Friday, October 23, 2009

"Sepah Went to Hell !," Blog Affiliated with Radical Iranian Sunnis Celebrates Death of Iranian Revolutionary Guards

This post is a brief addendum to my previous POST on the Iranian Baluchi jihadi-insurgent group Jundullah's attack on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in Sistan-Baluchistan province. Sons of Sunnah-Iran, an English and Persian-language blog affiliated with a collective of radical Iranian Sunnis that I have written about previously HERE and HERE, have published a celebratory post about the attacks. The bulk of the post is made up of a Web reprint of two ("kafir"/"unbeliever") pieces from Reuters.

The Sons of Sunnah writer(s) write (sic):

"Congratulations O Sons of Sunnah [Sunnis] Iran – A bunch of Rev. Guards were sent to hell! More than 6 Top men of the Safavid Rafidite Khomeinistic Revolutionary Guards were sent ila Jahim ["to Hell"], by the grace of Allah subhana ["may He be praised"].

As usual, the pathetic, desperate Rafidite regime blames the United States and the British. Yet, even the pakistianis! who is next to blame? Father Christmas? or even their cave dwelling saviour in Qom? Allah knows best, the reality is, it is an indipendant Sunni Iranian resistance, led by noble balochi Iranians, who are fighting for the rights of Sunni Iraniansaltoghether, be it the Baloch, Kurds or Persian Sunnis, although the unbelievers dislike it."

A defaced logo of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

They refer to the Iranian government and system by a derogatory term, originally from Arabic, used by some Sunnis, and particularly Salafi Sunnis, to refer to all Shi'is, Rafidah/Rafidi, which translates approximately to "one/those who reject [the "truth", i.e. Sunni Islam]." The bloggers also identify the Iranian regime as a "Safavid" government, referencing the dynasty that ruled much of modern Iran from 1501 to 1722/32. Some Arab Sunnis use the Arabic term "Safawi" ("Safavi" in Persian and other Islamicate languages) to suggest that Arab Shi'is are not "real" Arabs but are in fact "Persians/Iranians," i.e. foreign. Finally, they use the term "Khomeinist-ic," noting the influence of the late grand ayatullah. The term "Khomeinist/Khumaynist" is also used by some academics, such as noted Iranian-Armenian, Marxist-leaning historian Ervand Abrahamian (author of the magisterial Iran Between Two Revolutions), to describe, generally, the late revolutionary leader's "school" or vein of thought.

Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahim Mollazadeh, also known as Abu Muntasir al-Baluchi (Balushi), a virulently anti-Shi'i and anti-government Iranian Salafi Sunni leader connected to Sons of Sunnah.

Watch a spiel by Shaykh al-Baluchi.

In the second paragraph, there is a sarcastic reference to the twelfth Imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi, whom Twelver Shi'is (who make up the majority of Iranians) believe will emerge out of a mystical occultation (ghayba) at an appointed time to usher in a period of absolute justice for his followers, the Shi'is (and only "true Shi'is," as a number of Twelver ahadith say). Many Iranian Shi'is popularly believe that the Imam will emerge from al-ghayba al-kubra ("the greater occultation" which he is presently in) from the Well of Jamarkan near the Shi'i seminary and shrine city of Qum in Iran.

The gaudy Jamarkan Mosque

Many Iranian Shi'is drop pieces of paper with scribbled requests and prayers into the well, in the hopes that the Imam will answer them or intercede on their behalf with God. This practice, which is not common to all Shi'is, is viewed by many Sunnis, both Salafi and non-Salafi, and even some Shi'i scholars as bid'a ("innovation") or even shirk ("polytheism"), as it contradicts the concept of tawhid, absolute monotheism/unity of God. Yale University historian Abbas Amanat has written an excellent essay on popular folklore about Jamarkan in an essay, "Messianic Aspirations in Contemporary Iran," in his last published collection, Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Shi'ism.

Congratulations O Sons of Sunnah Iran...a Bunch of Rev. Guards Were Sent to Hell!
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Sons of Sunnah's denial and mocking of the Iranian government's allegations of foreign involvement with Jundullah, both generally and specifically in the latest attacks, is also interesting to note.

A YouTube channel, taftaanbaloch, includes some fascinating examples of Jundullah multimedia releases. Their use of popular Arabic-language jihadi anasheed (singular: nasheed, a type of song) is particularly interesting. The use of the anasheed is interspersed with footage of Shi'i innovations and polytheism in the eyes of many Sunnis and particularly Salafis. As such channels and videos often get taken down, I recommend looking at them ASAP. You can download YouTube videos at

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