Sayyed Mohamad Ali El
Husseini '' In his view, Shia's authority of the Jurist (Wilayat al-Faqih) and
Daesh were both seeking an alleged caliphate and leadership that justify
coercion in the name of religion.
Abu Dhabi, 4th June, 2015 (WAM) – Sayyed Mohamad Ali El Husseini,
Secretary-General, Arab-Islamic Council in Lebanon, has commended the UAE's
approach which advocates principles of moderate Islam, and values of tolerance
and peaceful co-existence away from fanaticism and extremism.
In a lecture hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research
(ECSSR) last night at its building, Ali Husseini called for circulating the UAE
model as the best method to counter sectarianism and religious extremism in the
He told an audience of politicians, diplomats, media persons and an elite group
of social and thought leaders that religion can only be used to attain
political gains through misrepresentation, affirming that talk about Sunni
Islam and Shia Islam is baseless because they are two schools divided by
In his lecture titled ''The Dangers of Sectarian Conflicts and Means to
Confront Them'', the scholar, known of his open political and intellectual
stances, spoke about the serious dangers that sectarianism could inflict on the
structure of communities and how it accelerates erosion and disintegration of
communities from within, turning them into failed states that were plagued by
wars and disagreements that deplete their resources and defame their stature.
He warned of a conspiracy to ignite strife inside Islam with the aim of
bringing about its implosion although people differ as to who the parties
behind this evil plan and its implementation are. Some people, he said, believe
it to be the work of major non-Islamic nations while others suggest that one
Islamic nation is using sectarian strife to impose its hegemony over the
However, the scholar believes that there are a combination of external
(non-Islamic) and internal (Islamic) factors at play.
In this context, he said,'' We find the phenomenon of "Islam within
Islam", or those instigating strife within Islam, adhere to their own
interpretation of the Holy Quran and the Prophet’s Hadith that deviate from the
genuine mission of peaceful Islam, and upon which they rely to promote their
own fabricated version of Islam.'' In his view, Shia's authority of the Jurist
(Wilayat al-Faqih) and Daesh were both seeking an alleged caliphate and
leadership that justify coercion in the name of religion.
''The forces behind this phenomenon now seek to inflame sectarian and factional
wars. If such wars are instigated by emphasising different strains of Islam
followed by different parties/factions, logically the solution lies in a return
to true, unified Islam. Unfortunately, for complicated historical reasons this
prospect has never been pursued. To re-invigorate this proposal, we should work
seriously toward achieving reconciliation and rapprochement among conflicting
Islamic creeds,'' he said.
Alternatively, he continued, ''We may resort to a contemporary solution that
can be drawn from modern nations, such as establishing a non-religious state (a
nomocracy rather than a theocracy). In this proposed state, no creed should be
declared as the official religion. Thus, it would be similar to a secular state
in this respect. However, it would differ from a secular state by virtue of its
general affiliation to Islamic law.''