Syrian rebels desecrate grave of Prophet’s (saws) Companion, take remains away
Al-Nusrah’s latest outrage is meant to trigger a sectarian war in the Ummah.
May 4, 2013, 14:25 EST
Al-Nusrah terrorists in Syria have admitted perpetrating the sacrilegious act of desecrating the grave of a companion of the messenger of Allah (saws), digging it up and taking his remains away to an unknown location. Hujr ibn Adi was a companion of the noble messenger as well as of Imam Ali. For objecting to abuse being hurled at Imam Ali and the Prophet’s family from the minbar in the mosque during Juma Khutbah on the orders of Muawiyya, Hujr was executed. It was Muawiyya, the Umayyad ruler, who subverted the Khilafah into mulukiyya in early Islamic history. A grave was built over Hujr ibn Adi’s grave in Adra, a suburb of Damascus, once the Umayyad dynasty was overthrown.
Al-Nusrah and other rebels in Syria claim they are fighting an “apostate” regime to establish Islam in society. Their Saudi, Qatari and American enablers and financiers claim to be supporting the Syrian rebels to gain their rights. And what tools do they use to achieve these objectives: car and suicide bombings and by killing religious scholars in mosques? Shaykh Saeed al-Buti, the 84-year-old Sunni scholar was martyred in a bomb attack in his mosque in March. Scores of other people were also killed in that bomb explosion.
Muslims worldwide have been outraged at the sacrilegious acts of al-Nusrah terrorists. They have also threatened to destroy the grave and the adjoining mosque where Bibi Zainab, the granddaughter of the noble messenger (saws), is buried. Hizbullah leader Shaykh Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned that al-Nusrah or any other group will face serious consequences should they contemplate any more sacrilegious acts or dare attack Bibi Zainab’s mosque. Unfortunately, al-Nusrah terrorists have carried out such acts in the past as well. For instance, they destroyed the Ummayad mosque in Aleppo in an attempt to instigate sectarian war.
They did not succeed in the Aleppo attack but that does not mean they have given up. Repeated sacrilegious acts are meant to deep sectarian divisions and push Muslims toward a sectarian war that would have tragic consequences for the world of Islam.
Al-Nusrah terrorists seek inspiration from the narrow sectarian ideology of Wahhabism. Their chief priests assert that those Muslims that do not subscribe to Wahhabism as not Muslims. They have destroyed many graves in Makkah and Madinah when they occupied the two holy cities in the 1920s and early 1930s. They have since destroyed about 90 percent of Islam’s historical sites in Makkah and Madinah and turned them into hotels and commercial buildings.
For those that follow the narrow obscurantist ideology of Wahhibism, nothing is sacred: mosques, historical sites graves. In fact, they have a special grudge against historical sites and graves. It is not surprising that the Nusrah terrorists indulge in such acts of desecration. They have beheaded people in cold blood and carried out other gruesome massacres.
Al-Nusrah’s latest outrage is meant to trigger a sectarian war in the Ummah. Should they continue with such sacrilegious acts, they may well succeed unless Muslims respond with hikmah and careful measures.