The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday revealed that it is 'looking into the alleged' illegal killing of 492 Shiites
by the Army.
Although there are some Sunni Muslims who partake in the Ashura commemoration with Shiites
, along with other Shiite
rituals, there has always been a general political and social stance of intolerance towards the presence of a non-Sunni Muslim ideology in Egypt.
The suffering and injustices faced by the Shiites
in the 1990s and the disorder of post-2003 Iraq combined to make today's Shiite
In a 62-page report, entitled "'They Are Not Our Brothers': Hate Speech by Saudi Officials" and released on Tuesday, the HRW said Saudi clerics often refer to Shiites
as rafidha or rawafidh, which mean rejectionists, and stigmatize their beliefs with impunity, presstv reported.
No group has yet claimed responsibility but militant Sunni fundamentalists such as the Taliban and Islamic State view Shiites
as apostates and frequently attack Shiite
mosques and public gatherings.
Most are decorated with Hezbollah flags, Nasrallah posters, and the 'Sword of Ali,' the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to whom Shiites
Iran's supreme leader has blasted as "foolishness" a decision by Bahrain's leaders to strip a top Shiite
Muslim cleric of his citizenship, and said it could provoke violence from Shiites
, who make up the majority in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.
Compare that to 76 percent of Shiites
who believe that the citizens of Ramadi will be treated fairly.
A Kuwaiti court has sentenced 21 Kuwaiti Shiites
to prison or death for belonging to an Iran-linked cell.
Extremist group Daesh, which considered Shiites
heretics, claimed responsibility for the bombing, the first attack the group has carried out in Saudi Arabia.
The attack happened when the Shiite
Muslims were in ceremony to mark their Ashoura, the holy day commemorating the death of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Mohammad who is revered by the Shiites
The Islamic State fighters consider Shiites
to be heretics, and proudly post images of them being killed -- often for no reason other than their beliefs.