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Cafe Lindt: How to demonize the Shia – by Laleen Ahmad


A friend based in Sydney called me early in the morning. A Shia, she married a Wahabi man some two decades ago after, what she now describes, “losing my sanity”. Her husband had been in a permanent state of embarrassment because almost every act of Islamofascist terrorism anywhere in the world has involved Wahabis and/or Deobandis. Thus, when the Australian media informed its readers and viewers that Sheikh Monis, the man who took innocent Australians hostage in Cafe Lindt in Sydney’s Martin Place, he went mad in excitement denouncing the Shias in veiled terms.

It was a gala time for Wahabi-Deobandis and their sympathisers in Australia who now (at last!) could ‘prove’ that terrorism is not a Wahabi-Deobandi monopoly.

The moment the Iranian (read: Shia) ‘credentials’ of Sheikh Monis were announced, Australia’s Wahabis and their fellow Deobandis began to shout claiming that they (read: Wahabis and Deobandis) had nothing to do with the terrorists. The media in its ignorance claimed that the flag waved by the Sheikh was a Shia flag. Sydney’s media told people that the Shia sect was a “Cult of Death”. The black flag waved by the Sheikh was the “Shia flag of permanent mourning”. The media did not tell people that the flag waved by the Sheikh is the flag of the al-Qaeda-backed terrorist group Al-Nusra that has been killing innocent civilians in Syria and Iraq.

However, the Australian government also failed to tell the people of Australia and elsewhere that as far back as 2008, the Shia leadership of Sydney had demanded of the Australian government to investigate the Sheikh because he was a dangerous man. The Iranian Foreign Ministry also asked the Australian government to investigate him. Why did the government not investigate him? One answer is that the Sheikh had claimed to have secret knowledge about Iran, which could “expose” it.

The media also did not tell the people that the Sheikh had converted to Wahabism. He thanked Allah that he was no more a Shia “infidel”. “I used to be a Rafidi, but not anymore. Now I am a Muslim, Alhamdu Lillah,” he announced on his web site.After the conversion, he referred to the Shias as “Rafidis” which is how the Saudi-backed anti-Shia elements describe them. “Rafidi” means an infidel.

On 16 December, some Australian newspapers apologised for having incriminated the Shias. Even the government-funded ABC news channel informed its viewers that the Sheikh had converted to “Sunni” (but actually Wahabi) sometime ago.

Shia hatred is not new. The Shias have battled discrimination for centuries. They will continue to do so. However, those who live their lives based on Shia hatred have only blinded themselves. They live the lives of witches. Ultimately, the Western countries that support the Wahabis and Deobandis will sooner or later pay a heavy price.

Most of the facts mentioned in this comment can be found in the following sources:




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