the nusayris of syria (euphemistically calling themselves alawi)

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  1. Abu Aleshba

    Abu Aleshba Active Member

    There was an interesting recent article on the behaviour of (some of ) the Alawite soldiers/thugs throughout the uprising. The author attempted to explain, via recent history, the reasons for such blasphemy and anti Islamic stance.

    Be warned, the author repeats some of the insults at the beginning. I glanced over this section when I read the article. I've skipped this section below.

    Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

    January 24th 2013
    Aymenn Jawad Al Tamimi

    Why do pro-Assad Alawite soldiers insult Islam as they torture Sunni detainees in Syria?

    Recently a video emerged in which pro-Assad militiamen can be seen beating and shooting a prisoner to death. What might seem remarkable is that the militiamen are insulting Islam in the process, mocking the takbir — that is, the cry of “Allahu akbar” — the Islamic conception of paradise for martyrs. In the first half of the video, one of the executioners — [.........]

    It may come across as odd that pro-Assad militiamen would disparage the Islamic religion in such a crude manner, but it should be noted that there are many videos like this in which the anti-Islamic sentiment takes a more subtle form.

    Thus throughout in the course of the civil war there have been some videos of regime loyalists beating detainees and insisting that they proclaim that “there is no god except Bashar,” which reflects not so much cult-worship of Assad as a mockery of the Shahadah (Muslim declaration of faith, of which the first part goes “There is no deity but God”).

    A particularly striking observation is that these videos invariably show pro-Assad militiamen whose accents illustrate that they are Alawites. It may seem odd that Alawites — most frequently described in media reports as either an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam or simply a sect of Shi’ism — would disparage Islam, but an examination of the history of Alawite identity
    in Syria will demonstrate that such an attitude towards Islam among pro-Assad Alawite militiamen and soldiers comes as no surprise at all.

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  2. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    wa hadha faDlullahi `alayna
  3. Wadood

    Wadood Veteran

    the nusayris in syria are very similar to the general alawis in turkey, and the big group in iran called the " ahl e haq ". They are similar in
    1) talk
    2) thinking style
    3) religion
    4) mindset
    5) culture
    6) interaction with other communities
    7) language and poetry
    8) beliefs for Sunni Muslims

    they all are like free hillbillies, free to do anything they wish, but at the same time believing they are good Muslims. In Turkey, alawis make tv programs ridiculing the five daily prayers, the ' azaan, and the masajid.

    It is evident, the nusayris, between 6 to 7% in population, have turned syria into a rubble, because of ruski help. It wouldn't have else been possible.

    In the last 40 years, various programs have benefited them in Syria, they being the most privileged in the country. One being land acquisition throughout Homs and Hama.

    Even in Tripoli, lebanon, a mere 35,000 nusayris are keeping a city of 400,000 Sunnis in their grip. This is because of foreign help, and help from the 12vers in lebanon, who number no less than 1.5 million
  4. Abu Aleshba

    Abu Aleshba Active Member

    A piece on Syria Comment with a video (uploaded on youtube 23rd Jan). Related to the topic of Alawite beliefs.

    I don't know when this was recorded or if it is recent. If recent, it's also interesting as normally the status, welfare or whereabouts of Assad's top aides is a mystery.

    General Ali Khazoum, right hand man to Assad's brother and head of the feared 4th Brigade, Maher Al Assad:



    Alawite Wedding Video attended by General Ali Khouzam, a high ranking general in the Republican Guard and right hand man to Mr Maher Al Assad.

    The language is difficult but Ali Khouzam explains to the young men attending the wedding who hang on his words that only three of the original 50 soldiers of his unit remain alive. He says that he was dragged to the wedding by his wife who wanted to go out and have some fun.

    The primary context of the video is the singing of a zajal, a semi-improvised and semi-sung form of poetry. In this instance it is constructed around the repetition of variations of the word “Ali” to mean “Ali” the cousin of Prophet Muhammad, “aali” the highest, and the preposition “on”. There is nothing unusual about such a zajal, but what is unusual is the distinctly Alawite religious incantations that are added by Khouzam, something that has shocked many non-Alawite listeners and caused it to go viral. Most Syrians know little about the Alawite religion. Even though Alawites and Sunnis have lived side by side for centuries, the Alawite deification of Ali remains a shocking realization to many. Alawites conceal their religion and have been frequently condemned for exaggerating their worship of Ali.

    Ali Khouzam calls Ali the creator and the Prince of the Bees, a title frequently used in Alawite prayers. Khousam tells the young men that God will forgive the Alawites for their sins and that they have no choice but to continue fighting.

    Apparently 10 days after he attended this wedding Khouzam was killed in the ongoing battles with the revolutionary forces.'
  5. abu Hasan

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  6. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    The Nuṣayrī-ʻAlawīs:An Introduction to the Religion, History, and Identity of the Leading Minority in Syria.
    Author: Yaron Friedman
    ISBN 9004178929, 9789004178922
    Length 325 pages

    Read excerpts here and Ibn Taymiyah's fatwa on p.299.

    The Nuṣayri-ʻAlawi Religion: An Enquiry Into Its Theology and Liturgy
    Authors: Meʼir Mikhaʼel Bar-Asher, Arieh Kofsky
    Publisher: BRILL, 2002
    ISBN: 9004125523, 9789004125520
    Length: 244 pages

    Read excerpts here and a Nusayri Catechism on p.168

    disclaimer: both books above are by jewish authors, but they cite a number of original sources which are important for researchers - and also ibn taymiyyah's fatwa. it must be noted that ibn taymiyyah lived in syria and it was easy for him to gain direct access to nusayris. Allah ta'ala knows best.

    Extremist Shiites: The Ghulat Sects /
    Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
    Author: Matti Moosa
    Publisher: Syracuse University Press, 1987
    ISBN: 0815624115, 9780815624110
    Length: 580 pages

    Read excerpts here.

    arabic books:

    al-tayifatu'n nusayriyah: tarikhuha wa aqayiduha
    the nusayri sect:history and beliefs PDF at
    by sulayman al-halabi
    (ibn taymiyyah's fatwa is on p.128; the question starts no p.122)

    al-nusayriyyah: dirasah tahliliyah
    the nusayris: an analytical study PDF at
    by taqi sharfuddin.

    admittedly, i do not know anything about both authors and hence cannot have an opinion; this falls into the 'interesting..' category. however, the bibliography in the second book is a useful starting point for further research.

    Allah ta'ala knows best.
  7. A very interesting read...

    So, they are kafirs.
  8. abu Hasan

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