Takfiri Currents; A Scenario for Obliteration (30)
This time we are going to briefly refer to the account of desecration and destruction of the tombs of Baqie Cemetery. Stay tuned.
Al Saud with the help of the fatwas forged by Wahhabi muftis destroyed historical monuments and edifices of many of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt. The most heinous instance of these destructions took place at Baqie cemetery in Medina. This cemetery has housed many of the tombs of the great Islamic figures especially four infallible Imams of the Prophet’s progeny.
Since the very first days of Islam, Muslims used to go to visit the tombs of the dignitaries and it was not opposed by any of the ulema. Historiographers like Masoudi of the 4th century AH and travelers like Ibn Jubair and Ibn Batuta of the 7th and 8th centuries AH have all mentioned the existence of glorious buildings in their travelogues.
Ibn Jubair, who traveled to Hejaz in the 7th century describes Baqie cemetery as follows, “It is a lofty dome near Medina.”
150 years after Ibn Jubair’s journey, Ibn Batuta took a trip to Medina and described his findings in this way, “The shrine of the Imams of Baqie is a lofty dome and astounding and novel in terms of solidity.”
Ibrahim Rafaqat Pasha, who had performed Hajj pilgrimage 19 years before the demolition of Baqie cemetery, writes, “Abbas [the Prophet’s uncle] and the four Imams repose in peace under the dome which is larger than other domes of Baqie.”
The Baqie cemetery had been repaired 3 times. The last time was done by Mahmoud Ghaznavi in late 13th century AD. This sacred cemetery was destroyed twice. First, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud laid a long siege on the city of Medina in 1221 AH in which he massacred countless people. Then he collected the servants of the Prophet’s shrine and beat them to show the place of keeping the presents. Having looted the Prophet’s shrine, the troops devastated the Baqie cemetery on the order of Abdul Aziz. They pillaged 4 coffers containing jewelries ornamented with diamond and sapphire and nearly 100 swords gilded with pure gold.
After the plunder of Medina and Baqie cemetery, the Ottoman caliph ordered his vassal Muhammad Ali Pasha to liberate Hejaz from the yoke of the Wahhabis. The Wahhabis were severely defeated in a bloody battle in 1227 AH. After the event, the ruined shrines of the Imams and sacred personalities were beautifully reconstructed by Muslims’ investments. But the Wahhabis didn’t quit threatening the mausoleums of the immaculate heirs of the Prophet and his companions via spreading forged hadith and superstitions. Wahhabis razed to the ground the tombs of Abdul Mutallib, Abu Taleb and Khadija (Peace upon them) and also the birthplace of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) and his daughter Hazrat Fatema (Peace upon her). They destroyed Kehyzaran, the Prophet’s private place of worship, too. They even destroyed the tomb of Eve and other tombs in Jeddah. Wahhabis didn’t suffice to these blasphemous acts and went on to fire the dome of the Prophet’s mausoleum in Medina with cannon but, horrified at the wrath of the Muslims, didn’t dare destroy it.
In Shawwal of 1343 AH, Wahhabis destroyed the graves of the four infallible Imams in Baqie and plundered the precious objects at the place. They also razed to the ground the tombs of Hazrat Hamza and the martyrs of Ohud battle and destroyed the domes and graves of the Prophet’s parents Hazrat Abdullah and Hazrat Amena (Peace upon them). In the same year, they attacked Karbala and grabbed the zarih of Imam Hussein (Peace upon him) and stole most of the precious presents and jewels over there. Wahhabis massacred nearly 7000 people including ulema and descendants of the Prophet. The Takfiri terrorists have destroyed the graves of companions of the Prophet and great Islamic figures in Syria, Iraq and other Islamic countries for the past recent years. Resorting to ayaat mutashabih or allegoric verses of the holy Qur’an and their false interpretation of some of the hadith, they consider as polytheistic to build edifices and shrines on tombs. Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim and Shokani have written in their books that construction of any building or shrine on the tombs is like building idols and hence leads to disbelief.
Shias construct glorious buildings and great domes over the tombs of Prophets, Imams and Imamzadehs (descendants of the Prophet Mohammad (SAWA)). They swarm to these holy places and appeal to God to forgive their sins through the status of these figures. Wahhabis propagate that any kind of revering of these tombs is disbelief and graver than worshipping the idols Laat and Uzza.
What is certain is that not a single Shia believes that the divine Prophets, the infallible Imams and pious figures are the substitutes of God to be worshipped instead of Almighty Allah. What the Wahhabi pseudo-scholars propagate is that the Shias are polytheists because they worship these personalities. This is a sheer lie. Glorification and reverence of the status of the divinely ordained messengers and leaders and great servants of God is a manifest example of venerating the divine sacraments as God says in ayah 32 of surah Hajj, “And Whoever venerates the sacraments of Allah- indeed that arises from the Godwariness of hearts.”
One should ask Wahhabis, “If building mausoleums and domes is sherk (polytheism), how come all Muslims used to do the same before the era of fabrication of Wahhabi cult by the British? Didn’t Malek ibn Anas have a shrine in Baqie? Isn’t there a shrine for Shafei in Egypt? And does Hanifa not have a shrine in Baghdad?”
In our next program we will continue discussing the Saudi policies in promotion of violence and savagery and masquerading as the leader of the Islamic countries.