Sufi Shrine Destroyed By Extremists In Pakistan

It seems that extremists have declared war upon their own history and culture. The BBC reports that the grave of a 17th Century Sufi poet ‘Rahman Baba’ has been destroyed and the shrine building severely damaged. Thankfully no casualties are reported. Apparently extremists had warned that the shrine would be bombed if women continued to visit and worship. Abdul Rahman known affectionately as ‘Rahman Baba’ is considered the most widely read poet in Pashto speaking regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He has been described in the following terms-

Abdul Rahman grew to be a man of great character, and charisma. God’s blessings made him understand the true way of life was to be found through his religion, Islam. Rahman lived a life of solitude and honored God through his prayers and the writing of his magnificent poetry.

Sources:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7925867.stm

http://www.rahmanbabadiwan.com/index.htm

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