July 13th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Photo Spotlight: Sunni shrine, Data Darbar

Lahore's Data Darbar is one of the oldest Sunni Muslim shrines in Pakistan. The remains of a Sufi saint, Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery are kept there and followers believe he had the power to create miracles. The shrine is visited by thousands of worshipers hoping to be blessed.

On July 1, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the shrine – killing at least 50 and injuring more than 200. The attack at such a revered Sufi shrine shocked and angered residents of Lahore. CNN cameraman Christopher Jackson visited the shrine after the attack.

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Frank McGowan

    Without question a sad story, but as far as photojournalism goes, a set of meaningless pictures, not worthy of the time or space alloted.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Doug

    Only the ignorant, of any religion, attack another for having different beliefs. We are guilty of it in Christianity as well. I will say this though, fighting in the name of God is offensive to believers in every religion and it's offensive to God himself. He will deal with those that kill in his name. Mind your own business and practice your own religion. This applies to Athiests as well. The only way you'll know if you're right is when you die.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Allah

    hey ! they plugged the well! Good job, humans.
    Good things can occur when a common threat is present.
    But its time to evolve. Beleive what you will,
    Muslims everywhere, this is Allah, knock it off. Stop it, now. All other religions, do the same. Enough.
    I cant believe you people. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    July 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abhi

      Allah...You are really funny and sound like a nice guy.
      Do me a favour. Could you please tell these guys fighting in this forum to place a gun in their mouth and pull the trigger. That will make this world a very peaceful place.

      July 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    Ahh religion. People kill and die in the name of religion. And why? Simply becuase others dont feel the same way they do. Religion is simply there so that poeple can believe that their life does not end when they die yet it has turned into a reason to kill and hate others. Look at the comments on this board and this all becomes obvious.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karma_The_Truth

    Chant Hare Krishna Mantra and be in peace.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • haider

      Ur replies reflect ur ignorance...all the books that i mentioned are ur best and oldest books regarding tafseer...if dont consider these to be ur books then u dont have any book of tafseer...if u give this kind of answer regarding the above books to ur ulema, they will consider you kafir...this incident of Qadir E Khum is even mentioned in ur Abu dawuud and sunan tirmizi which are ur Sahaye Sitta(most authentic books), u cant deny them do u? dont give ignorant judgements again if u dont know about a matter...u people give judgements with no logic, we give you answers by logic and reasoning....we are the shia's.

      July 17, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. tg

    No, that's not the origin of the Shia-Sunni conflict. The origin is that some denied that the Prophet (pbuh), after his death had designated a successor in the person of Ali (either the first imam or the final rightly guided caliph depending on your take). Those people insisted that the successorship he outlined during his lifetime should be ignored in favor of an elected caliph. Didn't turn out to be the right decision I'd say since that system only lasted a few years.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • haider

      its so ignorant to hear from u that prophet didnt designate any succesor after himself because all of ur own books say that prophet did designate Ali after him. its in ur tafseers e tabari, darmanshur, tibrani, and various other books that Prophet designated ali in various times of his life, the most important was at the time of hajj ul wida in Qadir e khum where He said " those who say Im their master, ali is their master too, he is my brother, my wasii and caliph after me, follow him". according to sahih bukhari, Umer ibnl khattab congratulated ali on that day.....
      if abu bakar can designate umer why cant prophet? if u think designatiing caliph is wrong then why did abu bakar do it, why didnt he call any shuraa? if prophet moses can designate haroon, prophet abraham can have succesor then why cant prophet of Islam? Was he less than musa? certainly not...
      how can prophet of islam not designate any one or give instructions for designating caliphs?
      if islam is complete code of life then how can islam dont have this instruction?
      millions of muslim have been killed due to the matter of succesor, devided and killing eachother still due to this matter of sucesion..how can prophet not realize this big matter and leave us wandering for succesor.....?
      if imams are useless then why its important in ur religion to follow any of 4 imams, otherwise u are a kafir...? u call ayatollah's as God, this is a blatent lie...u urself follow imams blindly how can u blame us for this thing...?
      succesion is the order of Allah so whether ali was from family of prophet or not, if Allah orders then we have to follow, didnt other prophets had succesion in terms of family hierarchy? then why cant our prophet? if hierarchy is not allowed then why do u accept the ummayad and abbasi caliphs who were monarchs?

