Thursday, February 23, 2006

Clerics Take Lead After Iraq Bombing

Few Iraqis seemed to pay attention to statements by Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari and other political leaders who called for calm. But many winced with trepidation or smiled with satisfaction as hours after the attack, the office of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the paramount Shiite religious leader here, issued an unusually blunt statement suggesting it was time for "the faithful" to start protecting religious sites — an apparent endorsement of militias. Full article

Samarra: Shia pilgrimage centre

Over the centuries, the central Iraqi city of Samarra has attracted millions of Shia pilgrims from all over the Muslim world.
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Iraq summons US ambassador over destruction of holy shrines

Iraq's Vice-President Adel Abd al-Mahdi, in protest at desecration of holy shrines in Samarra summoned Wednesday night the US ambassador and the commander of occupying forces in Iraq. The Iraqi official lodged a protest over the failure of US forces to protect the security of the city. He also said that part of the responsibility in damage inflicted on the holy shrines is shared by the US forces. "US forces are given the task of guarding the holy shrines every evening to the morning after when the attack took place," Iraqi vice-president said. He also criticized Zalmay Khalilzad, the US ambassador for his inflammatory statement regarding sectarian divisions. He further said that Khalilzad statement on the desirability of interior minister to be non-religious as tantamount to intervention in Iraq's domestic affairs and impetus for fanning the flames of sectarian tension in Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraqi MP Sami al-Asgari has voiced indignation over what he called as excessive meddling of US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Iraqi internal affairs over and above his status as a foreign diplomat. "Khalilzad behaves similar to an omnipotent representative in Iraq." He intervenes in the details of political issues, formation of an Iraq government and stipulates conditions for Iraqi ministers, the Iraqi MP added. In another development, head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) Abd al-Aziz al-Hakim said on Wednesday several hours after the bomb blast in Samarra that U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad shares some of the responsibility for the bombing of Imams (AS) shrine. He documented on Khalilzad's statement at a press conference Monday that US would not continue to support institutions run by sectarian groups with links to armed militias. "For sure, the statements made by the ambassador were not made in a responsible way and he did not behave like an ambassador," al-Hakim told reporters in Baghdad. "These statements were the reason for more pressure and gave green lights to terrorist groups. And, therefore, he shares in part of the responsibility." Khalilzad has urged the Iraqis to form a unity government in which nonsectarian figures control the ministries of Defense, which runs the army, and Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the police.

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.Afghan president condemns terrorist attack on shrine in Iraq
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the al-Askari shrine in Iraq, the office of the spokesman to the president said in a press release. ...more

.Protests rock valley over desecration of holy shrines in Iraq
Several thousand Shia Muslims on Thursday staged demonstration in various parts of the Kashmir valley in protest against the destruction of holy shrines of Imams (AS) in Iraq. ...more

Attack on famed Shiite shrine may be turning point for U.S. strategy

By ROBERT H. REID , Associated Press writer
The bombs that ripped through a Shiite shrine yesterday also delivered a severe blow to U.S. efforts to keep Iraq from careening toward civil war — and perhaps to American hopes for a smooth exit from the country. ...
....Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the country's most powerful Shiite politician, was even more direct. He insisted that U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad shared responsibility for the shrine attack .
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Nasrallah called for Muslim unity

In Beirut, The leader of Lebanon's Hizbollah group Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called for Muslim unity in the wake of the mosque bombing.
"I tell the Americans, the Zionists and the criminals who committed yesterday's crime in Samarra that all your aims will fail," Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told a rally attended by thousands of Lebanese Shi'ites in the southern suburb of Beirut.
"I tell them that this (Muslim) nation will not be torn apart ... It will not fall for the tricks of the occupier."

New Zealand Muslim Community voices outrage at Samarra desecration

Muslim Community in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday expressed outrage at desecration of the Islamic sanctities in Iraq.
"On behalf of all the Shia Muslims in New Zealand, the Islamic Ahlul-Bayt Foundation of New Zealand condemns the bombing shrine of Imam Ali al-Naqi and Imam Hassan al-Askariya (peace be upon them), which are located in Iraq," New Zealand Muslim Community said in a statement faxed to IRNA.
"We believe that such anti-Islamic and brutal terrorist attacks are vicious violation of religious values aiming to cause discord, sectarian wars and damage national unity in Iraq.
"Such inhuman acts were carried out by terrorist agents who are creating circumstances that have led to insecurity in Iraq.
Unfortunately, terrorists are using the name of Islam and we strongly oppose any such association.
"Terrorists do not represent any religion or belief and only want to forward their destructive methods using any means possible.
"We, the Islamic Ahlul-Bayt Foundation of New Zealand, express our condolence to all Muslims and religious people of the world. We are against any act of disrespect to any religious belief, and this is sadly a continuation from the printing of the cartoons against the holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him & his family).
"This week we are sad and unhappy about the broadcast of the South Park cartoon on C4, which created controversy on the great "Saint Mary" (Mother Mary), who is very respected and loved by all Muslims and about whom a chapter titled "Maryam (Mary)" has been revealed in the Holy Quran.
"Such acts of terrorism either through violence or use of insensitive media cannot destruct the strong will of Muslims and all peace loving people of the world. We stand united and in solidarity against all such disgraceful acts and ask for the support of all the people of New Zealand.

