Update: The carnage continued on October 25, when 12 devotees were martyred in eastern Pakistan, by the bombing of the mausoleum of Baba Farid, a 12th century saint.
The protests followed on the heels of blasts that rocked busy Sufi shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi, located in the Clifton district of Karachi, Pakistan, as people were leaving evening prayers. Eyewitnesses said the blasts hit close to the entrance to the shrine on its busiest night of the week, when people traditionally gathered to distribute food to the poor.
One week after the deadly suicide blast at a Sufi shrine in Karachi martyred at least nine people, investigators announced the identification of the bombers: one of 12 or 13. The other, an 18 year old bearing false identification, was apparently an illiterate, his paperwork bearing a thumbprint instead of a signature.
A spokesman for the Taliban told the BBC it was behind the latest attack against traditional Muslims of the tolerant faith. The Taliban and other extremists are the inheritors of a long and bitter fight against true Islam, which was laid with the foundation of Sufism: the spirit of love for one’s neighbor with the slogan, “Mankind is the family of God.”
Historically Speaking, who is Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi?
Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi, whose tomb was recently attacked by extremists, is a great grandson of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), from the linage of Hazrat Imam Hasan ibne Ali ibne Abi Talib.
The shrine in Karachi has been in existence for 1400 years.
The popularity of Hazrat Abdullah Shah had caused an uproar amongst those who had already killed their way into the caliphate. [This is the same aim of extremists today.] This dynasty of Ummayyads dispatched an army to Sindh, according to their still common practice of mercilessly tracking down and killing thousands of members of the Ahlul Bait, the family of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Hazrat Abdullah Shah was martyred by the Ummayyad dynasty, in a manner similar to which his most noble uncle, Hazrat Imam Hussein ibne Ali ibne Abi Talib, was martyred at Karbala, in Iraq: out of pure hatred and jealousy for Islam and for its founders, the blessed family of the Holy Last Messenger, peace be upon him.
Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi was on a hunt in what is now present day Karachi, when the Ummayyad army intercepted his party. Outnumbered, Hazrat Abdullah Shah still chose to fight rather than submit to the Umayyad army. It is because of his display of valor while outnumbered that Hazrat Abdullah Shah was given the title of Ghazi.
According to the saying, “Karbala is around every corner,” so-called Muslims, with their suicide attacks, attempt to desecrate and bomb the legacy of Islam, which is enshrined in the character of this most noble family. However, such plans continue to backfire, as the love of the holy family only becomes more entrenched with their remembrance.
Before the Carnage. The stairs where one of the bombers commenced the bombing of the tomb of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi.