Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Iraqi Papers Tuesday: Sufi Shrine Attacked

From Amer Mohsen at IRAQSlogger.com

A bombing in Baghdad took the lives of at least two dozen people and targeted a major Sufi mosque and shrine in the city ... Al-Mada accused “takfiris” (literally: people who excommunicate others) of being behind the attack, a hint towards extremist Sunni groups. Several strands of Salafism in Sunni Islam find Sufi beliefs and religious practices to be objectionable, and in some cases, heretical, and it would not be far-fetched to assume that zealous extremists may have been behind the attack –- especially groups inspired by the Wahhabi tradition, which is especially harsh vis-à-vis Sufism.

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