The Wahhabi assault on graves and the massacre of Muslim communities in Riyadh and Karbala
With the ferocious zeal of a divine mission, aimed at terminating what they perceived as the filthy polytheistic scum of Arabia, the Wahhabi army led by Muhammad ibn Sa`ud first destroyed graves and objects in Najdi towns and villages that were used for what they condemned as polytheistic practices. The Wahhabi movement mustered supporters who rallied behind their cause, increased the size of their army, and successfully united most of the people of Najd under the banner of Wahhabism by 1765.
The assault and jihadof Wahhabism did not stop after the death of Muhammad ibn Sa`ud in 1765, but continued with unrelenting and barbaric force under the leadership of his son, Abdul-Aziz, who captured the city of Riyadh in 1773. Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab died a year earlier but left four sons who continued spreading Wahhabism and strengthened the Wahhabi familys alliance with the Al-Sa`ud . Later, in 1801, the Wahhabi army marched to Karbala with a force of 10,000 men and 6,000 camels. Upon reaching Karbala, they mercilessly and indiscriminately attacked its inhabitants for eight hours, massacring about 5,000 people. Moreover, they severely damaged Imam Husseins mosque, looted the city, and left the carnage-laden city with its treasures on 200 camels. This holocaust won the Wahhabi criminals the unforgiving hatred and wrath of the Shiite and Sunni Muslims, who, until this day, curse them passionately. The Shiite Muslims consider Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s), one of the most sacred figures and his tomb one of the most sacred sites on earth. Every year, thousands of Shiites gather at the site to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein. Visiting Karbala one is indeed filled me with awe and spiritual strength even as a devout Sunni. Shiite wrath, of course, didnt mean much to the Wahhabis. The Shiites, along with the Sunnis, had already been labeled as blasphemers for practicing tawassul and tabarruk. What are these practices? Are they part of Sunni Islam or not?
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