UPDATE (Feb. 26, 2010): See the comments for a hilarious tantrum by a cyber takfiri, with my brief replies.
The folks at Sons of Sunnah-Iran, a blog run by radical Iranian Salafi exiles based in Great Britain, are in a tizzy about my post yesterday (Friday) about their celebration of the kamikaze attack by the Baluchi insurgent-jihadi group Jundullah on commanders targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian Sunni and Shi'i civilian leaders on October 18 in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan. In my previous POST , I dissected the virulently anti-Shi'i sectarian language used by the Sons of Sunnah writer(s) in their macabre celebration of death and destruction. I also explained some of the references that may not be familiar to some readers.
The Sons of Sunnah blokes do not seem to like what I wrote, and have made several substantial additions and edits to their original post after spending a fairly significant amount of time perusing what I have written about them and their virulent takfiri ideology. Takfir is the declaration of other Muslims with whom you disagree to be apostates and non-Muslims, which Sons of Sunnah does with regard to Shi'i Muslims of all groups and Sunnis who disagree with them (i.e. the vast majority of the world's Muslims).
The Sons of Sunnah writer(s)'s first edit was to the title of their own post, changing it to one that closely resembles the beginning of the title of my own post from yesterday, "Sepah Went to Hell !" Sepah is a shorthand way of referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Persian. In English, the acronym "IRGC" or Persian word "Pasdaran" is often used.
They made substantial additions to their own text (most of the post was and remains Web reprints of Reuters pieces). Their newly added text is in beige below, and I have highlighted their more belligerent "rejection" (Ra-fa-da) and "refutation" of my post from yesterday in bold red text. So, they are in a way "Rafidah" themselves... :-O All errors of spelling, grammar, and punctuation are in their text:
"Congratulations O Sons of Sunnah Iran – A bunch of Rev. Guards were sent to hell! According to Iran Official News, Deputy Chief, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Nur Ali Shustary (may Allah curse him) were also killed in the attack. More than 6 Top men of the Safavid Rafidite Khomeinistic Revolutionary Guards were sent ila Jahim (Hell), to Khomeini, Ibnu Saba’ and Abu Lo’ Lo’, by the grace of Allah subhana. There is not even a point of refuting the pathetic allegations and excuses of the Lovers of Safavism and Shirk (Rafidi Regime). For they and their Kafir brethren around the www cite how several Iranian Sunni Tribal leaders have been killed as well. These Kuffar and particularry the Rafidah should know better that we Muslims neither worship our scholars nor follow them blindly (Rafidi Taqlid), we are not afraid to speak out against any humand being who speaks out against Islam and Sunnah. Thus, those “Iranian Sunni Tribal Leaders” were nothing but a bunch of filthy hypocrites, palace “Sunni” schloras, working for the Rafidite Safavid regime in order to crush the Sunni resistence of Iran and its people. Munafiqin are not a new phenomenon in Islam and many Sunni Iranian scholars, like the late assassinated Shaykh Karampour may Allah have mercy on him spoke out against those Sunnah scholars who are not ashamed to work with the Satan Khamenei and its anti-Islamic regime.
So: To hell with the Rafidite Safavid regime, its Soldiers, its Guards, its Ayatush-Shaytatin, its “Sunni” Slaves (Munafiqin) and all those who believe in them and assist them, be it with the pen or the sword! (Bold and red text in the original)According to Iran Official News, Deputy Chief, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Nur Ali Shustary were also killed in the attack.
Muslims (Sunnah Iranian) sources: sunni-news.comKafir Sources: ....[to Reuters...]" (Bold text & hyperlink in the original)
First, it's amusing to be labeled a "lover of Safavism." Still, it's better than being a "pretty takfiri hate machine." The Sons of Sunnah writer(s)' expanded introduction to the "kafir" Reuters pieces is a prime example of the most radical Salafis, and particularly jihadi-Salafis, justify their virulent hatred and often violence toward mainstream Sunnis who do not share their takfiri ideology. They refer to these Sunnis as munafiqin (munafiqeen), "hypocrites" who claim to be Muslims but "really" are not. Senior Twelver Shi'i scholars who are known by the title "ayatullah," which literally translates to "sign of God," are called "ayat al-Shaytan," or "signs of Satan," which is a common Salafi insult.
