Re-Construction of Cemeteries of Jannatul Baqee and Jannatul Mohalla sign now


The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr Ban Ki-Moon
The United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights Ms Navanethem Pillay
The Deputy Director, UNESCO Mr Kishore Rao
The Chief of Section, Etats Arabes UNESCO Ms Veronique Dauge
The Consulate General Saudi Arabia
The Consulate General United Stated of America
Muslim Heritage Professor Salm Al-Hassani

RE: Rebuilding of Cemeteries of Jannatul Baqee and Jannatul Mohalla

We the undersigned hereby Petition the above Honourable Dignitaries for the immediate re-construction of the Holy Shrines at Jannatul Baqee, Jannatul Mohalla, Shrines at the place of Ohad, Holy Shrine of Lady Hawwa (Eve).

Literally "Al-Baqee" means a tree garden. It is also known as "Jannat Al-Baqee" due to its sanctity, since in it are buried many of our Prophet Muhammad's relatives and companions. The first companion buried in Jannat Al-Baqee was Uthman bin Madhoon who died on the 3rd of Shaban al-Moazzam in the 3rd year of Hijrah. Prophet Muhammad (saw) ordered certain trees to be felled, and in its midst, he buried his dear companion, placing two stones over the grave. On the following years, the Prophet Muhammad's son Ibrahim, who died in infancy and over whom the Prophet Muhammad (saw) wept bitterly, was also buried there. The people of Madina then began to use that site for the burial of their own dead, because the Prophet (saw) used to greet those who were buried in Jannat Al-Baqee by saying, "Peace be upon you, O abode of the faithful! God willing, we should soon join you. O Allah, forgive the fellows of Al-Baqee". The site of the burial ground at Jannat Al-Baqee was gradually extended. Nearly seven thousand companions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) were buried there, not to mention those of the Ahlul Bayt (as). Imam Hasan bin Ali (as), Imam Ali bin Hussain (as), Imam Muhammad bin Ali (as), and Imam Ja'far bin Muhammad (as) were all buried there. Among other relatives of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) who were buried at Jannat Al-Baqee are: his aunts Safiya and Aatika, and his Aunt Fatima bint al-Asad, the mother of Imam Ali (as). The third caliph Uthman was buried outside Jannat Al-Baqee, but with later extensions, his grave was included in the area. In later years, great Muslim scholars like Malik bin Anas and many others, were buried there too. Thus, did Jannat Al-Baqee become a well-known place of great historic significance to all Muslims.

Jannat Al-Baqee as viewed by historians
Umar bin Jubair describes Jannat Al-Baqee as he saw it during his travel to Madina, saying "Al-Baqee is situated to the east of Madina". You enter it through the gate known as the gate of Al-Baqee. As you enter, the first grave you see on your left is that of Safiya, the Prophet Muhammad's aunt, and further still is the grave of Malik bin Anas, the Imam of Madina. On his grave is raised a small dome. In front of it is the grave of Ibrahim son of our Prophet Muhammad (saw) with a white dome over it, and next to it on the right is the grave of Abdul-Rahman son of Umar bin al-Khattab, popularly known as Abu Shahma, whose father had kept punishing him till death overtook him. Facing it are the graves of Aqeel bin Abi Talib and Abdullah bin Ja'far al-Tayyar. There, facing those graves is a small shrine containing the graves of the Prophet Muhammad's wives, following by a shrine of Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib.
The grave of Hasan bin Ali (as), situated near the gate to its right hand, has an elevated dome over it. His head lies at the feet of Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib, and both graves are raised high above the ground; their walls are panelled with yellow plates and studded with beautiful star-shaped nails. This is how the grave of Ibrahim, son of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) has also been adorned. Behind the shrine of Abbas there is the house attributed to Fatima Zahra, daughter of our Prophet Muhammad (saw), known as "Bayt al-Ahzaan" (the house of grief) because it is the house she used to frequent in order to mourn the death of her father, the chosen one, peace be upon him. At the farthest end of Jannat Al-Baqee is the grave of the caliph Uthman, with a small dome over it, and there, next to it, is the grave of Fatima bint Asad, mother of Ali bin Abi Talib (as). After a century and a half, the famous traveller Ibn Batuta came to describe Jannat Al-Baqee in a way which does not in any way differ from the description given by Ibn Jubair. He adds saying, "At Al-Baqee are the graves of numerous Muhajirin and Ansar and many companions of the Prophet (saw), except that most of their names are unknown." Thus, over the centuries, Jannat Al-Baqee remained a sacred site with renovations being carried out as and when needed till the Wahhabi's rose to power in the early nineteenth century. The latter desecrated the tombs and demonstrated disrespect to the martyrs and the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (saw) buried there. Muslims who disagreed with them were branded as "infidels" and were subsequently killed.

First destruction of Jannat Al-Baqee Cemetery
On April 21, 1925, mausoleums in Jannatul Baqee were demolished by King Abdul Aziz Al Saud. In the same year, he also demolished the tombs of holy personalities at Jannat al-Mohalla (Makkah) where Prophet Muhammad's mother, wife, grandfather and other ancestors are buried. This happened despite protest by the international Islamic community.

