Moderate cleric killed in Kashmir bombing
Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah was entering a mosque in Srinagar Friday when a makeshift bomb exploded
April 8th, 2011
07:42 PM ET

Moderate cleric killed in Kashmir bombing

By Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN

Srinagar, India (CNN) - A makeshift bomb exploded Friday at a mosque in the summer capital of India's portion of Kashmir, killing a prominent Muslim cleric who had been a moderate voice in the troubled Indian state.

Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah was entering the mosque in Srinagar to lead Friday prayers when an improvised explosive device detonated, Srinagar district police chief Ashiq Bukhari said.

Shah was critically wounded and died later in hospital. One other person was injured in the blast, Bukhari said.

Shah had spoken out against violence and condemned the stone-pelting of security forces in protests last year as un-Islamic.

He was a close associate of the Yasin Malik, the president of the moderate pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

Read the full story here of the moderate cleric killed.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • India • Islam • Violence

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  1. Muneef

    In Kashmir....!?

    April 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  2. Daddy24/7

    Another bites the dust. I am sure that the Kashmiri Islamists took him out as he was a moderate voice. These terrorists dont care if they bomb a mosque or a temple, all they care is about their agenda. These Kashmiris have nothing to do with INDIA. As an Indian, I hope that all these seperatists are kicked out of Kashmir and send to Pakistan. Kashmir belonged and will belong to INDIA forever.

    April 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  3. Dc mortimer

    What's so surprising about this these lunatic fanatics blow them selves up for their Fascist views . They are disgusting and should all be confronted where ever they raise their ugly heads .

    April 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  4. Muneef

    The moderate cleric killed in Kashmir bombing must have been planed to happen by non muslims since it wad in a worship house on a Friday prayer since no true Muslim would do such an act no matter how much hate there was, who ever did that was non God fearing or believer in God and the Judgment day!!!

    Indian Islamic cleric killed on a Friday Mosque prayer in Kashmir ?? Isn't the answer so obvious who did it??

    April 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Eric G.

      Yes, it is obvious. A barbarian did it. I do not care what religion they are. By the way, if it were a Muslim, their claim to be a Muslim is just as valid as yours. You can both provide the same verifiable evidence to support your claims. None.

      April 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • Rollin'

      @Eric G.
      Well said there, bro.

      April 10, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Muneef

      Eric G.

      Yes well said bro. But what was it that you said or proposed that you want to judge??

      April 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  5. Viblet

    He was killed because to some Muslims, there is no such thing as being a "moderate" Muslim.

    Now if only they would just die off altogether, we might have a little peace in this world. Where's that anti-Muslim supervirus I ordered last Wednesday? It's so hard to get good help these days....

    April 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  6. Reality

    Once again the solution:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths thereby putting an end to these koranic-driven acts of terror and horror:

    ( –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.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "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!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism at your request.

    April 9, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • My body is none of your business

      Why don't you practice the "anti-Catholicism" steps on yourself? You have many areas where you have not applied your own deprogramming.
      Stay the hell out of my government you sadist.

      April 9, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Reality

      Hello "none",

      Part One of Deprogramming Christianity-

      Saving Christians from the Great Resurrection/Easter Con: (aka deprogramming orthodox Catholicism)

      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 white-board 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." "

      "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:

      o An added note: As per R.B. Stewart in his introduction to the recent book, The Resurrection of Jesus, Crossan and Wright in Dialogue,
      o p.4
      o "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."
      o p.168. by Ted Peters:
      1. Even so, asking historical questions is our responsibility. Did Jesus really rise from the tomb? Is it necessary to have been raised from the tomb and to appear to his disciples in order to explain the rise of early church and the transcription of the bible? Crossan answers no, Wright answers, yes. "

      o 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.

      April 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  7. Christian Adeline

    To unbelieving Adeline, haven't you learned personification of abstact concept in literature class? Atheists seem to have no education in literary techniques. Beware. This is why you need Christian education.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:08 am |
  8. Christian Adeline

    I haven't seen around another Adeline in this forum. Sorry. OK, I'll add "Christian" then. What I mean is, villains can attempt to silence the people who are better than they, but it does not happen in our world. Our world is structured in the way Truth prevails no matter what.

    April 9, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Adeline, whose name was stolen by a "christian"

      Hey name thief, lots of better people were silenced by Nazis and all sorts of thugs. It does not happen in this world? How clueless are you?

      And get your own damn name!

      April 10, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  9. Adeline

    Truth does not die.

    April 9, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Adeline

      If you are going to steal my name, then at least have the courtesy to say something intelligent. "Truth" does not die, but it does not live either. Truth is an abstract concept, not a living enti ty. And stop stealing my name!

      April 9, 2011 at 3:08 am |
  10. theoldadam

    One of these days, Jesus will return and put an end to all this goofy, murderous, fanatical, religious, wackiness.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  11. Nelson T D'Silva

    Beyond doubt it is a fundamentalist among his congregation that eliminated him for preaching peace and harmony instead of sowing seeds of hatred and fomenting violence that is the general practice during Friday prayers. How else can one explain the violence the follows Friday "Namaz" (prayers)?

    April 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  12. Meet

    Any clerics, priests, imams, pastors, etc. are just PARASITES, moderate or not. They lie for money, lie for power, lie for influence and perks.
    Every single one in the world should be arrested and charged with fraud. Every single one.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • lil dick

      I think some actually belive the supernatural b.s. they spew.

      April 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sounds to me that some folks can't take responsibility for their BAD behavior.


      April 9, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • Christian Adeline

      @Meet, that's not true. Most religious leaders are better than average humans especially parents, company bosses and political leaders. Because religion(Christianity) has the highest moral standard, the fall of any religious leader is more detrimental, but most are good, honest, helpful, compassionate, clean, wise and sacrificial.

      April 9, 2011 at 7:42 am |
    • JohnR

      Christianity has the highest moral standard? Thanks, I needed a good laugh!

      April 9, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  13. Shane

    Religion of peace my ass!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
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