Kashmiri protesters slam desecration of holy site in Syria

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Asia
Wednesday, 08 May 2013


hujarHundreds of angry protesters have taken to the streets in Indian-administered Kashmir to condemn the desecration of the grave of a prominent and revered Islamic figure in Syria.

The protest rally, called upon by several communities across the region, was held in the capital

Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir. The protests were also held in several other towns of the Muslim-majority valley.

The protesters demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime must be brought to justice.
A few days ago foreign-backed militants belonging to the Free Syria Army desecrated the tomb of Hujr ibn Adi in the town of Adra, located west of the capital Damascus. According to the reports, militants raided the mausoleum and transferred his remains to an unknown location.
Ibn Adi - a close companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and a loyal supporter of the first Shia Imam Ali (PBUH) - led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles.
He was killed along with his son and several companions in 660 CE at the hands of the Umayyad ruler Muawiya ibn Abu Sufyan due to their firm loyalty to Imam Ali (PBUH).
Al-Nusra front and all the extremist groups have attacked and destroyed several holy sites, including Shia mosques and shrines, since the beginning of the unrest in Syria.
Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the chaos.
In addition, several international human rights organizations have accused the militants fighting the Syrian government of committing war crimes.
Damascus also says the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are supporting the militants and there are reports that large numbers of the militants are foreign nationals.
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