Yet another story indicating why we don’t see more Muslims standing up to jihad violence — aside, of course, from the fact that such violence has plenty of sanction in the Qur’an.
“Prominent imam killed in Russia’s Dagestan,” from AFP, April 9 (thanks to Gertjan):
MOSCOW (AFP) — A prominent imam who discouraged youth from joining Islamic militants has been shot dead in his home in the strife-torn southern Russian republic of Dagestan, news reports said Saturday.
Magomed Saiputdinov was slain by automatic gunfire in a nighttime attack near the Chechen-border town of Kizlyar, agencies quoted a spokesman for the local interior ministry as saying.
“He was widely known for his uncompromising stand against any forms of violence, condemning the murder of innocent people and other atrocities of the Chechen underground,” Interfax quoted a police statement as saying.
Saiputdinov was the sixth Muslim religious leader to be killed in the republic in the past year, with the previous fatal attack occurring on November 1, 2010, RIA Novosti quoted the National Anti-Terror Committee as saying….