By: Kayhan Int’l Cultural Desk
Heartfelt condolences to our readers on the anniversary of a very tragic day, in commemoration of which, many of us are clad in black, and mourning ceremonies are being held all over the Islamic Republic of Iran – as well as in Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Pakistan, India, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and other countries.
Today, the 8th of Shawwal is the day on which 97 lunar years ago in 1345 AH, corresponding to 1926 AD, Wahhabi terrorists desecrated the sanctity of the sacred cemetery of Jannat al-Baqie in the holy city of Medina. They demolished the tombs of the elders of Islam.
On this day, the desert brigand of Najd, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdur-Rahman Aal-e Saud, after massacring innocent Muslim men, women, and children in the Prophet’s city Medina, attempted to destroy the Prophet’s shrine. When he was dissuaded from doing so, he sent his Godless Wahhabi hordes to desecrate the Sacred Jannat al-Baqiee Cemetery and raze to the ground the tombs of the elite of Islam, especially the majestic mausoleum over the blessed resting places of Four of Prophet Muhammad’s (SAWA) Twelve Infallible Heirs – i.e. Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba, Imam Zain al-Abedin, Imam Muhammad al-Baqer, and Imam Ja’far as-Sadeq (peace upon them).
This unpardonable crime continues to bring tears to the eyes of all true believers. In view of these undeniable facts it is the duty of the Ummah to mobilize efforts for rebuilding of the Baqiee Cemetery, especially the Grand Mausoleum of the Four Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt, which is indeed one of the most prominent Sha’er-Allah or God’s Supreme Symbol.
If not, all talk of liberating Bayt al-Moqaddas from the Zionists is idle prattle, because for the past 97 years Baqiee has remained as an open wound in eyeshot of the Prophet’s Holy Shrine.
Muslims may be quick to point out that those damned by God are the defilers of the sanctity of mosques and shrines, such as the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque in the Zionist occupied Islamic city of Bayt al-Moqaddas which the Israelis periodically desecrate, as is presently happening.
Without the least doubt the Zionists, the Takfiris and others indulging in such sacrilege at mosques and shrines in various parts of the world have earned Divine wrath, but the most perfidious wretches are those who attempt to defile the sanctity of the holy shrine of the Prophet of Islam and the holy shrines of members of his Blessed Household, the Ahl al-Bayt, whose pristine purity God Almighty Himself has vouchsafed in the Holy Qur’an in ayah 33 of Surah al-Ahzaab, where he says:
Abdul-Aziz did not content himself with the destruction of Jannat al-Baqi, but went on to demolish the tombs of the Martyrs of the decisive Battle of Ohad, including that of the Prophet’s uncle, Hamza (AS). He simultaneously ordered his hordes to desecrate and destroy the other sacred cemetery of Islam, that is, Jannat al-Mu’alla in Mecca, where rest in peace the Prophet’s loyal wife, the First Lady of Islam, Omm al-Momineen (Mother of True Believers) Hazrat Khadija, the Prophet’s infant son, Hazrat Qassem, the Prophet’s uncle and guardian, Hazrat Abu Taleb, the Prophet’s grandfather, Hazrat Abdul-Mutalleb and other members of the monotheistic Bani Hashem clan.
The Wahhabis also destroyed the tomb of the Prophet’s father Abdullah near Medina, the tomb in Abwa of the Prophet’s mother, Amina bint Wahb, and the tomb in the port city of Jeddah of the Mother of Mankind, Hazrat Hawwa (Eve).
For years, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Muslims around the world have been urging Riyadh to rectify its misconstrued policies and allow the Muslims to rebuild the Jannat al-Baqiee Cemetery, but to no avail.
In view of these facts, it is essential for the Ummah to knit ranks, heed the statements of the Prophet, and press for reconstruction of Sacred Baqie.