Is It Important That the Egypt Mosque Attack Targeted Sufis?

  • TAD

    Maybe the time has come to disallow violence against anyone because of their creed, whether Shia, Sunni, Ismaili, Sufi, Jew, Yazidi, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, animist, atheist, or any other. Your faith (or lack thereof) is your own, and others should be prepared to let you work out your own relationship to a deity as you will. Sufism is supposed to have coined the phrase, many paths, one goal. Who can claim the right to interfere with that, when there are dozens of faiths lined up to make and possibly enforce exactly the same claim?

  • Haroun Krilov-Egbert

    Sufism is not a ‘branch’ of Islam. The vast majority of Sunni scholars throughout history (from when they became popularized) practiced Sufism and many belonged to a Sufi order. al-Nawawi, al-Suyuti, al-Haytami, al-Sakhawi… and from the early scholars, Junayd al-Baghdadi, Khwajah Abdullah Ansari, and hundreds or thousands of others… it’s irresponsible and anti-academic to accept this very weird idea advanced by certain individuals that Sufism is a different branch of Islam.

  • Nessie

    “Sadly, terrorist and extremist groups from every religion . . .”

  • Nessie

    In Egypt in April of this year, Islamists also blew up churches, killing and maiming many.

    Was there a column mourning those victims of Islam?