Statement of Condemnation on the crime of demolishing the tomb of the Honourable Sahaabi Hujer ibn Uday Al-Kindy in Marj Adhra district near Damascus
22 Jumadi al-Thani 1434

In His Name The Most High
The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;
(Holy Quran 5:33)

Imam Ali Foundation in London – Liaison Office Centre of Grand Ayatollah Al Sayyid Al Seestani (long may he live), deplores the heinous crime perpetrated these days by a clique hating Islam and Muslims and symbols of the loyal companions of the prophet - so as to demolish the tomb of the Sahaabi Hujer ibn Uday Al-Kindly in Marj Adhra district near Damascus.

This incident was not the first of its kind. It was preceded by other graves, belonging to the household of the prophet (peace be upon them) and their righteous companions, being demolished. But embarking and replicating such a crime during these days carries more than an indication that this venomous bunch’s action only aims to inflame the spirit of sectarianism and division between Muslims at a time when we desperately need to gather unity and affinity.
This criminal vindictive act shows this bunch has no regard for Islam and its protégés and allies.
Hujer and his noble companions were murdered by Mua’wiyah in Marj Adhra only because they defended the sanctity of the Wilaya al Kobra of the Commander of the Faithful Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) who embodied the authentic Mohammadi Islam.

Their malicious action demonstrates that they did not come to liberate the country from oppression and oppressors, as they claim, but they came to violate the sanctities and the holy sites and run amok in the land.

The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;
(Holy Quran 5:33)

The shrine of the honourable sahaabi Hujer ibn Uday is among the important and general shrines for Muslims in Damascus. Its desecration and exhumation in this way illustrates the criminal terrorist and backward method of transgression and disrespect for Islamic sanctities that aims to destroy and vandalize them.

Based on our public responsibility, we therefore call upon all the chivalrous and committed people, especially those in charge, to bear their responsibility towards this matter by condemning and denouncing such a crime which warns of a great Fitna and a worse evil.

And from among you there should be a party who invite to good and enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong, and these it is that shall be successful. (Holy Quran 3:104)

Imam Ali Foundation – London
22 Jumadi al-Thani 1434
3 May 2013