Following the terrorist attacks that targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kuwait during Friday prayers earlier this week, pictures depicting the aftermath of the suicide bombing emerged capturing the tragedy. Images from the dead bodies of worshippers whose lives were claimed wrapped in white plastic bags, the broken shelves that carried the holy Quran, the blood stains that splattered the white turban of a cleric, the horrified injured victims who stood in dismay, to the thick black column of smoke that billowed above the minaret, revealed the first and foremost victim of the attack is Islam.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS terrorist foreign-backed organization that has wreaked havoc in the region, claimed responsibility for the inhumane bombing in a Kuwaiti mosque which left 27 people killed and 227 others wounded. The victims were killed praying like Imam Ali (PBUH) and thirsty like Imam Hussein (PBUH).
The Takfiri ideology of the extremist group is the reason behind its systematic targeting of non-religious groups or religious sects that are not in line with its deformed version of Islam.
An ISIS statement declared that the target was what they called a “temple of rejectionists”, a term the terrorist group uses to refer to Shiite Muslims.
The holy Quran, particularly the 32nd verse of chapter 5 (Sūrat l-Māidah), affirms that “…whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.”
Daesh, the Arabic acronym for so-called ISIS, has not only killed thousands of innocent people but has done so in the most appalling and inhumane ways, the methods ranging from beheading, slaughtering, burning alive, and most recently drowning. Members of ISIS have tortured, kidnapped, raped, stolen, and desecrated religious symbols and places of worship, none of which are remotely adhere to Islamic values. On the contrary, these are everything that Islam is not. They have waged a war in the name of Islam against Islam and this is the epitome of hypocrisy.
The assault is a brazen attack against the House of God and it is not the first of its kind. This is the sixth ISIS attack against a Muslim holy site in five weeks in which more than 100 people have been killed and many more injured in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Nigeria and Iraq.
In the Wahhabi-ruled Persian Gulf state, Saudi Arabia, two previous attacks were recently carried out against two mosques whose attendees are Shiite Muslims in the country’s eastern provinces killing a total of 25 people.
In a report published on June 7, the Institute for the Study of War foresaw that strikes on mosques in and around the fasting month of Ramadan would soar, as part of the extremists’ attempts to ignite sectarian strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. The timing of this increase in violence is marked by the one year since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a Muslim caliphate in Mosul and appointed himself caliph.
Whereas the organization has failed to fully secure its presence on the battlefield without resistance from armies, popular defense forces, and armed groups, it has taken to carry out attacks on its opponents in a moment they know to be sacred.
This kind of attack lacks military valor and is a sign of weakness that speaks the language of cowardice because ISIS sends a delusional bomber to do the job in a sneak operation instead of confrontation. Attacking from behind, in this case while civilian worshipers were praying, is an act of spinelessness.
Many western and Arab states have remained silent or expressed little abhorrence to the latest massacre as opposed to wide-scale operations, investigations, and condemnations they would have launched if the target was of a different nationality or religion. However, people from around the world have shown solidarity with the victims reprimanding the murders as crimes against humanity. Many Muslims from different sects condemned this act of terror.
However, after any explosion that targets their existence, Muslims pick up the pieces of their lives and walk over the debris as if what happened will only make them stronger.
A Muslim woman reminded the world, in a tweet, of Imam Ali’s insight into the state of Shiite Muslims in modern times saying that “Our Shiites are those who even if they are killed and cut into pieces, they will only increase in love for us”.
Muslims have proven that these attacks will not discourage them from following the path of true Islam, that they will kneel to no one but God, and that the minaret will continue to raise the calls for prayer: Allahu Akbar, God is Great.