The “Shia Crescent”; Sunni myth or Shiite reality?

Praise be to Allah (swt), for Allah (swt) forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

Since over 1300 years, Sunni rulers are obssesed with a possible raise and spread of a peacful, true and pure Islamic thought, that is, a Shia one. During the mandatory Friday prayers Sunni religious establishment worldwide, inbetween lectures justyfing oppression of women according to the ‘authentic’ Sunni sources, justyfing historical hatred towards the family of Prophet Muhammad, justyfing modern day terrorism and carnage, repeatedly warns against the Shia Islam. Sunnis believe in multitude of conspiracy theories that are clearly widespread in the Sunni world, such as; that the West is responsible for terrorism (for example, some believe that the leader of the “Islamic State”, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a Zionist Jew named Elliot Shimon), Jews control the world (for example, an antisemitic fabricated text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is used as an authentic, primary source within Sunni religious circles and academic world in countries such as Palestine, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, “Islamic State” and others), or that the Shia Islam is a Jewish conspiracy, despite the historical facts stating otherwise.

“If it was a Shia-led Iraq that had a special relationship with Iran, and you look at that relationship with Syria and with Hezbollah-Lebanon, then we have this new crescent that appears that would be very destabilising for the Gulf countries and actually for the whole region.” – King Abdullah II of Jordan, Hardball, NBC News, 2004.

It’s important to understand the facts, to understand the root of problems shaking up the events in the Middle East and elsewhere. Shias are a majority in Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Bahrain. They fully control Iran (90-95% citizens are Shias), since 2003 onwards partially Iraq (65-70% [some estimates reach 85%], citizens are Shias), Azerbaijan (80-85% citizens are Shias) is a post-Communist, very secularized society and therefore despite majority Shia, most people are not religious, Bahrain (80-85% citizens are Shias), but the ruling absolute monarchy is Sunni, therefore Shias are barred from all the positions of power and influence such as the military, police, or teaching jobs. Shias make significant “minorities” in many countries such as India, Lebanon, Kuwait, Yemen et al. Alawites of Syria aren’t Shias, therefore we do not include them in the statistics. The rest of worldwide countries are majority Sunni. One can clearly see that realistically, Shiites nowadays control only two countries; Iran and Iraq. Out of the two, Iran has economic sanctions on it since 1979, therefore for almost 40 years the country’s economy is crippled and the country has no funds to spread the peacful message of (Shia) Islam, unlike the Sunni countries that have a free hand to spread terrorism. The other, Iraq, is in constant state of unsecurity since 2003, due to the fact that the Sunni minority can’t accept that Saddam is gone and his dictatorial rule was replaced with a fully democratic state that chooses it’s representatives in national elections. Therefore, the so-called Shia Crescent is just confined to one, max two states, Iran +/- Iraq. And this is to say that the two countries really conspire against the remaining 50 Sunni majority countries in some imaginary way, despite the realities of divide among the Shia; Iranian/Iraqi tribes, political factions (Arab vs. Persian nationalisms) and theological differences (Ayatollah Sistani’s vs. Ayatollah Khamenei’s). The facts speak for themselves, but as always the Sunni conspiracy theorists love to blame all their ills on the Shias; in 1258, the sack of Baghdad by the invanding Mongols that led to the downfall of a Sunni Umayyad dynasty (the same one whose Caliphs persecuted and killed Prophet’s family) was a… Shia fault, in 2013, some blamed Shia Egyptians for being a part of a wider conspiracy to oust Islamist Sunni president, and so on.

In 29th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on December 27, 2015, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Muslim countries to unite and strive to improve Islam’s public image, adding that “There is neither a Shiite nor a Sunni crescent. We have an Islamic moon. We, Muslims, are in a world where we must be united”.

In January 2016, a Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud claimed that the Arab world was confronted “by a Shia full moon”, and not even a Crescent. Ironically, on 10 January 2016, The Independent reported that “the BND, the German intelligence agency … portrayed Saudi defence minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman … as a political gambler who is destabilising the Arab world through proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.” Maybe afterall the Sunni conspiracists aren’t wrong, the Shia Crescent isn’t confined to the Middle East no more, “a Shia full moon” stretches as far as the German intelligence agency… And all of that is a part of an ongoing, 1300 years old obssesion with a possible raise and spread of a peacful, true and pure Islamic thought, that is, a Shia one. We hope that one day a Shia full moon will truly shine bringing light to this age of darkness that the Islamic faith found itself in, thanks to the Sunni religion that hijacked it.

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On the left without medals: Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani, who since beginning of his carrier, fights against terrorist Sunni full moon; Saddam, al-Qaeda, ISIS and other Sunni proxies in the region. On the right with medals: King Abdullah II of Jordan, the owner of over 30 domestic and foreign medals, despite never officially taking part in any military conflict. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it]. [2:42]

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