Burning books, destroying religious shrines, terrorizing the population: The ruling faction in Libya couldn’t win their rebellion until NATO dragged them across the finish line. Thanks to that help, Libya is ow ruled by violent, intolerant Salafifts. Mission Accomplished! But what is the mission?
Libya Islamists destroy Sufi shrines, library
ZLITAN, Libya ”“”“ Ultra-conservative Islamists used bombs and a bulldozer to destroy the tomb of a 15th century Sufi scholar in the Libyan city of Zlitan, witnesses said on Saturday, the latest attack in the region on sites branded idolatrous by some sects. The attackers reduced the revered last resting place of Abdel Salam al-Asmar to rubble on Friday and also set fire to a historic library in a nearby mosque, ruining thousands of books, witnesses and a military official added.
Sufism is a mystical strain of Islam which includes hymns, chanting and dancing among its devotions. Followers have built shrines to revered holy men and make pilgrimages to them. Even Qadhafi, with his ambivalent attitude to religion, did not try to interfere in a practice deep-rooted in Libyan culture. Salafis believe Islam should keep to the simple, ascetic form practiced by the Prophet Mohamed and his disciples. Followers reject any later additions to the faith. Egypt Independent, August 25 Image Sufism