Wednesday, February 22, 2006

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.At least 60 die in further Iraq violence
At least 60 people have been killed in Iraq in an apparent wave of sectarian violence in the wake of the bomb attack on the important Shia shrine in Samarra yesterday. ...more

.Iranian President: Samarra bombing sign of failure of enemies of Islam
The terrorist bombing of the holy shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Asgari (AS) in Iraq is indicative of the abject failure of the enemies of Islam, said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in this western city on Wednesday evening. ...more

.UN Calls Meeting of Iraqi Leaders After Mosque Attack
The United Nations envoy in Iraq called a meeting of Iraqi religious and political leaders to try to defuse tensions between the Sunni and Shiite Muslim communities after a bomb attack destroyed a Shiite shrine. ...more

.Iran, Syria senior officials condemn Samarra blast
Visiting Iranian First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi and Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri condemned the tragic explosion which damaged the holy shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Asgari (AS) in Samarra, Iraq....more

.Iraq shrine blast sparks protests
Tens of thousands of people have staged protests across Iraq after a bomb attack heavily damaged one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam. .......more




Shrine Attack Brings Civil War Warning!!

AP:In the hours after the bombing, more than 60 Sunni mosques were attacked, burned or taken over by Shiites, said the Iraqi Islamic Party, the country's largest Sunni political group. The attacked mosques were mainly in Baghdad and predominantly Shiite provinces south of the country.
Al-Sistani - the top Shiite cleric - sent instructions to his followers forbidding attacks on Sunni mosques, especially the major ones in Baghdad. He called for seven days of mourning, his aides said. But he later hinted, as did Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul-Mahdi that religious militias could be given a bigger security role if the government is not capable of protecting holy shrines.

Khamenei called Shia Muslims to exercise self-restraint

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called on Shia Muslims to exercise self-restraint and not to attack Sunni mosques.
In a message of condolence to the World Muslims, the Supreme Leader held the occupying forces and the Zionists deployed in Iraq responsible for desecration of the Islamic sanctities and bombing holy shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Asgari (AS).
The Supreme Leader announced one week national mourning to mark the tragedy which injured hearts of the Muslims worldwide.

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Askariya Shrine

• Located in Samarra, Askariya is one of the most important Shiite shrines in the world, attracting millions of pilgrims.
• Askariya contains the tombs of the 10th and 11th imams, Ali al-Hadi and his son Hassan al-Askari. Shiites believe that Askari's son Muhammad al-Mahdi, the 12th imam who disappeared in 878, will return to earth.
• The mosque, first developed in the 10th century, has been rebuilt numerous times. Its golden dome, which dominates the skyline, was built in 1905 and contains some 72,000 gold pieces.

Ayatollah Sistani appeals for calm

Tens of thousands of people have staged protests across Iraq after a bomb attack heavily damaged one of the holiest sites in Shia Islam.
Iraq's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has appealed for calm and called for a week of mourning.
Iraq's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has appealed for calm and called for a week of mourning.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said the country must work to avoid a civil war.

Who is Imam Hadi?

Shia tenth Imam is al-Imam Ali al-Hadi (a.s), who is also called al-Imam Ali-al-Naqi. He was born to al-Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (a.s) on 15th Dhul al Hijjah, in one of the villages around Medina. According to the Divine decree and the command of the Prophet (s.a.w), al-Imam Muhammad al-Jawad designated Ali al-Hadi (a.s) as his successor, the Imam and leader of the people after himself.
Like his father, al-Imam Ali al-Hadi (a.s) attained the position of Imamate at a very tender age, and in this position he guided and led the people.
From his early childhood al-Imam al-Hadi (a.s) was a perfect model of Islam. He was free of all faults and defects, and was adorned with all good qualities and virtues. It was for this reason that the people called him al- "Naqi" which means pure and holy, and al- "Hadi" which means guide.
With great determination and effort al-Imam al-Hadi (a.s) worked hard to guide the people, and he taught them the correct manner of living. The people were extremely fond of him, and they benefited greatly from his guidance, his knowledge and his awareness. Through him they found the right path in life.
Al-Mutawwakkil, the bloodthirsty Abbasid tyrant, was envious towards al-Imam al-Hadi (a.s) and fearful of the Imam's powerful influence. For this reason he summoned the Imam from al-Madinah to Samarra, in present day Iraq, and placed him under surveillance in an army camp.
Al-Imam al-Hadi (a.s) lived in this world for forty years. He was always opposed to the oppression of the ruling Abbasids, and used to condemn their tyranny and oppression. The result was that on 3rd Rajab, 254 A.H, he was martyred in Samarra through poison. His sacred body was buried in Samarra. May eternal peace be upon him.