Hezbollah and Al Qaeda Fight Over Mohammed’s Granddaughter


But don’t call it a religious war. There’s absolutely no religion in it. It’s an “uprising against tyranny”. Also a civil war and a holy war.

Despite Hezbollah’s obscuring of facts surrounding their dead, it is clear their supporters know these men met their end in Syria. Chants of “Labayka ya Zaynab” (“We are here for you, O Zaynab”) are ubiquitous at funerals for Hezbollah’s martyrs. The highly sectarian and mantra-like chant references the Zaynab mosque in Damascus, an important Shia shrine near Damascus and a gathering point for pro-Iranian foreign fighters in Syria.

When a Hezbollah fighter is killed, the party often releases a photograph of the militiaman when he was still living. Their posters sometimes feature the Zaynab shrine’s golden dome in the background. Hezbollah’s semi-official Facebook announcements tend to offer the best information of the circumstances of a fighter’s death: Some photographs are posted with a caption reading “[Died while] defending Sayyida [Lady] Zaynab” or “martyred during the sacred defense.”

Who or what is Zaynab? The Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque is the burial place of Zaynab, Mohammed’s granddaughter. Since Sunni and Shiite Islam originally broke down as a dynastic struggle, Zaynab was the daughter of Caliph Ali, the pivotal figure in Shiite Islam, and came into play during the Islamic civil wars. Hezbollah is explicitly framing the conflict as a holy war between Shiites and Sunnis. The fact that the Salafis would invariably destroy the mosque gives their propaganda some basis in reality.

But it also reflects the fact that this isn’t about Assad anymore. The old Islamic civil wars were about dynasties that flowed into religion and then out into dynasties again. Family and religion brutally intersect in Islamic civil wars which are both tribal and religious because they are one and the same.

Hezbollah can’t fight for Assad, but it’s really not fighting for Assad. It’s fighting for Shiite Islam under the Iranian banner. And the Sunni war stopped being about Assad a while back. Assad wouldn’t attract nearly this much attention, especially when you consider that he had good relations and alliances with many of the groups coming after him now.

It’s a religious war now, which isn’t to say that it’s not still tribal, but it’s also about how religion represents tribal identity. That is why any plans to mainstream and moderate the Sunni side are doomed. You can’t moderate a religious war. It’s by definition immoderate. This isn’t about democracy and it’s time to stop pretending that it’s about some kind of popular resistance to tyranny. It’s a tribal religious war, like most of them are.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    The tribal aspect is inherent in all inter-Muslim bloodshed, as each side vies for hegemonic rule. And anyone who posits otherwise must know that hewing to said fantasy of "good" and bad Islamic sects will only exacerbate their bloodshed by lending it "legitimate" cover.

    That being said, one cannot separate the tribal from the religious because ALL their tribes operate for the "glory" of fighting jihad under the banner of ISLAM. So to separate the religious component is to take more than a flight from fantasy.

    Therefore, when the civil war started in Syria, the following was noted and its essence bears out the above – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/31/islamists-wha

    It is easier to pretend that what is isn't, but blind as a bat is no longer tenable. London's beheading…Boston's jihad too…. just the beginning. As such, stay focused on where their struggle with the west lies: its total submission.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • fred dawes

      Thank yes

  • Herb Benty

    For Western Leftists to admit that muslims are fighting a religious war and not for freedom loving democracy would undermine the whole communist agenda, that is ,the whole communist takeover of the West, that considers Islamic jihad as "handy".

    • Defcon 4

      If islamofascists ever take power, the amoral leftards will rue their alliance right quick. One of the first groups targeted for disappearance after the Islamic Revolution in Iran were Communists.

  • fred dawes

    Mass murder here soon.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      They are looking for the next Byzantine Empire to take down.

  • incaed

    are there only 80,000 death that figure seems to be two weeks old and there has been intensified fight.

  • ziontruth

    "It's a religious war now, which isn't to say that it's not still tribal, but it’s also about how religion represents tribal identity."

    It's not that complicated once you bear in mind that religion and politics are inseparable in Islam. Political hegemony is so central to Islam that those parts of the world where Islamic rule (i.e. shariah) isn't the law of the land are considered by Muslims to be places where Allah isn't given the right to rule. Unbelievable stuff, I know, but it appears on Islamic websites as a recurring theme ("Shariah: Giving Allah The Right To Rule").

  • candy

    If you have ever seen an Ashura celebration ,it puts some of the muslim insanity into perspective .
    Anyone who would participate or celebrate such violent ,bloody actions as religious would not hesitate to mass murder and suicide for that religion . If they will abuse their own children so brutally they will have no qualms about violating anyone's human rights or killing them.

    Sunni's hide their crazy better but they are just as blood thirsty.

    The war will never end until one exterminates the other. And the more countries they drag into it,the happier they are.

    Democracy ? They can't even settle a same religion 1300 year old disagreement .

  • Kyra

    Rabbi, I look forward to the day when you can retire in the sun with nothing to do or say all day long. Because that means all the muzzies will have finally killed each other off and the rest of humanity can just live their lives.

    • Defcon 4

      That would be a day worth celebrating. It's sad that space travel hasn't progressed significantly enough to allow the rest of us to leave this world for some other, while leaving the islamo-nazis and their collaborators, tools and sympathizers behind to their idea of paradise.

  • Indioviejo

    Our intervention should be limited to stocking the fires. Remember the Iran-Iraq war? This is another opportunity for the barbarians to do what they do best, kill each other.

  • Defcon 4

    My only pity is for the few Christians, atheists and Druze caught up in the melee of Syria's islamofascist blood letting.