A week after Kuwait bombing, Sunnis and Shi'ites pray together for unity

2015-07-03 17:55
Kuwait City walking wounded (AP)

Kuwait City walking wounded (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kuwait City - Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any attempt to stir sectarian division a week after an Islamic State (ISIS) staged the country's deadliest militant attack.

The Sunni group, which sees Shi'ites as heretics and wants to expel them from the Arabian peninsula, claimed responsibility for a June 26 suicide bombing on a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait City that killed 27 and wounded more than 200.

Shi'ite member of parliament Adnan Abdulsamad told Reuters that ISIS were "fools" for thinking they could destabilise Kuwait and the attack had only made Kuwaitis more determined to promote solidarity.

"This prayer is a prayer of unity," he said. "This heinous crime only brings us further strength and tolerance. Thank God it made our enemies fools. Were they under the illusion that with this crime they would create discord?"

Although a strategic minnow, Kuwait is an oil power and a supporter of US-backed efforts to fight Isis, providing intelligence, funding and the use of airfields for a Western-Arab coalition fighting the hardline militants.

Relations have traditionally been good between the 70% of Kuwait's 1.4 million citizens who are Sunni and the Shi'ites who make up 30%, but regional rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran has caused some strains.

"Keep our nation safe and protect us from sedition," said Sunni imam Waleed al Ali, reciting a prayer for a congregation that included the emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al Sabah.

Kuwait has detained 90 people in connection with the bombing, closed a charity for alleged militant ties in raising funds for Syrians, and its parliament passed a law making it mandatory that authorities keep a record of all residents' DNA.

Kuwait's interior minister said on Tuesday that the Gulf Arab country was at war with Islamist militants and would strike out at cells still believed to be on its soil.

The attack was carried out by a Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen al-Qabaa, a man in his early 20s from Saudi Arabia, where Sunnis form the vast majority and showed Islamic State making good on a threat to step up violence in the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Read more on:    isis  |  kuwait  |  religion

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.