Gaddafi Suggests Second Fatimid State

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called late Saturday, March 31, for creating a second Fatimid state in North Africa to end Shiite-Sunni tensions, launching a scathing criticism at Wahabis in Saudi Arabia.

Gaddafi Suggests Second Fatimid State

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi calledlate Saturday, March 31, for creating a second Fatimid state in North Africa toend Shiite-Sunni tensions, launching a scathing criticism at Wahabis in Saudi Arabia.

"This state will be home to the Berber andTamazight communities along with the Arabs, all closely knitted by one identityto save the nation from disintegration," Gaddafi told a ceremony in thenorthern Niger town of Agadez, celebrating thebirthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

"It will absorb all communities, tribes,factions and sects in one pot," said the Libyan leader.

He exhorted Muslims to stop infighting and unite tofight the "enemies" of Islam, accusing some western regimes ofpitting Sunnis and Shiites against each other.

The celebration brought together leaders fromAfrican countries such as Niger,Mauritania, Chad, Maliand Sudan,as well as about 850 tribal representatives from 32 African and Arab nations.

The Fatimid state was established in the ArabMaghreb, north Africa, in 909. It later expanded to include Egypt and the Levant.

Saudi King Abdullah and visiting Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad recently agreed to join hands in the efforts to stemattempts to fuel Sunni-Shiite strife.

Gaddafi had previously come up with proposals thatmade headlines, including the establishment of "Isratine" as abi-national single-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He also announced that Libya was no longer an Arab statebut rather an African one.

Wahabis

Gaddafi, who has been entrenching his influence inAfrica over the past few years, launched a diatribe at Wahabis in Saudi Arabia.

He accused them of obliterating the tombs of the Prophetand his companions under the pretext to protecting Islam from superstitions.

Shafiq Morton, a veteran South African journalist,has wrote a book accusing authorities in Saudi Arabia of destroying Islamicheritage, instead of preserving them.

He claims that the house of Prophet Muhammad's wifeKhadija has been destroyed and "a toilet built over it."

He alleges that houses of the prophet's companionsand mosques have also been destroyed.

Wahabism is a term used to describe a movement ofSunni Islam based on the teachings of Saudi Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab(1703–1792).

The term "Wahabi" is rarely used bymembers of this group. The term they use to describe themselves is"Salafi," translating as "followers of the pious forefathers."

 

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