Shia Islam converting Salafies
Since 9/11, a new phenomenon is being observed across the Middle East. Shia Islam is making inroads among the Arabs.
King Abdullah of Jordan was the first head of state that voiced Arab fears of emerging power of Iran in the world.
Even back in 2004, the King Abdullah II of Jordan said he fears a "Shi'ite Cresent" on the rise in the Middle East.
Saudis are also alarmed at their population looking towards Iran. They feel threatened by the rise of Iran. Saudi Arabian King warned Iran against converting Arab nation to the "devious" sect. King Abdullah vowed to stop Shiaism from spreading in the Middle East. The rates of conversion among Salafies has made some Sunni scholars issues fatwas against Shias. Qaradawi accused what he called "heretical" Shias of "invading" Sunni countries.
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Iran money converting Egypt to Shia Faith
Shiite Expansion in Egypt: A Red Line
Dr. Hamad Al-Majid - 17/09/2008
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qardawi, chairman of the International union of Muslim Scholars, recently made statements to the Al-Misri al-Yawm newspaper that included frank and daring warnings against the Shiite expansion in the Sunni states. Had the statements been made by someone else other than al-Qardawi, it would not have caused such an impact, not only because of his clerical status and fame in the Arab and Islamic worlds, but because al-Qardawi represents a tolerant school of thought which brought him a great deal of criticism, which at times reached the point of slander. Thus do the frank views of the "tolerant" al-Qardawi mean that the Sunni redlines have been invaded by the Shiite thought and that the Shiite knife has reached the bones?
Egypt: Sunni but Shia inclined
Though Sunni, Egypt by history is founded on a Shia base, confounding agitators who want to drive a confessional wedge into the heart of Islam, writes Mustafa El-Feki
Egypt is a Sunni country but with strong Shia leanings. It is the country that gave refuge to the descendants of the Prophet Mohamed in the first century AH and continues to venerate them today. Its venerable Al-Azhar University is one of the few Sunni academic institutions to teach Shia Jaafari jurisprudence alongside the four schools of Sunni jurisprudence. This is of no small import given the historical and symbolic significance of Al-Azhar. In addition, Egypt was the first officially Shia state which, founded in the mid-10th century AH, did more than its predecessors to shape the traditions and values of Egyptian society.
SHIITE CRESCENT ASCENT UNSETTLES IRAQ'S SUNNI NEIGHBORS
Sunni Arabs concerned over a 'Shiite crescent' of power in Mideast
While the United States waits with optimism for Iraq’s elections, neighboring Arab nations are nervous. They fear the vote could signal the rise of Shiite Muslims in their Sunni-dominated region, embolden their own Shiite communities and perhaps strengthen Iraq’s ties with Iran.
Arab nations long have been wary of non-Arab, Shiite Iran and worry that an alliance with a Shiite-ruled Iraq would shift the balance of power in a region dominated for centuries by Sunni Muslims. The largely Sunni Muslim regimes also fear such an alliance would inspire unrest among their Shiite populations, which have long complained of discrimination.
SHIA CRESCENT PIERCES HEART OF THE ARAB WORLD
Sunni governments are nervously eyeing a militant alliance capable of taking on Israel.