The invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute details a range of news stories that clearly demonstrate increased sectarian strife between Saudi Arabia's Sunni and Shi'a communities.
Thousands of tents housing Muslim pilgrims are crowded together in Mina
near Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Recent headlines include:
• Sunni Clerics: The Shi'ites Are Supporting the Enemies of Islam
• Shi'ite Clerics: The Salafists Are Responsible for Bloodshed All Over the World
• Sunni Cleric: It is Forbidden to Sell Real Estate to the Shi'ites
• Reports of Abuse of Iranian Pilgrims
• Sheikh Al-Barak: Conciliation Between Sunnis and Shi'ites Is Forbidden
On June 15, 2008, Saudi Sheikh 'Abd Al-Rahman Al-Barak... issued a fatwa... rejecting the idea of conciliation between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites. He wrote: "The Sunna and the Shi'a represent two contradictory and incompatible philosophies, and comprise two sectors [of the population] which are different and not capable of marching in step… Calling for conciliation between Sunna and Shi'a is like calling for a rapprochement between Christianity and Islam - while everyone knows that heresy and Islam are irreconcilable opposites.
This isn't going to end well.
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