On Sunday, January 17th, 2016, thousands of concerned citizens from around the country are expected to gather in Times Square (42nd & 7th) from 1pm - 4pm to stand "#UnitedAgainstSaudi Oppression", most recently for the brutal beheading of the non-violent, political dissident #SheikhNimr Al-Nimr. Nimr was an outspoken critic of his country's government, a proponent of reform, and a beacon of freedom for many disenfranchised citizens of Saudi Arabia, whose "roar of the word" in lieu of violence inspired millions around the world.
In addition, protesters will be calling for the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky who was arrested on December 12, 2015 by the Nigerian military after they massacred hundreds of innocent civilians in Zaria, in order to quash dissent of a peaceful movement. The Nigerian military has been implicated many times in crimes against its own citizens, most notably the torture and hanging of the Ogoni Nine in 1995. According to major Nigerian news outlets, there are several indications that the Zaria massacre, in particular, was done at the behest of the government of Saudi Arabia.
Numerous human rights groups have denounced the detention of Zakzaky and execution of Nimr including Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International who said "Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life..." The demonstration is symbolically being held the day after Religious Freedom Day to highlight the lack of respect for this principle by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which lead to these egregious crimes, and the day before MLK Day to emphasize that as Americans, we will not stay silent in the face of such oppression and tyranny.
Protesters demand our elected officials to break their silence and act immediately to hold the authoritarian Saudi Monarchy accountable for these atrocious violations of international human rights law and their material support of various violent extremist groups, to re-assess the US-Saudi relationship and recommend that Saudi Arabia be removed from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The United Nations and US State Department must move past tepid responses and use diplomatic means to free Sheikh Zakzaky in Nigeria and Ali Al-Nimr, Sheikh Nimr's nephew who awaits death by crucifixion on similar false charges, in Saudi Arabia before they meet the same fate as Sheikh Nimr.
This event is being sponsored by the #UnitedAgainstSaudi Organizing Committee.
Mohammad Ali Naquvi
For My Patient Mother Umme Ja'far':
My mother! always be grateful to God and accept the fate that is awaiting to you; because What God has foreordained for you is much better than its human one, and what he has chosen for us is more wisely than what we want for ourselves; It is true that we need to pray and to ask him anything but he knows our interests better than us.
Praise be to God, who orders people while they are living under the shadow of his rule, [so] nobody can change anything unless the will of God be at that way. My mom! Be aware that God is seer of what people are doing even the smallest one and [our works] are not out of his will; it is enough for us to know that what happens to us are only on the basis of divine providence and nothing else.
At the end, I leave you and all people to God who is the best guardian and protector.
Where Imam Hasan Ibn Ali a.s(2nd Imam), Imam Ali Ibn Al-Husayn a.s(4th imam), Imam Muhammad Ibn Ali a.s(5th imam), & Imam Ja'far Ibn Muhammad a.s(6th imam), peace be upon them, are buried On 8th Shawwal, Wednesday, in the year 1345 AH (April 21, 1925), mausoleums in Jannatul Al-Baqee (Madina) were demolished by Ibn Saud. In the same year (1925), Ibn Saud also demolished the tombs of holy personages at Jannat al-Mualla (Makkah) where the Holy Prophet (s)'s mother, wife, grandfather and other ancestors are buried. Destruction of sacred sites in Hijaz by the Saudi Wahhabis continues even today. The idea is to eradicate the Islamic legacy and heritage and to systematically remove all its vestiges so that in the days to come, Muslims will have no affiliation with their religious history.
Literally “Al-Baqee” means a tree garden. It is also known as “Jannat Al-Baqee” due to its sanctity, since in it are buried many of our Prophet's relatives and companions. The first companion buried in Al-Baqee was Uthman Ibn Madhoon who died on the 3rd of Sha'ban in the 3rd year of Hijrah. The Prophet (s) ordered certain trees to be felled, and in its midst, he buried his dear companion, placing two stones over the grave.
On the following years, the Prophet's son Ibrahim, who died in infancy and over whom the Prophet (s) wept bitterly, was also buried there. The people of Madina then began to use that site for the burial of their own dead, because the Prophet (s) used to greet those who were buried in Al-Baqee by saying, “Peace be upon you, O abode of the faithful! God willing, we should soon join you. O' Allah, forgive the fellows of al-Baqee”. The site of the burial ground at al-Baqee was gradually extended. Nearly seven thousand companions of the Holy Prophet (s) were buried there, not to mention those of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s). Imam Hasan Ibn Ali (a.s), Imam Ali Ibn Al-Husayn (a.s), Imam Muhammad Al-Baqeer (a.s), and Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq (a.s) were all buried there.
Be an enemy to the oppressors and a helper to the oppressed
IMAM ALI (as)
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