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Syria's sectarian civil war is endangering Shi'ite shrines.
Detailed information about the problem can be found at http://goo.gl/bfwD1 and here, http://goo.gl/bhyhl
Salamun Alaikum: The famed Maula Ali Dargah, tucked away in a quiet part of the Secunderabad, was built by the Asaf Jahis, in memory of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad.
There are 500 steps, that were commissioned by the erstwhile Hyderabad State’s last Nizam, Osman Ali Khan, that leads one to the top of the Moula Ali gutta or hillock, where the dargah is located. Legend has it that Yakoob, a eunuch from the court of Ibrahim Quli, used to have a recurring dream, in which he had a vision of the imprint of Hazrat Ali or Moula Ali’s palm, which rested on the hillock.
One day, while Yakoob was around the Moula Ali hillock, he saw in the rocks the imprint of the palm exactly as it appeared in his dream. A shrine was built around it by king Ibrahim Qutub Shah, and later a mosque was built too. Unlike many dargahs, which usually house the mortal remains of a saint, this one is unique since it is built to commemorate a miracle. The easiest way to reach the Dargah however is to take the rough steps cut into the hillock from its eastern Khushaal Khan gateway.
There are many locks hanging along a chain at the entrance of the dargah. Believers place a lock on the chain and make a mannat or a wish. If the wish came true, then it has to be unlocked. The hillock once also had a naubat or drum that was beaten to announce that the wish of a devotee has been fulfilled.
To all respected news media and Human Rights organizations,
Three years ago, in the month of Muharram 2008, the Iraqi Government forces along with American and British forces attacked a group of followers of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan in the cities of Basra and Al-Nasiriyah. The Iraqi government admitted that they killed 400 in the attack. When they arrested the rest of the Ansar in Basra and sent them to Baghdad, they let them loose after it was made known through interrogation that they did not commit any crimes.
So what is the difference in the events of Al Nasiriyah?
Those that were attacked in Al Nasiriyah by some scholars and the higher council group, were tortured with the worse kind of torture in the governor's house. We ask the question... are there prisoners that are transferred to the house of the governor and tortured at the hands of some scholars?
By what law is that?
Then they arranged for them a trial and with false confessions that they wrote, and they judged them with execution. And when this case turned into discrimination, it remained for two years after the discrimination court decided to counter the judgment, but there are political pressures upon the discrimination court to validate the judgments.
Finally some of the Scholars and the Higher council took advantage of the crimes of Al Qaeda and the people's demands to prosecute them and execute them to pass the execution of 24 of the followers of Imam Ahmad Al-Hassan and life imprisonment to 15 of the Ansar with them.
The Matter of validating the judgment of executing the Ansar is a political execution 100 percent, as there are political forces who wish to execute the Ansar along with the wave of Al Qaeda criminal executions, which in no way relate.
The Iraqi government has confessed to the crime of killing 400, only due to their religious beliefs, and we ask, is this the new democracy that is being built in Iraq? As you read this, they are in the process of executing another 24, who have committed no crime, and imprisoning another 15 to life sentences, due to their religious beliefs.
The Martyr Mujtava who was shot and left to bleed to death while being beat in the incidents that took place in the infamous month of Muharram.
See how the big scholars are inciting violence against the Ansar simply because of their belief.
Al Fayad is here clearly asking the government to obliterate and bury the Ansar of Imam Mahdi a.s. in their place:
http://www.alfayadh.com/site/index.php? ... icle&id=41
The burning of the Library of the Ansar in Basra
Archive of photos of the destruction of the Husseiniya and Mosque of the Ansar of Imam Mahdi a.s.
EVERY NIGHT AT 9pm Mecca Time - the show- by what law is this? concerning what is happening against the Ansar, so join in the paltalk room
In the past few months Bashar Al Assad, the president of Syria, has used his country’s military against his own citizens. Furthermore, he has ordered for a mass execution of those who have been rebelling against his dictatorship.
Syria is not the only country that is being pressurized for the reforms and changes in its governing practices. Some other conflicts occurring in the same region include Hosni Mubarak’s removal from Egypt, as well as the rebellious activities, in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen, following this event. Libya, currently under pressure through NATO attacks and other sanctions, imposed on the Gaddafi regime to stop innocent killings and brutality.
In Syria the current ruling government is Shia Islam whereas the majority of the people are from Sunni Islam. Assad has kept the country under a state of emergency since 1963, suspending the constitution and overruling many human rights. Broadcasting, foreign media and other sources of communication are being strictly monitored in order to prevent rebel activity. Assad has murdered thousands of protestors and there is little known information concerning the numbers still suffering from his brutality.
Syria’s ruling Shia government claims to have an Islamic constitution and leadership. According to any Shia law, mostly followed through the first Imam (leadership position in Shia Islam), and the preaching’s of Holy Prophet Muhammad (the prophet of Islam and the last messenger of God), killing an unarmed civilian is against the law and is strictly condemned by previous Imams. Not only condemned but many examples have been left behind by them as to how they dealt with revolts and rebellions without killing any innocent civilian.
Assad’s acts have not condemned by any religious cleric nor has any fatwa (a legal pronouncement in Islam, issued by a religious law specialist on a specific issue) been passed by the supreme leaders of Shia Islam. A list of previous fatwas passed by religious clerics can be viewed at the following link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatwas. One example listed here is that of the famous fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie due to blasphemy against the prophet of Islam. Someone who has not been ruling according the proper laws of Islam, although he may claim to be doing so, is a blasphemy against the teachings of prophet of Islam and a misrepresentation of the religion.
