While many Americans try and stop some Sufis from building a community center in New York because they are Muslim, other Muslims are killing them because they are Sufi. Fareed Zakaria:
This is an al Qaeda triple suicide bombing from July, killing 42 and injuring 175. What’s strange is that the attack took place at a site of Muslim prayer — you might call it a mosque — just before prayer time.
Why would al Qaeda attack a holy place at a time of prayer? Because it is a Sufi shrine, part of a sect that al Qaeda despises and regards as a deadly foe in the real battle it is fighting, the battle within Islam.
The Sufis are a sector of Islam originating in South Asia. They’re all about mysticism, love, brotherhood and devotion, with very little attention to dogma. They believe in saints, shrines, music, dance, and follow a very liberal interpretation of the Koran.
Sufi poets routinely extol the virtues of wine and song, both forbidden in the purer versions of Islam. Sufism has always believed in tolerance towards other people and religion, and in peace. You can see why al Qaeda views it as its mortal enemy. The more Muslims accept some version of Sufi Islam, the more dangerous for al Qaeda and its extreme jihadist philosophy.
So the West should encourage Sufi Islam and its imams when we get a chance, right? Well, that’s certainly what George W. Bush believed, which is why the Bush administration found some prominent Sufi imams in America and sent them abroad to spread their message of tolerance and pluralism in 2007. And chief among them, of course, was Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Cordoba Initiative, the cultural center with a prayer room to be built in the old Burlington Coat Factory that is two blocks from Ground Zero.
People have asked all sorts of questions about Imam Rauf. I don’t know him personally. I have read some of his writings. But I’m struck by this simple fact — if al Qaeda wants to blow up people like him, isn’t that a pretty good indication of where he stands in the world of Islam?
We should be trying to increase the influence of Sufism not trying to shackle it. The inability to distinguish between different forms of Islam reveals a tremendous ignorance.Sufi is a very different form of Islam than the Wahhabism of the Sunnis that attacked us and that make up al Queda. Al Queda hates Sufi and wants them gone.
Perhaps some of the leaders in America might stop the infantile behavior we are seeing daily and start educating people, giving them some facts.
I imagine that this is not ever going to happen. A lot of those leaders want things this way. Fearful/angry people are the easiest to manipulate because fearful/angry people do not think, do not care about verifiable facts and do not ask questions. They just look for someone to hang.
Managed ignorance is what these leaders strive for. Looks like they are getting it.