Ayat Baqer (late)ís last message focuses on Shia-Sunni brotherhood
By: Ahmed Aboud
In his last message before the Ba'athists in Iraq executed him on
April 9, 1980, along with his sister Bint-ol Hodaa and hundreds of his
supporters, Renowned Islamic philosopher Al-Marje Al-Kabeer Ayatullah
Sayyed Muhammad Baqer As-Sadr said:
"Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the world, and peace and blessing be
upon Prophet Muhammad, his purified family and guided companions.
O' my dear Iraqi people: I talk to you all, Sunnis and Shias, Arabs
and Kurds, at this acute
moment of your crisis and Jihadi life, because the crisis doesn't
belong to one sect or group. And since the crisis is the crisis of all
Iraqi people, the brave reaction and the struggle must become the
reality of all the Iraqi people.
Since I knew my existence (being) and responsibility towards the Ummah,
I have spent this existence for the sake of the brotherhood of Shias
and Sunnis, Arabs and Kurds. I defend the message, which unifies all
of them. And the belief which embraces all of them.
I lived with my thought and being, only for Islam - the way of freedom
and the aim of all. Thus I am with you, my Sunni brother and son, as
much as I am with you, my Shia brother and son. I am with both of you
as much as you are with Islam, and as much as you carry this great
torch to save Iraq from the nightmare of oppression and injustice.
The tyrants and their allies are trying to make our righteous Sunni
sons believe that the problem is a Sunni-Shia one in order to separate
them from their battle against the common enemy.
I want to say to you, the sons of Ali and Hussain, the sons of Abu
Bakr and Umar, that the battle is not between the Shia and the Sunni
rule. The Sunni rule, which was represented by the guided khalafa,
caused Imam Ali to carry the sword defending it in the battles of the
Apostates under the leadership of Abu Bakr. We must all defend the
Islamic flag whatever its sectarian colour.
Half a century ago, the Shia ulema issued their fatwas making it a
Jihad to defend the Sunni rule, which was carrying the Islamic banner
and hundreds of thousands of Shia went out to the battlefield shedding
their blood to protect the Islamic motto. The actual rule today is not
a Sunni rule although the people at the top belong historically to the
Sunni branch of Islam.
Sunni rule doesn't mean the rule of a person, who has descended from
Sunni parents, but it means the rule of Abu Bakr and Umar, which has
been challenged by the tyrant rulers of Iraq today in all their
They abuse Islam, they abuse Ali and Umar together, violate Islam
every day in every step they take.
O' my sons and brothers, the sons of Mosul, Bassrah, the sons of
Baghdad, Karbala and Najaf, the sons of Saerra and Kadhimiyah, the
sons of Amarah, Kut and Sulemaniyah, the sons of Iraq everywhere.
I promise you all that I am for all of you, for the sake of all of
you, and that you are my aim in the present and the future. Your words
must unite, and your plans must be unified under motto of Islam, for
the sake of saving Iraq from the nightmare of this authoritarian rule,
building a free, glamorous Iraq, brightened by the justice of Islam,
and covered by the dignity of man. In this Iraq, citizens with all
their nationalities and sects will feel that they are brothers and
will all contribute in the leadership of their country, building their
home and realizing their Islamic ideas and the dawn of our glamorous
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE