Oh, Fareed. You’re getting more and more awesome every day.
Re: the Al Qaeda attack on a shrine in July.
Why would al Qaeda attack a holy place at a time of prayer? Because it is a Sufi shrine, part of a sect that al Qaeda despises and regards as a deadly foe in the real battle it is fighting, the battle within Islam.
The Sufis are a sector of Islam originating in South Asia. They’re all about mysticism, love, brotherhood and devotion, with very little attention to dogma. They believe in saints, shrines, music, dance, and follow a very liberal interpretation of the Koran.
Sufi poets routinely extol the virtues of wine and song, both forbidden in the purer versions of Islam. Sufism has always believed in tolerance towards other people and religion, and in peace. You can see why al Qaeda views it as its mortal enemy. The more Muslims accept some version of Sufi Islam, the more dangerous for al Qaeda and its extreme jihadist philosophy.
Simply put, Al Qaeda would hate these guys even more than Newtie since they’re trying to “moderate” Islam, something that the Bin Laden Boys obviously don’t want to do.
Of course, I almost forgot. They’re brown and worship a different god, so they’re all evil.