PART OF THE SERIES OF "PREVIEWS" AND PRELIMINARY RESEARCH NOTES FROM MY CURRENT PROJECT (COPYRIGHTED), "The Art of the Martyr & Mujahid" :
'Abd al-Rahim Mollazadeh, a.k.a. Shaykh Abu Muntasir al-Baluchi, a radical Iranian Sunni Salafi religious cleric based in London. He is an outspoken commentator on discrimination against Sunni Muslims in the Twelver Shi'i-majority nation-state of Iran. This in and of itself is not a negative. However, al-Baluchi's virulent anti-Shi'ism and practice of takfir (declaring Muslims from other schools and modes of thought and practice to be apostates) is a negative.
In his fiery lectures, speeches, and interviews, he regularly describes the "Islamic Republic" (so-called) of Iran to be a "Safawi" state, referring to the Turcoman-backed Azeri family (the "Safavids," in the surname's Anglicized form) who established Twelver Shi'ism as Iran's state religion in the sixteenth century. He also calls Shi'is "Rawafid" or "Rafidah," meaning "those who reject ["true" Islam]."
These are two frequent accusations used against Shi'is of all schools, not just Twelvers, by Sunnis in the Salafi mode of jurisprudential and theological quasi-school of thought.
View a video of Shaykh al-Baluchi, in Arabic with English subtitles, on satellite television, praising Saudi Arabia and "the [Arab] Gulf countries," and criticizing the sectarian Shi'i government in Iran.
View another TV interview with al-Baluchi in which he recounts the crimes he says the sectarian Shi'i government in Iran has perpetrated against "the Sunnis."
Al-Baluchi and his followers maintain a blog through which they broadcast their views, Sons of Sunnah Iran on Wordpress. Posts alternate between English and Persian language.
A note must be made here about how "orthodoxy" is decided, in Islam or any other religious tradition. The very term "Sunnah," or "tradition," is a term decided upon through the avenues of state power. The vast majority of the world's 1.2-1.5 billion Muslims (a rough estimate) are "Sunnis," a general term that groups together those who follow (somewhat) similar (but not the same, and more often than not, quite different) modes of theological and legal thought. The term used by Sunni scholars to describe "Sunnis" is in Arabic, Ahl al-Sunnah wa'l-Jama'ah, or roughly, "Collected People (Group) of the 'Tradition.' As the late great literary theorist and academic-public intellectual Edward W. Said notes in his seminal work Orientalism, terminology and narratives, historical and otherwise, are determined by those in power. To draw a comparison with a well-known English language adage, "History is written by the victors." In short, the determination of what "is" and "is not" Islamic "orthodoxy" is a subjective process. Sunnis claim to be the "true" (whatever this means) followers of "orthodox" (read: "original") Islam, the "pure" religion as it existed in the lifetime of the Prophet and those they recognize as his chief allies, the Sahaba (Companions). Likewise, Shi'is, and particularly Twelver Shi'is, make the same claim. Both martial religious and historical texts, and a healthy dose of apologetics and polemics, to "prove" the validity (they say) of their claim(s). This is not unlike, for example, Roman Catholic-Byzantine or Protestant-Roman Catholic polemics, or polemics between various Jewish religious groups who consider themselves to be "the best" practitioners.
The man in the center is Yona Metzger, the chief Ashkenazi rabbi in Israel (a government post), who in 2008 said the Palestinians in Gaza (over one million people) should be "relocated" to the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, claimed that Muslims have no connection to Jerusalem, and who thanked former U.S. "Decider" George W. Bush for the war on Iraq, which has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians.
On November 20, 2008, on Sons of Sunnah, a blog post was published entitled, "A Rafidi Shia Infidel Dies in the US Army...'Death to America?!' ". The post is largely comprised of large photographs of Mohsin Naqvi, 26, a Pakistani-American first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who was a Twelver Shi'i. He was killed on patrol in Afghanistan on September 17, 2008.
Sons of Sunnah incorrectly records the date of his death as October 20 of that year. Naqvi was afforded a full Twelver Shi'i Muslim religious funeral, complete with janazah (funery) prayers at the mosque he attended, led by the mosque's director and imam (prayer leader).
Rafidi Shia - SonsSunnah
A religious legal question has been raised by some Sunni and Shi'i religious jurists about the validity, in Muslim jurisprudential thought (of which there are numerous modes and trends of thought and opinion), of a Muslim participating in military actions on behalf of a non-Muslim state power against other Muslims. Numerous different opinions exist with regard to this question. Sons of Sunnah reports that Naqvi was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED), which paramilitary groups in Afghanistan, such as the "old" and "neo" Talibans have been using more and more often with increasing success since 2006.
Janazah (Islamic funery) prayers
Hassan Naqvi, the deceased's younger brother
Currently, the U.S. is preparing to withdraw many of its troops from Iraq while simultaneously beefing up what President Barack Obama, he of "change," has deemed the "good war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Now, on to the "real point" of this post. While doing research (and it seems that this is all I do during the evenings these days!) for my current project, "The Art of the Martyr & Mujahid," I ran across a new thread, posted four days ago, on the English language section of the al-Qimmah al-Islamiyyah online discussion forums (Somali language forums) that reproduced the Sons of Sunnah blog post from five months ago. It included the same text as the blog post.
Rafidi Shia - Alqimmah
However, two new photographs were tacked on to the bottom of the post by its author, Abu Hassan, who is the main poster on the English language forums: the first is a photograph of former U.S. President George W. Bush shaking hands in the White House with al-Sayyid 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, one of the largest Arab Shi'i political parties in Iraq; the second shows Barack Obama, then just a presidential candidate, meeting with al-Sayyid Hassan Qazwini, an Iraqi-American and prominent Twelver Shi'i religious scholar and leader in the U.S. who heads the largest mosque in the country, Dearborn's Islamic Center of America. The purpose of including these two photographs is clearly to further link Shi'is with the Americans, or, as the producers of these posts view them, those who occupy Iraq and Aghanistan and who continue to meddle in the affairs of Muslims around the world.
Verily, the hyprocrites will be in the lowest depths (grade) of the Fire,
No helper will you find for them.
The "hypocrites" (the Arabic plural noun is pronounced "Munaafiqeen") are those who pretend to be Muslims, but who really are not. They pretend to be Muslims in order to lead astray and harm the true Muslims. In this case, Mohsin Naqvi is considered to be a munaafiq or "hypocrite" by some because he participated in a war against fellow Muslims, whether they be the Taliban and al-Qa'ida radicals or, perhaps more importantly, the civilian population of Afghanistan which has been greatly impacted, negatively, by the continued foreign occupation of the country.
Note 1: The Arabic word "qimmah" (قِمَّة) means "peak" or "summit." Thus the name translates to "Islamic Summit."
UPDATE: I have verified that the al-Qimmah al-Islamiyyah (Islamic Summit/Peak, القمة الاسلامية ) online discussion forums are in Somali, with smaller forums in English and Arabic.