World Shia Forum appreciates Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s clear condemnation of the merciless attack on the Shrine of the Sufi Giant Laal Shahbaz Qalandar.
Qalandar, also known as Syed Muhammad Usman Marwandi, was a famous 13th-century Sufi philosopher-poet in present day Afghanistan and Pakistan. Qalandar played a significant role in the religious history of South Asia as he was a focal point for inter-faith unity and tolerance for an otherwise multi-religious region. Not only was his shrine a place of common humanity between Shia and Sunni Muslims, but it was a spiritual center for Hindus who saw Qalandar as an incarnation of the patron deity Jhulelal. The tomb helped forge better relations between Iran (a majority Shia country) and Pakistan (a majority Sunni country) and foster a sense of friendship when the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and Pakistan’s late prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto cooperated in expanding and embellishing it.
The ISIS-affiliated attack on the shrine is not only an attack on a faith-inclusive sanctuary between Shias, Sunnis and Hindus but also an attack an attack on the global community’s efforts to forge lasting friendships in these tumultuous times.
Here is what Gabbard had to say:
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