Salafis arrested for demolishing Sufi shrines

News article, posted 04.03.2011, in:
Al-Masry Al-Youm
AbdElhakam ElGendy
Salafis arrested for demolishing Sufi shrines (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Security forces have arrested two Salafis suspected of demolishing the shrines of revered Sufi figures in the Delta city of Qualiub.

A group of Salafis on Wednesday demolished five shrines in the city, claiming that visiting shrines was an act of apostasy and against Islam. They also clashed with residents of the city who rushed to protect the shrines.

The Islamic Research Academy on Thursday denounced the Salafis for demolishing the shrines and called the destruction a “criminal” act.