Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Who burned Quran in Bahrain?

After the failed coup of feb14 led by Hezbollah in Bahrain (Alwefaq) and its followers from other seven political societies classified as opposition with the return of Hasan Mushaima after the pardon from HM King Hamad in March  2011 for all political prisoners who were accused of financing and planning acts of violence with the aim of overthrowing the government in 2010.

Hasan Mushaima returned to Bahrain and immediately after his transit meetings with Hezbollah’s leaders in Lebanon in February 2011, he announced the coalition for the republic which will be a copy-paste of the Iranian Islamic Republic and live under the supreme leader “WilayatAlfaqih”.

H. Mushaima and the plotters on Bahrain were sure 100% of their success especially, under the umbrella of the Arab Spring which gave them short time legitimacy for their 2017 plan to overthrow the government and the King!

However, Hezbollah in Bahrain and its supporters inside and outside Bahrain didn’t give up as they start the second phase of their media propaganda mainly by the Iranian channels Alalam (Arabic) and PressTv (English).

Press TV: Burn Quran Days, Mosques demolition in Bahrain by Saudi-backed Forces

The Iranian channels and the media army of Feb14 launched a campaign against the occupied Bahraini government as they identify Alkhalifa ruling Family (The Occupiers of Bahrain) and Saudi troops which is Peninsula Shield or GCC troops as described in BICI report. Both of them were accused of burning Quran and demolishing Mosques!

BICI report:

1586. The Commission has not found any evidence of human rightsviolations committed by the GCC-JSF units deployed in Bahrain starting on14 March 2011.

The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) investigated the accusations of demolition of structures (Mosques) in Bahrain and said in its report:

Description of the demolished structures andTimeline

1313. Of the 30 places of worship investigated by the Commission, 28 were mosques, one was a mosque/ma‟atam and one was a shrine. Five ofthese places of worship were located on lands dedicated to places of worshipand had both a royal deed and building permit. Six were located onprivate land owned by a third party and 19 were located on public land. Of these places of worship, built on public land, two had a royal deedbut no building permit, one had a building permit but no royal deed and had neither a royal deed nor a building permit.

1314. The 30 structures were constructed as follows:

a. One was entirely or partially built with palm trees and other wooden material.

b. 12 were Shinko cabins, sometimes covered from the inside with prefabricated material commonly referred to as ―gypsumboards‖, whose access to electricity, water and sewage was by unauthorized connections from neighbours.

c. 12 were semi-permanent structures built with cement blocks,bricks and/or stones.

d. One was a permanent structure made with reinforcedconcrete.

e. Four were completely demolished; it was impossible to determine the type of construction.

That was the description of the demolished structures and now the method of demolitions:

1320. The two main methods used for demolition were manual tools(sledgehammers) and heavy machinery (loaders, bulldozers, cranes and heavytrucks). Heavy machinery was used to demolish places of worship and also toremove debris and rubble from the sites. Heavy machinery was also used todemolish permanent structures, as well as Shinko cabins and other semi-permanentstructures. In addition to these two main means of demolition, twomosques were burned. These were Al Kouweikebat in Al Kawra Village andAl SayedaZeinab mosque in Hamad Town. Both of these demolitions by firewere attributed to unknown assailants.

1321. Complainants and eyewitnesses reported that the events surroundingthe demolition of the various places of worship were almost identical. Theystated that General Security and/or Riot Police descended on a site, removedany worshippers and prevented the gathering crowds from interfering with thedemolition. They claimed that municipal workers then started working on thedemolition of the site and that, in some instances, General Security and/orRiot Police themselves carried out the demolition.

The BICI clarified the reasons of demolition:

1323. The MMAUP indicated a number of legal grounds on whichdecisions to carry out a demolition had been reached: absence of a royal deed;occupation of public or private land; absence of an ownership deed; absenceof a survey certificate; absence of a building permit; absence of the approvalof the MJIA; and finally, the misuse of utilities (water and electricity).

