Iran Appoints First Sunni Ambassador. It took over 36 years for the Iranian regime (who always blabber about Shia-Sunni unity, in a country where Sunnis are a very large minority) to appoint its first ever Sunni ambassador, although in some random non-Muslim country, namely Vietnam and Cambodia (less than 300.000 Muslims live in both countries!). Now some ignorants might claim that at least Sunnis in Iran are better treated than Shias in Sunni (or Sunni run) countries. This is incorrect and widely propagated by Shiites and Iranian regime supporters.
Despite this being a red herring (two wrongs don’t make a right), the truth actually is that despite oppression that Shiite minorities might face in Sunni country, yet the political power they hold since decades is something Iranian Sunnis (who outnumber the entire Sunnis and Shias of the Gulf, there are over 15 million Sunnis in Iran, at least) can only dream of. Here are facts you won’t see on Shia websites:
Is a Sunni run country (with a large Sunni minority, at least 35-40%), the way Shias portray it is as if they got no rights whatsover in Bahrain, but check these position they traditionally hold, something Iranian Sunnis can only dream of. Shias in Bahrain hold (since decades) one of the HIGHEST political positions in the country. among them are:
The Housing minister of Bahrain: Shi’ite
The health minister of Bahrain: Shi’ite
Minister for Employment of Bahrain: Shi’ite
President of the Parliament: Shi’ite
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In Saudi Arabia:
Shiites form a tiny minority of 5% (some sources state even less). There is no doubt that they face oppression from a government that is pushed by strict Sunni clergies. The difference is the honesty, Saudi scholars are at least straight forward and declare Shiism as a deviation and heresy as it was done decades by classical Sunni scholarship. The Iranina Shiite regime on the other hand claims islam and brotherhood, yet suppresses its Sunni minority. Having said that, Saudi Shiites are still in a better position than Iranian Sunnis. Saudi Shias own an entire neighbourhood in the “Wahhabi” stronghold Madinah Al-Munawwarah. An entire Shiite tribe (the Nakhawilah) run a Husseiniyyah (self-flagellation temple), graveyard and centre inside Madinah. In the recent years even public Ashura rituals such as chest beating have been noticed. On the other hand, Iranian Sunnis are never allowed to show any visible presence in Tehran or other Shiite cities of Iran.
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Kuwait is a majority Sunni country, yet Shiites are represented everywhere, in the captial they run massive Husseiniyyat (Shiite places of worship and self-flagellation). The Kuwaiti parliament represents several Shiites including ministers. Rich businessmen own estates and businesses, something Iranian Sunni businessmen can only dream of in Shiite run Iran. Shiite MPs are so common that Kuwaits parliament even has a number of Shiite clergies as MPs, again something impossible for Iranian Sunni clergies. Shiite places of worship became just recently under target, but then, extremist groups even bombed Sunni Mosques and military, more than once in Saudi Arabia.
Emirates and Oman:
Both have a very small Shiite minority, yet Shias enjoy absolute freedom in the Sunni Maliki state of the UAE (where Shias run large Mosques and Khamenei himself has a representative in the Emirates!) and the Ibadhi-Khariji run state of Oman (a large Shia Mosque exists close to the palace of the Omani Sultan)
Shias in Pakistan and Afghanistan:
Shia killings are still common in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but this rather goes back to the aggressive Anti-Sunni nature of Shiism (reviling revered Sunni figures in the most vile form possible is an essential part of Twelver Shiism that is widely practiced by Shiites) and extremists who can’t control their anger and resort to violance. However, whereas Iranian Sunnis can’t run a single bookshop in major Shia cities (like in the capital), yet there are dozen Shia Husseiniyyahs (self-flagellation temples) in Sunni strongholds, including the Pakistani capital and Karachi and many other Sunni cities.
As for the political power that Shiites hold, then is it not enough that Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was an Ismaili by birth and a Twelver Shia by confession, though not a religiously observant man. His coreligionists played an important role in his movement, and over the years many of Pakistan’s leaders were Shias, including one the country’s first governor-generals, three of its first prime ministers, two of its military leaders (Generals Iskandar Mirza and Yahya Khan), and many other of its leading public officials, landowners, industrialists, artists, and intellectuals such as Yasir Wilayati and several other top ranking Pakistani politicians and generals such as Mushaf Ali Mir, Tanveer Naqvi, Yahya Khan, Muhammad Musa and Iskander Mirza. Two later prime ministers, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his Radcliffe-educated, daughter, Benazir Bhutto (her mother was an Iranian and her husband from a big Shia landowning family. He had a zeal for Sufi saints and shrines, especially that of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, the widely popular Sufi saint of Shia extraction whose tomb is a major shrine in southern Pakistan.), were also Shia. Not in a million years can Iranian Sunnis dream to hold any such positions, yet strangely many dishonest Shiite propagandists love to compare Iranian Sunnis to Pakistani Shiites, having the audacity of claiming that Sunnis of Iran have more right than Shiites of Pakistan.
As for Afghanistan, then one only needs to type Ashura or Muharram and Kabul into google to be exposed to endless pictures of Shiites who are involved in savage Shiite self-flagellation rituals in the Sunni capital of Afghanistan which is Kabul. Every Ashura, streets in Shia areas of Kabul are lined with black flags – as a symbol of the community’s mourning. Such signals of their faith were scarcely in evidence until 2001. After the collapse of the Taliban regime and the freedoms that ensued, they extended their mourning ceremonies to non-Shia neighbourhoods, driving long convoys with flags and loudspeakers blaring religious songs.
Where do Iranian Sunnis have such freedoms? Of course Sunnis are not involved in any pagan self-flagellation rituals as Shiites, neither do they ever want to, the point here is that Sunnis are barely allowed to show any presence in majority Shia cities like Tehran, yet Shiites of Kabul publically self-flagellate themselves and perform several other Ashura linked religious rituals. Tehran is the only capital in the entire world (even Greece’s capital and major Zionist cities in occupied Palestine are doing better) that has no Sunni run Mosque. The Shiite authorities prevent Sunnis of having a proper Mosque, run by them, according to their Fiqh (there are just few prayer houses in Tehran and they get ever so often raided and are under heavy pressure by the officials) yet the Shiites of Kabul (Sunni captial of Sunni Afghanistan) built one of the biggest Shia Mosques of the entire country, he Abol-Fazl Mosque in Kabul in 2008 (i.e. just recently!).
As for the political power Afghan Shiite hold then Iranian Sunnis can only dream of having 1% of the power of Afghan Shiites. Take for examples the Hazaras (the infamous foul mouthed Shiite cleric Allahyari from Ahle Beit TV is an Afghan Hazara). As Afghanistan’s only substantial Shia population, the Hazara share a strong connection to Iran that stretches back centuries. Ethnically, they represent Afghanistan’s third largest minority, comprising 10-15 percent of a population of 28 million; they are neither Persian, Pashtun, nor Turkic, but are believed to be Mongol in origin (left overs of Jhengis Khan’s army). Their traditional homeland, referred to as the Hazarajat, lies in the Hindu Kush mountains of central Afghanistan. There are also enclaves in West Kabul, as well as in refugee communities in Iran and Pakistan.
Historically, the Hazara often fought in Iran’s armies and visited the shrines of Shia Imams in Iran and Iraq. Today, Iran funds mosques, universities, and charities in Afghanistan. Many prominent Hazara political leaders spent time in Iran for education, political refuge, or military support. The Hazara Ayatollah Asif Mohseni runs a seminary and television studio to broadcast Shia Islam in Sunni Kabul, something Iranian Sunnis can only dream of (running a Sunni bookshop is impossible in Tehran, let alone a satellite channel!). Several Iranian Shiite Ayatollahs run entire seminars and charitity organisations in Sunni strongholds such as Herat (Persian Khorassani Sunni city), something Iranian Sunni scholars can only dream of (running a single centre is impossible for any Sunni Iranian preacher in majority Shiite cities). Sunnis of Iran, although representing the largest religious minority of the country, yet are prevented from forming any Sunni run poltical party, yet in Sunni Afghanistan (like in Pakistan) there are several (!) Shiite political parties, among them are:
– Hezbe Wahdat
– Islamic Movement of Afghanistan
– National Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan
– People’s Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan
– Revolutionary Council of Islamic Unity of Afghanistan
Needless to mention that unlike Iranian Sunnis (who barely hold any political power, let alone in higher positions), Afghan Shias enjoy strong political power. Karim Khalili, a Hazara former militia commander served as former President Hamid Karzai’s vice president from 2004 until September 2014. A post impossible for an Iranian Sunni since the Iranian constitution itself demands that none but a Twelver Shiite can be the president of Iran. After Khalili another Shiite filled his place, namely Mohammad Sarwar Danish an Afghan politician who served as Vice President of Afghanistan since 2014. He previously served as Acting Minister of Justice from 2004 to 2010 and as Acting Minister of Higher Education from 2010 to 2014, again a position an Iranin Sunni can only dream of. Here a list of Shia Afghan ministers:
– Agriculture Minister Sayed Hussain Anwari. He was Minister of Social Affairs and Labor from 1992 to 1995 – Shiite
– Transportation Minister Saeed Mohammed Ali Jawad – Shiite
– Commerce Minister Sayed Mustafa Kasemi – Shiite
– Karim Khalili, former Vice-President of Afghanistan – Shiite
– Sarwar Danish, current Vice-President of Afghanistan – Shiite
The Sunni Pashtun president of Afghanitan, Karzai appointed six Hazaras Shiites to his cabinet, Ahmadinejad and the curent Iranian president Rouhani appointed zero Sunnis.
An eye-reach shows that Shias enjoy an absolute freedom in these two countries; as vice president, some governors and ministers are Shiite in Afghanistan. The president of Pakistan belongs to Shia community, there are some other important public figures belong to Shia community in Pakistan even in Army and intelligence services. Religiously, Shias enjoy full freedom, as there are many Shiite worship places in Kabul and Islamabad and wherever they live from small to big cities.
After all these facts, is there any doubt that Sunni Iranians are treated can only wish to enjoy half of the religious and polticial freedom of Shiites (in Sunni majority countries)? In sha Allah the just will judge with justice in particular in the light of Iran being so mouthy claiming Islamic unity and accusing others of secterianism.