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For Afghan Hazaras, where to pray can be life and death choice

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By Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam KABUL (Reuters) – Each time Hussain Rahimi leaves his Kabul home for the mosque to pray, he recites the Kalima – a short verse that is the central tenet of Islam – because he is not sure he will come home alive. “I am afraid. My family is afraid when we go to the mosque,” said 23-year-old Rahimi, an ethnic Hazara – a predominantly Shi’ite community that has been at the receiving end of some of the most violent attacks in Afghanistan’s bloody history. The last two Fridays have seen suicide bombings at mosques – both attacks claimed by Islamic State (ISIS) and both tar…

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