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8/17/2022 2:03:00 AM

With some indication that the killings of four men in Albuquerque may have had sectarian motives, some American Sunnis are calling for solidarity with Shiites.

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Sunnis can’t fully reflect the pluralistic and generous spirit of Islam until we include Shiite s as full members of our complex, evolving and diverse religious family,” writes WajahatAli.

With some indication that the killings of four men in Albuquerque may have had sectarian motives, some American Sunnis are calling for solidarity with Shiite s.

This is the Islamic month of Muharram, a time when Shiite mosques and communities around the worldare often targets of Sunni Muslim extremistswho denigrate Shiites with slurs such as “disbeliever” and “apostate.”Like many Muslim Americans, I never encountered this kind of bigotry as a child. Growing up in the suburban streets of Fremont, Calif., my best friend was Shiite, and we spent our summers making homemade action movies together. Our Pakistani American mothers fed us biryani, and we prayed in each other’s homes. During college, I took a course on Shiism to become more knowledgeable and aware, and Shiite friends regularly came over to my apartment, shared with a Sunni roommate, to drink chai and play video games.

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, for instance — have seen marginalizing Shiites as integral to Sunni identity.The pair first began dating in 2019 after working together on the short film In the Time It Takes to Get There , and their 21-year age gap combined with their penchant for privacy quickly made them the focus of paparazzi, tabloid headlines, and derogatory remarks from fans.and Jenna Silber Storey Dr.Costello has said that if the questioning at the grand jury turns to Trump, Giuliani would probably invoke attorney-client privilege to avoid answering.

This is the Islamic month of Muharram, a time when Shiite mosques and communities around the world are often targets of Sunni Muslim extremists who denigrate Shiites with slurs such as “disbeliever” and “apostate.” Like many Muslim Americans, I never encountered this kind of bigotry as a child. “Whenever I feel like that line has been crossed in my life, whether it’s paparazzi taking private moments, or moments that aren’t even real, or gossip channels that encourage members of the public to share private moments of famous people walking down the street, I think it’s incredibly wrong,” she says. Growing up in the suburban streets of Fremont, Calif.” Our star student walks up to the lunch table with what seems like good news., my best friend was Shiite, and we spent our summers making homemade action movies together. We haven’t signed up for a reality TV show. Our Pakistani American mothers fed us biryani, and we prayed in each other’s homes. Lawyers and their clients cannot hide behind privilege to facilitate or conceal the commission of crimes.

During college, I took a course on Shiism to become more knowledgeable and aware, and Shiite friends regularly came over to my apartment, shared with a Sunni roommate, to drink chai and play video games. “We just felt something like this would really do us the benefit of not having millions of people telling us how happy they are that we’re not together. But her eyes are red and tired. Then and now, when I’ve heard anti-Shiite comments, they’ve often been rationalized as harmless jokes, political incorrectness or just expressing an opinion. Maybe, but those unchecked remarks also reflect an anti-Shiite bias that is, troublingly, not uncommon. I automatically get a lumpy throat when I talk about it. It pains me when Muslim Americans, even inadvertently, mimic the oppressive views or behaviors of xenophobes and nativists.” She need not worry about where this is going — those who spend a few years in such fellowships emerge with plenty of choices. We should know better. She said, “The movie that we made together genuinely was probably one of my most favorite experiences. But prosecutors also have a countermove here.

Particularly since Sept. 11, we’ve been on the receiving end of jokes and slights about terrorism, jihad and Shariah that become talking points for anti-Muslim zealots.” The project also helped give her clarity on the type of acting career she wants to cultivate, explaining, “I feel like I am now getting into this groove in my career where I’m knowing what I can take, what I give, and what I will not accept anymore. She wonders aloud whether she might just go back home and work in a coffee shop. Muslim Americans have been asked to prove our loyalty to our country, and our patriotism is routinely questioned. This has (or should have) made us cherish and fight for the values of tolerance and religious pluralism that allowed our parents to build mosques, establish their communities and raise children who could one day be the heroes of the American story. And yet we, too, can succumb to prejudice. It’s as though a life that rejects striving altogether is the only alternative she can imagine to a life of striving without purpose. It can sometimes make it more difficult for prosecutors to obtain and sustain a conviction because it requires independent sourcing for all of their trial evidence.

Sometimes that prejudice presents as a monopoly on understanding and communicating the beliefs of Islam, a religion of around 1.8 billion people. It builds artificial walls between coreligionists — and fellow Americans. But it does not give them adequate assistance in thinking about the substance of the lives toward which they are advancing. There are those who would prefer that Muslim sectarianism not be widely discussed. “Some Muslims are saying, ‘Don’t air our dirty laundry,’ because it will impact Islamophobia,” Faiyaz Jaffer, a Shiite chaplain and research scholar at the Islamic Center at N. One last tactic Fani Willis’ office could use is to put Giuliani before the grand jury without immunity, allow him to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, and then, if the evidence merits criminal charges, indict him anyway.

Y. Eventually, we sought to address this problem systematically, by designing a course intended to introduce the young to the art of choosing.U., told me. He doesn’t subscribe to that view. But with remarkable regularity, it awakens the kind of thinking that students need to better understand the choices that shape their lives. “People are dying.

Shia people are dying,” he said. “We’re used to it. Everything in their education has led them to believe that such arguments cannot bear fruit. It’s tragic. But we shouldn’t be used to it.” He asked my forgiveness, in case he sounded angry. Our reticence is intended, in part, to dislodge our students from the idea that life’s purpose comes from some mysterious voice within.

But one should be angry about sectarian hate. That’s the appropriate response, not apathy. Like every community and family, instead of confronting the numerous problems that exist and plague us, we often bury them. We ask students to give reasons for their opinions on how best to live. Avoiding those discussions comes with a cost. Naeem Hussain, a Shiite who was one of the four killed in Albuquerque, has been described by his brother-in-law Ehsan Shahalami as a “generous, kind and great soul” who avoided confrontation.

When I spoke to Mr. They start asking one another questions. Shahalami, he praised some Muslim American organizations for condemning the violence, but he said more must be done. “There has to be a conversation started to educate Sunnis about the reality of Shias and the negative connotation and lies tied to Shias and Shiism,” he said. “It has to be tackled at the grass-roots level. To be asked to give reasons for one’s personal decisions is to entertain the possibility that such reasons exist.” Hate in all its forms must be confronted and called out.

The police are still investigating what motivated the stabbing of the author Salman Rushdie at a lecture in western New York on Friday. A New Jersey man, Hadi Matar, has been arrested. For the number of final ends is not infinite. Sadly, the attack has already garnered applause from some religious extremists who see it as the fulfillment of a fatwa against the author issued in 1989 by Iran’s supreme leader at the time, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. And Muslims must talk about hate within our communities, in whatever form it takes — sectarian violence, attacks on those whose words offend religious authorities or domestic violence (which Mr. Syed has also been accused of ). This does not leave students feeling constrained, as they have often been led to fear.

There are times when dirty laundry must be aired. I want my children to grow up with friends of all different backgrounds and religions, as I did. I want them to think of their Shiite friends as fellow Muslims. We start down the path to wealth, for example, because it is a universal means to almost any end. Sunnis can’t fully reflect the pluralistic and generous spirit of Islam until we include Shiites as full members of our complex, evolving and diverse religious family. To do that, we must be willing to call out the anti-Shiite tyrant within our mosques, our homes and maybe even ourselves.

In doing so, we will be reflecting the best of both Islam and America. But it is conferred by the often errant judgment of others and can lead you astray. Wajahat Ali ( .