Taliban blew up the oldest religious shrine in Ghazni Province Afghanistan


There is a fatwa (a legal ruling under Islam) calling for the destruction of religious icons, statues, etc. of non-Muslims. In the early days of Islam, the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, destroyed statues and criticized sculptors. In his fatwa, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said of the prophet Muhammad that sculptors will be among those receiving the harshest punishment on Judgment Day.

Devout Muslims of the Taliban have destroyed the iconic Buddhas of Bamiyan, smashed down the fabled “end of the world” gate in the ancient city of Timbuktu and even called for the destruction of Egypt’s ancient pyramids and the Sphinx.

Deeply religious Muslim movements across the world have developed a reputation for the destruction of historic artifacts, monuments and buildings.

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The Taliban militants have blown up one of the oldest shrines in Ghazni city, the provincial capital of south-eastern Ghazni province.

The local officials have confirmed that the shrine of Shams-ul-Arifin, one of the oldest shrines of Ghazni city was blown up by Taliban militants late on Wednesday night.

The shrine located in western parts of Ghazni city was one of the most famous shrines of the city and was widely respected by people.

The provincial government media office confirmed in a statement that the tomb of a popular Sufi Abdul Wahid also famous as Shams-ul-Arifin who had died in 601 Hijri or Lunar year, was located inside the shrine.

The statement further added that the Taliban militants blew up two shrines in Moqor district and another and the shrine of Sakhi Sahib was also blown up in Ghazni city by militants of the group.

The Taliban militants have not commented in this regard so far.

Taliban blew up the oldest shrine in Ghazni Province Afghanistan

By The Gateway Pundit, May 4, 2019:

The Salaam Times reported:

The Taliban Wednesday (May 1) blew up one of the oldest shrines in Ghazni Province, according to local Afghan officials.

Militants destroyed the Shams-ul-Arifeen shrine, one of the oldest in Ghazni city and one of the most famous in the province, late at night, Arif Noori, a spokesperson for the Ghazni governor, said in a statement Thursday (May 2).

The shrine was venerated nationwide, said the statement.

The Taliban famously blew up the Bamiyan Buddhas blew up in Afghanistan.
The posted a video bragging about their destruction.


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