A Shura Council member, Reza Mohammad Nasrallah called to involve Shia in the political, social and economic structure in Saudi Arabia. He emphasized that Shia in the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia are Arabs and existed since the beginning of Islam.
Nasrallah, who is a well-known journalist, said on May 4, in an interposition in Shia in the Gulf are in the heart of people of the Gulf a program broadcasted on Al-Arabiya, that “Shia belongs to ancient Arab tribes.”
He cited by the thesis of Dr. Mohammed Ghanim Al Rumaihi who found that "Albaharna" is a term refers to anyone comes from Bahrain.
Nasrallah pointed to the controversy between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the agreement of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz and Sheikh Isa Al-Khalifa, the Emir of Bahrain at that time to take the opinion of Bahrainis, where Shia chose Al-Khalifa to be their ruler and to be an independent Arab state.
Nasrallah denied the allegations which stated that Arab Shia responded to the Iranian attempts to involve them into the regional conflict, yet he confirmed that some Shia were influenced by the Islamic revolution.
He praised the depth of the social relations between various groups and components of the Omani society. Nasrallah said “although Shia forms minority, religious discrimination barely exists there.
He also referred to reconciliation efforts between Shia and government officials in 1993 where King Fahd reconciled with their leaders.
Nasrallah concluded by mentioning Shia’s attitude during first Gulf war and how they stood with the government to preserve national unity and the state’s security.