Ramadan in Damascus: Islamic State murders at least 12 with bombs near Shia shrine


Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani recently called on Muslims to “get prepared, be ready … to make it a month of calamity everywhere for nonbelievers…” For the Islamic State, those “nonbelievers” would include Shi’ites, whom they deride as “Rafidites,” rejectors, i.e., those who reject the caliphates of Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman.

Sayyida Zeinab

“Syria: Bombings rock Damascus suburb Sayyida Zeinab,” BBC, June 12, 2016:

At least 12 people have been killed in suicide bomb attacks on a suburb of Damascus which is home to Syria’s holiest Shia shrine, state media say.

Islamic State group said three militants – two carrying explosives belts and one with a car bomb – carried out the attacks in Sayyida Zeinab, 10km (six miles) south of the centre.

At least 55 other people were wounded.

Sayyida Zeinab, a predominantly Shia area, has been a frequent target of attacks from jihadi groups.

The Sunni IS group says it was behind at least two other bombings in the district earlier this year that killed more than 150 people.

Syrian state media said Sayyida Zeinab was hit by two blasts on Saturday – a suicide attack at the entrance to the district and then a car bomb attack in al-Teen street, not far from the shrine.

There were a number of women and children among the casualties, and some of the injuries were serious, Sana news agency said.

The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency later said three IS militants carried out the attacks.

The golden-domed Sayyida Zeinab shrine contains the grave of one of the Prophet Muhammad’s grand-daughters, and continues to draw many Shia pilgrims despite the civil war.

The BBC, like the rest of the mainstream media, has decided that we are all Muslims now, and all accept Muhammad as a prophet. This is, however, not yet the case for many in the West, and for some of us it never will be the case.

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