Destruction of sacred sites in Hijaz by the Saudis, initiated by Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab continues even today, to prevent, what Wahhabis consider to be the practices of grave-worshipping and revering the dead and ask favours of the dead buried there.

Many of these mausoleums, domes and structures, originally intended to identify famous companions of Prophet Muhammad, were destroyed since Salafi scholars complying with the Hadith narrated that Prophet Muhammad ordered not to cover or build structures over any grave and in order to prevent people from seek a means of approach to Allah (a request for blessings, in this world or for intercessions in the hereafter) or seeking the help of the dead.

In Islam every action of a believer is an intercessor, and the Prophet has told us that the Qur'an also will intercede for us on the Day of resurrection, while he himself is the greatest intercessor other than Allah. Holy Prophet Mohammad used to visit the graves of the Martyrs of Badr and Ohad and use to weep for the martyrs and specially his uncle Hazrat Hamza. All Muslims except Wahhabis believe in intercession and Intercession is the greatest means as it will be only through intercession that the people of the fire will enter Paradise, and Allah even called Himself "Intercessor" in the verse: "You have not, beside Him, a protecting friend or mediator" (32:4)

Despite this, the graves of many historic figures continue to be visited by numerous pilgrims, and burials continue at the cemetery up until this day.

Shias still continues to mourn the day that the House of Saud demolished Shrines in the Baqee cemetery. Shias remember it by calling this day Yaum e Gham, literally meaning Day of Sorrow. Shias continue to protest the Saudi government's demolition of these shrines.

Important personalities buried at Jannat al-Baqee
These include direct kin of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him):
All of the wives of Prophet Muhammad, also known as Mother of the Believers including Aisha, Hafsa, Zainab etc. except for Lady Khadijah bint Khuwaylid and Maymuna bint al-Harith
Holy Lady Fatima Zahra Prophet Muhammad's daughter by first wife Holy Lady Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, in an unknown grave
Holy Imam Hasan ibn Ali - Grandson of Prophet Muhammad, son of Lady Fatimah and Holy Imam Ali son of Abu Talib
Ibrahim Prophet Muhammad's son by Maria al-Qibtiyya, died in infancy
Holy Imam Ali Zaynul Abideen - Great-grandson of Prophet Muhammad
Holy Imam Muhammad al-Baqeer Great, great-grandson of Prophet Muhammad
Holy Imam Jafar as-Sadiq - Great, great, great-grandson of Prophet Muhammad
Abbas son of Abdul Muttalib - Uncle of Prophet Muhammad
Many of Prophet Muhammad's aunts: Safiya and Aatika
Lady Fatima bint al-Asad - aunt of Prophet Muhammad and mother of Holy Imam Ali
Lady Fatima bint Hizam mostly known as Umm ul-Banin, who married Holy Imam Ali after the death of Holy Lady Fatimah and mother of 4 children who died with Holy Imam Husain ibn Ali

Other important personalities buried here include:
Uthman ibn Affan - The third Caliph of the Rashidun
Uthman Bin Mazoun, companion of Muhammad
Malik ibn Anas, Islamic jurist
Imam Shamil, Dagestan leader
Mohammad Hayya Al-Sindhi, Scholar

Jannatul Mohalla
Jannatul Mohalla also known as Al-Hajun, is a famous cemetery located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Famous historical figures buried here include:
Abd Manaf - Great, great-grandfather of Muhammad

Grave of Hashim Great grandfather of Prophet Muhammad
Grave of Abdul Muttalib - Grandfather of Prophet Muhammad
Grave of Lady Aamina - Mother of Prophet Muhammad
Grave of Abu Talib - Uncle of Prophet Muhammad and father of the Imam Ali
Grave of Khadijah - First wife of Prophet Muhammad and mother of Lady Fatimah
Qasim - Son of Prophet Muhammad who died in his infancy
Grave of Qutbul Ujud Imam Fassi a great Sufi saint and the founder of Fassiyatush shadhiliyya branch of Shadhiliyya tariqa

Tombs in this cemetery were demolished in 1925, the same year that the mausoleums in Jannatul Baqee were demolished by Saudi King Ibn Saud.

We request United Nations, Human Rights Organisation and UNESCO to intervene in Saudi Government brutal and anti-human laws targeting a section of Muslims mainly Shia Muslims, Saudi officials target Shias mainly because they don not follow the Wahhabi based Islam, every human being is free to practice their faith and so is mentioned in Holy Quran that, There is no force in Religion, and these Wahhabis are acting exactly like Talibans by forcing their self made rules on every Muslims. Shias in Saudi are not allowed to pray in congregation, they are not allowed to take government jobs and always prosecuted for no crime of theirs. Human Rights groups should shed more light on the situation in Saudi and bring their inhumane and radical acts in front of the International Community.

We the undersigned hereby strongly request the United Nations, the Human Rights Organisation, UNESCO, Muslim Heritage Organisation to strongly oppose the Saudi Government oppressive actions in targeting the Muslim Heritage which had been there standing since fourteen hundreds years but razed to ground by few fanatics, radical extremists and self proclaimed protector of Islam to allow Muslims to erect the mausoleums as they stood prior to 1925, allow Muslims to worship freely and treat Non-Wahhabis humanely and with full dignity.

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