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.Sadr urge protecting Sunni mosques
Shiite Cleric Moqtada Sadr has ordered Mehdi Army militia to protect Sunni mosques in southern Iraq, an official from his office said on Thursday."Moqtada Sadr has ordered the Mehdi Army to protect Sunni mosques and religious places in Basra and in other regions" where his movement is influential, Saheb al-Amiri told reporters.

.Pakistanis protest raid on shrines
Pakistani Shiites Thursday declared seven days of mourning for a bombed shrine in Iraq, saying the attack was a conspiracy to divert Muslim anger against blasphemous cartoons insulting Islam's Holy Prophet. ...more

.Major moment of decision' for Iraq, says Blair
Prime Minister Tony Blair Thursday condemned attacks on holy Shia shrines in Iraq as "an act of desperation as well as an act of desecration by the people who committed this outrage." Iraq faces a "major moment of decision" in how it responds to the latest violence, Blair said after being questioned at his latest monthly press conference in London. ...more

.Bahraini Shiites answer Sistani call to protest bombing
Thousands of Bahraini Shiites organized several marches that lasted well into the night on Wednesday hours after Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called for demonstrations over the bombings that destroyed the shrine of Imam Ali al-Mahdi and Hassan al-Askari in Samarra, Iraq. ...more

.Moosavi strongly slams blasts in Askariyain shrine, condoles Holy Prophet (S)
The Quaid-i-Millat-i-Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi strongly condemning the bomb blasts at the holy shrine of Hazrat Imam Ali Naqi (A.S.) and Hazrat Imam Hassan Askari (A.S.) in Qubba-tul-Askariyeen Samara, Iraq has termed it the heinous conspiracy of the satanic powers, enemies of Islam and those who commit blasphemy. ...more

.South African scholars condemn bombing Samarra holy shrine
The Media Review Network (MRN) is appalled by and categorically condemned the bombing of mosques and revered shrines in Iraq, South African scholars and intellectuals said in a statement on Thursday. ...more

.Iran warns West over shrine blast
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Western powers like the United States and Israel that they would face the wrath of Muslims following the devastating bombing of a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Iraq. ...more

Will Iraq shrine blast spark civil war?

Police in Baghdad have recovered the bodies of 50 people as tensions run high following the bombing of a Shia shrine in Samarra. A curfew has been called in the Iraqi capital and dozens of Sunni mosques have been attacked across the country.Iraqi political and religious leaders have all called for calm but are also warning publicly about the dangers of a civil war. Will the shrine blast cause civil war in Iraq? What can be done to calm the situation?
Shrine bombing was by unknown terrorists and killing Sunnies around Iraq was by unknown militia too. in your opinion who is the responsible of these terrorist acts? and who will earn the final victory if a civil war happen in Iraq?
We are waiting for your comments and ideas.

Fadallah issues a communique condemning the aggression against the Shrine of Imams Al-Hadi (a.s.) and Al-Askari (a.s.)

In this communique, he considered the American occupation responsible for this terrorist act and called on the Iraqis to unite against the attempts of inciting strife by those who accuse others of unbelief, since they serve the American occupation in one way or another ....more

UMAA Condemns the acts of terrorism at the Shrine in Samaara.

Here is the press release from Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) :

UMAA strongly condemns the barbaric act of terrorism destroying the shrine of Imam Al-Askari and Imam Al-Hadi Naqvi in the city of Samaara. This act can never be condoned and Muslims in general have to stand up to it. It’s a dark and sad day for the entire Muslim world to sit and watch the destruction of the holy shrine. This act of terrorism has been done none other than the extremist Al-Qaeda Wahabis and their supporters in the muslim world. This is the production of the hatred ideology spread by the Takfiri views and the Wahabi Principles, that considers everyone who is different from them and their ideas, should be persecuted and removed. While we are condemning attacks by the non-Muslims on the Muslims, we should deal with the haters of the followers of Ahlulbayt (A). The minority extremist group hijacking the silent majority and trampling the covenant of Islam with impunity is unchallenged, while the rest of the Muslim scholars of the world remain silent. We urge and recommend that it is about time that such acts should be condemned by all the Muslim scholars of the world to put an end to this kind of tyranny and acts of terrorism. Our hearts and minds are with our brethren who were affected during this attack and we pray for the souls of those who lost their lives and for the rehabilitation of the affected families. We make a special request for the US State Department to look into this matter and take a strong note of the happenings in Samaara.

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.Iraq Insurgents Trying `Everything' to Spark War
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said insurgents are trying ``everything'' to foment civil war as reprisal attacks followed yesterday's bombing of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hadi. ...more

.Solana condemns attack on Imams' (AS) holy shrine in Iraq
EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana expressed Wednesday his shock and condemnation over the terrorist attack against the Shiite shrines of Imam Ali al-Naqi and Imam Hassan al-Askari in Samarra, north of Baghdad, earlier in the day. ...more

.Sunni group suspends talks with parties
major Sunni Arab political party suspended talks with Shiites and Kurds over a new government until the national leadership apologizes for attacks on Sunni mosques in reprisal for the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, officials said Thursday. ...more

Small child attended a protest in holy city of Qom after the bomb attack in Samarra