The rift between Sunnis and Shites is legendary and also conditional on other factors esp. the factor of Non-Muslims. In the absence of this all important factor of Non-Muslims, Sunnis and Shites target and kill each other and this happens all the time in Pakistan and Iraq. At the outset, the endless violence between two sects might be surprising esp. in the light of Koranic self-seeking message of a Muslim should never kill a Muslim and due to very basic nature of faith priding on aspect of its complete submission to Allah's will, to many. But at the other extreme, Koran immerses itself with verses exhorting Muslims to fight, subjugate or kill infidels. So, any Islamic sect wanting to kill members of rival Islamic sect declares themselves as true Muslims and rival sects as infidels. This Sunni-Shite division and resulting politics pervades all Islamic nations, and it can be seen here how a Presidential candidate in Egypt is saying Shites are infidels.
Coming to protest, the reported protest may not be big but protesters made their intention clear of enlarging protests in future, by size and, probably, in fury too. Their accusations are self-serving with claims of arrested person being innocent. Their paranoia is evident with their claim of Delhi police acting at the behest of Israel, and implicit message and demand in this accusation is India's foreign policy should be in accordance with interests and sentiments of Muslims.
The ultimate goal of Muslims in infidel nations is to bring the country under Islamic rule or at least - temporarily -to make its laws subservient to Sharia law. And means to achieve this goal is JIHAD. So, violence by riots or bomb blasts or influencing politics by vote, all are legitimate tactics in pursuing their goal. More over, protests taking place after Friday prayers is too conspicuous.
Muslims take to streets to demand journalist's release
Burying differences persisting for generations, hundreds of Muslims - both Shias and Sunnis - Friday took to the streets here to protest the arrest of journalist Syed Mohammed Kazmi, alleged to be involved in the Israel embassy car bombing in New Delhi last month.
Demanding Kazmi's release, prominent Muslim leaders led a procession comprising members of both sects from the Asafi Masjid till the Shaheed Smarak. They were joined by hundreds of Muslims who gathered at the Asafi mosque, after the Namaz-e-Juma (Friday prayer).
As Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawaad led his contingent, it was joined by another 100 people from Tile Wali Masjid led by Maulana Fazlul Rehman. Some women also joined the protest.
The protesters claimed that Kazmi was implicated and shouted anti-Israel and anti-US slogans.
While the focal point of the "Ehtejaj ka muzahira" (public display of anger) was against the arrest of Kazmi, the crowd also burnt US flags and rallied against the Congress government for their pro-Israeli stance.
Protestors carrying the 'Save Kazmi' placards and banners pledged their support to the jailed journalist.
"Police have framed dubious charges against him and he is being subjected to custodial torture and harassment," said Sibtain Husain, a protestor.
Addressing the gathering, Maulana Kalbe Jawaad urged the people to unite and protest against the Congress government. He alleged that the Delhi Police chief had been acting at the behest of the Israeli intelligence agencies.
Maulana Fazlul Rehman emphasised on the Shia-Sunni unity and warned of bigger protests through the country if Kazmi was not released.
A massive protest has been planned outside the parliament March 26.
Kazmi was arrested by Delhi Police's Special Cell March 7, and accused of providing logistical support to those who attacked the Israeli embassy car in New Delhi last month.