The Honorable Secretary General
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen
Subject: RESTORATION OF THE CEMETERY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S (PBUH) DAUGHTER HAZRAT FATIMA ZAHRA (PEACE BE UPON HER)
In accordance with the announcement of Guardian of Supreme Shia Scholars’ Council and Spiritual leader of Shiites; Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi, from 23rd of Jamadi-ul-Awal to 3rd of Jamadi-us-Sani (5th & 6th month of Islamic Calendar) is observed as a commemoration of the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (Daughter of Prophet Muhammad). In this connection Mukhtar Organization (MO) Pakistan, a youth wing of Tehreek e Nafaz e Fiqh e Jafariya, organizes different mourning assemblies and peaceful protest against the demolishment of the holy Shrine of Hazrat Fatima Zahra, which is located in the historical graveyard of Medina; known as Janat-al-Baqee. In this connection, through this naive letter we would like to divert your attention towards this serious issue, which is now becoming the voice of the entire Muslim Nation throughout the world.
These cemeteries are also well known places of great historic and religious significance to the Muslims around the world. It is special place they hold close to their hearts as a part of their identity and something that they cherish greatly.
وَمَنْ یُّعَظِّمْ شَعَائِرَ اللّٰہِ فَاِنَّہَا مِنْ تَقْوَی الْقُلُوْب (سورہٴ حج)
“Whosoever respects Sha’a’ir Allah, no doubt it is from piousness of hearts”
It is important to note that before 1924, magnificent shrines were present on the graves of the holy figures/personalities buried therein, which indicated their majesty and greatness, while at the same time those shrines were also a mark of respect and reverence. People used to visit these shrines to pay their homage, respects and tributes to the pious personalities buried in Jannat-al-Baqee and Jannat-al-Muallah, for their everlasting teachings for the development of a peaceful society enriched with the culture of respect, tolerance, justice, and equality.
In 1924 and 1925, the then government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia razed down most ancient cemeteries of Jannat-al-Muallah (Makkah) and Jannat-al-Baqee (Medina), where the pious personalities of Islam (Progeny of Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and heroes of the humanity are buried.
The personalities buried in the two graveyards of Jannat-al-Baqee and Jannat-al-Muallah, include sacred family members of the holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), his beloved daughter Hazrat Fatima Zahra (A.S), Umhat-ul-Momineen (The mothers of believers) i.e. the wives of the holy Prophet, the pious companions of the holy Prophet, and the saintly personalities of the religion.
Some of the names of these respectable personalities are Hazrat Abdul Mutalib, Hazrat Abu Talib, Hazrat Fatima bint-e-Asad (SA), Hazrat Khadeeja-tul-Kubra (SA)(The lady of the heavens), Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), Hazrat Fatima Sughra bint-e-Imam Hussain (A.S), Hazrat Imam Hassan (AS), Hazrat Imam Ali Zain-ul-Abideen (A.S), Hazrat Imam Muhammad Baqir (A.S), Hazrat Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (A.S), Hazrat Jafar-e-Tayyar (A.S), Hazrat Abdullah Bin Jafar Tayyar (R.A), Hazrat Umm-ul-Baneen (SA), Hazrat Hassan Musanna (R.A), Hazrat Ismail bin Imam Jafar Sadiq (A.S), Hazrat Aqeel-bin-Abi Talib (ASWS), Hazrat Muhammad bin Hanafiya (R.A), Ummul-Momineen Hazrat Umm e Salma (R.A), Hazrat Ayesha (R.A), Hazrat Hifsa (R.A), Hazrat Zainab (R.A), Hazrat Rehana (R.A), Hazrat Maria (R.A), Hazrat Sodah (R.A), Hazrat Safiya (R.A), Hazrat Javeria (R.A) and Hazrat Aatikah (R.A).
The list of companions and saintly personalities of the religion, who have been laid to rest in these cemeteries includes, Hazrat Usman bin Affan (R.A), Hazrat Usman bin Mazoon (R.A), Hazrat Abdul Rehman bin Auf (R.A), Hazrat Saad bin Abi Waqas (R.A), Hazrat Saad bin Zararah (R.A), Hazrat Abu Saeed Khadri (R.A), Hazrat Imam Malik (R.A), Hazrat Imam Nafeh (R.A), the martyrs of the battle of Uhad, and hundreds of other renowned personalities, who are equally respected by the whole mankind, due to their eternal message of peace, harmony, patience, tolerance, forbearance, and mutual respect, that they spread throughout their respective eras.
By disgracing and destroying the places, worthy of respect and reverence, Saudi rulers caused severe pain and grief to the whole humanity. Saudi Arabia not only bulldozed the holy shrines and graves of sacred personalities for fulfillment of their specific ideologies based upon extremist and irrational concepts but also imposed restrictions on the pilgrims, to even visit these demolished cemeteries.
The demolished holy shrines were not only an asset to Muslims but also a common heritage of the whole humankind.
The same act of destruction of holy Islamic signs is an ongoing exercise in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These tragic and unjustifiable acts are a clear confiscation and usurpation of the fundamental human rights, while at the same time; it is also an open challenge for the protectors of the fundamental rights.
As per the OIC Charter, it was agreed by all the member states that human & religious rights will be protected and cultural identity of Muslim communities shall be ensured.
Two important Objectives of the Chapter 1 in Article 1 are as follows:
“Objective 14. To promote and to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms including the rights of women, children, youth, elderly and people with special needs as well as the preservation of Islamic family values”
“Objective 16. To safeguard the rights, dignity and religious and cultural identity of Muslim communities and minorities in non-Member States
As per the above statements both the cemeteries of Jannat-al-Baqee and Jannat-al-Mualla in Saudi Arabia falls in the influence of OIC. Therefore, this Organization must use its power to restore these sites to their former glory in order to help millions of the Muslims around the world, hurt by the heinous act of demolition and destruction of these sites by the Saudi authorities.
Mukhtar Organization is well aware of the excellent work United Nations has done so far, with regard to ensure the right to freedom of religion or belief.
Moreover, OIC has been lauded by the Muslim World, when they reconstructed the destructed Al-Askari Shrine — the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, where the holy graves of Imam Ali al-Hadi (A.S) and Imam Hasan al-Askari (A.S), the 10th and 11th Shia Imams.
Cemeteries, like places of worship, are an essential part of how people exercise and manifest their right to freedom of religion or belief. Their significance goes beyond their physical presence. It is pertinent to mention that issue at hand does not concern any single or particular nation/nationality, country, and moreover, cannot be segregated or ascribed to a particular race or religion but concerns the whole humanity. The peaceful protest has been lodged and raised against this grave act for the last ninety-four years, all across the world.
Being Secretary General OIC, we humbly request you to stop the annihilation of Islamic Cultural signs by Saudi Government likewise the other countries and take steps to restore the former glory of the sacred cemeteries of Jannat-al-Baqee and Jannat-al-Mualla by reconstructing the wreckful tombs of the heroes of not only specifically Islam but of entire humanity.
Zulqarnain Haider Jameel
Secretary General, Mukhtar Organization (MO), Pakistan.
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