Sheikh Hassan Shehata: The Martyr of the Rafidha

Sheikh Hassan Shehata: The Martyr of the Rafidha

June 2013 saw, perhaps, the most gruesome killings of Shia Muslims in our modern history. On 23rd June 2013, over 3,000 Salafi thugs brutally ambushed a resident home in the village of Zawiyat Abu Musalem (in Giza, Egypt), during a gathering for a religious occasion that Shia Muslims - worldwide - celebrate. In the home was a Shia Muslim (former "Sunni" Muslim) scholar from Egypt, Sheikh Hassan Shehata - alongside three of his companions. What followed after is too distressing to show the readers with pictures. They were lynched, dragged through the streets and beaten to death. The occasion being celebrated was 15th Shaban, the auspicous birth anniversary of Imam Al-Mahdi.

Below is the transcript of The Shia Newspaper's interview with Sharif Shehata (the nephew of Sheikh Hassan Shehata).

Sheikh Hassan Shehata. The martyr of Tawalla (association to Allah and His allies) and Tabarra (disassociation from the enemies of Allah). Being related to him, could you tell us some hidden details about his murder? And could you also tell us of some of his activities that led to the irritation of the Wahhabis? Please start by introducing yourself first.

« I am Sharif Shehata, the nephew of the martyr. With regards to the murder of my uncle, the Wahhabi scholars issued the orders in the "Support Syria Conference" at the Cairo stadium, with the presence of Muslim Brotherhood's president, Mohamed Morsi. The Wahhabis launched a big campaign, posting "takfiri" posters that encouraged the killing of Shia Muslims in the region.

The security forces collaborated with the killers. Even after the accident, they put him in a completely closed room which had no air in, eventually causing his death.

The martyr was always calling for the freedom of thought, belief, and the practising of religious rituals, and that is what Wahhabis don't like. He was an impenetrable bulwark for the religion. No-one could defeat him in debates or discussions. At the end, they agreed on murdering this voice who was calling for the freedom of thought and belief. »

Where were the Egyptian police during those events? Why didn't they defend the Sheikh?

« The police and army forces were surrounding the place, and they were given superior orders not to interfere. Rather they were ordered to move the bodies. At the incident's location, there were some Wahhabi officials who actually represented the Egyptian country at that time. »

Were there threats that had reached the Sheikh before the incident? What is the police's interest in not interfering?

« Yes, he received threats, and he knew what was awaiting him. However, he went to strengthen the Shia who were in the place, and in order to not be weak-hearted.

And the interest of the police was to get rid of the voice who was calling for freedom! »

Since our words are now regarding the Shia, let's talk about them a little bit. How is the condition of the Shia Muslims in Egypt? Approximately how many of them are there?

« The Shia have absolutely no freedom to practise their religious rituals, despite the clause found in the Egyptian Constitution that allows the freedom of belief and freedom of practising religious rituals.

There are close to five million, but (generally) those in the northern areas of Egypt attribute themselves to the Sufis, due to their fear from security prosecutions. »

If you are talking about five million, what prevents them from revolting? Are there assaults on private places, like houses, where Shia rituals are held?

« Yes, assaults from the Wahhabis constantly occur.

There are some who practise rituals in their homes, but they are not allowed to go out to the Mosque, or construct their own Shia Mosque. There are only two Shia Muslim Mosques in Egypt - one in Tanta and the other in Sohag. However, these Mosques - unfortunately - do not care about the issues of the Shia; they are more concerned with the political matters and gaining money in the name of "holding rituals". Truly, they are a subsidiary of Iran.

All we want is freedom to hold our rituals in the Mosques of Ahlul-Bayt, not in our homes. The meaning of these rituals is to be announced in public, and not hidden away. »

Is the Shiite situation expanding or worsening? In other words: do more and more people become Shia Muslims? And what is the motivation for that?

« Yes. More and more people have, particularly after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Morsi regime. Eventually, it becomes clear that the truly rational religion is Shiism. »

Now going back to the crux of our conversation, what is the situation of the martyr's family now? Has the revenge of the martyr been taken?

« We leave the revenge up to our Awaited Imam Al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance) when he rises, God willing.

Thanks to Allah, many people have converted to Shia Islam after seeing this pure blood being shed, but we can say that Allah has indeed overthrown Morsi for shedding Sheikh Hassan's blood.

As for the killers, 24 people were arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison. »

We all know that the martyr, Hassan Shehata, was considered the godfather of the Egyptian Shia Muslims. Who inherited the paternity now? Or in other words: who is considered the godfather of the Egyptian Shia Muslims now?

« Sadly, interests have overwhelmed some people.

Diaa Muharram, one of the students of the martyr, has made an immense impact with his programme ("Here: The Fatimid Egypt"), and we wish him success. »

We all know that there are some countries that give some freedom to express one's thoughts and opinions, like European countries, for example Britain in particular. Why don't some of the Shia migrate to this country, so that they can - through the media - cause the Fatimid Egypt to return once again?

« Things are very difficult and we don't have the right to apply for asylum from here, nor can we travel easily to Europe; and the lack of money erases any hope of ours. We wish that Britain would facilitate this; it is the first country of freedom. »

In the programme, "Here: The Fatimid Egypt", we started to notice Egyptian Shia Muslims express their opinions, and consider Fadak TV an outlet for them. Do you support the appearance of more of these sort of channels?

« Yes, I strongly support it. I do advise (you) to increase the number of programmes in the Egyptian dialect, and (I advise you) to create special shows targeted to them. »

Before we conclude the dialogue, tell us about your activity being the most prominent figure from the martyr's family.

« I communicate with the majority of the newly converted Shia in Egypt and I provide them with the books and material they need. I am also a member of The Upper Hand Organization and the Islamic Rafedhi Conference, and I am the spokesperson of the martyr's family. »

Final thoughts:

« In my opinion, there is no alternative to the direct Rafidhi (rejectionist) approach. It is an approach with no hypocrisy and duplicity, and it is the most effective approach to expose the corruption of the "Sunni" - Wahhabi - religion.

I wish to enjoy what the Egyptian Constitution guaranteed for us in security and freedom of worship, and in letting us express our opinions. »

The Shia Newspaper: We would like to thank Sharif Shehata for taking part in the interview, and we ask Allah (Glorious and Exalted is He) to raise the ranks of the martyr, Sheikh Hassan Shehata, in Paradise. Ameen.


Publisher: The Shia Newspaper, Fourth Issue, Issued by the Upper Hand Organization