Second, after stating that "there is not even a point in refuting" my "pathetic allegations and excuses," the Sons of Sunnah chaps proceed to spend a fair amount of words attempting to "reject" and "refute" points I made in yesterday's post. Among the most interesting is their inclusion of "Hell" in parenthesis next to the word Jahim, which I added in yesterday's post as an explanatory note, and their new link to supposedly reliable "Muslims" (sic) sources and addition of the identifier "Kafir [unbeliever] Sources" just before their reproduction of the pieces from Reuters. As some readers may recall, in the first paragraph of yesterday's post I noted sarcastically that, "The bulk of the [Sons of Sunnah] post is made up of a Web reprint of two ("kafir"/"unbeliever") pieces from Reuters."
Also notable in the new text is the remark about the late Grand Ayatullah Ruhollah Khumayni being in Hell, where the Shi'is and their "Sunni slaves", according to Salafi takfiri belief, are also headed. These groups are also accused of shirk, or polytheism, which I discussed in yesterday's post.
Finally, the Sons of Sunnah fellas have added lengthy endnotes explaining their takfiri take on the Mahdi, the promised savior that all Muslims believe is coming, though they differ on his identity:
"*Note: The Twelver Rafidi Shia Mahdi is not the Muslim Mahdi peace be upon him, actually he (Shia Mahdi) is most surely the Dajjal. All Muslims upon us Sunnah, love the pure Ahl Al-Bayt (ra) and Imam al-Mahdi and no one would ever insult them. Insulting them is regarded as Kufr. Thus we are not ridiculing the Mahdi, but rather a non-existent naked coward whom they believe to have been living in a cave for 1200 years without any contribution to Islam although he is not sleeping and although he has super-powers! Basically, it’s like ridiculing and abusing Santa Claus.
The hyperlink, which is in the original, takes readers to a blog of anti-Shi'i polemic. The Dajjal is the equivalent to the anti-Christ who will oppose the Mahdi in popular Muslim apocalyptic literature and belief. The Sons of Sunnah bloke(s) make(s) the normal Salafi and even Sunni claim that it is they who "really love" the Ahl al-Bayt (the Prophet Muhammad's family).
To a Sunni (over 90 percent of Muslims) + Historians+Zaidiyyah Shia the Mahdi of Rafidah Shia does not exist (for the aforementioned groups all believe in the virtious and existence of the 11th Imams who the Shia ascribe to themselves, yet these Imams are as much as innocent of Shi’ism as Jesus peace be upon him is free of Paulism (”Christianity”). Yet none of these groups, except the twelver believe in the existence of a twelve Imam. We believe the 11th Imam had no son whatsoever). The fact of the matter is that sunnis will not, *CAN not* believe that the mahdi of the sunnis is the same as the mahdi of the shias. The reason for this is that there are virtually NO ahadith that state that he will be the son of Imam Askari.
As for super cave mahdi being naked, then unfortunately that’s what your scholars report, for instance in Haqqul Yaqeen by Baqir Majlissi, P.347."The Sons of Sunnah writer(s) then claim(s) that "over 90 percent of Muslims" are "a Sunni" (sic), though this is impossible to verify. The general estimate is that 80-85% of the world's Muslims are Sunni. They repeat the same general critiques of Shi'i belief from Sunnis and specifically Salafis.
The Arabic text reads: "The Crimes of the Iranian Government against Our Brothers, the Sunnis, in Iran," with photographs of the late Grand Ayatullah Khumayni, current supreme leader Khamenei, powerful cleric 'Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (from left to right, top then bottom).
The Sons of Sunnah chaps also do not seem to be aware of what many Islamicist scholars know, that the medieval Iranian jurist Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi, who held high positions in the Safavid court, compiled a vast number of traditions (ahadith, singular: hadith) of the Prophet Muhammad and Twelver Shi'i Muslim Imams regardless of the strengths and weaknesses of their chains of transmission (isnad). This is noted, particularly with regard to al-Majlisi's magnum opus, the 110-volume Bihar al-Anwar (Ocean of Lights), by Prof. Jonathan Brown of the University of Washington in Seattle, a specialist in ahadith and author of the excellent new book Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World.
REVISED Sons of Sunnah Sepah Sent to Hell...
The "new" & expanded Sons of Sunnah Post
Compare it to the Sons of Sunnah's ORIGINAL POST.
All things considered, it's strangely nice to know that one's work is being read by diverse audiences, particularly by groups one studies, even if they are takfiri jihadi-Salafi types.
SEE MY OTHER PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT SONS OF SUNNAH HERE & HERE.
The second video I linked to yesterday is part of Jundullah's official video release about their terrorist attack on a mosque in Zahedan in May of this year, which killed 19 people and wounded 125.
The video was produced by the Information Department of Jundullah's Foundation of Da'wa (literally "call" or "invitation," which has a missionary meaning) and Jihad (literally "struggle" or "to strive"). The video is entitled the "Zahedan Martyrdom Operation".
View the Video