December 15th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

32 die in suicide bombings outside Shiite mosque in Iran

Suicide bombings outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in Chabahar in southeastern Iran killed at least 32 people Wednesday, Iran's Fars News Agency reported, citing a provincial coroner's office.

Fariborz Ayati, the director of the Sistan-Baluchestan province's coroner's office, said 29 bodies have been identified. The three others are two men and a 13-year old girl, he said.

The violence comes as Shiite Muslims across the world are observing Ashura, a period of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Mohammed's grandson and one of Shiite Islam's holiest figures.

Read the full story of the attack outside a mosque in Iran here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Iran • Religious violence

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  1. Jay

    Whether it be Christians/Muslims/Jews/Hindu/Buddhists/Shinto or any other religion, the tragedy of human life lost is the point of the article, not what religion it came from. My prayers and sympathies to those who have lost a loved one.

    December 17, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  2. Gary

    all religions seem to be deplorable. Islam wins the contest for the worst.

    December 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  3. NM

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/if-it-is-extreme-it-is-not-islam/

    December 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
    • MN

      Too bad someone forgot to tell these nice Muslim folks --


      December 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  4. Mark from Middle River

    Sympathy I have. Wanting to beat Reality's "cut and paste" with my own cut and paste .....

    Priceless 🙂

    There is a issue though with how some of these threads do appear.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
    • .308

      @ Mark

      I agree. Further – don't let the empty accusations or other attempts at derailment by the sympathizers minimize your concern. It is valid.

      Yep... that's right, boys and girls. The western concern here has nothing to do with sympathy or understanding... It is a concern born strictly of self-preservation. The more of this example we are shown, the more our concern is validated, despite any futile attempts at marginalizing, dismissing or otherwise insulting common-sense exhortations about Islam.

      @ Peace2All

      Sometimes, Peace, given the convictions you've expressed in the past... it almost seems like you go out of your way to pick a fight.. It appears we all have our proclivities. Yours appears to be a need to state the obvious.


      December 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Mark from Middle River

      You Said: "Peace, that was a mostly fair observation. It might appear that some of my posts appear anti- Muslim but as you have written I try to find a peaceful path when I can. I am glad that you notice the differance and weigh the totality."

      No problem Mark. You and I have always seemed to be able to have civil discourse and discuss our ideas, and understand that we are all trying to learn here. I always have welcomed your well-intentioned opinions.

      And... I appreciate the rest of your posting. And, that makes more sense, and glad you got to put it out there. Hope that your 'thumbs' are o.k.

      -Mark, again, thanks for chatting. I always feel that I come away with some better understandings, even if we don't always agree on everything.

      Peace brother...

      December 16, 2010 at 10:54 am |
    • Reality

      And again, saving Christians from the Big Resurrection Con (somewhat akin to 2000 years of bible thu-mping)

      From that famous passage: In 1 Corinthians 15 St. Paul reasoned, "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith."

      Even now Catholic/Christian professors of theology are questioning the bodily resurrection of the simple, preacher man aka Jesus.

      To wit;

      From a major Catholic university's theology grad school notes:

      "Heaven is a Spirit state or spiritual reality of union with God in love, without earthly – earth bound distractions.
      Jesus and Mary's bodies are therefore not in Heaven.

      Most believe that it to mean that the personal spiritual self that survives death is in continuity with the self we were while living on earth as an embodied person.

      Again, the physical Resurrection (meaning a resuscitated corpse returning to life), Ascension (of Jesus' crucified corpse), and Assumption (Mary's corpse) into heaven did not take place.

      The Ascension symbolizes the end of Jesus' earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church.

      Only Luke's Gospel records it. The Assumption ties Jesus' mission to Pentecost and missionary activity of Jesus' followers The Assumption has multiple layers of symbolism, some are related to Mary's special role as "Christ bearer" (theotokos). It does not seem fitting that Mary, the body of Jesus' Virgin-Mother (another biblically based symbol found in Luke 1) would be derived by worms upon her death. Mary's assumption also shows God's positive regard, not only for Christ's male body, but also for female bodies." "

      The single Step continued:

      "In three controversial Wednesday Audiences, Pope John Paul II pointed out that the essential characteristic of heaven, hell or purgatory is that they are states of being of a spirit (angel/demon) or human soul, rather than places, as commonly perceived and represented in human language. This language of place is, according to the Pope, inadequate to describe the realities involved, since it is tied to the temporal order in which this world and we exist. In this he is applying the philosophical categories used by the Church in her theology and saying what St. Thomas Aquinas said long before him."

      The Vatican quickly embellished this story with a lot CYAP.

      Of course, we all know that angels are really mythical "pretty wingie talking thingies".

      With respect to rising from the dead, we also have this account:

      An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue, ( Professors Crossan and Wright are On Faith panelists).

      "Reimarus (1774-1778) posits that Jesus became sidetracked by embracing a political position, sought to force God's hand and that he died alone deserted by his disciples. What began as a call for repentance ended up as a misguided attempt to usher in the earthly political kingdom of God. After Jesus' failure and death, his disciples stole his body and declared his resurrection in order to maintain their financial security and ensure themselves some standing."

      So where are the bones? As per Professor Crossan's analyses in his many books, the body of Jesus would have ended up in the mass graves of the crucified, eaten by wild dogs, with lime in a shallow grave, or under a pile of stones.

      December 16, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Reality

    And again we come to save all the branches of Islam:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    December 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  6. Mark from Middle River

    Hey CNN Blog Writers..... Wasn't there an bombing attack in Sweden from a Muslim terrorist?

    Did we miss that front page story for a reason? I live in the Maryland area.... we had a Muslim terrorist attempt to blow up a recruiting station... no threads on that?

    December 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
    • Frogist

      Where is your sympathy, Mark?

      December 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Mark from Middle River

      Hi Mark...

      From watching you over the last...well, almost a year I guess, since the Belief Blog has been up and running, I have noticed a 'pattern' in you. Not sure whether you are aware of it or not, but thought I would bring it to your attention.

      You have a tendency to attempt to be a 'peace-maker' yet, your postings, quite often show otherwise.

      Especially nowadays, you have tried to make the claim that their aren't any positive Christian articles. And secondly, their are not enough articles showing the negativity towards Islam in the world.

      And here we have an example above- and your comment is about..."Where is the article of Muslim extremists in Sweden...?"

      Just my opinion Mark, but it seems like nowadays, you are very focused on the 'it's never enough' mind-set about negative articles about Islam. But, put out a negative article on Christianity, and you seem to go 'bat-sh!t' about it. Showing your obvious and biased positive slant towards Christianity.

      Again, just an observation, and I have noticed a few others have commented on it too about your proclivities. As you know, and we have both stated here before, especially me being an 'agnostic,' we are all here to learn.


      December 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Mark from Middle River

      No need to respond here to this one as I got your apt response on the other Muslim bombing article.

      Again, Mark...thanks for chatting...

      Peace brother...

      December 16, 2010 at 2:03 am |
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