Today on the Islam calendar is 1 Rajab which is the first day of the month of Rajab and also the birthday of Imam Mohammad al-Baqir. Back in the year 2003 on this day, 1 Rajab (29 August in 2003), at the shrine of Imam Ali in the holy city of Najaf, a big car bomb explosion killed Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim and very many other people.
Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was the son of the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohsen al-Hakim and brother of the SIIC leader Sayyid Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim. Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was the leader of SCIRI (now it is SIIC) before he was killed. I remember he came back to Iraq one month after Saddam regime was finished and many people came out to greet him. But it did not take long for Sunni terrorists to give a message that they always want to give – we hate the Shi’a, we hate Shi’ite holy places, we hate Shi’ite holy men. And so on the first day of Rajab at the holy site they killed so many people.
Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim was a scholar and also a very good speaker. His brother who is now SIIC leader is not a good speaker like him. The Hakim family fought Saddam and many Hakims were killed by Saddam. Still today many of the Hakims live in Iran but some have come back to Iraq. The Hakims in Iran still think of their identity as Iraqi, and actually some of them (like some who have come back to Iraq after Saddam’s end) speak Arabic and maybe not much Farsi.
Before I wrote about bloody beginning that tell us a lot of information, and how Moqtada showed himself as a bloody anti-religious criminal on April 10, 2003 just as the Ba’th Party showed itself as brutal and murderous from its first days in taking power in Iraq. Well this crime showed us something that most people probably knew. It said that the Wahhabi terrorists (who are supported by many radical Sunnis) hate all of the Shi’a and their holy men and holy places. It is like the attacks in Samarra but more bloody and wanting to kill many people as possible. Of course since the martyring of Sayyid Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim there have been many giant attacks on Shi’ite holy places and thousands of Shi’a killed by Wahhabi terrorists (also working with Saddam followers).
So also another day just was here, 14 Tammuz (14 July) which is the day that Iraq became a republic. Some people say it is the national holiday for Iraq, but it has some interesting history and Iraq is not a place where a national holiday has parties and parades. I will write later about 14 Tammuz and the republic that came instead of the old monarchy.