Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani strongly deplored the recent desecration of the shrine of a highly revered Shiite figure in Syria by Wahhabi extremists, and called on all countries and their parliaments across the globe to protest and condemn the sacrilege of Islamic sanctities.
Armed rebels affiliated to the Wahhabi extremists attacked the mausoleum of Hojr ibn Oday in the Damascus suburb of Adra last week and exhumed his grave taking his remains to an unknown location.
Larijani called on global parliamentary unions to condemn the desecration of a revered Shia Muslim figure’s shrine in Syria, and take practical measures to prevent the recurrence of such sacrilegious acts.
Larijani called on parliamentary unions across the world to denounce the “inhumane move” and pool their resources to restore the Muslim site.
Highlighting the holiness of sacred sites in divine religions, particularly in Islam, as well as underlining the need for respecting sanctities, the top Iranian lawmaker warned that such moves could “foment religious conflicts among the followers of divine religions”.
“The international community is expected to condemn such measures and take the necessary initiatives to safeguard holy shrines and revered sites, and international bodies (are) also (expected to) fulfill their obligations,” he said.
Larijani made the requests in separate messages to President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Abdelwahed Radi, its Secretary General Anders Johnsson, President of Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUOICM) Ahmed Ibrahim al-Taher, its Secretary General Mahmud Erol Kilic and President of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Mohammed Jihad al-Laham.
The Nusra Front, affiliated to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, has taken up the responsibility for the desecration of Oday’s grave.
Hojr was a staunch supporter of the first Shiite Imam Ali (PBUH) and led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles. He and his sons finally fell victim to their loyalty to Imam Ali (PBUH) and were murdered at the order of the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah in the year 660 CE.
Yet, the Wahhabi extremist groups continued their desecration of Shiite sanctities and damaged the mausoleum of another highly revered Shiite figure in Jordan on Saturday.
The Wahhabis attacked the mausoleum of Ja’far al-Tayyar, a close companion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the brother of Shiite Islam’s first Imam, and torched his grave in Karak province in Southern Jordan.
The sacrilege of Islamic sanctities has aroused intense feelings in Muslim lands, specially in Shiite communities.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei strongly condemned the recent desecration of the shrine of a highly revered Shiite figure in Syria by Wahhabi extremists, and called on all Muslims across the world to continue their protests against the sacrilege of Islamic sanctities.
Addressing a large number of Iranian officials in Tehran on Monday, the Supreme Leader praised the Sunni Muslims’ reaction to the Wahhabi extremists’ attack on the mausoleum of Hojr ibn Oday, one of the close companions of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), in the Damascus suburb of Adra, and said their protest displayed the high level of their vigilance and deep insight.
“Muslims’ reaction to this bitter accident and condemnation of this move should continue because if scientific figures, intellectuals and political elites of the Islamic Ummah don’t fulfill their duty, conspiracies will not stop at this limit,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He said that Muslim intellectuals and scholars should prevent any further spread of such plots by means of political methods, religious fatwas (decrees), articles and other peaceful measures.
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the clear footprints of enemies revealed in such sacrilegious moves, and blamed those who have kept silent on the development, saying, “International organizations and figures as well as those politicians who mourn for the destruction of an ancient artifact, have kept mum about this flagrant insult.”