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  Updated: March 20, 2008

Al-Marje Al-Hakim calls upon govt to protect citizens, holy sites

By: Ismail Zabeeh

HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Ayatullah Sayed Muhammad Said Al-Hakim, one of the four Maraje of Najaf, has condemned terror blast in the holy city of Karbala which targeted pilgrims of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS).

At least 45 pilgrims of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) were martyred and over 70 others injured when a female suicide bomber on Monday attacked them near Al-Mokhayyam Al-Husseini on Habib bin Mazaher Al-Assadi thoroughfare in holy Karbala at the time of (maghrib) evening prayer.

Al-Mokhayyam Al-Husseini, situated at a distance of about half a mile from the Imam Hussein shrine, is the place where Husseini tents were erected as Imam Al-Hussein came to Karbala on Moharram 3 in 61 AH. These tents were set on fire on Ashura after martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussein (AS) and his 72 companions at the hands of Yazidi forces.

The Ayatullah demanded from the government to take immediate measures for protection of citizens and holy sites.

  "Knowledge is better than wealth because it protects you while you have to guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE ..  


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