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Al Jazeera Wants Outrage At Saddam’s Hanging

From the DNC’s Al Jazeera:

Hajj ‘an opportunity for unity’

Iraqi pilgrims have said that the Hajj is an opportunity for unity, but conflict and division in their homeland hinders the possibility for lasting peace.

Shia and Sunni Muslims have walked shoulder to shoulder and shared the same tents on Mount Arafat, the site of a key ritual in the annual pilgrimage.

The execution of Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, has spread fears that the cycle of sectarian bloodshed that has torn the country apart will increase.

"Six million more Saddams will take his place," said one Iraqi pilgrim.

The news that Saddam had been executed on the morning of Eid al-Adha shocked many.

"Killing Saddam during the Hajj means they’re willing to provoke Sunnis to the highest degree," one pilgrim said.

Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Sheikh, the mufti (Islamic scholar) of Saudi Arabia, called for unity among the "Muslims of Iraq, Palestine, Somalia and Afghanistan" – the foremost areas of intra-Muslim violence across the Islamic world.

"Your blood is as blessed as this blessed day," he said. "Return to your senses and settle your affairs. Rise above accusations."

The majority of Iraqis on the Hajj have tried to avoid talk of the turmoil back home during the religious journey.

"We’re here for our religion, not for politics," one elderly pilgrim said.

Sunni Arabs formed the backbone of Saddam’s regime and many believe that his trial and conviction were acts of vengeance by Shias who now dominate the government.

Yassin Subhi, an Iraqi Sunni Muslim, vowed that his prayers during the Hajj pilgrimage on Friday would be a sword to fight his country’s occupiers.

At the same time, a procession of his fellow Iraqis marched to a holy site, waving a Shia banner.

However, the pilgrimage may be one of the few religious events that Iraq’s Sunni and Shia celebrate together. Today, separation is an unavoidable in Iraq.

Sunni and Shia in Iraq are increasingly segregating, afraid to enter each other’s districts of Baghdad amid months of sectarian killings.

During the Hajj, at Mount Arafat, the two sects have come together, living in a single Iraqi section of the sprawling tent city where nearly three million pilgrims from around the world spent most of Friday in prayer and meditation.

The prayers at Mount Arafat are one of the main rites of the Hajj.

The desert plain is where the Prophet Muhammad gave his last sermon in AD 632, soon before his death, and he told his followers that God "frees more souls from hell" on the Day of Arafat than any other day.

Lest we forget, Saddam Hussein killed more Muslims than any other man in history.

It should also be noted that the Shiites and Sunnis do radically different things during Hajj. The Shiites, for instance, visit the local tombs of long dead famous Imams.

The Sunnis consider this idolatry and have regularly tried to obliterate the tombs. The two Islamic sects have butchered each other over this and other differences from the first days of Islam.

But like the rest of the media, Al Jazeera will lie about anything to advance their agenda.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 30th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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