Because they’re considered heretical. “Egypt: Islam Fundamentalism Rising, Attacks On Sufi Shrines,” from ANSAmed, April 8 (thanks to Insubria):
(ANSAmed) – ROME, APRIL 8 – People’s committees to defend the Sufi places of worship that were destroyed or attacked by Salafite groups in the past months: this is one of the measures taken by the followers of this mystic movement, after at least twenty sanctuaries, according to their leaders, were attacked, particularly after the revolution of January 25 in which President Mubarak was forced to step down. People in Egypt fear that these incidents are a sign of rising interreligious tensions between the two groups, due to the conviction of Salafis – who explain the religious texts in an extremely traditionalist way – that the Sufi version of Islam is heretic.
Tensions rose further due to the revolution and the fact that the rigid surveillance and repression system of the old regime against any form of Islamic fundamentalism has fallen away. But the attacks are not mainly aimed at the philosophical and mystic aspects of Sufism, but rather at the popular religious practices regarding the tombs of leaders who are considered to be holy, particularly those placed inside or near mosques. This was also the case in the Sidi Gamal al-Din sanctuary in Qalyoub which was set on fire, or the Sidi Abdel Rahman sanctuary which inhabitants of the town managed to save, Reuters reports, from an attack in the night by dozens of fundamentalist fanatics. In Tala, in the delta region, a temple was set on fire, similar to the recent and bloody attack in Pakistan on Sufis….