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Cleric slams Qur'an sacrilege in Bahrain
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 11:09:22 GMT
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Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpaygani
A senior Iranian cleric has fiercely denounced the destruction of mosques and the desecration of the Holy Qur'an by Saudi and Bahraini forces in the Persian Gulf nation.

In a Wednesday message, Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpaygani urged seminaries and scholars in the Muslim world to take a tough stance against the violation of Islamic sanctities in Bahrain, Fars News Agency reported.

“Why have Muslim circles, religious and cultural figures in the Muslim world kept mum and have not criticized the desecration of mosques and Holy Qur'an in the country? Why don't they send any fact-finding mission to Bahrain to investigate the scope of such blasphemous acts?” asked the cleric.

Ayatollah Golpaygani also called for the immediate dispatch of delegations to Bahrain to stop the desecration of mosques and the Holy Qur'an by Saudi and Bahraini forces.

“They (Saudi and Bahraini troops) set fire to Qur'ans and destroyed nearly 30 major mosques,” he said about the unfortunate incident.

The remarks come as new footage coming out of Bahrain shows the continued destruction of mosques and brutal crackdown on protesters by the Saudi-backed forces of the Persian Gulf state.

Bahrain's main opposition party, al-Wefaq, says that over 30 holy sites have been destroyed since the anti-regime protests began in mid-February.

“The dimensions of this intervention and its different aspects are each unprecedented, outrageous and shameful,” Ayatollah Safi-Golpaygani said about the Saudi invasion.

The senior cleric said Riyadh had invaded Bahrain upon the order of the US government.

“The arrogant US, which perceived this current [in Bahrain] to be one hundred percent against its regional interests through the recurrent back-and-forth travels of its Defense Secretary [Robert Gates] to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain tasked Al Saud rulers with intervention in Bahrain and with the deployment of troops [there],” added the Grand Ayatollah.

On March 13, Saudi Arabian forces were dispatched to the tiny island nation at Manama's request to help crush nationwide anti-government protests.

Since the beginning of Bahrain's revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have poured into the streets across the country, calling for an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the government clampdown on peaceful demonstrations.

Rights groups say government forces have even raided hospitals and tortured doctors and patients as part of their efforts to suppress protest rallies and punish health professionals that provide medical treatment to those injured in the brutal crackdown. Over 30 medical workers have so far gone missing since the uprising began.

Amnesty International says it is concerned about the fate of missing activists in Bahrain and the fact that detained protesters are being tortured there with impunity.

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