06/20/2014 2:59 pm EDT
LONDON (RNS) Senior leaders of England’s
estimated 2.7 million Muslims have called on religious scholars and political
commentators in the media not to inflame sectarian tensions involving Islam’s
two main sects — the Sunnis and Shiites — who are fighting for power in Iraq.
In an interview Friday (June 20) with the
BBC, Yousif al-Khoei, director of public affairs at the London-based Al-Khoei
Foundation, which operates social and religious programs in the country, said
sectarian divisions could be controlled.
“But,” he explained, “if you present this as
a Sunni/Shia issue, you’ll get a lot of people really excited.”
He said leaders of the Shiite community in
the United Kingdom, about 5 percent of the total Muslim community, are doing
all they can to tone down tension with Sunnis.
Those leaders are now holding talks with the
Muslim Council of Britain, the UK’s representative Muslim body, to explore how
best that can be done.
Earlier, the Iranian-born spiritual leader of
Iraq’s Shiite community, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Muslims to go
to fight against the militant Sunni organization, the Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria, or ISIS.
Later, a senior Shiite cleric in England
released a 10-minute video explaining that was not intended to be a call on
British Muslims to leave the country and fight in Iraq, where at least half the
population is Shiite.
Asked if he is concerned that the situation
would persuade British Muslims with Iraq connections to leave here and fight,
al-Khoei, told the BBC: “That level of emotion is quite human when your country
is being subjected to such a level of violence.”
leaders of England’s estimated 2.7 million Muslims have called on religious
scholars and political commentators in the media not to inflame sectarian
tensions involving Islam’s two main sects — the Sunnis and Shiites — who are
fighting for power in Iraq”
It is no doubt very much appreciated.
no stone unturned to publicize the contentious hate against the Sunnis and
He even defied the valuable suggestions of the US government to make the
Politics of Iraq inclusive but this bloody liar evil made the matter more
difficult to adjust.
However, the Journalists and political Analysts would
definitely not do anything to inflame the situation, but Axis of Evil G W Bush
+ Dick Cheney+ Tony Blair’s blue-eyed boy Maliki by this time have already created
the stage for a sectarian fight.
To be honest after assessing the development the matter
would be horrendous and rivers of blood as was desired by Maliki would run for Maliki
to swim happily in bloods of his brothers.
None else Maliki alone is enough to pour fuel to the fire.