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Friday, August 05, 2005

Murshdis


This picture is what we call in latakia [Bet Al-Rabb - House of God]... Al-Rabb is a popular word referring to the Imam of the Murshdis...

Anyways,
Murshdis, are a bit closed sect. They were originally a part of the Alawites, until 1923 when a man [Sulman Al-Murshid] claimed himself to be the Hidden Imam [or Mehdi who is a shared tradition between Alawites and Shiits, which is the last Imam that will come at the end of time to save Alawites]... some sources say that he claimed that he was a God... but Murshdis nowadays deny that...
There's a lot of confusion about the relationship between Sulman and the syrian inpendence movement... I tend to believe that he was a really pragmatic person, so I go with the opinion, that he worked with the french, and then when he saw the national movement taking the upper hand, he flip-flopped... which explains the last book about this subject [Ray Before Dawn - The Diaries of Ahmed Nihad Al-Sayyaf]...
Sulman was trialed for Great Treason and executed in 1946... and was succeeded by his son Mujeeb Al-Murshid who was also killed in 1952 by direct orders from Adeeb Al-Shishakly, then came Saji Al-Murshid until he died in 1998 without leaving a will...
Murshdis now largely consider Al-Murshid as a God, explaining the Villa's name...
They suffered a lot of torture and repression until the late 60s... there was even a law that allows imprisonment for anyone who states publicly that he's a Murshdi..
in the 70s, Murshdi leaders met with the late president Hafez Assad, and all these laws and opression were lifted off in return for their full support to the regime..
It is well known that they fulfilled that promise, for a huge part of the [Defence Brigades] were Murshdis... and when the huge crisis occured between the two brothers in the 80s, they stood steadily with Pres. Hafez Assad... and withdrew from the Defence Brigades... and that was a major factor in ending the crisis..

Their numbers are estimated in tens of thousands, most of em are still living in the countryside of Homs, Hama and Latakia...

5 Comments:

Blogger Tolerant Damascene said...

Nice info to know about.
Thanks :)

August 05, 2005 2:58 PM

 
Blogger Ghalia said...

Thanx for the info, I think we always should know about these stuffs.

August 05, 2005 10:06 PM

 
Anonymous julia said...

first thank u for the info
secondly..about sulman almurshed as i read he was called (( alrabb)) because of his very good personality ..he helped anyone would ask him to without even knowing him ..and he was a very wiseman itc...thats why he was called (( alrabb))

August 06, 2005 1:32 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how stupid is that! according to what you said Julia, there are a lot of "Gods" walking around us each day...all you have to to is have a good personalilty, help people that you don't know and be wise or at least pretend to, oh and go to syria and you can be called God...anyone interested?

August 07, 2005 10:43 AM

 
Blogger Yazan said...

well... i can't really tell..

It's a matter of what sources u really trust over others..

August 07, 2005 12:38 PM

 

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