Shia cler­ics to protest at Jan­tar Man­tar

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LUC­KNOW: Sev­eral Shia cler­ics from var­i­ous parts of Ut­tar Pradesh would par­tic­i­pate in a day­long demon­stra­tion at Jan­tar Man­tar in New Delhi on June 23 to protest the des­e­cra­tion of Jan­nat-Ul-Baqi, a scared grave­yard in Saudi Arab.

The cler­ics are de­mand­ing re­con­struc­tion of the grave­yard in Medina, which was de­stroyed by Saudi Arab ap­prox­i­mately 90 years ago, and it is be­lieved that the fam­ily of Prophet Mo­hammed is buried there.

“This is not the first time we have raised this is­sue. In fact, last year also we had or­ga­nized a rally in New Delhi to draw the at­ten­tion of the Saudi regime to­wards the is­sue,” said a mem­ber of the Hus­saini Aazadaar,

THE CLER­ICS ARE DE­MAND­ING RE­CON­STRUC­TION OF THE GRAVE­YARD IN MEDINA

which would live tele­cast the event. Be­sides Luc­know, cler­ics and a large num­ber of Mus­lims from Al­la­habad, Kan­pur, Gau­tam Buddh Na­gar, Ali­garh and Delhi were ex­pected to reach the venue to par­tic­i­pate in the demon­stra­tion, he said.

“In fact Sun­nis should also con­demn and come for­ward and de­mand this act of the regime as the pi­ous grave­yard in which the com­pan­ions and fam­ily mem­bers of the holy Prophet are buried, is equally im­por­tant for them also,” said Maulana Zee­shan Me­hdi.

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