Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Political Officer of the US embassy in Saudi Arabia needs lessons in Middle East and Islamic studies, badly

"Religiously, al-Nimr said that he is first a Shi'a, then a Muslim, then a member of the Ahl al-Bayt (literally People of the House; the phrase refers to Muslims,
Christians and Jews)". Of course, he is dead wrong. He oddly confuses between People of the Book and Ahl-Al-Bayt, which refers to the descendants of Muhammad. I won't go over the exact meaning of the term in Sunni and Shi`ite traditions: in Sunni Islam, it often refers to the wives of the Prophet while in Shi`ite Islam it refers to Mohammad and Ali and Fatimah and their descendants up to the 12th Imam.