“Militants bomb ancient shrine in Pakistan,” from AP, March 5:
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A bomb exploded Thursday at the mausoleum of a 17th century Sufi poet in northwestern Pakistan, underscoring the gulf between hard-line Muslims and those in the region who follow a traditional, mystical brand of Islam.
A letter delivered three days before the attack to the management of the mausoleum of Sufi poet Rehman Baba on the outskirts of Peshawar warned against its promotion of “shrine culture,” said Sahibzada Mohammad Anees, a top government official in the city.
The letter also noted that women were coming to pray at the shrine, he said….
(It’s hard to tell whether or not this is an account of the same incident.)
Anyway, here is Samir Khan’s reaction:
AllahuAkbar, this is great news. The Mujahideen are cleaning up the Shirk in Pakistan.
And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allah as rivals (to Allah). They love them as they love Allah. But those who believe, love Allah more (than anything else). If only, those who do wrong could see, when they will see the torment, that all power belongs to Allah and that Allah is Severe in punishment. (Al-Baqarah:165)
AllahuAkbar = Allah is greatest. Mujahideen = warriors of jihad. Shirk = associating partners with Allah, i.e., worshiping others besides Allah. Al Baqarah = the second chapter of the Qur’an, so Khan is quoting Qur’an 2:165.