Council pledges ?to rebuild shrine

Gulf News
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Manama 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 yesterday.

“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 Civilisation.”

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