SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – According to Shia News, Sheikh Ja’afar Ibrahimi the distinguished Iraqi Shia scholar, yesterday in a speech condemned the use of ‘Safawiyyeh (Persian dynasty)’ for political and media attack on Shia Islam. He added that if ‘Safawiyyeh’ means adhering to principles of Ahlul Bait (members of the Prophet’s household) then I am a Safawide. He condemned the abuse of tribal slogans in religious debates and said that Islam is against divisions based on tribes and races. He added that in Islamic societies the only criteria for higher position is piety. Sheikh Ibrahimi rejected the accusation that Shia Islam is a non-Arab or Iranian school of thought and said this is nonsense and waste of time because in Islam there is no difference between Arabs and non-Arabs and the only criteria is piety.