Among Moina Shaiq’s other claims is that the Shias and Sunnis always lived peacefully together until recently, when “politics” turned them against one another. It’s unclear if she wants to blame the Infidels for this. But as a matter of history, she is wrong. The Shias and Sunnis have been sworn enemies since the battle of Karbala in 680. They may live “together,” but not, as Moina Shaiq would have it, “peacefully.” Sunnis have persecuted Shi’a, and continue to do so, in many places.
In Iraq, after the Mongol conquest in 1248, the Shi’a were blamed by many Sunnis for the Arab defeat and killed as a consequence.
During the Ottoman period, hundreds of thousands of Shia were killed in Anatolia.
In India, and especially in Kashmir, Shia were subject to persecution and murder by Sunnis. Plunder, looting and killing by the Sunnis came to be known as ‘Taarajs” that virtually devastated the large community of Shi’a in Kashmir. History records 10 such Taarajs, also known as “Taraj-e-Shia,” between the 15th and 19th centuries, in 1548, 1585, 1635, 1686, 1719, 1741, 1762, 1801, 1830, and 1872. During Taarajs, Shia habitations were plundered, people killed, libraries burnt, and sacred sites of the Shi’a desecrated. The community, due to their difficulties, began the practice of Taqiyya in order to preserve their lives.