CURRENT STATE

BEFORE DEMOLITION

Significance

Jannat Al-Baqee is the famous cemetery located right across the Masjid-al-Nabawi (The mosque of Prophet Mohammad PBUH) in the Holy City of Madina. Children, wives and immediate relatives of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are buried in this cemetery. They are:

  • Ibrahim (a.s) – Son of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
  • Fatima Zehra (s.a) – Daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
  • Imam Hasan al Mujtaba (a.s) – Grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
  • Imam Ali Ibnul Hussain (a.s) – Great Grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
  • Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s) – Great Grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
  • Imam Ja’afar Sadiq (a.s) – Great Grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
  • Abbas Ibn Abd al-Muttalib – Uncle of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Jannat-ul-Baqi was razed to the ground by the government of Saudi Arabia leaving behind no signs of any grave or tomb.

Demolition Date

April 21, 1925 (8 Shawwal,1345 Hijrah, Islamic Calendar)

Demolished By

Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal Al Saud (aka Ibn Saud) Monarch of Saudi Arabia.

Why Rebuild?

Why do we live in well furnished mansions? Why do we not choose to live in a tent, shack or under the open sky?

When a guest comes to us, do we give them the best accommodations or just tell them to sit on the side walk in the hot sun or rain?

The creation of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS), of whom 5 are buried at Jannat-al-Baqee, is the reason for te creation of the entire universe, according to the Qur’an.

To love and obey the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) is not a choice but a duty for every Muslim. This is stated in the Qur’an as “That is of which Allah gives the good news to His servants, (to) those who believe and do good deeds. Say: I do not ask of you any reward for it but love for my near relatives; and whoever earns good, We give him more of good therein; surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful.” (Surah Al-Shura, Ayat 23).

The Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) are alive and they receive blessings from Allah (SWT) as stated in the Qur’an. “And reckon not those who are killed in Allah’s way as dead; nay, they are alive (and) are provided sustenance from their Lord” (Surah Aale Imran, Ayat 169)

Every Muslim desires to visit the shrine of Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) to pay their respects and salutations. These are infallabile personalities, whom Allah (SWT) loves and commands us to love. “Say: If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful” (Surah Aale Imran, Ayat 31)

Therefore, how can we sit comfortably under the shade, while the daughter of the Holy Prophet (SAS), Lady Fatima Zahra’s (SA) grave has no shade! Also neglected are the graves of our 2nd Holy Imam, Imam Hasan ibn Ali (AS), our 4th Holy Imam, Imam Ali ibnal Husain (AS), our 5th Holy Imam, Imam Mohammad ibn Ali Al-Baqir (AS) and our 6th Holy Imam, Imam Jafar ibn Mohammad As-Sadiq (AS).

How will we face the Holy Prophet (SAS) on the Day of Judgement?

Those who desecrated and destroyed Jannat-al-Baqee and are causing hindrance in its rebuilding are the very followers of the people that killed Lady Fatima Zahra (SA), Imam Hasan ibn Ali, Imam Al ibnal Husain (AS), Imam Mohammad ibn Ali Al-Baqir (AS) and Imam Jafar ibn Mohammad As-Sadiq (AS).

We must correct this great injustice by acting now and protesting against these actions. We need to galvanize our governments and organizations around the world in rebuilding the grave of these divine personalities, giving them an everlasting home that is worthy of their name.

The criminal always tries to destroy the evidence of the crime he has committed and tries to hide the victim of the crime from plain sight. It is therefore clear that those who are against rebuilding Jannat-al-Baqee are the enemies of Ahl-al-Bayt (AS) and followers of the criminals who killed these infallabile personalities.