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Sofia Mosque Warden Assaulted, Beaten – Chief Mufti

15 June 2011 General 2 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

An injured Muslim worshipper holds a towel on his head after suffering a wound in clashes supporters of the Bulgarian ultra-nationalist party Ataka (L) during Friday prayer in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in Sofia, 20 May. Photo by EPA

(hat tip Euro against Islamophobia)

The warden of the main mosque in downtown Sofia has suffered a brutal assault at the hands of unidentified attackers just minutes before the start of the morning prayer on Sunday, the Chief Mufti‘s Office announced.

“Today we witnessed yet another attack against Sofia mosque. This morning, 20 minutes before the morning prayer, the warden of the mosque in Sofia was cruelly beaten. Unknown people have jumped over the fence of the mosque, beaten the keeper, destroyed the security room and burst into the mosque,” says the statement.

The man was found by worshippers who came to the mosque for the morning prayer, covered in blood and unconcious, it said. He has been taken to the emergency Pirogov hospital.

“Hate crimes, acts of xenophobia and Islamophobia have risen dramatically in recent months,” says the statement of the Chief Mufti‘s Office.

Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry has issued no official information about the incident so far.

The news comes just a month after a Muslim man and five policemen were hurt in clashes between supporters of Bulgaria’s ultra-nationalist Ataka party and worshippers outside the Banya Bashi mosque in Sofia on May 20.

The incident was condemned by authorities and human rights groups as an example of a worrying escalation of xenophobia and religious hatred.

Original post: Sofia Mosque Warden Assaulted, Beaten – Chief Mufti


  1. People hate that in which they are ignorant.

    So much so that they commit blatant acts of violence….and justify it, within their own puny minds, that it is the fault of Muslims that this act was committed! Muslims….praying in a mosque. How “violent” is that….?!


  2. Bulgaria is so far from where I live, yet I feel such anguish when I hear of this cruelty. All I can offer are my prayers for both the attackers and those who are targeted, that one day they might come to live together as brothers and sisters and love will replace the fear and anxiety that now reigns theirs lives. Some might argue that the best outcome is to cool the heated passions from hatred to indifference; I believe that it is far easier to move back to hatred from indifference than it is from feelings of brotherly love and simple compassion. When you can see the humanity in another person, or better yet, the spark of the divine in another person, you no longer want anything but good for him or her.

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