In the Name of Allah,
A while ago I was posting on the Shia-Sunni "debate" thread and I abruptly left for a trip only to return dissapointed at the adab that the Shias on this forum have displayed. To tell you the truth I am ashamed to be a Shia on this forum. I wanted to tell the Shia brothers and sisters not to debate but to inform. Too many times I see Shia brothers posting links over and over again, many of which are not opened. Then when I try my best to communicate with a Sunni brother about our beliefs I see a Salafi sister promoting hate for the Shia.
Our job is not to convince the Sunni that the Jaferi madhab is superior, but our duty is to convince the Sunni that the message of the Ahlulbait is celestial, and the event of Karbala was not merely an event where a lump of flesh by the name of Hussain and his companions were slaughtered for a useless cause. The event of Karbala is an eternal truth that trancends the domain of time. On my trip I saw a movie titled 'V for Vendetta', and there was a line that hit me like a brick, and this was when V was about to die. Before he passes away, 'V' says: "...beneath this flesh is an idea and ideas are indestructable."
I feel that Sunnis and Salafis should be more than just 'lovers' of Ahlulbait, but they should be 'Followers' of Ahlulbait. On my trip I met a Sunni Naqshbandi whose love for Fatima(as) stunned me.
To summarize this thread, I sincerely feel that the Sunni and the Shia should hold on to the Ahlulbait and should be ready to devote their life for their cause, afterall, the Prophet said "I leave with you two weighty things: the Ahlulbait, and the Quran, whoever holds on to these two things will not stray."
I pray Allah gives us tawfiq to promote the cause of Ahlulbait, and I pray that I will be able to fight alongside Mahdi (as) shoulder to shoulder with a Hanafi or a Maliki brother, inshallah.