ISIL, in Arabic: Daesh (داعش), proclaims to be a Sunni caliphate in the middle east. The hypocrite Western Media label them as “Sunni extremists” instead of “Wahhabi terrorists”, in a propaganda against peace-loving and Sufism-oriented Sunni Muslims.
But if we picture this “Islamic caliphate”, nothing seems to be Islamic. Instead, they are continuously destroying historic mosques and Muslim shrines throughout the territories ruled by them. These include not just Shia and Sufi shrines, but even the shrines of Islamic Prophets (the biblical figures) Yūnus, Jarjīs, Shīth ʻalayhim as-salām and others. There is no end to the atrocities and crimes committed by these short-sighted, dim-witted beasts in human form. The noble Sahāba raḍiyAllāhu ʻanhum used to call them “The Dogs of Hell”, and the technical name for such criminals in Islamic legal theory is Khawārij, plural of Khārijī (one who is expelled).
Below is a brief list of Muslim holy places destroyed by the ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Maqāms (shrines) of Islamic prophets
In Iraq, there are many places where, according to legends, Islamic prophets are buried. Even if the legends may not be true, a place becomes sacred if it is attributed to sacred persons and visited by local Muslims. Destroying such symbols of Islam in the name of Islamic law can only be an act of a fool who understands nothing about Islam, let alone the law.
The beautiful mosque of Prophet Yūnus ʻalayhi as-salām (biblical Jonah), in Mosul (Iraq), was demolished by the ISIL in July 2014. The complex hosted the mosque and the shrine of Prophet Yūnus. The news story and pictures of the demolished mosque can be seen here.
The locals protested against this heinous crime, but the ISIL arrested their leaders and flogged them.
The mosque and shrine of Islamic Prophet Jarjīs ʻalayhi as-salām (biblical George), built in 14th century, was also destroyed by the ISIL in Mosul, Iraq, in the same month July 2014. The news story can be read here.
The shrine and mosque of the Prophet Sheeth ʻalayhi as-salām (biblical Sheth), the son of Prophet Adam ʻalayhi as-salām, was also demolished by the ISIL in Mosul in July 2014. A review of this news report can be read here.
The tomb of Prophet Dāniyāl ʻalayhi as-salām (biblical Daniel) was also reported desecrated by the ISIL terrorists in Mosul, Iraq.
Shrines of the Awliyā
Shaykh Ahmad al-Khaznawī Naqshbandī
The shrine of the renowned Sufi master Shaykh Ahmad al-Khaznawī (Turkish: Haznavi) Naqshbandī Khālidī is located in a town Til Maʿrūf in northern Syria, close to Diyarbakir in Turkey. It hosts the noble grave of the shaykh and his descendants, many of whom were themselves highly respected Sufi shaykhs. These include:
- Shaykh Ahmad al-Khaznawī (d.1949)
- Shaykh Muhammad Maʻsūm al-Khaznawī (d.1958)
- Shaykh ʻAlāʼ ad-Dīn al-Khaznawī (d.1969) الشيخ علاء الدين الخزنوي
- Shaykh ʻIzz ad-Dīn al-Khaznawī
The shrine was destroyed by the ISIL terrorists when they captured the town in February 2014. Some pictures can be seen here.
Other places of pilgrimage
Other shrines reported to be destroyed by ISIL include:
- The tomb of ʻAlī ʻIzz ad-Dīn ibn al-Athīr al-Jazarī, a great Sunni scholar and historian, was destroyed by ISIL in Mosul (Iraq) in June 2014.
- The shrine of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Alī located on Mount Muhammad Alī, in Palmyra, Syria. He is known to be a tābiʻī and a companion of Imām ʻAlī ʻalayhi as-salām.
- Shrine of a Sufi saint and scholar Nizar Abū Bahāʼ ad-Dīn, close to Palmyra, Syria
Displeasing and attacking the beloved people of Allah, including Prophets and saints, is an invitation to the wrath of Allah. Many of these beasts have been killed for good and are burning in hell, and many others will soon follow InShā-Allāh.