During the past few days, ISIS group waged a campaign of arrests affected many chieftains of Sufi in Raqqa, most notably Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Hussein “Almaghet”, his family has been informed about his death after an arrest for eight days, there is also uncertainty about the fate of the other detainees with the same charge of following Sufi.
Series of pursuing adherents of Sufi thought began before the control of ISIS over the city, they started with the arrest and killing of Sheikh Hassan the Imam of Grand Mosque in Raqqa, who taught a lot of young men to read the Koran, later they detained Sheikh Hussam al-Ahmad al-Hasan al-Hussein for several days, and the arrest of a number of other Sufi sheikhs by the group which released them or kept them detained up till now.
After they seized the city of Raqqa, ISIS has intensified chasing Sufi sheikhs, where they arrested Mr. Mohammed Ajjan Al-Hadeed, the biggest Sufi chieftains in Raqqa and north of Syria, the group killed him after arrest for months, and after negotiations to release him in exchange for dozens of kilograms of gold.
During this year, ISIS arrested and executed more than 30 people accused of witchcraft in Raqqa and its countryside, most of them were Sufi adherents. The group didn’t pursuit only owners of Sufi thought, but they also chased chieftains of Salafi ideology in Raqqa accusing them of cowardice, they put some of them under house arrest or prevented them of rhetoric or giving religious lessons, while the fate of others are not known until now, including Judge Abdullah Al-Assaf (Abu Abdul Rahman) who was arrested by the group in 10/16/2013.
Today, anyone who opposes ISIS ideas and its ideology are exposed to death or arrest at any time, thus ISIS security system still rules people with weapons and fire.