“It might be one of those Islamist militant groups who think shrines conduct unholy practices and spread misconceptions of Islam.” “Millions of Bangladeshis worship at shrines, but militants consider Sufis — followers of a mystical form of Islam — and other shrine-goers as heretics and grave worshippers.” Militants such as Muhammad:
“Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah as saying: Allah’s curse to be on the Jews, they made the graves of their Prophets mosques.” (Sunan Abu Dawud 3221)
“Narrated `Aisha: Allah’s Messenger in his fatal illness said, “Allah cursed the Jews and the Christians, for they built the places of worship at the graves of their prophets.” And if that had not been the case, then the Prophet’s grave would have been made prominent before the people. So (the Prophet) was afraid, or the people were afraid that his grave might be taken as a place for worship.” (Sahih Bukhari 2.23.472)
“Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Messenger of Allah cursed women who visit graves, those who built mosques over them and erected lamps (there).” (Sunan Abu Dawud 3230)
Two men were slaughtered inside an Islamic Sufi shrine in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong on Friday in an attack police said was carried out by a “trained and unknown assassin”.
The murderer escaped after slitting the throats of the shrine’s head custodian and his assistant in the neighbourhood of Bayezid Bostami, Chittagong police commissioner Abdul Jalil Mondal told AFP.
The attack took place just after the end of Friday prayer, when the usually crowded Lengta Fokirer Majar is comparatively quiet.
“The killer’s professionalism showed that he was trained for such activities,” Mondal said, adding that the murderer detonated two handmade bombs near the shrine’s entrance to create a diversion.
Police raised the possibility that Islamist militants, who have carried out several attacks on shrines and their guards in the past decade, could be behind the assault.
“It might be one of those Islamist militant groups who think shrines conduct unholy practices and spread misconceptions of Islam,” a local police official told AFP, requesting anonymity.
Millions of Bangladeshis worship at shrines, but militants consider Sufis — followers of a mystical form of Islam — and other shrine-goers as heretics and grave worshippers….