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Ancient shrines become latest casualties of IS (Islamic State) rampage: Islamic extremists demolish mosques and temples as they spread their carnage through Iraq

It’s what they do. Fatwas written by the holiest of the holiest have called for the destruction of religious symbols that are non-Muslim or not true Islam.

The Taliban destroyed giant ancient Buddhas. Last month, a Saudi University student in Japan vandalized and destroyed several ancient Buddhas that were designated as important Japanese cultural symbols.

Sunni vs. Shia explained here.

Robert Spencer writes, “The photographs of the destruction ‘were part of an online statement titled “Demolishing shrines and idols in the state of Nineveh.”‘ Ordinarily under Islamic law churches and other non-Muslim houses of worship of the ‘People of the Book’ would be allowed to exist as long as the non-Muslims paid jizya to the Islamic state. Shi’ite mosques and shrines of various types would generally be allowed as well, as long as those involved were likewise submissive. To demolish shrines and Shi’ite mosques as idolatrous and to occupy churches, removing the crosses, is excessively fanatical and will alienate the Islamic State from Muslim support it might otherwise have received — although the Islamic State may be behaving this way because it considers the various groups whose houses of worship these are to be kuffar harbi, Infidels at war with Islam, who thus forfeit all rights. We shall see.”

“Ancient shrines become latest casualties of ISIS rampage: Islamic extremists demolish mosques and temples as they spread their carnage through Iraq,” Daily Mail, July 7, 2014

Images show at least 10 ancient shrines and Shia mosques being destroyed
Pictures show buildings demolished and bulldozers plowing through walls
Sunni extremists consider Shia Muslims heretics and the veneration of saints apostasy

By James Rush, 7 July 2014

A series of images have emerged which show the destruction of almost a dozen ancient shrines and Shia mosques in Isis-controlled territory in western Iraq.

The photographs, which show the destruction in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and the town of Tal Afar, were posted on a website which frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group.

Some of the photos show bulldozers plowing through walls, while others show buildings being demolished by explosives in a cloud of smoke and rubble.

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Ancient shrines become latest casualties of ISIS rampage: Islamic extremists demolish mosques and temples as they spread their carnage through Iraq

Images show at least 10 ancient shrines and Shia mosques being destroyed
Pictures show buildings demolished and bulldozers plowing through walls
Sunni extremists consider Shia Muslims heretics and the veneration of saints apostasy

 

A series of images have emerged which show the destruction of almost a dozen ancient shrines and Shia mosques in Isis-controlled territory in western Iraq.

The photographs, which show the destruction in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and the town of Tal Afar, were posted on a website which frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group.

Some of the photos show bulldozers plowing through walls, while others show buildings being demolished by explosives in a cloud of smoke and rubble.

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A series of images have emerged which show the destruction of almost a dozen ancient shrines and Shia mosques in Isis-controlled territory in western Iraq. Pictured is the Shia Al-Qubba Husseiniya mosque in Mosul, Iraq
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A series of images have emerged which show the destruction of almost a dozen ancient shrines and Shia mosques in Isis-controlled territory in western Iraq. Pictured is the Shia Al-Qubba Husseiniya mosque in Mosul, Iraq

The photographs were posted on a website which frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group
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The photographs were posted on a website which frequently carries official statements from the Islamic State extremist group

Some of the photos show buildings being demolished by explosives in a cloud of smoke and rubble. Pictured is the Shia Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar, Iraq
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Some of the photos show buildings being demolished by explosives in a cloud of smoke and rubble. Pictured is the Shia Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar, Iraq

A Twitter feed attributed to Isis, which reportedly carried the images, described the buildings as pagan ‘temples’
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A Twitter feed attributed to Isis, which reportedly carried the images, described the buildings as pagan ‘temples’

Residents from both Mosul and Tal Afar confirmed the destruction of the sites, Associated Press has reported.

Sunni extremists consider Shia Muslims heretics, and the veneration of saints apostasy.

A Twitter feed attributed to Isis, which reportedly carried the images, described the buildings as pagan ‘temples’, according to The Times.

‘We feel very sad for the demolition of these shrines, which we inherited from our fathers and grandfathers,’ Ahmed, a 51-year-old Mosul resident, said, the Times of India reported.

He added: ‘They are landmarks in the city.’

Security agencies in Iraq, meanwhile, were yesterday working to verify the authenticity of a video that purportedly shows the leader of Islamic State delivering a sermon at the Great Mosque in Mosul.

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