      July 16, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Wastrel

    Wow, look at the Muslims argue about nothing and insult each other like children. They need to raise their intellectual level and reform their religion (GET YOUR RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS, AND VICE VERSA) or we will realize they are completely hopeless and that they need to be destroyed. I, for one, have already come to that conclusion.

    July 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bornagainagnostic

      I concur, let the feeble minded blind sheep be led to slaughter, leave the intellegent and open minded.

      July 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • haider

      our religion of Islam is a complete religion which covers every part of life. it contains politics, social system, economical system, justice system...its not like Bible which is a theory and concept..but it contains laws..its a complete code of life.

      July 16, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Bornagainagnostic

        Written thousands of years ago in a far less civilized age by MEN you've never met, as well as open to a million different interpretations. You could create a religion from the writings of Homer, Dante, Shakespeare or Steven King if you'd like, it doesn't make it true. IF there is a god and devil, then religion is a tool of the devil.

        July 16, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kamil

    only after islam purges itself freely of the sunnis can it then proceed. all sunni need to wake up and join the winner of this fight as the propet predicted. sunni fools, pay attention and come back to the real Islam and then you'll not feel so pathetic!

    July 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. haider

    you may not believe in God but if you look around, the universe is so complex that its impossible for it to remain stable even for a moment, there is a single power that controls everythings. to say that there isnt any God is unfair because life will mean nothing, no morals, no virtues. people will come and go and no one knows where they come from and where they perish, why they perish. Suppose a person has been oppresed and didnt get justice till death, now who will give this person justice after he dies, we humans? not sir ! its the God that will do justice on the day of Dudgement. The philosophy of atheist is without any logic, reasoning, nature...

    July 15, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Bornagainagnostic

      Religion has condemned far more souls than it ever saved. It is used as a tool for population control. Morals can exist without god. I have morals, have never had more than a speeding ticket. I attribute my morality to my upbringing and common sense. I don't need a fairy tale to teach me morals. You called me an atheist. I am no atheist, I am agnostic. I believe there is SOMETHING out there but I am not stupid enough to believe that I can fully understand it by reading a single book written thousands of years ago and retranslated numerous times, not to mention cannonized by a religion known for corruption. Believe in yourself, not imaginary friends.

      July 15, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bornagainagnostic

    All of you people are idiots, worshipping gods that refuse to show their faces. THERE IS NO GOD! All of our hate and discontent for one another is our own creation. If we as a species cannot get beyond believing in fairy tales then we are assuredly doomed. Logic and reason are far more beneficial to man than faith and finaticism. If you believe that you have all the answers to this worlds questions by simply reading a single book (be it the Quran, Bible or other) is lunacy. You people have no self control and WANT to be told what to BELIEVE. Christions, at least most of them, tell their children of Jesus, Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny and the Toothe Fairy. Then they tell them that 3 of the four are fabrications but that Jesus is real. You just LIED to your children which goes against what your religion teaches. Its absurd and oximoronical. Muslims, Christians and Jews all killing each other over what amounts to nothing more than a difference of opinion. Wake up people! Live for yourselves and your community, not to destroy whomever happens to disagree with you about who God really is. IF there were a an omnipotent being with power over the universe, I think he would laugh at you fools for the hate spread in his/her name. Kill each other if you wish, but leave the rest of us alone.

    July 15, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Y

    If you think that God wants you to hate others and do them harm, then you are NOT touched by God. You have been touched by the devil.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Y

    Unfortunately, you and people who think like you do, are not thinking and doing how God wants you to.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. Y

    I think God is looking down on us and saying to himself, "I gave you this beautiful planet but look what you've done with it. You've divided into groups and now you're fighting and killing each other. You pollute it, you're not taking good care of it. That's not what I want you to do."

