There is a large contrast in the way the Kuffar media have reacted to the removal of the shrines in Timbuktu and news orginsations in the Muslim world. What does the Quran and Sunnah say about the shrines in the city, and are our brothers right to remove them?
Assalamu aalaikum brother,
Shrine worshiping is considered as an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allah in His Divinity or worship).
for Allah (Exalted be He) says: "Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "Verily, my Salât (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allâh, the Lord of the ‘Alamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).", Surah Al-an'am 6:162
The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: "Allah has cursed the one who sacrifices to other than Allah…", Muslim, Sahih, Book on sacrifices, no. 1978; Al-Nasa'y, Sunan, Book on sacrifices, no. 4422; and Ahmad, Musnad, vol. 1, p. 118.
What does the Quran say about shrine worshiping? ... What does the Quran say about the shrines in the city?
By "Shrine worshiping" if you mean worshiping the shrine, or worshiping anyone beside or in place of God, then it is more than obvious that Quran forbids it as it is a major Kufr or Shirk. But if by "Shrine worshiping" you mean worshiping Allah from inside the shrines then Quran encourages that, and introduce such buildings roughly as landmarks of Religion (شعائر الله):
which says people of the time were arguing about the Resurrection, some definitely believed in it and some were not certain, even maybe there were people that were not a believer for that at all, then the companions of the cave one day got up from a 300 years dream in a cave and when people were informed of them they found out that the resurrection is not impossible. Everyone came to the cave to follow the news more directly, but what they found at the cave was the fact that all the companions of the cave have died. So they started their arguments again, some said this evidence is not sufficient, it doesn't prove anything, but also didn't deny the whole story and said their God knows them better but as the situation is not clear to us simply enclose them in a building (or behind a wall in their cave), they are just dead and we cannot understand through them any further. but those who found the evidence clear and became stronger in their beliefs understand the whole event a clear guidance of God and a blessing for them to believe and be stronger. They said we will build a mosque or shrine over them to be a place for worshiping God.
these are the places that the past prophets and men of God were living and worshiping God, and God also wants the true believers to worship Him in such places. There are many such places which have become mosques, such mosques that are very high in rank according to the holy prophet's household --peace be upon them--, like the Sahleh mosque in Najaf and the mosque of Kufah which were living places of the prophets Edrees and Noah and maybe Ebraheem (at least for a short time) --Peace be upon them all.
The holy prophet --peace be upon him-- was asked if the house of Ali --peace be upon him-- was among such houses (note that only the holy prophet's and Imam Ali's house door was not closed into the mosque) and the holy prophet --peace be upon him and his household-- answered yes, and one of their best. Then see what the kingdom of the Saudia Arabia has done with respect to such places, the house of the holy prophet --peace be upon him and his household-- has ruined and WC is build there for the sake of comfortableness of Hujjaj(!), and all the other places that were and are landmarks of Islam is continuously being destroyed, just like what Allah has stated in his book about those who wanted the religion to be forgotten after the death of the companions of the cave.
are our brothers right to remove them?
Of course no one has the right to destroy a place of worshiping Allah unless be a Wali of Allah. Those brothers are not righteous to force the others --who are not necassarily less than them in faith-- to believe what they think as true (even if it is not true with respect to Quran but only according to their own scholars) otherwise they would be hurt or killed or etc? Collaborating with Kuffar al-Harbi (non believers who fight against Muslims) and only defending Islam against the other Muslims? That's odd to be believed as religous but merely political.
All I will say is that if you want to know the truth about something then go to the depth of it and from where it has originated. So if you all want to know then refer to right context and from the place of origin.
You all know that our Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) is our last Prophet and is sent not only for Muslims alone but for entire humanity. If you go deep you will see that he is also for jinns and animals. So if our Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) has said not to do, then it's for the entire humanity and not just Muslims.
Now if this above point is clear, I hope everyone accepts this. Because our first foremost thing for being Muslim is the Tawheed. Now there is this hadith,
From this its clear that building and worshipping (whether grave or Allah) is forbidden. But some scholars who favor shrines/dargas say that our Prophet said that only for the Christians and Jews, and that it is allowed for Muslims.
Let's say they are right but let me ask you: Allah has created all humans and everything else. In Allah's sight all humans are equal, as in he sees everyone equally and rewards or punishes a person according to his deeds. Now if in Allah's sight those people are the worst creatures then why for the same deeds He will be happy if a Muslim does it? Think over it.
Now please don't say that because they are kafirs and we are Muslims because it's meaningless.
All what i have written is from the Quran and Hadith; if i have made any mistakes it is from the devil. May Allah forgive me for any wrong information in the above passage i have written.