The Islamists in Mali are smashing the Timbuktu mausoleums* again.
“Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu,” Abou Dardar, a leader of the Islamist group Ansar Dine, told AFP news agency.
Islamists in control of northern Mali began earlier this year to pull down shrines that they consider idolatrous.
Tourist official Sane Chirfi said four mausoleums had been razed on Sunday.
“Idolatrous” is just a flattering word for “not ours so we hate it.”
The Salafists of Ansar Dine condemn the veneration of saints.
“Allah doesn’t like it,” said Abou Dardar. “We are in the process of smashing all the hidden mausoleums in the area.”
They don’t know what “Allah” likes or doesn’t like. They just think they do, because there’s a book, and maybe the book says something like that, kind of, somewhere. They don’t know, but they pretend they do, to justify their stupid ugly hatred and vandalism.
*I keep wanting to make that mausolea, but it seems to be non-standard.