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Who are the Sufis associated with the mosque attacked in Egypt?

CAIRO: The mosque where Friday's massacre unfolded in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula had been widely associated with Sufi Muslims who have been attacked by the Islamic State group wherever the extremists operate. A Bedouin tribal leader told AFP the Rawda mosque, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, was known as a Sufi mosque and contained a "Zawiya" -- a lodge used by the mystics for prayers and gatherings. IS has targeted Sufis in Egypt in the past. Last year, the militants kidnapped…

Popular Sufi leader Sheikh Sidi Hamza al-Qadri dies aged 95

RABAT: The head of one of Morocco's biggest Sufi orders, with tens of thousands of followers at home and abroad, died Wednesday aged 95, an official and local media said. Sheikh Sidi Hamza al-Qadri al-Boutchichi was the spiritual leader of the Qadiriya Boutchichiya order. He died in the northwestern city of Oujda and was to be buried in the nearby town of Madagh where he was born and his order is based, local media reported. Qadri was seen as a "living master" by his followers and was famous for his wisdom and…

VIDEO: Famous Sufi Baba Yahya expresses his opinion on fake faith-healing

As ARY News caught red-handed a fake faith healer in Punjab province's Kasur district in its November 18 show, and handed him over to police, reports are that the thug has been released from police custody, a day after the arrest. Following the development, ARY News anchor Iqrar-ul-Hassan, who leads the show which does such sting operations, invited religious scholars and learned Sufis to shed light on the issue of fake faith-healing. Amongst the attendees of the show, there was Baba Yahya, the famed Sufi and author of…

Yusuf Islam announces new album

LONDON: Singer-songwriter Yusuf, who was Cat Stevens until he converted to Islam, has announced a new album and a tour that will take him to Britain, Canada and, for the first time since 1976, to the United States.