    July 15, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. haider

    Why should shia's fight for tyrant like Saddam hussain, the mass murderer. america is a devil but saddam was a bigger devil on muslims of iraq thats why shia's didnt collaborate with him and his bath party murderers. he attacked kurds, iran and kuwait for sake of oil, just in iran/iraq war , a million muslims killed. Why should shia's in afghanistan fight for the sake of taleban, while taleban massacred shia's in thousands, deprived them of govt and education and took their lands...again america is devil but talebans are bigger devil. Hazrat Ali A.S says that " Govt of kufr could be accepted but govt of tyrrant could not"...the afghan people accept the kafirs over tyrant talebans cuz tomorrow the kafirs would go and the govt would come in the hands of muslims.. Shia's dont like tyrant rulers thats why they always stood against the rulers whether they were elected democraticaly or monarcs, even against the tyrant Ummayad and Abbasi Khilafats but other islamic sects would always favour the oppresors, helped them and fight for their sake..We follow Imam Hussain A.S, the leader of Youths of Jannah, as he stood against yazid and his supporters, we stand against tyrants, we have learned these things from our Imams, where as ur imams would always sit with abbasi kings...

    July 15, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • haider

      What ever u say is absolutely lie about shia and it doesnt contain any logic. U say that Imam jaffar sadiq A.S had nothing to do with fiqah but i think u dont know that 2 of your four Imams i:e Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik were the students of Imam jaffar sadiq. He taught them fiqah in Masjid e nabwi SAWW. ur imam abu hanifa has even mentioned the piousness of imam jaffar sadiq in his own book. Imam jaffar sadiq opened the first university of islam inside madina (masjid nabwi) and taught for 35 years.. he taught philosophy, fiqah, quran, hadis, astronomy, biology, chemistry etc. The famous muslim chemist Jabir bin Hayan was student of Imam jaffar sadiq. Syed is a muslim who is a descendent of prophet muhammad SAWW, whether he be living anywhere...
      ragarding america, so u again said something illogical...ur saudi arabia, egypt and jordan are the friends of america..not iran...

      July 16, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. haider

    No brother..Shia's dont kill innocent people just because they are from other sect. We follow the Ahle bait of the prophet who were the true Imams and from the progeny of prophet. They taught us knowledge of real islam...They didnt tell us to call u people kafir and mushrik, nor did they teach us to kill you just because ur have difference of opinion. We have always won from u people by our intellectuals and knowledge and reasoning, and uptill now the wahabis scholas teach their followers to not to talk to shia because they are kafir, mushrik, rafizi and they do this or do that etc, in this way u people never get good time to interact with us, the misconceptions remain in ur hearts...but we are taught to interact thats why our ulemas have mastered ur books including ur fiq, whenever we talk to u, you people get surprised by the knowledge we have. we dont follow the imams who came 100's of years after prophet, they were neighther sahaba nor taba een , they never heard anything from prophet nor they see Him. There is not even a single unauthentic hadith about ur four imams..Thats the reason the Wahabis specially have been misguided and now the whole world abuses islam due to their deeds. All the suicide bombings whether america, europe or muslim countries like afghanistan, iraq, pakistan , phillipines and indonesia are carried out by Wahabi sect. Their books are filled by killing fatwas where as our books are not...

    July 15, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. Brian from Chicago

    Clarification: I'm under the impression that most of the suicide bombers and jihadists in the world have been Sunni. Iraqi Shiites occasionally kill Sunnis in the form of death squads, but not with bombs, and even then they only seem to do it when the odds are against them. I don't praise those kinds of actions because innocent people still die, but there appears to be less collateral (unintended) damage that way.

    July 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Brian from Chicago

    I confess I have a hard time following some of the comments that have been posted here, but I do find it interesting that it was a Sunni shrine, not a Shiite shrine, that was bombed. I thought the Sunnis didn't believe in godly power being invested in a man (with the possible exception of Mohammed) or any particular place being more sacred than any other (with the possible exception of Mecca). If I'm wrong, then it won't bother me. But it may continue to bother many people who have no other way to retaliate against suicide bombers and the like, and I am under the impression that most of them are Sunni. Good luck rationalizing all of this.

