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A Joint Appeal to Sunnis and Shias
We, the undersigned, are greatly saddened by the violence and bloodshed which have characterised Sunni-Shia relations over time. Thousands have been killed in feuds between the two, mostly in certain Muslim countries. It is tragic that many innocent women and children have been among the victims.
Sunni-Shia animosity and antagonism have clearly weakened the Muslim ummah. It
has made us more vulnerable to the manipulations and machinations of outside
elements determined to subvert the unity and integrity of the ummah. It has allowed
those who seek to establish their hegemonic power over us to succeed in their
It is indisputable that Sunni-Shia antagonism and conflicts which have resulted in
massacres have tarnished the image and dignity of the ummah in the eyes of the world. Few other occurences in recent times have had such a negative impact.
We appeal to all Sunnis and Shias, bound as we are by the same faith in Allah, guided by the same Noble Quran, honouring the same last Messenger of Allah, and facing the same Kiblah, to desist from massacring and the killing one another immediately.
NO MORE VIOLENCE
NO MORE BLOODSHED
NO MORE KILLINGS
The two of us – a former Prime Minister from a Sunni majority state, and a former
President from an overwhelmingly Shia nation – also address this appeal to the
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which represents all Muslims of whatever
sect or doctrine. The OIC could perhaps set up a task force that will examine the Sunni- Shia divide in depth and submit concrete proposals for the political and religious leaders of the ummah to act upon.
We also appeal to sincere, concerned individuals and civil society groups from all over the world to join in this endeavour to stop the violence and bloodshed and to promote peace and understanding between Sunnis and Shias.
This joint appeal will be widely circulated mainly through the online media. We shall
follow up on this appeal with other activities and programmes.
May Allah Subhanahuwataala guide us in all our humble efforts to serve Him.