Remember that the English agent John Philby was the chief counsellor of King Ibn Saud, the usurper of the custody of the Holy Places, who made of the Wahhabist heresy the official ideology of Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabist kingdom, historical ally of Anglo-American imperialists, has generously financed and supported the Islamist groups. Now these groups have found another Wahhabist cashier, the Qatari Emir; housing Aljazeera and the regional seat of US Central Headquarters, Al-Thani is trying to adopt a role of leader in the Arab world and has become the main competitor of Saudi Arabia in the pro-American coalition. This way, who pays for the musicians, decides the music, which is after all an American music.
Here in the media some coverage on the topic of the public execution of a Sufi Sheikh in the Sinai by militants of the Caliphate. Grandfather was over 100 years old and he enjoyed great authority among the local peasants, preaching a moderate lifestyle and tolerance for others. Naturally, this approach to Islam is not acceptable to followers of DAESH, so they dealt with him as an ideological opponent who was preventing them from poisoning the natives with the spirit of radical jihadism.
Indonesia is home to hundreds of ethnic groups, but is based on the Malays. Malay culture is a different story. They’re not like anyone – neither the Indians nor the Chinese or the peoples of Oceania, the Polynesians or Papuans. In principle, we are dealing with a distinctive civilization, concealed at first under cover of Hinduism, then of Islamization, then European colonization, and in the 20th century under the guise of modernization – at first strictly nationalist under President Sukarno and his successor Suharto, and today is liberal – since the presidency of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and up to date with Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla. But whatever form or take Indonesia, she is Malay. If we want to understand it, we must first understand Malay identity.
Our esoterism is not to be defended but vindicated: Alawites do not follow a secret faith. It is solely based on the idea of worshiping God. Esoterism is with us and within us.
The secret perhaps is that Iran’s Islam is very different. And policy there is very different. And the Iranians themselves – a separate nation, a civilization which flourished long before Islam. In Iran is dominated by Shia, contemplative, refined, exquisite Islam. In the main it is the mystical dimension and the particular Iranian self-esteem. The meaning of Shia is to build an ideal society, without discrimination, violence, exploitation, fair, moral, and pure.And since historically Muslims dominated the coarser attitudes and principles, the Shia have always been the martyrs, always in minority, always persecuted. But they have not abandoned their faith, their culture expectations, farhangi incisor. And they waited.
A great deal of nonsense has been written about the Manichaean influence on esoteric forms of Islam and Christianity, here Henry Corbin examines one of the few real survivals of the great religion of light within the Ismaili gnosis.
This is the best English language introduction to the branches of the Shiites referred to as “Ghulat”, particularly to the Alawites who were previously known as “Nusayris”. This is the “sect” from which Assad and his core supporters in Syria come from