بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم.
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله. أما بعد،
To all who lived in that ancient city,
to all who walked along the shores of Al Qatif and were captivated by its historic fortresses,
to my people and friends among whom I have lived, and still do,
to every Shia who loves goodness for themselves,
and to every ardent lover of the Prophet’s salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam pure and noble family,
I dedicate this book.
What started out as academic discourse in the year 1324 A.H resulted in the killing of five people, and the injuring of many others. This discourse is understood to be of the highest level of erudition by global standards. Notwithstanding this, certain verified sources emphatically declared that barely anyone listened to this debate, nor had they listened to any preceding debates.
Consequently, the opposing factions confirmed their refusal to further participate in any serious debate of this nature in the future. They went on to issue stern warnings against anyone who would be deluded enough to repeat any of these “irresponsible acts”. They emphatically declared that any further discussion was untenable and unlikely to be productive. They further stressed the importance of holding onto inherited practice, thereby urging all of their supporters across the globe to raise the flag of bigotry, epitomized by the pagan slogan of “Burn him, and help your gods!” (Surah al Ambiya’: 68).
In this manner, the proverbial wounds began to fester and rot; becoming a cesspool for all sorts of maggots and insects.
However, the pertinent question remains: Was the discourse the cause of the bombardment; or was it the toxic, violent mindset behind the bombardment that rejected any further discussion? Furthermore, who was responsible for this violent mentality taking root whilst civil dialogue remained an elusive dream for all who bore a sense of caution and self-pride?
Moreover, why do we have every sense of willingness to engage in discussion with the entire universe yet remain averse to any discussion amongst ourselves?
Sadiq al Sayhati
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