Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sectarian Violence Over Ashura Kills 1 at Kabul University

It's Ashura (aka Ashoura) time, when Shiite Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein, through self-flagellation by using big sharp knives, and literally making a bloody mess of themselves. I'm sure you've seen those photos of men holding their young kids with blood dripping down both their heads. Not a pretty sight.

Apparently, this is one of the many things that turn off their Muslim Sunni brothers, and understandably so; and this antipathy between them, and their obvious inability to respect each other in spite of their differing beliefs, is the root of the escalating sectarian violence.  They're not satisfied with telling each other "we think you suck, but you have a right to your own beliefs, as bizarre as they might be", no they have to instigate fights, and better yet blow each other up.  The Taliban were foiled in this plot, but Afghan police were not so lucky last year when around 60 were killed.

However, one university student at Kabul University was killed this year, and eight wounded, after fighting broke out Saturday, on campus.

The clash began Saturday evening as Sunni Muslim students tried to prevent their Shiite counterparts from observing Ashura inside a dormitory mosque. The holiday commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a revered figure in Shiite Islam. The confrontation escalated during the night, with students throwing stones at one another. University officials eventually sent in the police to break up the melee.
Some police officers said that as many as three people might have been killed, but only one death was confirmed as of Saturday night. University officials evacuated the school and canceled classes for the next 10 days.
I suppose I might not want my mosque bloodied up either, but couldn't they just have said, clean it up, or else? And these are educated university students, not ignorant poppy farmers out in the boonies.

I've said this before, but if Muslims can't even get along with each other, how on earth do we expect them to get along with people of other faiths.

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