A political analyst says Shia and Sunni Muslims should close ranks in fighting "Saudi-backed" Takfiri militants who are trying to create hatred among Islamic sects, Press TV reports. “Takfirism is something which is being designed to create hatred within the family and destroy the unity of the family and it really has got not root in Islamic beliefs. It is a command on all of us, Muslims, to unite and we should not allow these Saudi-backed Takfiris to, actually, create disunity and create otherness within the family of Islam,” said Massoud Shadjareh in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday. He pointed to bloodletting in Iraq since the US occupation in 2003, saying the “Saudi-backed” Takfiri ideology is engineered to safeguard the interests of the United States and Israel by causing division in the Muslim world.
“We saw even in Iraq the way that the insurgency at the beginning was against the US hegemony but that was hijacked by input from Saudi Arabia and the insurgency turned killing Muslims and now we see thousands of Muslims being killed every month in Iraq and this only serves one purpose and that is the purpose of the US and Israel and is being pursued by them and implemented by regional powers like Saudi Arabia,” he said.Referring to Saudi Arabian Spy Chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud, the analyst said, “The reality is that the huge amount of finance here is coming to these groups, this is not coming from individuals, this is actually Saudi backing, Sheikh Bandar himself is involved in organizing this, you know, this is already exposed and everybody knows about it, but also to say that the Saudis have got the same problem, that is not true.” Wahhabism which is practiced by some in Saudi Arabia is disavowed by Shia and Sunni Muslims. Takfiri terrorist groups who kill Muslims, including women and children, in bomb attacks in Iraq and Syria follow the Wahhabi ideology. MAM/MAM/SL