The killing of protestors in Bahrain has been recognized by many Shia leaders and clerics, since the majority population of Bahrain is Shia Muslims ruled by a Sunni Government, but in contrast to Syria the ruling government is Shia Muslim in a Sunni dominating population. In taking a broader look at these countries current governmental situations, it is not religion that rules, but rather dominating and power-hungry dictators.
On a positive note, unlike Syria, Bahrain’s situation is under control and the media was given permission to carry out independent news reporting. In Syria it has been more than a few months and thousands have been executed without any valid reason, except for the sole purpose of protecting the ruling government.
It is mentioned in the Holy Quran (the holy book in Islam claimed to be God’s word) that killing any innocent person is equal to killing the whole of mankind. (5:32): “For that cause we decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and who so saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah's Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! Many of them became prodigals in the earth.”
Bahrain's government has used terrorism against the people of Bahrain and suppressed peaceful demonstrations, using various weapons and called the United Arab Emirates and Saudi forces to intervene against the people of Bahrain.
We were all born with rights and freedom which we are entitled to; this is the basic definition for Human Rights. The concept falls under basic privileges and entitlements endowed to every human being simply for being one, which is why Human rights was conceived as a universal protector of the rights of man, if not by justified moral norms or natural rights, then by legal rights on a national or international level.
Bahrain has witnessed a new kind of exploitation to Human Rights, one that should be uncovered to point out the many violations the protestors of my beloved country have breached. Amongst the universally known human right infringement by the violent protestors in Bahrain will be presented below.
However, before human rights law can be effective, there is a national safety law that is even more important to implement then that of Human Rights which is:
10. 2 Human Rights in Times of Emergency – United Nations
The enjoyment of some human rights may be restricted during times of war or public emergency. The international instruments on human rights define a state of emergency as a “..public emergency which threatens the life of a nation.”
Source: UN Times of Emergency Law
Thus, it is without a doubt that the United Nations recognizes that human rights can be limited or even pushed aside during times of national emergency as it is a legal matter of basic human rights vs. national security, giving the upper hand to national security and in a circumstance known as peremptory norms or jus cogens, making the law revocable based on the binding obligations by the United Nations Character.
SHIA STUDENTS IN PUNJAB UNIVERSITY MANHANDLED BY THE ADMINISTRATION FOR OFFERING COLLECTIVE PRAYERS.
Once again the shia students in university of the punjab are facing religious discrimination from administration.
Before the start of Ramazan the hostelized Shia students gave an application to the vice chancellor of the Punjab University for a separate prayer place for shia students due to the difficulties faced by them in offering prayers in the designated prayer rooms in each hostel and also for their justified religious gatherings (duas, dars, lectures etc) but the VC paid no heed to this application and denied it on the grounds that it was an attempt to fan sectarianism and that it can have serious consequences on the situation of discipline of the university. Such an application was also moved last year and then it was decided that the shias are allowed to offer prayers collectively only in their respective hostels and no separate place was awarded for prayer and other religious gatherings. But it had many complications some of which are given below.
· shia students are in very limited numbers and offering collective prayers in each hostel was not possible hence they demanded that they should be provided a separate prayer place that will also serve as a place for their justified religious gatherings which are not secret at all and any one can join them , These include supplications(DUAS; dua-e-kumial, tawasul, hadis-e-kisa etc).
· The other reason being that in the designated prayer rooms the collective prayers are offered by Brothers of Ahl-e-sunnat and after their prayer they hold a Quran circle and holding collective prayers after this by shias is not possible due to time constraints faced by the students and also awkward (that the shias keep waiting and the brothers of Ahl-e-sunnat in a hurry to provide them the ample space for prayer, duas etc);
There is no problem in providing separate prayer place for the Shia students because in whole Pakistan and in major universities of pakistan the mosques of shias and sunnis are separate due to their respective differences of Fiqh and yet the shia and sunni muslim brothers are living in perfect harmony all over Pakistan, respecting each others views and religious freedom. Religious freedom is ensured in every law and in the mother of all laws the CONSTITUTION of Pakistan. There is no conflict over the issue of separate mosques any where in Pakistan and also in major Universities(including UET Lahore, Karachi University and many others). There is no such place in Pakistan where separate prayer areas are a point of conflict. THIS CAN NEVER SPARK SECTARIANISM AND THE STUDENTS WILL ALSO NEVER LET IT HAPPEN!
HOWEVER the shia students started to offer their collective prayers in the vicinity of university hostels but the university administration which included the Resident Officer, Chairman Hall Council and student Adviser interrupted and also brought approximately 50 guards of the University who manhandled the students even during the Call for the prayer(AZAN), aqamat and namaz. The shia students had only one option that is to offer prayer outside the designated prayer rooms in every hostel because in every prayer room brothers of Fiqah hanfia (Ahlesunnat) offer prayers collectively and after the prayer they hold a regular Quran-Circle therefore it is impossible for the shia students to offer collective prayers in the same prayer area.
The shia students demanded separate prayer area for Shias so that they can easily offer prayers with religious freedom but the admin's view was that it will fan religious sectarianism. The shia students said that at least 15 universities in pakistan have allowed separate area for Shias then how will it fan the said sectarianism rather it will provide a congenial learning environment due to freedom of offering religious practices and that it is the basic right of every individual. It will also have a positive consequence for the admin as the ones respecting and protecting religious freedom.
If someone does not allow the just rights to anyone than one day they can demand their unjust rights too due to frustration and despair.
Hence students started prayer in STC (Student teacher centre) ground collectively but the admin tortured them and took away the 'safain'. This was reported to police who also supported the students and their just demands and also came the next day in university for the protection of students.
Students protested and then the VC called them for a dialogue. It was decided that if the major universities are allowing the separate prayer place to students then we will consider allowing this. The decision is then postponed till Monday!(September 15,08)
May Allah help the students in gaining their religious freedom that will only sooth the university's environment.