The continuing persecution of Sufis in Kashmir by Wahabi/Salafist Sunni Radical Islamic terrorists of Pakistan
For the last several hundred years Sufis have been persecuted in both Shia and Sunni Islamic countries like Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan, as well as in India when large parts of it were under Islamic rule for over a thousand years.
Sufism has been practically wiped out, as both Shias and Sunnis have attacked them for their "un-Islamic" conduct like emphasis on devotional music and dance as the way to reach God.
The most prominent example of Sufi persecution in India was the brutal suppression of music and dance under the long 80-year-long reign of Radical Islamic fanatic Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. But this was not the only one. Except for the non-Muslim Mughal Emperor Akbar (who denounced Islam and adopted a new faith Deen-i-Ilahi) all Mughal Emperors and the Sultans before them did their best to wipe out Sufism from India.
Today Sufism has practically disappeared from the surface of this planet; it only survives in parts of Kashmir that are in India. The parts of Kashmir that are occupied by Pakistan have seen a brutal wipe-out of this beautiful religion with a deep cultural heritage that attempted to transform the savage uncivilized and brutal "religion" called Radical Islam into a civilized and humane religion.
Pakistan has, over the last three decades, sent thousands of terrorists to attack and destroy Sufism in Indian Kashmir as well. The most highly respected Sufi shrines like the Chrar-e-Sharief, and the Hazratbal mosque, have been attacked by Pakistani terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad terror groups with guns, bombs, and grenades. The wooden structure of the Chrar-e-Sharief -- the shrine of the 14th century Sufi saint Shaikh Noor-ud-din Noorani -- that has survived for 700 years, was totally burnt down and utterly destroyed by these uncivilized brutes from Pakistan.
The Hazratbal mosque which is revered and worshipped by Kashmiri Sufi Muslims as the resting place for a hair of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad, was attacked by Pakistani terrorists bred on the extremist Sunni Wahabi and Saudi Salafist Radical Islamic ideologies that consider the worshipping of a hair of the Prophet Muhammad as equivalent to idol-worship, which is a big no-no in their intolerant ideology.
Now, a Kashmiri Muslim terrorist has been caught trying to blow up a Sufi shrine and kill a prominent Sufi saint in Indian Kashmir for just 1000 rupees (approximately US $ 20). The money was paid by Pakistan-based Radical Islamic terror group Hizbul Mujahideen.
Times of India reports:
'Hizbul paid me Rs1000 to hurl grenades'
[11 Nov, 2006 1807hrs ISTANI]
SRINAGAR: The man accused of hurling a grenade outside a mosque in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama town on Friday, said on Saturday that he was paid one thousand rupees by Hizbul Mujahideen.
He told army interrogators that the grenades were meant for prominent Sufi cleric Abdur Rashid Dawoodi. Five people including four children were killed and more than 50 more injured. Ghulam Nabi was captured by local youth in the town of Tahab late on Friday night and handed over to the army.
A resident of Litter village in Pulwama district, Nabi worked as a labourer and was instructed to kill particularly Sufi cleric Dawoodi.
Dawoodi, a prominent leader of the Saut-ul-Aulia Sect, is presently recuperating from his injuries at a government hospital, which has been sanitised.
Since last year there has been tension across Kashmir over the 'rise' of Sufism, as most Muslims are critical of their teachings and alleged that "Islam is being distorted".
Inspector General of Police S M Sahai confirmed the report about the alleged payment given to Nabi, and said the army is expected to hand the attacker to the police by Saturday evening.
Though Sahai has not termed it as sectarian violence, people in Tahab and the followers of Dawoodi have claimed that the majority Hanafi and Shafaie sects has launched another attack on them.
This is the third attack on Dawoodi's life. Twice earlier, he was attacked in his hometown Anantnag after his sermons in audio-cassette form became very popular in the region.
Meanwhile, in a written communiqué sent to various news organisations, the Hizbul Mujahideen has denied responsibility for Friday's grenade attack, terming the news of its involvement as being part of a campaign to malign it.