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Peaceful imam killed in Russia

2011-04-09 11:33

Moscow - A prominent imam who discouraged youth from joining Islamic militants has been shot dead in his home in the strife-torn southern Russian republic of Dagestan, news reports said on Saturday.

Magomed Saiputdinov was slain by automatic gunfire in a night time attack near the Chechen-border town of Kizlyar, agencies quoted a spokesperson for the local interior ministry as saying.

"He was widely known for his uncompromising stand against any forms of violence, condemning the murder of innocent people and other atrocities of the Chechen underground," Interfax quoted a police statement as saying.

Saiputdinov was the sixth Muslim religious leader to be killed in the republic in the past year, with the previous fatal attack occurring on November 1 2010, RIA Novosti quoted the National Anti-Terror Committee as saying.

Dagestan has experienced some of the most deadly violence in Russia's mostly Muslim southern periphery since peace was largely restored in neighbouring Chechnya just under a decade ago.

The Caspian Sea republic experiences almost daily shootings and bombings that officials blame on local criminals and Islamists with links to Chechnya.

Fuelled by endemic poverty and corruption, the militants are seeking to establish an independent Islamic state across the North Caucasus.

Comments
  • Jaimo - 2011-04-09 19:35

    Theres no such thing as a peaceful imam. Islam is a violent demonicaly inspired religion that rules its subjects in fear, guilt and LIES!.

      The huntchback - 2011-04-09 22:56

      ha ha ha ha seems like you mistook Islam for Christianity. Islam is not peaceful when trampled upon, if you hit expect to be hit back, if you bomb expect to be bombed, and when you are slapped for slapping don`t cry like a baby! take it like a man! And oh if you had an iota of understanding about Islam you would have known that Islam actually encourages forgiveness when you are entitled to revenge.

      XXian - 2011-04-10 05:35

      Agreed. For those Muslims who claim otherwise I suggest you read the Quoran. Here is what the Quran says about beheading people. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger. That is because they opposed Allah and His messenger. Whoso opposeth Allah and His messenger, (for him) lo! Allah is severe in punishment.Quran 8:12-13 Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks ... if Allah willed He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain. Quran 47:4

      meelo - 2011-04-10 06:44

      Jaimos never read the quraan doesnt know what hadith is. Knows nothing about Islam doesnt even know what the word Islam means. Yet he knows its evil

      meelo - 2011-04-10 06:44

      Jaimos never read the quraan doesnt know what hadith is. Knows nothing about Islam doesnt even know what the word Islam means. Yet he knows its evil

  • beicime - 2011-04-09 23:19

    Extremists from any beliefs are always destructive and yes, there are peaceful imans.

  • beicime - 2011-04-09 23:21

    Extremists from any beliefs are always destructive and yes, there are peaceful imans.

  • patch - 2011-04-09 23:38

    @Jaimo. U must be thinking of the jewish religion. U are an idiot of the highest order. Your lack of understanding is amazing.

      XXian - 2011-04-10 05:37

      I suggest you read the Quoran. Here is what the Quran says about beheading people. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger. That is because they opposed Allah and His messenger. Whoso opposeth Allah and His messenger, (for him) lo! Allah is severe in punishment.Quran 8:12-13 Now when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve, then it is smiting of the necks ... if Allah willed He could have punished them (without you) but (thus it is ordained) that He may try some of you by means of others. And those who are slain in the way of Allah, He rendereth not their actions vain. Quran 47:4

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