Wed May 8, 2013 7:51AM
The ruins of the shrine of Hujr ibn Adi in the Damascus suburb of Adra

The ruins of the shrine of Hujr ibn Adi in the Damascus suburb of Adra

Indian Muslims have announced Black Friday, slamming the desecration of the holy shrine of one of the prophet’s companions Hujr ibn Adi by foreign-backed militants in Syria. Reports say that Indian Shia scholar Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi made the announcement during a press conference in New Delhi. He warned Muslims not to fall into the plot set up by Washington. A mass demonstration against the desecration has also been scheduled for Saturday in the capital. The scholar urged Muslims to speak out and protest against such shameful acts. According to the reports, the militants attacked the mausoleum and exhumed the body of Hujr ibn Adi on Thursday, taking his remains to an unknown location. The al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusrah group fighting the Syria government has claimed responsibility for the destruction of the shrine. On Sunday, hundreds of protesters in the Indian-administered Kashmir took to the streets in protest against the act. Hujr -- a close companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and a staunch supporter of the first Shia Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH) -- led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles. He and his sons finally fell victim to their loyalty to Imam Ali (PBUH) and were murdered on the orders of the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah in the year 660 CE. The Syria crisis began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of soldiers and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Damascus says the West and its regional allies, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are supporting the militants. SZH/PR
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