Attacks on Christians and Shi`a Muslims

Some time ago, following our condemnation of an attack on a Pakistani church, Sajjad Rizvi asked, “For the sake of consistency and also to better inform the public, would you also mention the murder in cold blood of 14 Shi`a Muslims murdered while they were praying only a week prior to the church killings in Rawalpindi Islamabad area of Pakistan. The point is that there are murderers and terrorists out there who are committing cold blooded acts of brutality against all faiths and humanity and its not a question of Muslim versus Christians.”

As we are not a news site, we make no attempt to track every atrocity done by every religious denomination. Nonetheless, the recent sectarian violence in Iraq reinforces the answer we gave to the original question: All such brutality against innocents whether it is done by or to Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Shi`a, or Sunni deserves strong condemnation and swift justice. The Qur’an warns: “…Did not God check one set of people by means of another there would surely have been pulled down monasteries churches synagogues and mosques in which the name of God is commemorated in abundant measure. God will certainly aid those who aid His (cause); for verily God is Full of Strength Exalted in Might (Able to enforce His Will).” (22:40, A. Yusuf Ali, trans.)

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