War, the Enemy of Knowledge and Heritage
Along with human lives, wars crush invaluable portions of the heritage our ancestors bequeathed to us. The most notable case in recent times dates back to March 10th 2015, when the Tripoli branch of the Islamic State exhumed and destroyed the unique Sufi shrines located in outer Aleppo, Syria. These worship sites carried great importance because they were the ancient tombs of prominent Sufi Saints. So what is Sufism? Experts define it as the inner, mystical dimension of Islam. Sufism encompasses different orders congregated around a grand Master, who is historically connected, through a chain of teachers, to Prophet Muhammad himself. In particular, Sufism galvanizes awareness and psychological balance thus giving life to a more liberal and introspective form of Islam, which is diametrically opposed to the radical and extreme islamic beliefs. To this day, some call it "the antidote to fanaticism".