Council pledges to rebuild damaged shrine

March 23, 2012

Bahrain’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has condemned acts of vandalism on the shrine of Shaikh Sasaa Bin Sohan, in the south east of Bahrain.

“Such deplorable acts are strongly rejected and will not be tolerated,” the council said in a statement on Thursday.

“The council will, upon the request of its president Shaikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Al Khalifa, cover the expenses for its repairs and will take responsibility for expediting them.”

Shaikh Abdullah expressed “deep regrets” for the “disgraceful and cowardly” vandalism of the shrine of Shaikh Sasaa, a highly respected religious figure in early Islam buried in Bahrain, saying that “the damage was an attack on all Muslims”.

“Bahrain has always been proud of its Islamic and cultural heritage and home to landmarks of the Islamic Civilization.”

Shaikh Abdullah called upon all religious leaders and figures to help combat extremism and acts of sabotage”.

“Religious institutions and figures have a highly significant role in instilling positive values in people to help build a conscious and coherent society,” he said.

Bahrain’s authorities have embarked on a programme to help rebuild several of the places of worship demolished after the events that hit the country in February and March 2011.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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