1324. In addition to the grounds above, the MMAUP stated the followingspecific reasons with respect to particular places of worship:

a. Amir Mohamed MohamedBarbagi mosque in the A‘alidistrict of the Middle District located on the Sheikh KhalifaBin Salman highway: according to official documentsprovided by the MMAUP, this mosque constituted a ―clearand present danger‖ to the users of the highway. TheMinistry specifically claimed that it obstructed the safety lane of the highway.663 Aerial photographic imagery of themosque‘s location supplied by the MMAUP indicated thatbefore its demolition, the surface area of the mosqueincreased over time and caused a serious infringement to thehighway‘s safety lane. According to media sources, theGoB earlier had rerouted the highway in order to preserve thismosque.

b. 10 places of worship in the Nuwaidrat village, Barboura,Middle Municipality: during a meeting held on 21September 2011 between the Commission and the Minister ofMunicipal Affairs and Urban Planning, HE DrJumaaBinAhmad Al Kaabi, the Minister replied that they weredemolished for reasons contained in information receivedfrom the MoI. The Minister said that Nuwaidrat village,Barboura was considered one of the main flash points of riotsduring the February/March 2011 events. Dr Al Kaabi alsosaid that these sites were labelled by the MoI as dangeroussites where Shia youth gathered, organised and armedthemselves. He further stated that the sites were also used asstaging grounds to attack government forces stationed nearbyand that incitement and provocation against governmentforces took place there. He added that the MMAUP was alsoinformed that some of these sites were used for weaponsstorage, especially for Molotov cocktail and associatedmaterials. This information was also contained in the writtenreport received from the MMAUP.

BICI’s report findings and conclusions:

1329. The Commission inspected 30 places of worship and found that onlyfive of them had both the requisite royal deed and building permit. The otherplaces of worship were in violation of Royal Decree Law No. 19 of 2002.

1330. The Commission found that 19 places of worship were erected onpublic land and did not have a building permit and royal deed. These placesof worship were thus in violation of Royal Decree Law No. 19 of 2002, whichprescribes that all mosques must have at least a building permit and a royaldeed in order to comply with Bahrain law. The GoB did not follow therequirement of the national law concerning the notice and issuance of ajudicial order for demolition. Instead, it relied on the National Safety Law.

1331. The Commission found that six places of worship were built onprivate land but none had obtained a royal deed or building permit. In caseswhere the land is owned by a private person, the MMAUP may only act on thebasis of a violation of administrative law with respect to whether a building orconstruction permit has been obtained or whether a structure conforms to theadministrative regulations applicable to structures intended for use forreligious purposes.

1332. The action by the GoB with respect to 28 of the 30 places of worshipwas undertaken after the issuance of Council of Ministers‘ Decree No. 2105-05 of 2011. All the orders issued by municipalities in connection with thedemolition of the religious structures described in this Chapter were issued for ―immediate application‖. No distinction was made by the MMAUP betweenstructures constructed on private as opposed to public land, and demolitionwas conducted without regard to authorisations for construction by the JaafariWaqf. In accordance with applicable administrative law, notice should havebeen given requesting that cause be shown why the given structure should notbe demolished, followed by an administrative hearing to allow a defence to bepresented. This procedure was not followed. Instead, the order was deemedapplicable immediately without providing an opportunity for those whoopposed the demolition to be heard before an administrative body andeventually before the judiciary.

1333. The Commission takes note of the explanation of the GoB that itsdecision to demolish the 30 places of worship was based on informationreceived by the MoI that these places were used as a staging point for attacksagainst police forces and for the manufacture and storage of weapons such asMolotov cocktails. MoI officials informed the Commission that such attacksresulted in injuries to tens of police personnel within the same areas of theplaces of worship. On 10 November 2011, the Commission received twophotographs showing weapons and Molotov cocktails inside one of thedemolished places of worship in Nuwaidrat. The Commission notes,however, that administrative orders for the demolition of these structures didnot invoke or rely on security grounds. They based themselves on violation ofadministrative requirements. In some of the demolitions referred to above,the GoB has argued that certain structures were used to store weapons, toassemble Molotov cocktails, and to stage violent protests, including attacksupon security forces. On its face this is a valid justification qualifying forimminent danger and thus demolition without any more than the issuance ofthe administrative order and the posting of the notice. This is obviously aquestion of fact. Moreover, at the time of these demolitions, the NationalSafety Law was in effect. It gives the Military Governor General such broadpowers as to include issuing directives to the MMAUP to issue demolitionorders of structures identified by the Military Governor General asconstituting a threat to security. Based on the above, the GoB has actedpursuant to National Safety Laws.

However, HM King Hamad before the end of National Security as the BICI report said:

1335. On 22 May 2011, HM King Hamad announced that new Shia placesof worship would be built. The statement was made shortly after severalreligious structures were demolished by the GoB.

