ISRA Press Release: ISRA Calls on Muslims to Unite Against Those Who Misrepresent Islam


Terrorist Attacks on Sufi Shrines Hurt all Muslims

ISRA Calls on Muslims to Unite Against Those Who Misrepresent Islam

ISRA organization, a growing voice of the silent Muslim majority in America, has issued an statement condemning the attacks on Sufi shrines in Pakistan and around the world.

Columbia, SC  10/25/2010 -- Over the past few months, Sufi shrines and their visitors have become the new victims of terrorism in Pakistan. These shrines have served for centuries as institutions of spiritual and cultural knowledge in the Indian subcontinent. They also serve as organizational structures for the distribution of alms, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Those who are suspected of carrying out these treacherous acts are grossly misrepresenting Islam by denying the divinely ordained sanctity of mankind and by reducing everything to a lust for temporal power.

The attacks on Sufi shrines in Pakistan are alarming because they are gathering places and safe havens for all members of Pakistani society: Sunni or Shia, the young and the old, men, women, and children regardless of ethnic background or social class.

The shrines also serve as shelters for the physically and mentally handicapped, many of whom are thrown out on the streets by families who are unable or unwilling to care for them.

Historically, Sufi shrines in Pakistan have served as centers of Islamic knowledge spreading Islam throughout South Asia. They attract visitors from around the world, and contribute to Muslim-Hindu harmony in the region.

We as Muslims with one voice now openly condemn violent attacks on innocent lives, property and places. We want security for sacred sites. The Qur’an states: “Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind." (5:32).

Ten people were killed in the attack on the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Karachi, and at least 55 killed in July when the shrine of Data Ganj Baksh in Lahore was attacked. The most recent attack on October 25 has killed at least six people in Pakpattan in the Punjab region. The shrine of Baba Fariduddin Gunj Shakar a famous Sufi saint was the target of this attack. One also has to bear in mind that these attacks are not limited to Pakistan. Muslim shrines around the world have been ruthlessly attacked causing great loss of life and property.

“Let there be a community among you who call to the good, and enjoin the right, and forbid the wrong. They are the ones who have success. (Al-Qur’an 3:104)”

Anas bin Malik (ra) narrates from the Prophet (May Allah's Peace and Blessings be with him) who said: "Three things are the roots of faith (1) To refrain from (killing) a person who says “La ILaha IL Allah” (2) Not to declare him an unbeliever no mater what sin he commits (3) and also not to declare him out of Islam due to any of his deeds.” [Abu Dawoud]


About ISRA

ISRA is a movement that began in the United States. It is working to revive the totality of deen (religious life). It is founded on the affirmation that Allah (swt) is one, Muhammad (May Allah's Peace and Blessings be with him) is His final Prophet and the religion of Islam has three dimensions: Islam (submission to Allah), Iman (Faith) and Ihsan (Knowing Allah sees you even if you don't see him-excellence) or tasawwuf (science of the heart). It promotes the love of Allah (swt) and the love of Rasool Allah (saws) as ways of purifying ones heart from everything other than Allah.


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