Urgent Call for Protest Against Wahhabi Aggression in Macedonia
The Center for Islamic Pluralism has observed with great alarm the advancing, open aggression by Wahhabi Islamists at the Harabati teqe in Tetovo, Macedonia, a major site for Ahl-ul-beyt in Europe and the largest Sufi institution in the former Yugoslavia. The situation has become so bad that crowds of Wahhabi adherents obstruct access by visitors to the teqe. The Wahhabis have now occupied the majority of structures in the teqe, so that the besieged caretakers of the site are limited to their main building. In the first week of March, 2008, the Wahhabis began discharging firearms at night-time on the teqe property in an obvious and lawless attempt to intimidate the caretakers.
The open aggression against Ahl-ul-beyt in Europe by the Wahhabi fanatics represents a serious terrorist threat to the entire region, in addition to an abominable act of cultural and religious desecration.
The Center for Islamic Pluralism calls on all Muslim and non-Muslim friends and supporters to send urgent protests regarding this situation to the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia and to the Macedonian authorities.
E-mails should read as follows:
"We strenuously protest the Wahhabi invasion of the Harabati teqe in Tetovo and call on the U.S. diplomatic authorities in Skopje, who monitor terrorist threats in the Balkans, to pressure the Macedonian government for the immediate removal of the Wahhabis from the Harabati teqe, by legal force if necessary, and protect the teqe from further interference."
E-mails should be addressed to:
U.S. Embassy Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, [email protected]
H.E. Branko Crvenkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia, www.president.gov.mk
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz