Shiites support the Iranian regime and Hezbollah, but there are a number of high to low profile Shiites who staunchly oppose or reject them.

Here is a quick list of individuals who are Shiite or born into Shiite families, and are known to oppose, or criticize, or at least not support Hezbollah and Absolute Velayat-e Faqih (sorted by first name in alphabetical order; honorifics after names):
  1. Ali El Amin, Sayyed (clregyman) @SayyedAliElAmin
  2. Ali el-Amine (journalist)
  3. Hadi El Amine, @Hadialamine
  4. Hani Fahs, Sayyed (clergyman)
  5. Hanin Ghaddar, @haningdr
  6. Imad Bazzi, @TrellaLB
  7. Mohamad Osseiran, Sheikh, (clergyman)
  8. Mohammad Hassan el-Amine, Sayyed, (clergyman)
  9. Mona Fayad, @monafayad2
  10. Nadim Koteich, @NadimKoteich
  11. Okab Sakr
  12. Rami Ollaik, @RamiOllaik
  13. Rima Maktabi, @rimamaktabi
  14. Youssef Bazzi, @youssefbazzi
If your name is listed here, but don't belong in this list, please let it be known and you will be removed, Inshallah.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Is Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Really a Moderate?

Iran Expert Sohrab Ahmari Revisits the History of Sheikh Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Sohrab Ahmari is an assistant books editor with the Wall Street Journal. During an interview with Ayesha Tanzeem on the Voice of America's On the Line, Ahmari shared some insights about the nuclear intents of the Iranian regime and the history of Iranian President Rouhani:

Sohrab Ahmari: "I think the [Iranian] ruling establishment on the whole realizes that the nuclear program, and the closer they get to the bomb, is the way to insure their survival in a society that otherwise they'll have a lot of trouble controlling."

Ahmari continued: "So and you can look at Rouhani's history―I heard the word "moderate" thrown around―and I think it's really, really bad term and it's really not giving the Iranian people a lot of credit if you say that this guy is a 'moderate' when―and I'm gonna just go to the domestic front for two seconds―this is a guy who, when the 1999 student uprising happened, he said, 'We need to crush the students,' I quote, 'mercilessly and monumentally,' and in fact they did. And I had a piece in the Wall Street Journal on Monday describing what happened in the aftermath of Mr. Rouhani's speech. So I don't think people change. I don't think politicians fundamentally―in their world view―change."

On the Line: Iran's President and the World

The YouTube video was published on June 28, 2013. The guests also included Iran experts Trita Parsi, President, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) and Setareh Derakhshesh, Deputy Director, Persian News Network, Voice of America.

Find Sohrab Ahmari on Twitter at @SohrabAhmari.
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