Condemnation of Attacks on Shias During Ashura

Dated: October 13, 2016

World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL) utterly condemns the violent horrific attacks on the Day of Ashura on Shias as they commemorated the martyrdom of Imam Husain (as), the grandson of the Prophet of Islam. Islam was saved from ungodly reform and obliteration by Yazeed, by this supreme sacrifice, and for those Muslims loyal to the Prophet, remembering this sacrifice is imperative. But while some of us in the world are safe in this mourning, others are not: Nigeria saw deadly clashes and police firing on peaceful protestors, resulting in over 11 deaths. In Sialkot Pakistan, protestors were attacked, injuring 10, with a media block on the news.  In Malaysia 60 Pakistani national migrants were arrested by the authorities just for attending a majlis commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Husain (as) on the 9th Muharram. But worse of all were attacks in Afghanistan, where 14 were killed on the 9th at the Karte Sakhi shrine, Kabul and on Ashura 16 Shias were killed near Mazar Sharif when returning from mourning processions. WABIL offers its condolences to the families of the victims.

These attacks are vile, cowardly, criminal, and the acts of the followers of those who killed Imam Husain (as) and his companions. Those murderous pillaging criminals who killed the son of Fatima (sa) and yet presented themselves as Muslims, still have a following today in terrorists who claim to be Muslim yet are nothing but evil monsters following the footsteps of Yazeed.

We condemn these attacks on godly men and women, and we raise our voice to say that enough is enough, these attacks in different countries prove that Shias are a vulnerable group, which the international community must seek to protect. This is nothing but a global genocide. We urge international bodies to co-operate with us in protecting the rights of Shia Muslims against the minority Sunni extremists who seek to annihilate us.
Sayed Mohammad Al-Musawi
World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League (WABIL)
London, UK

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