Wednesday, February 19, 2003
At Shi'a Pundit, there is a post about the event of Ghadir-e-Khum as well as a link to an excellent website run by the Ithna Ashari (Twelver) Shi'a community which has much documentation of the event drawn from both Shi'a and Sunni sources. The event at Ghadir e Khum is the exact point of schism between Shi'a and Sunni.
For me, today is a day of re-affirmation and piety. But the event also has ramifications today. As we consider the role of Wahabism in Islam and whether Islam "needs" a Reformation, it is important to remember the history of Ghadir -e-Khum. There are ideals and lessons for all Muslims, not just Shi'a - and all of us could do far worse than to follow the example of Amirul Mumineen, Ali ibn Talib AS.