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Islamic State Khorasan And The Threats To Sufis

Published | May 21,2023

By | Imad Abbas , Riccardo Valle

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On August 17 2022, a huge explosion targeted the Siddiqiya Mosque in Kabul, claiming more than 20 lives and injuring over 30 others, including the khatib, Maulvi Amir Muhammad Kabuli. While no group claimed responsibility for the attack, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) supporters rejoiced over the death of Kabuli on several Telegram channels, and there are hints that the group is the primary suspect behind this attack.

Reportedly, Maulvi Amir Muhammad Kabuli was a Hanafist scholar who followed Sufi practices belonging to the Saifi Tariqa, an offshoot of the Naqshbandiyya.

The Saifiyya was founded by Pir Saifur Rehman around the 1950s in Afghanistan. He was an Alim (teac...