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Aya Hachem’s murder: UK foreign policy and structural Shiaphobia

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21-May-2020

Aya Hachem’s murder raises troubling questions about UK foreign policy and blatant structural Shiaphobia preached by some clerics The causal anti-Shia Bigotry witnessed when fundraisers backed out of supporting Aya Hachem’s does not exist in a vacuum. This intolerance and hatred against Shia Muslims are couched in noxious foreign policy and anti-Shia prejudice. England thought […]

Aya Hachem’s murder raises troubling questions about UK foreign policy and blatant structural Shiaphobia preached by some clerics

The causal anti-Shia Bigotry witnessed when fundraisers backed out of supporting Aya Hachem’s does not exist in a vacuum. This intolerance and hatred against Shia Muslims are couched in noxious foreign policy and anti-Shia prejudice.

England thought it could participate in the Neocon-lead destruction of multiple Middle Eastern and African countries without any blowback. They were obviously wrong.

Britain’s atrocious foreign policy and dirty collaboration with Saudi Arabia have destroyed multiple countries like Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. This policy and collaboration relies on being in bed with the most rabidly sectarian proxies like Al Qaeda and ISIS.

This has now blown back in England in the form of multiple terrorist attacks and an increase in anti-Shia bigotry preached by the likes of Anjem Chaudhry.

London’s virtue signaling Mayor, the ultra woke, neoliberal poster child Sadiq Khan has subtly promoted this form of vicious sectarianism. His selective posturing against Lebanese Shia Muslims and refusal to act against those waving ISIS flags has promoted prejudice and Shiaphobia in England.

Along with the horrible foreign policy, the subtle bigotry promoted by some clerics has also lead to an increase in prejudice against Shia Muslims.

Javed Ahmed Ghamdi is a popular preacher and “reformer” amongst educated and urbanized Pakistani and Expat Muslims. He presents himself as a soft-spoken reformer but subtly engages in the same vicious sectarian bigotry as Farhat Hashmi and Zakir Naik.

Nasibi sectarians like Javed Ghamdi and Wahhabi like Zakir Naik and Farhat Hashmi have played a major role in promoting intolerance and bigotry amongst Shia Muslims.

One example of this structural anti-Shia bigotry is the campaign against the invocation and reverence for Imam Ali Ibne Abi Talib. Along with the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Iman Ali (as) is the foundation for spirituality and knowledge in Islam. This is the shared faith of Shias, Sufis, and Sunnis.

However, the invocation and remembrance for Imam Ali (as) are bitterly opposed by Wahhabi sectarians and Nasibis like Zakir Naik, Farhat Hashmi, and Javed Ghamdi. Just a reverential mention of Imam Ali (as) is considered as a sin by these sectarians and Nasibis.

Those whose bigotry makes them speak out even against the remembrance and invocation of Imam Ali (as) play a direct role in the othering of Shia Muslims

Promoting structural anti-Shia hatred is intertwined with bad foreign policy. That is why brown-nosing types like Sachedina etc will engage in this because it is a lucrative business.

The failure of Shia Muslims to confront this structural Shiaphobia is reflected in their weak to nonexistent responses to previous such atrocities.

A Britisher was killed by her family for simply marrying another British man who was a Shia Muslim. Similarly, American and British Shia Muslims were brutally massacred in Pakistan some years ago. They were just retired professionals who were attending a majlis at their family home in Pakistan.

The British Muslim community failed to properly protest these crimes. The kind of casual bigotry against Aya Hachem is indicative of the inability of Shia Muslims to even confront the bigotry against innocent members is their faith community.

They can no longer pretend that such prejudice and hate are not possible against them in a Western country. This is a wake-up call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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