Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari 49

The stronger one is the one who can absorb the violence and the anger from the other and change it to love and understanding…This is the real jihad.” – Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari

Sheikh Bukhari died last week, and is much mourned by religious Uzbeks, and especially the exiled opposition leadership, to whom he was close. Bukhari was a direct descendent of Imam Muhammad Ismail al-Bukhari of Bukhara, the ninth-century author of the Hadith al-Bukhari. Sheikh Bukhari led a colony of Palestinians of Uzbek descent, mostly now in Gaza, who have maintained their Uzbek identity for generations.

He died shortly before a scheduled meeting with Turkish PM Erdogan to discuss reaction to the Gaza Flotilla attack. He devoted much of his life to seeking, through working with like-minded Jewish religious leaders, to use religion as a force for peace and agreement, rather than hatred and division.

This often placed him in a difficult position. For example, he lead a delegation to Sderot, to show sympathy for the population there but at the same time to explain to them the sufferings of his own relatives in Gaza. This attempt to promote understanding drew criticism from all sides.

The danger also exists that a non-violent tradition will be exploited by oppressors. Others, particularly Sheikh Kabbani and the Sufi Muslim Council, sought to hijack the Sufi Naqbandi tradtion and put it at the service of the linked Karimov and Israeli regimes and US neo-con organisations, and received a great deal of money for doing so.

Unlike them, Sheikh Bukhari never endorsed Karimov or the “War on Terror”. He never abandoned the rights of ordinary oppressed people. He lived a simple lifestyle, and was a living rebuke to those who seek to malign and misrepresent his religion.

49 thoughts on “Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari

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  • Suhayl Saadi

    This is becoming ridiculous. I seriously think that Craig ought to consider the dynamic here and act accordingly. It’s Craig’s site, obviously, so it’s up to him, but what purpose does this kind of nonsense serve? It might be different if it were being done in humour – but it’s not.

    Great post, Craig, btw. An honourable and courageous man, by the sound of it. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari from Uzbekistan – clearly, a real hero of our time. Thank you for informing us all of his work and of his sad death.

  • Larry from St. Louis

    “Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari”? Sounds like someone who would enslave women.

    I will not stand for Suhayl’s beliefs about 911!

  • Larry from St. Louis

    That’s it Craig – I’ve figured things out ?” you’re a pissant dickless fired ambassador who couldn’t even convince a very desperate woman to marry you –

    If you want to convince the world that an institution that is dear to me ?” the INCREDIBLE University of Michigan (Go Blue!) – is a hotbed of religiosity, then you must know that you’ve really offended me with your very predictable boring bad-teeth Britishness.

    So I’m gonna seduce your non-wife. I’m pretty sure that I have a bigger cock, and I pronounce “r”s correctly, so it shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll meet up with her on Facebook. By this time I happen to know people in both Hollywood and New York so she’ll figure out that what I have to offer is a bit more significant than your freaky conspiracy brain can provide.

    Never mind you ?” I’ll see her on Facebook.

  • Larry from St. Louis

    “Such people as Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari are possessed of true spiritual virtue.”

    He likes young boys. Isn’t that why you’re a Muslim, Suhayl?

  • craig


    i think we can be sure that larry is more than one person – he has been trolling for 60 hours without sleep otherwise! I think completely ignoring is probably the best policy.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Okay, Craig. Thanks. I was just trying to post some hopeful links and info., to illustrate that ‘we’ are not alone in this world, as it were. But you’re right. I shall return now to the novel – invigorated and energised!

  • Larry from St. Louis

    i think we can be sure that larry is more than one person – he has been trolling for 60 hours without sleep otherwise! I think completely ignoring is probably the best policy.

    Exactly the sort of non-insightful analysis that draws light on your previous judgements as complete bullshit.

    Heh Angrysoba ?” will you defend this moron? Seriously?

  • Larry from St. Louis

    OK, fine –

    Now go tell them that 911 was an inside job.

    They will laugh at you.

  • Tony

    Posted by: Larry from St. Louis at June 26, 2010 10:51 AM

    “Craig’s non-wife needs an American man with a huge cock”

    How charming. How intellectual. Now we all know where we stand if there was ever any doubt.

    Sounds like Larry’s wife, non-wife, partner or left hand needs a man with something between his ears.

  • Larry from St. Louis


    In the Muslim world, no one is allowed to demonstrate.

    You moron.

  • amateur troll alert

    Folks, this simple Larry-imitator is trying to mimic Larry’s abuse, but can’t match the critical acuity or disruptive skill of our cherished original. It just sounds like a teenager being an asshole just to provoke a reaction. Is the kind of thing you really want to get worked up about? Not worth bothering with.

  • ingo

    Thanks for this informative article, a man I would have liked to meet, may he rest in peace.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Iraq

    Superb Craig – thank-you

    It’s very easy to block an IP or erase ignorant posts. So it is a delight to witness the the strength of Craig’s resolve to allow the small insignificant scum that always settles on cleansing waters to be seen by all for what it is – scum.

  • Richard Robinson

    “The stronger one is the one who can absorb the violence and the anger from the Larry and change it to love and understanding…This is the real jihad”


  • ingo

    Craig, this latest missive from Al Jazeera puts the blame for the riots fair and square on the Sanyar Bakiyev’s clan.

    The old man in exile has refuted any participation in the latest massacre.

    What will happen to his son who has claimed political asylum here in Britain?

  • Anonymous

    More like Larry on the beer. He’s getting angrier. Didn’t he get a whole 9/11 thread for himself (and the Soba) and fail to shine there either?

    All hat no cattle.

  • Ishmael

    Very interesting. Is anyone aware of a monument exsting in the middle east from past, roughly 150 feet tall, with an arched entrance in the middle, an inscription carved on the curved top which said either ismail, ishmael, or similar?

    Larry the tractor plays with planes.

  • Paul Johnston

    Hate to say it but if you are criticised by both sides you might be onto something. The men representing both sides in Northern Ireland, (I’m thinking of David Ervine and Martin McGuiness) where both strongly attacked by what was their own side for selling out. However few I believe would want to go back to the old days.

  • Malcolm Pryce

    Must say, the filth above doesn’t sound like the usual Larry. Either he’s being impersonated or he is very drunk and unhappy. Or one member of the Larry team is.

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