During the war of capturing Aleppo towards the end of 2016, the indiscriminate Russian air attacks on civilian areas, had reached a new height of barbarity. 

The complicity of Iran, however, supporting this aggression on civilians, by providing militias on the ground is highly questionable. The efforts and gains made by Imam Khomeini to unite Muslims, have been virtually reversed, by the current leadership in Iran.

Iran probably has a reason to be weary of the mostly Salafi zealots active in Syria, who, regrettably, maintain acute antagonistic views to all Shia’h Muslims. This is wrong on the part of the Salafis, to start with, we acknowledge. But for Iran, to support the Russian genocide in Aleppo and siding with the regime of Asad, oppressive Baathist dictator, was never the befitting answer.

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To begin with, it is wrong to view Shia’h Muslims any more or less than a part and parcel of the mainstream global Ummah of Islam. On the contrary, the outbursts from the ideological backers of uprising in Syria suggest that they are not prepared to grant the Iran’s Islamic identity any credit.

In itself, such an aggressive attitude to the Shia’h Muslims, have nothing to do with Islam. No matter how intense the campaign to spread hatred towards the Shia’h Muslims, there are as many good or bad Muslims among the Sunnis as they are among the Shia’h.

The effort to divide Muslims along the lines of Shia’h and Sunnis, is the extension of the deep-seated conspiracy against Islam. Despite this, the bottom-line argument will still stand true that both the Shia’h and Sunnis are the members of the one Muslim Ummah.

There is no fundamental difference between the articles of Islamic faith that unite the Shia’h and Sunnis. Nor is there any major action or practice that would exclude one group or another from the mainstream Muslims.

Here comes the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (s) Hadith, to testify this original position:

“Whoever has prayed like us, facing the same direction as ours and consumed the meat of animals slaughtered by us, (i.e. who cared to consume halal meat), he is the Muslim, whose custody has been protected by God and His Prophet. You must not betray God, by breaking this custody”. (Al-Bukhari, al-Jame’ al-Sahih, Section: Iman, Hadith No. 384. Also see, Sunan Tirmidhi, Section: Iman).

The world knows that Hizbullah is a Shi’ah Muslim militia group that originated in South Lebanon, mainly, to resist, fight and reverse the Israeli aggression and occupation of Palestine and parts of Lebanon.

From this point of view, Hizbullah enjoys the moral support of global Muslims. But it was a defeat of this objective that this group was actively used by ‘Islamic’ Iran to lock-in horns with the Muslim rebels fighting Asad’s oppressive  regime in Syria.

Another hypocritical aspect of the ‘Islamic’ Republic of Iran was to use in the war in Syria, and in the Russian genocide in Aleppo in particular, the youth from the Hazara refugees from Afghanistan, who resorted to its soil. It is an open secret that most regimes in the Middle East, function under duress of the Euro-American governments.

The world also knows that when it comes to Islam and Muslims, the Euro-American institutions for democracy, upholding the rule of law and human rights do get reduced to the status of a ‘plain trash’.

In the main, this is the reason that Muslims tend to rebel trying to grab their rights by whatever means they can. It is a human instinct that in the battlefield, the warring parties are treated as enemies rather than ideological brothers.

This was the main feature of historical inter-Muslim wars of Jamal and Siffin, between the supporters of Imam Ali and Mua’wiah, the two distinct companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s). Sadly however, these ominous wars have until today, continued to pull the Muslims apart along the lines of Shia’h and Sunnis.

Instead of deepening the wound and the division along the line of the past, the role of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Syria and in the greater Muslim world, should have been that of the facilitator of peace between Muslims.

The Asad regime is plain dictatorship and of sheer oppression of Syrian population. This Bathist regime of Arab nationalism, has nothing in common with Islam and the Muslim of Syria.

It was therefore, the prime duty of Islamic Republic of Iran, to dislodge this regime by all means. The Iranian leadership, therefore, does owe a great deal of explanation to the global Muslims, as to why it has failed on this front. They must also explain to the global Islamic intelligentsia, as to what is it doing now to redress this damaging failure!