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Saudi authorities launch crackdown against Shia Citizens


Saudi authorities launched a crackdown on Shia Muslim Citizens of Saudi Arabia for commemoration of anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) on 10th of Muharram, first month of Islamic Calendar.

According to the Shiite News Correspondent, Dozens of youths were arrested for observance of the Holy Day of Ashura in Al-Ahsa area. Shia Muslims across the

world mourn the Karbala Tragedy in which Imam Hussain (AS), his family members and companions were brutally assassinated by the army of Umayyad caliph Yazid.


Sources informed the Shiite News that Saudi cops arrested 25 innocent Shia citizens on the pretext that they hoisted religious and cultural banners on Ashura. The banners were inscribed with the excerpts from the sayings of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), Prophet of Islam the last apostle of God Almighty who said: “Hussain (AS) is from me and I am from Hussain (AS).”

Some banners were also inscribed with the saying of Imam Hussain (AS) who categorically rejected humiliation for him and his followers imposed by anybody. Hussain (AS), the third infallible Imam of Shia Islam was maternal grandson of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW), the last apostle of God.

They hoisted the banners in the streets of the coastal village during the rituals of Ashura 1431 A.H. late in December 2009.

A number of people were released in phases but youths were still detained in a general prison. Most of the detained youths are students of schools and colleges. A teacher was also put behind the bars.

The authorities had also arrested Shia Muslims from their houses, educational institutions and workplaces.

Al-Ahsa’s Shia Muslims experienced worst sort of the victimization for more than last five-years under Governor Badr-bin-Jalovey. There was no end to arrests and detentions for last 5 years.

Alongside continued arrests of clerics and dignitaries, dozens of Shiite mosques and religious schools were forced to shutdown in the region.

Those arrested were:  Jaber Ali Issa (22) Student,  Hussain Yousuf Nasser(23) Student, Mohamed Moussa Essa (19) Student, Jassim Mohammed Hassan Ali (19) Student, Abdullah Ahmed Mohamed Al-Ali (22) Student, Muntazir Essa (19) Student, Hani Hashim Hassan (21) Student, Hussain Badr al-Harbi Ali (19) Student, Mohammed Ali Haider (26) Government employee, Jasim Al-Saeed Hassan (21) Student, Bassam Ali (19) Student,

Reza Abdullah (27) employee,  Hashim Nasser Mohammed Ali (32) Teacher, Hassan Nasser Mohammed Ali (39) employee, Hussain Nasser Mohammed Ali (25) Truck driver, Mohammed Nasser Ali (23)  Student,  Ali Nasser Mohammed Ali (25) tudent,  Essa Ali Abdullah Jafar (22) Officer, Jafar Ibrahim Hussain Hashim (23) Student,  Murtaza Hussain Essa Al-Harbi (19) tudent,

Mustafa Ahmed (23) Student, Khaliq Hussain (24) Student, Hassan Ali Hussein Saleh, (20) Student,  Saeed Abdul Mohsin Al-Hassan (24) Student, Saleh Hashim Hassan (20) Student,It is also relevant to add here that like Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims also believe that Imam Hussain (AS) and his elder brother Imam Hassan (AS) are leaders of all the males in Allah (God)’s Paradise because Prophet of Islam had said so. Imam Hassan (AS), Imam Hussain (AS), their parents Imam Ali (AS) and Hazrat Fatima, grandfather Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) and his first wife mother of Islamic faithful Khadija tul Kubra are symbols of unity between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

Wahhabis don’t commemorate the celebrations on birth anniversaries and they don’t mourn the death anniversaries of these sacred and noble leading figures of Islam. However, Sunnis and Shias celebrate the birth anniversaries and mourn the death anniversaries according to their respective traditions.


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