Rasa – In a memorandum released on the anniversary of the destruction ‎of Jannat al-Baqi ‎cemetery in Madinah, Ayatollah Safi-Golpaygani said that from the fourteenth century until ‎today, the places of pilgrimage of Muslims have been the centres of awakening and the ‎remembrance of the great personalities of Islam.‎

RNA – In a memorandum issued on the anniversary of the destruction of the mausoleums of ‎the Ahl al-Bayt in Madinah’s Jannat al-Baqi cemetery, Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-‎Golpaygani wrote:‎

For the past fourteen centuries until today, Jannat al-Baqi has always been a place of ‎pilgrimage for the Muslims and the centre of awareness and the commemoration of great ‎Islamic personalities.‎
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Since the beginning of Islam, this cemetery has been one of the important sources of ‎Islamic history and confirms the existence of Islamic historical figures and about 10,000 ‎companions of the Prophet Muhammad are buried in this graveyard. ‎

The Wahhabis are virtually an unimportant minority, who, in the shadow of the support of ‎colonialists such as the United Kingdom, have asserted themselves. A group of people ‎neglecting the facts of this movement and their political interference in affairs have been ‎deceived by their popular propaganda. The majority of Muslims are upset by their insolence ‎and insults.‎
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The basis for the destruction of Islamic monuments and buildings was a very deep and ‎treacherous scheme drawn up by foreigners to obliterate the documents, concrete evidence ‎and relics of the history of Islam. When the colonialists sought to divide and create sects in ‎order to dominate over Islamic countries, for example, in Iran, Sayyed Ali-Mohammad ‎Shirazi [called the “Bab”] and Mirza Husayn-Ali Nouri [called “Baha’ullah”] were provoked as ‎claiming to be babs, mahdis and prophets and also divinity. In India, Ghulam-Ahmad ‎Qadiyani founded the so-called Ahmadiyyah mercenary sect. In the Arabian peninsula, ‎Wahhabism was created as a tool and Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab was taken as a ‎mercenary. Their most important objective, in addition to the plunder of the great reserves ‎of oil, was to destroy the monuments of Islam and they even targeted the holy shrine of the ‎Holy Prophet.‎
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Fortunately, the history of Islam from the historical point of view is based on narrations and ‎beliefs that are highly credible and trustworthy. From the very beginning of Islam, history ‎and the narration of hadiths and the narration of various movements occurred and events ‎were recorded and long interregnums that led to the forgetting of history didn’t occur in ‎Islamic history. In addition, events that led to the elimination of historical books and the ‎creation of detachment didn’t occur. Also, in all dimensions, the course of Islamic history is ‎clear and definite and historical derivation and deduction is completely believable and ‎reassuring based on studies on chronicles, hadiths. ‎

Undoubtedly, that part of our history, which is related to a century ago, for example, isn’t ‎different in certainty and strength from that which was related to thirteenth and fourteenth ‎centuries, but sometimes the second part of the first is more trusted and its documentation ‎is stronger and through this chronicle, they can be aware of the social conditions of people ‎in these fourteen centuries and the facts and important events that have influenced the fate ‎of this nation and, in fact, if we were to write down history for the present century today, it ‎would not exceed the limits of the history written down by Islamic historians.‎

Because Makkah and Madinah are said to be more important than any other place and the ‎monuments and buildings of these two cities are all of our sources of our history and the ‎history of the Abrahamic religions as well. If we don’t exaggerate, in addition to the spiritual ‎and spiritual aspects, we can consider these two cities as the great museum of Islam and ‎revelation.‎

Before the successive Wahhabi destruction, there was a glimpse of each and every corner of ‎the history of the Prophet Muhammad in these two cities and of the valuable monuments ‎from the history of his life and his efforts to convey the revelation and mission of Islam.‎

This is seen in Islamic historical documents and the records of the Two Holy Shrines, which ‎represents the descendants of the Prophet and even informs us about the conditions of the ‎Era of Ignorance.‎
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All of the mosques of Madinah, including the Prophet’s Mosque, as well as the entire cities of ‎Madinah and Makkah and the monuments, places, mosques, and even springs, wells, roads, ‎mountains, lands and villages around these two cities are all from the history of Islam and ‎demonstrate its appearance and way of life. Muslims who are interested in preserving their ‎glorious history, honour and records and the revival of Islamic monuments must work to ‎preserve and protect these monuments and rebuild that which has been destroyed and ‎prevent the shrines from being plundered by the colonial powers and from being destroyed.‎

These monuments, relics and buildings are better than the biographical books and they ‎introduce people to way of life of the Prophet Muhammad.‎

The eighth day of Shawwal, 1344 AH [April 21st, 1926] is the day when a devious group ‎began its destruction of Jannat al-Baqi’ and destroyed the holy and illuminated shrines of the ‎Ahl al-Bayt and destroyed the identity of the dear Islam. Therefore, it is imperative that all ‎Muslims, including Shi’ahs, Sunnis and various denominations condemn their crimes on this ‎day and all of them together must demand the rebuilding of these shrines and the revival of ‎the brilliant history of Islam.‎
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Shi’ahs, in order to remember these documents of history and the insults that have been ‎inflicted against the Ahl al-Bayt in the Holy Shrine still continue, consider this day as a day of ‎grief for the Ahl al-Bayt and a day of attacks against the history of Islam and hold mourning ‎commemorations on this day and condemn the crimes perpetrated against Islam, the Quran, ‎the personality of the Prophet and his Infallible Family and stressed that these crimes are ‎unforgettable.‎

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