Wikipedia’s article on Yaum-e-Gham (day of sorrow)easily identifies it as “a day commemorated by some Shi’i Muslims”[1]. The truth is, much like the historic Quds day, this day should be remembered by majority of the Muslim world today. Also known as Yaum-e-Inhedam (day of demolition) in Shi’i circles, the importance of the day for the wider Muslim community is still greatly undermined.

What happened?

Exactly 89 years ago, Supreme Judge Suleiman Bin Bulaihed ordered the demolition of Baqee on the 8th of Shawwal 1344 AH. The families of abd-al-Wahhab and Ibn-Saud first formed the Saudi State in the late 18th century. They came with a certain brand of Islam, with repercussions until today.  Although the problem of extremism is being better understood today, we as Muslims still make the same mistakes. We to treat religion as a buffet, where one can choose religious principles which sooth them, and defy and vilify religious values that don’t feel too comforting.

The graves of Baqi were first demolished in 1806, under the tutelage of Saud bin Abdulaziz. The Ottomans regained control of the area and rebuilt the graveyard in 1818. After the House of Saud captured different regions of Medina during the Conquest of HIjaz, Bin Saud ordered the destruction of the graves of Baqi in 1925. [2]

What it means today

The Wahhabi and Salafi ideologies are taking great precedence today, from the infighting in Syria to the Shabeeha constantly referred to in the media. For Muslims, and especially for those from the school of Ahlul-Bayt, the day is supposed to depict the ongoing injustice and oppression by the House of Saud in Saudi Arabia. A prominent Shi’i scholar from Qatif in Saudi Arabia was shot wounded and captured by Saudi police over a month ago. He, like many others, was critical of the House of Saud. Until today, Ayatollah Nimr remains on hunger strike.[3]

The House of Saud is also known for spreading its teachings across the Muslim world. Not too long ago, we heard of the desecration of shrines in Mali by “extremists” or “al-Qaeda linked groups”. Irrespective of their names and to whom their allegiance belongs too, the whole world saw it as a terrorist threat. Even the multi-faceted United Nations came out to condemn the actions[4].  For those of us who don’t know, Mali is a West African country – one that is geographically quite far away from the Saudi peninsula. But the mentality has reached there. And it will continue.

For those from the school of Ahlul Bayt, just this past Friday there was news that the rebel Free Syrian Army has desecrated the mausoleum of Hazrat Mohsin, son of Imam Hussein (a.s) in the city of Aleppo. The point is, even if you don’t care about what happened 80 years ago, and you don’t think your stand against this ideology can make a difference – think again. It’s affecting our lives today, and it’s doing so extensively.



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