‘Qunfuz’ – the Sectarian Dimension
A (real) Facebook exchange:
Him: Qunfuz…what a horrible horrible horrible name to have…good God…
Me: why? it means hedgehog. i like hedgehogs..
Him: Qunfuz (la) was Omar ibn al Khattab’s (la) servant who whipped and beat up Hadhrat Fâtimat uz-Zahrâ (as) when Omar (la), Abu Bakr (la), Khalid ibn Walid (la), Abu Sufyan (la), Muawiyah (la) and the tribe of the Bani Aslam attacked the house of our Queen Fatimah (as) in order to force Amîr ul Mu’minîn (as) to give his allegiance to the satanic opressor Abu Bakr (la). Qunfuz (la) is one of the people I ask Allah (swt) to curse for all eternity for having oppressed our Queen (as) while she was pregnant. The beating delivered by Qunfuz (la) and Omar (la) was so severe that Sayyidah Fatimah (as) miscarried her baby and died a few weeks later. When I opened that link I just couldn’t believe my eyes. The disgusting smell of satanic blasphemy that comes out of that name just makes me sick.
Me: Don’t worry, Ali, I’m not interested in sectarian fights (except as a sorry observer). Qunfuz is my blog, and I didn’t choose the name for sectarian reasons. In fact, I didn’t even know this significance of ‘qunfuz’ as a name until you told me. In Arabic, as I said, its first signification is simply ‘hedgehog’ – the animal with prickles and a warm core.
Him: Sorry if I came across a bit harsh but the martyrdom of our Queen (as) is a matter very dear to my heart and I tend to be very sensitive with these things. I once even dumped a girl because she praised Omar ibn al Khattab (la) just to make me angry. I realize that you didn’t know thw story behind the name and it would be unfair to condemn hedgehogs because of that individuals. Hedgehogs are cool ! Peace.