The article is about the al-Houthi rebellion in northern Yemen, which has been declared "over," though it remains whether the current ceasefire will hold up. The al-Houthi family and its supporters are Zaydi Shi'i Muslims, who are occupy a space theologically between Sunni Islam and Shi'i Islam. They view the first several Imams recognized by Twelver and Isma'ili Shi'is as rightful leaders of the early Muslim community but do not accept all the Imams (historical religious and temporal leaders) recognized by either Twelvers of Isma'ilis. The Yemeni government of President 'Ali 'Abdullah Salih (Saleh) has claimed that the al-Houthis are supported financially and militarily by Twelver Shi'i Iran, a charge the leader of the al-Houthi rebellion, 'Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, has denied.
The al-Houthi rebellion was originally led by Husayn Badr al-Din al-Houthi, who founded the "Believing Youth" Movement (Shabab al-Mu'mineen, which translates more closely to "Youth-Believers"). He was killed by the Yemeni military in September 2004, and was succeeded by his brother, 'Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, as head of the rebellion. The Houthi family's base of support is among Zaydi Shi'i tribesmen in the north of the country, primarily around the city of Sa'dah. They are not, however, supported by all of Yemen's Zaydis and have been condemned by several important Zaydi tribal leaders, including Shaykh Sadiq al-Ahmar, head of the powerful Hashid tribal confederation.
AQAP has a history of virulent anti-Shi'i rhetoric, though the article suggests that Zaydism is closer to Sunni Islam than it is to Shi'i Islam. One of AQAP's anti-Shi'i releases was an audio statement by one of its leaders, Muhammad bin 'Abd al-Rahman al-Rashad, "I am Your Sincere Adviser," which was released on November 9. An English translation was released last December.
Other translations of articles from the twelfth issue can be read from the blog's archives:
(1) "He is More Exalted and Sublime than What They Do (Shahid Abu al-Khayr Abdallah Usayri)"
(2) "Universality of Islam and the Massacre of Abyan, Yemen"
The Huthis: Rafidites with a Zaidi Mask
Abu al-Jarud exploited the ignorance of the people in Yemen about the truth of the Twelver sect, disguising it with love for the Aal al-Beit (family of the Prophet), may Allah be pleased with them. He therefore provoked the fitnah which occurred between Imam Ali and Muawiya, may Allah be pleased with them. He sought to win the Muslims over by saying that the Ahl al-Beit were being treated unjustly by some rulers of the Bani Umayya, and stated facts which were not done in accordance with the way of the Ahl al-Sunna, but were rather errors committed by those who had joined the Sunni. Our noble scholars had clarified before and afterwards that the Sunnis did not and will not accept any injustice to befall anyone from the people of the house of the Prophet, peace and prayers be upon him, who follow his path. Their position on the fighting between Ali and Muawaiya, may Allah be pleased with them, was clear: Ali was in the right. Their position on the killing of Hussein bin Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, was even clearer when they denounced and criminalized the one who killed him. The books of the Ahl al-Sunna are the best witness to this.
Going back in history a few centuries ago, Zaidism entered Yemen with the coming of that guide to the truth, Yahya bin Hussein, may Allah have mercy on him, who is buried in Saadah, and to whom the al-Hadwai school is attributed. The Twelver Shiites take him as an intermediary to Allah, and believe he has the power to benefit or harm them. They pray at his tomb and the tombs of some of his sons who are buried there. They seek aid without Allah, and Imam al-Hadi is innocent of them.
The Sunnis are the foremost among the Ahl al-Beit. They show them the appropriate religious love, not the heresies, polytheist abominations and tomb-worship fabricated by the rafidites under the pre**** that those buried there are righteous people.
By a distortion and forgery of the history and story of the pure Aal al-Beit, and through narration of false news, they permitted these heresies – indeed they are commanded by them, as the Shiites claim – but the Aal al-Beit avoid saying that which violates the law of Allah.
Through this appeal and the falsification of truths, hatred and insult of the Sahaba spread among the general populace in many areas that were under the control of the Shiites at that time, until they became impudent enough to dishonor the Prophet, peace and prayers be upon him, and his wife, mother of the believers Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, and repeated what had been spread by the chief of hypocrisy, Abdullah bin Abi in the “al-Ifk incident” (the slander) , thereby revealing the truth expansion of this loathsome sect.
