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Jannatul Baqi demolition: UNESCO fails to act against Saudi attack on cultural heritage

By Ghulam Hussain – Shiite News Exclusive

Although demolition of shrines and graves in Jannatul Baqi graveyard in Madina city by Saudi monarchy is seen in its Islamic background, humanity may view it from another angle as well.

Forget intra-Muslims sectarian differences. Leave aside Islamic sanctity of the shrine and graves. Ponder upon only one aspect: Is it humane to raze structures of historical importance, heritage, civilization, architecture.

Then, why UNESCO fails to act? Whether UNESCO considers Islamic culture and heritage separate from rest of the humanity?

 

Why world continues to fail in condemning the Saudi monarchy for destruction of history, civilization, heritage, culture, et cetera, et cetera. Jannatul Baqi demolition in 1920s now becomes nonagenarian tragedy.

When humanity sees this from this angle, humane mankind will not remain silent. Their conscience will compel them to condemn Saudi monarchy for this heinous crime against history and heritage.

Arabs, Sunni and Shia Muslims look at the UNESCO when it will act on the issue of Jannatul Baqi. It stated in its vision that by promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures,

UNESCO claims to strengthen bonds among nations.UNESCO recognizes cultural diversity under attack. In response, UNESCO’s duty remains to reaffirm the humanist missions of culture also.

Saudi monarchy has demonstrated its hatred to humane values and heritage of historical importance.

Then why UNESCO fails to act? Whether UNESCO considers Islamic culture and heritage separate from rest of the humanity? UNESCO and humanity need to answer these questions.

For Muslims and Arabs, Jannatul Baqi remains an integral part of their history, their civilization, their culture. And for Muslims, Jannatul Baqi graveyard remains the most sacred place due to holy shrines and graves of great Islamic saints.

By razing the shrines and graves, Saudi monarchy has demonstrated its intolerance and hatred to humane values and heritage of historical importance.

Again UNESCO and all the concerned should see their stated vision and decide what to do. Had Saudi Wahhabi monarchy not destroyed cultural heritage. Had the Saudi monarchy not razed equal dignity of non-Wahhabi cultures?

So what impedes UNESCO from strengthening bonds among nations by promoting cultural heritage? UNESCO and the humanity ought to see Saudi monarchy has attacked cultural diversity.

Unfortunately, UNESCO and all the concerned global institutions fail to notice the heinous Saudi crimes against heritage and dignity of culture and cultural diversity. But, it is time to act because better late than never.

Ghulam Hussain Shiite News Exclusive

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