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Africa: Radicalized Salafis destroying culture and history

Where do Salafi warriors get there money? Where do they get their radical inspiration and hate?

This is the question we should ask the Saudis and other monarchies in the middle east. Exclusion is not Islam,there is no coercion in Islam.

A shrine in the Libyan capital Tripoli venerating a Sufi Muslim saint has been partly destroyed – the latest in a series of attacks blamed on ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists.

Tripoli residents said men with bulldozers attacked the shrine of al-Shaab al-Dahmani, unimpeded by police.

The attack came a day after hardliners were accused of damaging the tomb of a Sufi scholar in the city of Zlitan.

Hardline Salafists regard the shrines as idolatrous.

On Friday, a group attacked the tomb of 15th-Century scholar Abdel Salam al-Asmar in Zlitan, about 160km (100 miles) south-east of Tripoli. The Reuters news agency said its dome had collapsed.

Video footage showed chunks of masonry littering the floor, bullet holes pockmarking the walls and ornate Islamic tiling destroyed.

People in Tripoli say they saw bulldozers destroy part of the al-Shaab al-Dahmani mosque and Sufi shrine.

One, a student named Abdurrahman, told the BBC: “There’s a large group of Salafists – they are the one with the bulldozers, and some military police are also present.

“They seem to be overseeing the process, rather than preventing it… There are some bystanders who seem to approve”.

He said the Salafists were also handing out pamphlets issued by a Saudi Arabian mufti from the hardline Wahhabi school of Islam.

Here is a facebook link witnessing destruction of libraries, treasured manuscripts and archaeological heritage.

Commentary | Christians in Egypt and Nigeria continue to suffer at the hands of Islamists. In Egypt, Muslim mobs are rampaging through Coptic villages, while, in Nigeria, the radical Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, continues to blow up churches and slaughter Christians in their homes.


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