They advanced throughout the entire area of Saadah, and from there the Rafidites spread to all the areas of north Yemen, by sending teachers from Saadah under the name of Zaidism and often through fighting and coercion. During some stages, they clashed with imams of the Ahl al-Sunna, such as Muhammad bin Ibrahim al-Wazeer, Ibn al-Ameer al-San’ani and Imam al-Shawkani as well as some Zaidis and others. They made obvious to people, however, the falseness of their claims and the emptiness of their sect, and the influence of the Twelvers diminished with political changes in the region. However they remained in Saadah, which was a stronghold in which they could find ****ter throughout the periods of their political and sectarian presence in Yemen. At the same time, the Zaidi sect, which was in fundamental disagreement with the Twelvers, flourished. The rafidites accused the Zaidis of being infidels and cursed them, and some of the Zaidi ulema accused the Twelver Imams of being infidels. Such is the contemporary Zaidi scholar Muhammad al-Kabasi, who composed a book in which he disavowed the Twelver rafidites.
In the last century, after power fell into the hands of the “republican” criminal gangs in a military coup that seized power from al-Badr bin Ahmad Hamid al-Din, who was then exiled, the Zaidis remaining the prevailing sect in the north of Yemen, until the apostate Ali Abdullah Salih came to power and Twelverism flourished again. In the mid-1980s, Iran chose Saadah as the launching point for exporting the Twelver-Magi revolution. After the end of the Iran-Arab (or Iraq) war and the beginning of the Iranian economic renaissance, Iran hastened it steps towards Saadah. With the return of Hussein al-Huthi from Iran, after some of the marja’iat (religious authorities) in Iran had attracted around them sons of Zaydi “Twelver” families to study their doctrine with clerics in Qom and elsewhere. The deceased Hussein al-Huthi was the most prominent of those returnees form Iran and in him Iran found its most cherished desire, especially in the con**** of the location, the marginalized environment, and the widespread poverty and ignorance in the area of Saadah in general. He was given the task of spreading Twelverism by sending teachers in Zaidi garb to those areas marginalized by the corrupt authorities in Yemen.
At the same time, there was a Salafi mission in Dammaj, established by Sheikh Muqbil, may Allah have mercy on him, who played a big role in exposing corrupt beliefs and wrote books in this regard. The rafidites were disturbed and tried to exploit the policy of Ali Abdullah Salah which was good for nothing else. The ruling regime was based on pitting one party against another and one sect against another, and planting dissension among the tribes so that they would be preoccupied among themselves.
The rafidites exploited that and in 1997 the damned Hussein al-Huthi the movement called “The Believer Youth” and with generous support from Ali Abdullah Salah established institutes for teaching Twelverism and abuse of the Sahaba in a vile attempt to oppose the Salafi mission there. He plotted to turn the magic on the magician.
After unification, and the regime’s announcement of democracy as the new political system of the unified state, as its thieves called it, one of the evils of the infidel democracy was the arrival of Hussein al-Huthi and his brother Yahya to the Council of Deputies and their obtaining diplomatic immunity which empowered them to move easily inside the country and outside it.
During that period, dens were established for the rafidites in Sanaa to study Twelverism, such as the Badr Center established by al-Mahturi, who was well known for his hatred of the Sahaba and especially Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her. It is appropriate that this person is a doctor in Sanna Univeristy, college of Shari’a and Law. The support of the state for those did not stop there, but it appointed many of those disguised as Zaidis to positions of leadership in the government, such as Ahmad al-Shami who occupied positions in the Yemeni judiciary and later became minister of Awqaf, which made it easy for them to move within the mosques to spread their views under the name of the Zaidi doctrine. During the same period, Yahya al-Mutawakkil reached the apex of the security apparatus as minister of the interior. He was known for his support to Shiism and filled the interior ministry with “sayyeds”, appointing many of them as security directors and criminal investigators. He was killed, however, in a mysterious car accident.
The new Zaidis were not satisfied with these privileges from the government. They established the Aal al-Beit Foundation and then the Hashemiyeen society. They even founded a political party, the al-Haqq Party, under al-Shami’s leadership. Everyone who knows al-Shami knows his severe hostility to the Sunnis.
