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Story-tellers banned in Mazar-i-Sharif shrine

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Dec 10 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The officials of Mazar-i-Sharif shrine banned the entry of fortune-tellers into the shrine swindling money from simpleton Muslims.

“Islam does not permit such tactics and looting the simpleton people”, said Qari Muhamamd Qasim, the head of the shrine.

He said the action was taken after numerous public complaints.

Qari Qasim said such an action had been taken earlier too but latter these fortune tellers were allowed in the shrine, but now the ban is strictly been imposed and if any one violate it will be handed over to security forces.

The shrine of Hazrat Ali (RA) is located in the center of Mazar-i-Sharif city in northern Balkh province, where every day hundreds of people come to visit the shrine.

Syed Rehman, 43, residence of Charbolak district, who owns a shop in Mazar city usually comes and listens to these story tellers.

“They narrate us the story of Hazarat Ali, the fourth caliph, and at the end they beg for money,” he added.

This practice is going on in the shrines for years.

These story tellers not only attract visitors but also school children who instead of attending their classes come and listen to these people in the shrine.

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Written by afghandevnews

December 10, 2007 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Culture and Arts

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