As above, the BICI report clarified the reasons behind demolishing the built structures but there were no clue who burned the Quran or actually it wasn’t mentioned in the report! However, with more investigation in the BICI report will find the following:

b. 31 March 2011
One mosque, Al SayedaZeinab in Hamad Town, was attacked byunknown assailants. The assailants threw two Molotovcocktails onto the inner left walls of the mosque, one in the frontand one in the back. According to the complainants, the policereport indicated that two Molotov cocktails were thrown frominside the mosque.657 The damage to this mosque was minor andthe reported losses were at a total of 6,000 BD.

f. Al SayedaZeinab mosque in Hamad Town was burned byunknown assailants.

g. MaqamKadam El Mahdi–Al Wateyya in Al Mahouz Districtand Masjid Al Kouweikebat were demolished by unknownassailants.

These were Al Kouweikebat in Al Kawra Village andAl SayedaZeinab mosque in Hamad Town. Both of these demolitions by firewere attributed to unknown assailants.

In the chapter of Allegations of Violence by Non-Governmental Actors the report said:

1522. The Commission received statements from four expatriates describingattacks at various mosques. One individual stated that on 31 March 2011unknown individuals attacked the Salman Hussein Bin Matar mosque, wherehe worked, physically assaulting him and vandalising the mosque.

But why the BICI committee didn’t investigate the accusations of burning the Quran by the government of Bahrain?!

It seems that Hezbollah in Bahrain (Alwefaq) didn’t want to condemn its followers for this crime as the report said:

1307. The Al Wefaq National Islamic Society (Al Wefaq) submitted a list of 53 religious structuresthat had been demolished. Al Wefaq assisted theCommission in identifying 30 Shia religious structures for detailedinvestigation. The 30 sites selected were those that had allegedly sustainedthe highest degree of damage.

Hezbollah in Bahrain (Alwefaq) realized the fact that unknown individuals burned the Quran in Bahrain but from a simple analysis to what been written in the report I think Hezbollah’s militias burned the Quran as one of their best toolsin the media war against the government of Bahrain to success in grabbing the attention and support of Arab Spring countries specifically and Islamic region by using sensitive issue for all Muslims which is the Holy Quran in the absence of strong Bahraini diplomacy and the weakness of media faced by well-prepared strategy by Hezbollah and his supporters inside and outside Bahrain!

Sure you will ask can they really burn the Quran?

To answer your question, Hezbollah in its general program under the vision of Islam says:

99% of the citizens of Bahrain are Muslims, and they preserve his Islam, Tradition, Culture, and Social relations that comply with Islam and divided to two communities.

From these facts Alwefaq will implement through its programs on:

Consolidation of the moderate and tolerant Islamic character in the country and fight all forms of the absence of religion in people's lives.

To quote phrases from the Holy Quran “Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best” and “Why, then, does not a party from every section of them go forth that they may become well versed in religion, and that they may warn their people when they return to them” and “You are the best people raised for the good of mankind; you enjoin what is good and forbid evil” and on the rule of “There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong” and putting in our considerationsto protect the freedom of Religion and faith for all citizens and residents from different religious backgrounds.

When I return to the Holy Quran I found that Hezbollah wrote a different and not completed verse than the original one!

Chapter Al-Tawba:

To rectify more, the Twelvers Shiites believe that our Quran is interpolated! Abdul-Hameed Al-Muhajar one their best clerics says in the video:

Imam Ali brought his own Quran Which was written by himself to the companions of Prophet Mohamed and they refused to take it. Then, the companions reconsidered again and asked the Imam Ali to rake from him his own copy and get rid of it, but Imam Ali refused and said this Quran will show up again by my son Imam Mahdi!

Other cleric  named Mortadha Al-Qazweeny says:

The verse was “Allah did choose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of ‘Imran and the family of Mohamed above all peoples” The companions who ruled after prophet Mohmed removed “The family of Mohemd” because they were against Family of prophet Mohamed as Shiites believe!

The original verse from Al-Imran:

For more information:

I’m connecting Hezbollah to the Shiites clerics because BICI report says:

67. Ethnically, Bahraini Shia are composed of two main groups. Themajority is Baharna, descended from Arab tribes originally from the ArabianPeninsula. A minority of Shia, called the Ajam, is of Persian descent.While most Shia in Bahrain belong to the Ithna-Ashriya or ―Twelver‖ sect ofShia Islam and follow the Ja‘afari School of jurisprudence, they adhere to theteachings of a broad range of religious guides or Marja‘ al-taqlid, who areeminent Shia scholars who provide guidance and leadership to the communityon theological matters. Many follow the guidance of Iran‘s Grand AyatollahAli Khamenei of the Qum School. Politically, the Grand Ayatollah espousesthe doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih, which grants the religious establishmentsupreme authority over matters of both faith and state.

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

Chapter Al-Hijr

Chapter Fuselat: 

Edited by MAJ

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