With widespread poverty and ignorance in most of the remote northern regions, Shiism, under the cover of Zaidism, spread in many of the villages of Hijjah, Umran and Saadah. But the publications written by al-Huthi revealed that his views had nothing to do with Zaidism and that they had taken Zaidism as a façade for their new creed. As we mentioned before, Yemenis love the Zaidi creed.
With enormous Iranian funds sent to Huthis, they have purchased weapons and secretly prepared trenches. This was done with the obliviousness of the security apparatus which was busy monitoring the al-Qaeda organization after the regime allied itself with America against the Mujahedeen. As a result of the treachery of some of the regime leadership, in 2004 the Huthis obtained pledges from the military leadership to facilitate their control over Saadah and its environs, paving the way for seizing the entire north. The motive of the leadership in that was that the president had reduced their powers while expanding the influence of his son Ahmad, who had returned from America bringing a project that he wanted to implement at America’s suggestion. The first war was sparked in Saadah. The Huthis raised a banner that was true in word but empty in intention. It was apparent to every observer that they and their slogans were in different worlds.
From past episodes of war, it was apparent that the Huthis were implementing the policies of Iran in the region: when relations between Iran and the countries of the Arabian peninsula were strained, we heard them raising their slogans. When Iran and the countries of the region agreed to a truce no peep was heard from the Huthis. As for America, it benefits from the spread of Shiism, because it entered Iraq and Afghanistan through the gateway of the Magi state of Persia. This is from the testimony of the top officials in Iran. The Shiites are America’s alternative for the rulers in the region. The alliance of the rafidites with the Americans is something only a fool would deny. And all who follow what the rafidites have done to the Ahl al-Sunna in those countries, especially Iraq, and the fatwas issued by their clerics – Sistani, al-Sadr and others – which prohibit fighting the Americans, and direct them to kill the Sunnis – what creed is this? What ideas and what doctrine do these people have? These questions present themselves:
Have any of the Huthis targeted any American or European interest? And why has America not incorporated them onto its terrorism list? And where do the political leaders for the Huthis live?
The reasons for the fighting that are being circulated by the apostate regimes - that the Huthis insult the Sahaba and that they are rafidites, etc, etc… - are all true. But this is not the real reason for the fighting. The Twelvers have been cursing the Sahaba for two decades and they are present in Bilad al-Haramain in the east as well as Medina and other areas. And they curse the Sahaba in Saadah, Hijjah, Sanaa and al-Mahweet, as well as Bahrain, Kuwait and elsewhere. Whoever wants to know more can go to rafidite sites on the internet to know the truth about them, especially in Bilad al-Haramain and Bahrain.
With regards to this, the real cause of the fighting between the Yemeni and Saudi regimes and the Huthis was made clear previously: it is a battle of interests. It is an Iranian-Gulf struggle in which the cover of sect is used to achieve a greater Persian state, as some Iranian clerics have acknowledged.
Here we must remind the Ahl al-Sunna that their true role is to confront the enemies of the Ummah among the crusaders, the rafidites and the treasonous rulers and to be one hand upon the way of the Quran and the Sunna to dislodge those regimes who substitute for the law of Allah. They are the real reason for the spread of rafidism in the Arabian peninsula. Neither Iran nor America will succeed, Allah willing, in achieving any of their goals against the Ahl al-Sunna, especially in the Arabian peninsula.
For the al-Qaeda organization, which constitutes the first line of defense for the Ahl al-Sunna, is attentively monitoring what is happening around it. It has not been and will not be far from the fight as some think. Rather they are in the thick of the fight. Iraq is the best evidence as to who resisted and stopped the crimes of the rafidites. But the Mujahedeen have priorities: they will not assist the apostates against the rafidites or vice versa. For the Mujahedeen follow a clear path and they proceed with firm steps towards the establishment of the Islamic Emirate, Allah permitting. This is what we believe and this is our faith in Allah. No one should be deceived by the fatwas issued by the scholars of the authorities here and there to back one party against another for the sake of interests that conflict with the clear divine path. Let us adhere to the way of Jihad derived from the Book and the Sunna to be saved from every affliction and overcome every obstacle Allah permitting.