The Murder of a Sufi Leader

We have received recent reports of a Russian woman whose husband somehow persuaded her to commit suicide in the presence of a certain Sufi leader active in their community. Russian media quoted police as saying that Said Atsayev, a renowned Sufi Muslim spiritual leader popularly known as Shaykh Said Afandi al-Chirkawi, was killed in an attack when the woman entered his home disguised as his follower and detonated an explosive belt around her waist. The blast happened in the village of Chirkey in the southern republic, which borders Chechnya.

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Speech at the Religions for Peace Summit in Kathmandu

Here, beneath one of our Creator’s mightiest creations, from the Everest to the Annapurna Mountain Peaks, we have gathered to contemplate the forces of war and mass murder that are rampant in the modern world. In the face of mankind’s tremendous technological progress, the young are still forced to think and think, how could conflict – conventional as well as nuclear – be eradicated forever on the face of this earth?

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