Destruction of Shrines in Samarra
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and his family.
The Ahlul Bayt DILP Team strongly condemns the Bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque, on the 22nd of Feburary 2006, causing the tragic destruction of the Holy Shrines. This crime comes as a shock to all Muslims, especially the Shia as the Al-Askari Mosque is one of the Holiest Shrines. It is the resting place of the 10th Imam (Ali Al-Naqi) and 11th Imam (Hassan Al-Askari), who are the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). It is also highly regarded that a place nearby is where the living 12th Imam went into occultation. In this time of difficulty we pray to Allah for unity in the muslim community, justice to be done, and patience to deal with this tragedy.
We have complied below a small collection of related links:
About Samarra & Al-Askari Mosque:History of the Shrines
Pilgrimage sites in Samarra
Al Askari Mosque Wikipedia
Factfile - Askaria Shrine MSNBC
Samarra: Shia pilgrimage centre BBC
About the 10th, 11th & 12th Imam:Imam Al-Naqi (10th Imam) - Excerpt from the Book Story of the Holy Kaabah And its People.
Imam Al-Askari (11th Imam) - Excerpt from the Book Story of the Holy Kaabah And its People.
Life of the 10th Imam Lecture by Dr Hamid Algar at Berkeley University
Life of the 11th Imam Lecture by Dr Hamid Algar at Berkeley University
The 12th Imam Al-Mahdi Large Collection of resources from the Al-Islam.org's Online Library
A Brief Biography of the 10th Imam IslamicOccasions.com
A Brief Biography of the 11th Imam IslamicOccasions.com
Statements from the Offices of Scholars:Al-Sayyid Al-Sistani
Al-Sayyid Ali Khamenei
Al-Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadlullah
Al-Shaykh Fazel Lankarani
Media & News Clippings:A Sit-in Denouncing the Loss of Human Lives & the Sacrilege of Holy Sites across Iraq University of Texas
News and Photos on the destruction of the Shrines IslamicOccasions.com
BBC Photos (before & after) BBC
Chicago-area Islamic community reacts Chicago Tribune
Bristol's Muslim community unites to condemn Bombing of Holy Shrine in Iraq MuslimNews.co.uk
What Was and Never Shall Be WashingtonPost.com