An analysis of the hidden minority

Earlyseveral people grabbed stones, sand from the grave of Fatimah who is daughter of Muhammad and the wife of Ali in order to make turbahs out of them which is not permissible according certain interpretations of Sunni Islam, like Wahhabism.

Saudi Army reinforcements swept the area and made many arrests. Saudi textbooks are hostile to Shiism, often characterizing the faith as a form of heresy worse than Christianity and Judaism.

Local Ismaelis, who are often armed, retaliated, firing on security forces and burning some of their vehicles and killing dozens of them.

Established init supports the overthrow of the absolute monarchy. Latean australian man was charged for not following the law and involved with blasphemy and sentenced to lashes and 2 years in jail; the latter sentence was later reduced.

In JanuarySaudi Arabia executed the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimrwho had called for pro-democracy demonstrations, along with fourtyseven other sentenced by the Specialized Criminal Court on terrorism charges. The government has restricted the names that Shiites can use for their children in an attempt to discourage them from showing their identity.

Muslims [Wahhabis referred to themselves as Muslims, not believing Shiites to be Muslims] scaled the walls, entered the city [ This form of religious apartheid is as intolerable as was apartheid based on race.

Shiites are kept out of "critical jobs" in the armed forces and the security services, and not one of the three hundred Shiite girls schools in the Eastern Province has a Shiite principal. He referred to the Shiites as Rafida rejecters[10] [11] a sectarian name his followers have continued to use.

The Saudi government claims it is fighting terrorists in al-Awamiyah. Inthe Saud-Wahhabi alliance waged jihad or at least qital, i. There are an estimatedof them living in the southern region of Najran bordering Yemen.

Wahhabi Islam is imposed and enforced on all Saudis regardless of their religious orientations.

Residents also reported soldiers shooting at homes, cars and everyone in streets. Shortly thereafter Saudi religious police "stormed a major Ismaeli mosque, seized many of its religious texts and arrested three clerics".

Sincehundreds of Saudi Shiites have been jailed, executed, and exiled. These reforms were brokered with Iraqi Shia scholars of the al-Badr organization.

Saudi Arabia has also not provided humanitarian help to trapped citizens of Awamiyah. Such a liberal move, however, could easily be understood as merely part of a new campaign aimed at improving the image of Saudi Arabia in the West.

Persecution of Shia Muslims The Saudi government has often been viewed as an active oppressor of Shiites [31] because of the funding of the Wahabbi ideology which denounces the Shiite faith.

In its 50 years, there has not been a single non-Sunni Muslim diplomat in the embassy. Religious symbols by Muslims, Christians, Jewish and other believers are all banned. Saudi officials responded with both "sticks and carrots", arresting activists but also promising more schools, hospitals and infrastructure for the Shia region.

Many incidences of not following the rules of the place happened by Shiite in this region specifically resulting in the arrest which most of the times were released later. The Saudi embassy in Washington is a living example of religious apartheid. In andSaudi Hizballah led a couple of attacks on oil infrastructure and also murdered Saudi diplomats in AnkaraBangkokand Karachi.

The Iranian scholars were eager to export their "revolution," and ideologically opposed to both monarchical systems of government and any state allied with the West. Al-Saffar represents one of the few voices publicly calling for moderate, pragmatic action, tolerance and reconciliation between Shiites and Sunnis, and a political system based on civil society, free elections and freedom of speech.

Fahd promised to work towards improving conditions for Shia in Saudi Arabia, ordering the elimination of derogatory terms for them from textbooks, removing certain other forms of explicit discrimination, allowing many Shiite exiles to return to Saudi Arabia, and other acts.

The Wahhabi sect does not tolerate other religious or ideological beliefs, Muslim or not. They were also allegedly involved in Khobar Towers bombing which killed dozens of US army personnel. In a group of Shiites on their way to perform hajj pilgrimage one of the five pillars of Islam that all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform once in their lives in Mecca were arrested by Saudi religious police due to the involvement in a protest against the Saudi government.

Residents are not allowed to enter or leave, and military indiscriminately shells the neighborhoods with airstrikesmortar [44] and artillery [45] fire along with snipers [46] shooting residents. In collective punishment restrictions were placed on their freedoms and they were further marginalized economically.

Shia Islam in Saudi Arabia

Some of its members went through training in Iran. However, the Shiites minority is still marginalized on a large scale.

Discrimination in the workforce[ edit ] Much discrimination occurs in the Saudi workforce as well.Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Politics and Culture in Modern America) [David R.

Swartz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Innearly a decade before the height of the Moral Majority, a group of progressive activists assembled in a Chicago YMCA to strategize about how to move the nation in a more evangelical direction through political.

History. While Saudi Arabia has only existed sincean earlier Al Saud state (Emirate of Diriyah) clashed with Abdul-Wahhab believed that Shiites "imported into Islam" the practice of building mosques on graves, a practice he considered un-Islamic.

An analysis of the hidden minority
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