    July 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • haider

      Part of sunnis believe in shrines and they have their shrines all over the muslim world. The wahabi sect of sunnis not only reject it but even destroy it and kill people who go there. Shrines are part of islam because they make people the Godly people, people go there for linkage to Allah not that shrines have power. Only Allah has power but the shrines are sacred.

      July 15, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  18. Ken Wood

    All this in the name of God? If there is a God, He is not happy that people are murdering other people in His name.
    God, Allah, Yaweh, etc. they are all the same person. And, He is NOT happy!!! Repent all you sinners!!!!

    July 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • din

      Allah is not a person. Allah the only one. God can be many. I donno yaweh. Allah will punished the sins and rewards the good deed.

      July 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Y

      That's right. God does not want people to hate and hurt each other. The devil does, it's really simple.

      July 15, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  19. Fareed

    sad lonely brother Yakoob,

    Mushrakeen? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? sadly, brother you are misinformed. But i do not blame you. It up to you to align yourself with the true teachings of Ahmadiyyat before you can say anything about our beliefs. Visit the website:


    there you will see that we are not Mushrekeen. The term mushrekeen is reserve for those who accociate partners with Allah, All Mighty. In otherwords commit shirk. You will see that we absolutly to do not.

    as for your statment "Death has been prescribed for the Mushrakeen by Allah and the Prophet" I would liek for you to show me where your found this so that i can tell you of your misinterpretations that you have done as stated by Muhammad above.

    Peace to you and your (short) commings. May Allah have mercy on you and may the Holy Prophet Muhammad Mustefa (SAW) answer to your treachery on the Day of Judgment. Ameen.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. AshannaK

    I'm glad I'm not Muslim. Such hate I've never read. If the followers of the Prophet Mohammad were such good people, why do they take a beautiful and loving religion and turn it into something bloody and terrifying? Though I am not of this faith, I cannot believe that God or Allah or whatever you call Him had this in mind when he created His children. Christianity, Judism, Islam, Buddhism, whatever, does not have a monopoly on truth and wisdom. When the hate is allowed to die and the love is practiced, then and ONLY then will God's children be blessed as He intended them to be. Please, people, get off your soapboxes and start practicing the essence of your faith, the essence of love. Don't leave a world of hate to your children.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abhi

      @AshannaK.....You are so right about it.
      Thank God that I too don't belong to that religion. Poor Allah...He must be hitting his head to the wall and repenting.

      July 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abhi

      I really wish I could put all these guys fighting here (in this forum) in a room and give them AK47s, grenades and watch them.
      Hahahahaha...It will be fun to see them all blow up..

      July 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Fareed

    you what is sad? that CNN has this post on the Sufi shirne that was bombed but nothing on the Ahmadi Mosques that were attacked.

    C'mon CNN i except better from you, the worldwide leader in news

    July 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Omar Akhtar

      Whether you think Ahmadis are Muslims or not is irrelevant. If you think they are non-Muslims, fine that's your opinion. But that cannot justify the killing of those innocent people. Remember that Pakistan's only nobel laureate and important to Pakistan's nuclear program. Also there were many Qadianis who supported the creation of Pakistan, such as Zafrullah Khan.

      July 14, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Hussain

      I am or i was Muslim, but right now i believe that every one search his or her profit and power like; Mohammad did many centuries ago for Arabs. Mohammad wanted to make a nation far Arabs and he did it really good. In according to that, Islam and Muslim were like a tools for soveringhty over others.
      So it is really good to deal with our problems not deal with Islam or Muslem problems.

      July 20, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Suleman

      Dear Fareed,
      Can you please provide me the reference number of Hadith you mentioned about minority rights .

      “Beware, if anyone dare oppress a member of a minority or has usurped his or her right or tortured or took away something forcibly, I will fight on behalf of the minority against the Muslim on the Day of Judgment.” –
      I ll be greatly obliged,

      January 12, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
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    July 13, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Cyrus Howell

      Muslims always ask an imam for justification before they can murder people.

      They asked the first rightly guided imams if they were allowed to murder them.

      Of sure, No problem. Go ahead.

      July 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |