Kerman province is home to ethnic Persians, the absolute majority of them have been forced to Shi’ism during Safavid onslaught in 16th century. Today, a minority (mainly Baloch tribes) is Sunni (Hanafi), mainly in the south of the province.
Major Muslim-Sunni authorities and Imams in Fiqh, Aqidah, Hadith, Tafsir, Arabic (grammar, poetry etc.) uses to emerge from the famous Kerman region of the Persian lands.
Shaikh Mohsen Mo’tamad passed away today (16/02/2018) on Jumu’ah. He was one of the most famous Da’wah carriers (who also studied Mathematical Physics) in the south of Iran (Hormozgan) and amir (head) of the Tablighi Jama’at in the Hormozgan province (yes, they do operate in Iran, only in predominantly Sunni regions and even there they are often faced with harassment by the regime).
May Allah have mercy upon him and forgive his sins and make Jannah Al-Firdaws Al-A’laa his eternal home.
His full name was Abul-Qasim Hussein ibn Muhammad Al-Raghib Al-Isfahani (often written as Asbahani), also known as Ibn Al-Mufaddal. He was of Persian descent, born in Isfahan (modern day Iran). He lived in around 502 AH (eleventh-century A.D.) and was a scholar of Qur’anic exegesis and the Arabic language.
Imam Al-Dhahabi (in his Siyaar A’laam Al-Nubala’) says about him:
العلامة الماهر ، المحقق الباهر أبو القاسم ; الحسين بن محمد [ ص: 121 ] بن المفضل الأصبهاني ، الملقب بالراغب ، صاحب التصانيف .
“The profound Allamah, outstanding Muhaqqiq, Abu Al-Qassim; Al-Hussein ibn Muhammad ibn Al-Mufaddal Al-Asbahani, known as Al-Raghib …”
The following meme is spot on except as expected they’re blaming Saudi and so called takfiris (and tomorrow unicorns). Everyone except their own rotten regime that is getting a fraction of a taste of the death and destruction they have been causing in Muslim countries.
Meanwhile Iran is witnessing large anti-regime demonstrations incuding in Sunni cities and provinces such as Zahedan (majority Hanafi Baloch) Bandar Abbas (majority Sunni city, mainly Persian Shafi’is and a minority of Arabs) and Sanandaj (almost entirely Kurdish and Shafi’i).#IranUprising#IranProtests#SunnisOfIran
Iranian Sunni girl in traditional Baloch Hijab/Khimar wites on the wall:
“Death to #Khamenei”
(The Iranian Sistan-Balouchistan province is majority Sunni and home to ethnic Baloch and Persians alike. It is the poorest province of Iran, neglected by the very Mullahs of Tehran and Qom who are busy building Super-Sized golden shrines for Khomeini and Shia saints.)
One the most senior Sunni scholars of Iran, Molawi Abdul-Rahman Chabahari, has expressed his support for the demonstrations. Subsequently, demonstrations were announced in a number of majority Sunni cities in the Iranian #SistanBaluchestan province.
The regime of Khamenei has subsequently employed whole caravans of armed forces in majority Sunni towns of #SistanBaluchestan.
One of the most senior Sunni scholars of Iran has passed away. He was Sheikh Al-Hadith Mohammad Yusuf Husseinpour from Sarbaz city. Unlike the likes of Khomeini (whose already extravagant mausoleum has been further renewed to what looks now like a Zoroastrian-Sassanian palace) and other Shia scholars and saints, no extravagant grave (let alone shrine or mausoleum) will be built for him, he will be buried in a simple and modest fashion as required by the shari’ah and as it is common among Sunni Iranians.
Mohammad Hussein Gorgij, one of the most senior Sunni scholars in Iran calls upon Iranian Sunni scholars and the Sunni people of Iran to boycott the government for its repeated breach of Sunni rights inside Iran.
Eid al-Fitr 2017 prayers in Mashad, Iranian Khorasan province. Unknown to many, the city has a Sunni population (Khorasani Persians) of around 15-20%. In fact Mashad is one of the few majority ethnic Persian Shia cities with a sizeable indigenous ethnic Persian Sunni community (most Sunnis in Tehran, although Iranian are not indigenous to the city). Iranian (Khorassani) Persian Sunnis are basically the indigenous people of the city and region who have either survived the Safavid onslaught or managed to avoid forced conversions to Shiism in the 16th century.
Mashadi Persian Sunnis (Hanafis) only differ from the Shias of the city and region in the way they dress; Most Persian Khorassani Shias wear western style clothes wheras Persian Khorassani Sunnis wear Shalwar Qamiz like most Muslims in the Khorassan and central Asia region, hence they are not to be confused with Afghans (majority of Afghans inside. Iran are Shia, particularly in Mashad city).
Sunnis in Mashad are often pushed outside the city to rural areas and many of their “mosques” (around a dozen in Mashad) are actually so called “Namaz Khanehs” (prayer houses like in Tehran). The biggest Sunni Mosque of Madhad, the famous Shaykh Fayz mosque (very close to the Imam Rida “shrine”) was demolished in the 90s by the order of Khamenei himself; hardline Shia clerics have always expressed their hatred for the native Sunni community and in particular for the visible and large Shaykh Fayz mosque that wqs turned into a public park.
The largest Mashadi Sunni institute (in the whole Iranian Khorassan region) is based at the outskirts of Mashad (some towns in the Iranian Khorassan region are still majority Sunni like Tayabad, Khash, Tombat Jam and others).
Ramadhan 1438 / 2017 in Birjand city (southern Khorasan province of Iran) which has a large Sunni population of ethnic Persian Sunnis (Hanafi). The Shalwar Qamis is their traditional clothing just as it is the traditional clothing of Persian/Tajik Sunnis of Afghanistan. Shias in Iran are one of the few nations in the Islamic world that are devoid of any traditional Islamic clothing (the Shia clergy is wears clerical clothing which is for them only, like in a Hindu caste system or the Church where priests only wear specific attire).
Except visible Sunnism!
In the capital of Iran, Tehran, Sikhs run an actual proper temple, Zorastrians have …
…fire temples and private schools. Jews literally own and run their private hospital (!) (besides their numerous owned Synagogues) and of course Christians own massive churches, visible ones, crosses and other symbols of polytheistism covering the skyline of the city.
The tradition of wearing black as a symbol of mourning is a Jewish and Christian tradition, alien to orthodox Islam.
Images of Iranian (Baloch, Persians etc.) Sunni fighters (Anti-Daeshand Anti-Bashar and Anti-Iran regime) in Syria.
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Harakat Ansar Iran
Harakat Ansar Iran (Persian: حرکت انصار ایران; Movement of the Partisans of Iran) was a Sunni militant organization active in 2012–2013 in the Sistan and Baluchestan insurgency and a designated terrorist organization by Iran. It was one of two militant groups, along with its ally Jaish ul-Adl, which split from Jundallah after the arrest of its leader in 2010.
The Major Powers in the west favoured the Safavids because they were an obstacle to the Islamic expansion of the Sunni Ottomans i.e. they (Shia Safavids) were one of the major causes why the Muslims couldn’t conquer Europe. Ferdinand, the ambassador to the Austrian King remarked:
“Had it not been for the (Shi’ite) Safavids in Persia, we would have been reading the Qur’an this day like the Algerians”
Meaning that his nation would have been conquered by the Ottoman Muslims. It was the Safavid state that kept the Ottoman state busy with fighting the Safavids, instead of the crusaders. The Safavids had never beaten their western neighbours in a straight fight. Hence Safavid Persia and Europe formed an alliance against the Sunni Ottomans. A dramatic example of this is the role of the English engineer/adventurers, known as the Sherley brothers who helped Shah Abbas create an indigenous musket and cannon industry to fight the formidable Ottomans. Shah Abbas’ personal bodyguard were recruited from the Armenians and the Georgians of the Caucasus. How true is the famous statement of Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah who more than two centories before the emergence of the Safavid dynasty said:
“The Rafidis are the donkeys of the Jews, they ride them for every fitnah”
[Ibn Taymiyyah, Minhaaj-us-Sunnah 1/20-21]
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
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Shiism was so scarce in Persia that the Safavid rulers had problems finding a single Shia book or scholar in a city such as Tabriz. They had to import scholars from lebanon!
When Ismail 1st seized Baghdad in 1508 AD, Sunni Muslims were massacred. The tombs of the Abbasid Caliphs were destroyed. Even the tombs of the jurist Imam Abu Hanifah and Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani were not spared and were literally desecrated. After the Safavids were pushed out the Ottomans on the other hand never retaliated against Shi’ite shrines and populations in Iraq. Here a list of the crimes of the savage pagan, Isma’il Safawi:
Ismail’s (the founder of the Safavid Dynasty) battle with Uzbek warlord Muhammad Shaybani Khan in 1510, on a folio from the Kebir Musaver Silsilname. After the battle Ismail is said to have gilded the skull of Shaybani Khan for use as a wine goblet.
In a nutshell: They were:
- Non-Persian, Azeri Turks (with Kurdish ancestry as stated by some historians)
- Former Sufis (extreme forms of Sufism have always been a gateway to Shi’ism)
- Revived Zoroastrian holiday (Norooz) with the help of the likes of Mullah Majlisi
- Opium addicts
- Allies of the crusading west against the Ottomans
- Self-proclaimed semi-divine rulers (copying ancient Persian Zoroastrian rulers who like Shia Imams were infallible and divine)
The only Sunni Mosque of Shiraz, founded by Dr. Mozaffarian from Shiraz. He was a Physician who converted to orthodox Islam after having travelled to the southern parts and coastal areas of Iran (which are predominantly Persian and Sunni but unknown to many Iranian Shias, except some holiday destination like Kish etc.) and built the first Sunni Mosque of Shiraz (after the Safavids destroyed every single Sunni Mosque) by converting his house into a Mosque when the authorities refused to give him the permission to buy land and build a Sunni Mosque from scratch for the Sunni community of Shiraz (which is the largest minority of Shiraz, yet to this day they have only a single Mosque). Dr. Mozaffarian was arrested and executed in 1991 on the false charge spying for the United States. Under immense pressure by the large Sunni population of Shiraz and southern Iran in general, the Mosque has been eventually built, however as a form of humiliation the regime prevented the buidling of minarets and even loudspeakers for the Adhan.
