Isra Condemns Terrorist Attacks on Sufi Shrines Hurt all Muslims

Isra Condmns

Isra CondemnsTerrorist Attacks on Sufi Shrines Hurt all Muslims

ISRA Issues Statement of Condemnation

by Isra Staff

In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful

The recent brutal terrorist acts of rampage carried out in the name of Islam in Timbuktu, destroying the ancient tombs of Muslim saints and threats to wipe out every religious shrine in the fabled city known as the city of 333 saints is an act of malicious transgression which needs to be unanimously condemned and rejected by every Muslim and particularly by the Imams, Shayks and the leaders of the ummah declared ISRA in an statement of codemnation.

This is an criminal act and amounts to a declaration of war against the orthodox Ahl As Sunnah wal Jama'ah who are an overwhelming majority of Muslims and who consider Tasawwuf or Sufism to be an integral part of Islam.

Over the past two years, Sufi shrines and their visitors have become the new victims of terrorism in Pakistan, Egypt, India, Libya and now in Mali. These shrines have served for centuries as institutions of spiritual and cultural knowledge as well as major organizational structures for the distribution of alms, one of the five pillars of Islam. The attacks on Sufi shrines worldwide are alarming due to the very nature of these shrines as gathering places and safe havens for all members society: Shia or Sunni, the young and the old, men, women, and children regardless of ethnic background or social class.

In addition, some shrines 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. Sufi shrines have also served as centers of Islamic knowledge, and played a major role in spreading Islam throughout South Asia Afeica and parts of Europe. They attract visitors from around the world, and contribute to social harmony in the region. The shrines that have been brutally attacked are centers of social welfare and tolerance, and have for centuries been places of stability in societies that hve often faced turbulence and upheaval.

We as Muslims, must openly condemn violent attacks on innocent lives, property and places, and safeguard 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). Many people have been killed in the attacks during the past few yers. These attacks are designed to promote fear, chaos, and disunity among Muslims

Anas bin Malik (ra) narrates from the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wasalaam) 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 unbeliever for whatever sin he commits (3) and also not to declare him out of Islam due to any of his deeds.”..." [Abu Dawud]

ISRA International (The Islamic Studies and Research Association) condemns these and all acts of terrorism, and calls on Muslim communities throughout the world to condemn attacks on innocent people and on sacred and cultural heritage sites. We also urge Muslims to stand up as a unified ummah and condemn the random judgment by some Muslims over the faith of other Muslims.

These acts against Sufi shrines destroy the long and vibrant spiritual heritage of Islam, contradict the sharia, and distort the message of Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance. : “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)”.

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