Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pakistan: Sufi Shrine Bombed by Taliban

We can see the fault lines between militant Islam and Sufi Islam in the recent bombing in Peshwar of the mausoleum of the 17th-century poet Abdul Rehman, commonly known as Rehman Baba. Islamic militants had sent a letter to the management of the mausoleum warning against "shrine culture" and noting that women were coming to the shrine. The local Pakistan Daily Times identifies the Islamic militants as Taliban:
Police told Daily Times that the Taliban planted the explosives and then jumped over a wall of the shrine to escape.

While militant Islam is focused on imposing external compliance with Islamic Law, Sufism is focused on the "laws of the heart", an individual's internal state such that one does not defy God and actions are motivated by the of love of God, Islamic militant see Sufism as violating Islamic law when shrines of Sufi mystics become locations of prayer. Islamic militants see this as elevating humans to "consort" with God. In Islam, Allah has no consort. Traditionally this had been understood to dispute the claims of Christians that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. However, it is applied to any elevation of a human to supernatural status.

Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch calls attention to the US blog post out of North Carolina that celebrates the bombing as "great news", referring to those who visited the site as "shirk". This blogger includes this quotation on the post:
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)

According to Robert:
Shirk = associating partners with Allah, i.e., worshiping others besides Allah.

It may also be that the Islamic militants objected to the women mixing with men at the shrine, as the issue of women was specifically mentioned in the letter.

Hat Tip: Women Against Shariah


Dr.D said...

Is anybody surprised? They are muzlims. Irrational destruction is the middle name of them all.

Bryan Owen said...

Perpetua gets it right in differentiating (and isolating) "militant Islam" from mainstream Islam.

In stark contrast, Dr. D's comment suggests that every single Muslim is committed to "irrational destruction" (i.e., a violent terrorist).

That's sort of like equating the Ku Klux Klan with all Christians.

Lord, have mercy.