Shiraz, like most of modern day Iran was Sunni. As a matter of fact, Shirazi was a renowned stronghold of Sunnism in Islamic history, beacons of knowledge emerged from there such as Imam Abu Ishaq al-Shirazi (known as “The Shaykh of the Shafi’is of his time”!) 476H Scholars from Cairo and Baghdad travelled to the Persian lands of Shiraz to seek knowledge. It eventually became a stronghold of the Shafi’is (still most Persians south of Shiraz, who fled the Safavid onslaught are majority Sunni Shafi’i) right until just 500 years ago i.e. before the onslaught of the Safavids the hit the ethnic Persians of Iran the most (who ironically admire the Turkic Safavids the most, religious Shia and non-religious ones alike). Today Shirazi is one of the few Persian Shia cities with a native Sunni minority, the Safavids either destroyed all Sunnis Mosques or removed any sign of Sunnism (such as calligraphies with the names of the four rightly caliphs) from Shiraz’s landscpape. Many Persian Shirazi Muslims did not submit and refused to accept Shi’ism, they either fled (further to the south, were many Persian Sunnis of Shirazi descendant still live in Iran) or were slaughtered on spot.
ِNematullah al-Jazairi (1640 AD), a prominent Shia scholar in post-Safavid Iran, an accomplice and student of the palace scholar of the Safavid Kings, the Sunni-hating Baqir al-Majlisi. A believer in the distortion of the Qur’an, a Shia saint, fruit of post-Safavid Persia and Shiraz (where he studied) says in his “Anwar al-Nu’mania”, 1/ 27:
The rising Sunni population and shrinking Shia population of Iran – From the Ayatollah’s mouth
Since over a decade the number of the Sunnis of Iran are estimated based on out dated figures, most sources (especially Iranian and Shia ones) constantly speak of a Sunni population of 9-10% (in the past the Iranian regime even claimed there were only 4-5% Sunnis in Iran, a claim so ridiculous that even the regime itself stopped repeating it).
Iranian Sunni politicians, scholars, websites and organizations complain about the absence of any official records regarding their community and believe their number is much greater (between 20-25%) than what is usually estimated.
When the Safavids under Ismail I decided to convert everyone residing in current day Iran from Sunni to Shiite Islam in 1501, they started arranged attacks and massacres against the Sunni Persians who refused to convert. As a result, many Sunni Persians left their hometowns for the Zagros mountains. After the Battle of Chaldiran where the Safavids lost to the Ottoman the Sunni Persians descended from the mountains to begin a new life in the land they named “Bastak”, meaning barrier or backstop signifying barrier from Shiite Safavids’ attacks and influences.
Sunni Persians are therefore present in the neighbour areas of Iran such as the Persian Gulf. In fact, people of Sunni Persians origin make up large numbers of the population of Kuwait, the USE and Bahrain (many Bahraini Sunnis are actually of Persian Sunni origin, although many have been Arabised). In the UAE Sunni Persians have ministers like the minister of Education who is originally from Bastak (Persian Sunni city in south Iran) and two other ministers that come from the town of Evaz (people from Evaz are known as ‘Awadhis in the Gulf, like the famous preacher Nabil al-‘Awadhi). They are generally known as very educated and successful (often tradesmen) people, loyal to their respective countries, and staunchly adhering to their Sunni faith.
Persian Kharijis once ruled Algeria and other parts of North Africa and defeated (along with the Sunnis) the Rafidis.
As for the Kharijis:
The Rustamids (767-909) – founded by a Khariji missionary named ʿAbdu r-Rahman ibn Bahram ibn Rustam (Rustam being a pre-Islam Sassanian name which is still very common amongst Shiites in Iran. Rustum is the historical general who fought at the Battle of al-Qādisiyyah for the Sasanian Empire, and ultimately lost and saw Persia being conquered by Islam) were a dynasty of Ibadi Khawarij Imams of Persian descent that ruled mostly in the central Maghreb for a century and a half from their capital Tiaret (in modern Algeria) until the Ismaili Fatimid Caliphate destroyed it. Their realm extended mostly to current central Algeria, but also Libya, Morocco and Mauritania. Despite their (light) Khariji theology, they were just rulers and allied with Sunnis in fighting against the Rafidi Fatimids.
Abdulsamad Rahmani, an ethnic Khorasani (Persians from the Iranian Khorasan province which has a large Persian Sunni population) from Birjand city and a student of the largest Sunni institute of Iran in, Daar al-Uloom Makki, in Zahedan, Sistan-Balochestan province was arrested and taken to an unknown place just before he was to continue his studies in Zahedan. Intelligence services refused to tell his family about his whereabouts.
Source: Baloch (human rights) campaign
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