Today, suicide bombers attacked Medina. Since Medina is considered the second holiest city in Islam, apologists were quick to use the standard, “this has nothing to do with Islam” argument. They then claimed how, they are the victims because one their holy cities had been attacked, even though the only people killed were security forces, who are seen as infidels by ISIS because of who they work for and who trains them. However, they left out a very important fact. The attack did not take place at the main mosque where Muhammad is buried, but at the Shi'a pilgrimage site near the gravesite where Muhammad’s family is buried. This site is regarded as one of the holiest sites by Shi'a Muslims and visited regularly by Shi'as. This attack clearly targeted Shi'as, as it almost always does, because even many so called moderate Muslims consider the Shi'a as infidels. However, apologists will once again be in denial and lie about how this had nothing to do with Islam, and there’s no way these terrorists could have been Muslims because they just killed Muslims. The very same murdered Muslims were nothing but “filthy Rafida” (derogatory term used by Sunni Muslims, especially Wahhabis, to refer to Shi'a Muslims) the day before.
Unfortunately, Yes. It’s not as strong as it was in the 80’s when Saddam attacked Iran but yeah Iranians still do face racism in the middle east.
During Iran-Iraq war a book called “Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, and Flies” was written in Iraq and was mandatory to read for school children in Iraq. Saddam called on ethnically arab Iranians to join his army and attack and kill Persians. and that’s just the tip of the iceberg and not mentioning how most governments in the middle east backed Saddam against Iran even when he used weapons of mass destruction against Iranians. no one even beeped in the region.
Iranians are often called “Rafida” (Rafezi) which is an anti-shi’a slur or Safavi (which refers to the Safavid dynasty of Iran who promoted Shi’asim) and that’s the known stuff. You can read some of wikileaks documents which showed the very racist language some arab governments use to talk about Iran when in private.
A prominent U.S. blogger, known for his writing against religious fundamentalism, has been hacked to death by unidentified attackers in Bangladesh’s capital, police said Friday.
The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. citizen, took place late Thursday when he and his wife Rafida Ahmed, who was seriously injured in the attack, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University.
It was not known who was behind the attack, but Roy’s family and friends say he was a prominent voice against religious fanatics and received threats in the past. No groups have claimed the responsibility.
The local police chief, Sirajul Islam, told The Associated Press that the assailants used cleavers to attack Roy and his wife, who is also a blogger.
“Several attackers took part in the attack and at least two assailants hit them directly,” Islam said, adding that two blood-stained cleavers were found after the attack.
Roy had founded a popular Bengali-language blog — Mukto-mona, or Free Mind — in which articles on scientific reasoning and religious extremism featured prominently.
Anujit Roy, his younger brother, said Roy had returned to the country earlier this month from the U.S. and was planning to return there next month.
Similar attacks have taken place in Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people but ruled by secular laws, in the past. Investigators have said religious fanatics were behind those attacks.
In 2013, another blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, who also spoke out against religious fanatics, was killed by unidentified assailants near his home in Dhaka.
And in 2004, Humayun Azad, a prominent writer and a teacher of Dhaka University, was seriously injured in an attack when he was returning from the same book fair, which is an annual event.
Baki Billah, a friend of Roy and a blogger, told Independent TV station that Roy had been threatened earlier by people upset at his writing.
“He was a free thinker. He was a Hindu but he was not only a strong voice against Islamic fanatics but also equally against other religious fanatics,” Billah said.
“We are saddened. We don’t know what the government will do to find the killers. We want justice,” he said.