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Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani's Message Denouncing Shrine Blasts

In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate.

إنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
“We Belong to Allah and We Shall Return to Him.” (Holy Qur’an)

Concurrent with the mourning occasion of the Lord of the Martyrs, Imam Hussein (a.s.) and on the heels of the blasphemy and sacrilege of the world of infidelity to God and His Messenger, the holiest of all beings, which doubled our sorrows, the revered mausoleum of Imam Hadi and Imam Askari (peace be upon them), birthplace of the Imam of the Time (a.s.) and one of Shiite's religious seminaries, became subject to sacrilege and destruction leaving thereby an unbearable grief in the hearts of all Muslims and the Shiites worldwide.
Do the bloody and malevolent enemies not know that their nasty predecessors have perpetrated crimes times and again in the history to find out that not only such malicious crimes have not harmed the strong will of the followers of those holy beings but also caused them greater love and strength in their belief. Today, hundreds of millions of people are proud of revering the pure progeny of the Messenger of God. The enemies must know that the memories of the Prophet's Ahlalbayt (a.s.) are alive in our hearts and we are proud of following them. We will continue to follow their path unflinchingly and we will not retreat a step.
The enemies of Iraq particularly the aggressive occupiers who do not want to see a prosperous and strong Iraq are plotting in mind malicious conspiracies to ignite civil unrest and try to sow sectarian discords among Muslims. Thanks God, due to Shiites' vigilance and esteemed religious scholars' guidance, they have not attained their heinous objectives.
With tearful eyes and deeply grieved heart, I offer my heartfelt condolences for the tragic event to the hallowed presence of the Imam of the Age, (Hazrat Mahdi the Awaited Saviour, may Allah hasten his reappearance), may our souls be sacrificed for him, as well as the religious seminaries, all followers of the Ahlal-Bayt around the globe and all devoted and conscious Muslims. I will mourn on the coming Saturday and will not hold my lectures on this day which I declare a day of mourning.
I pray to Almighty Allah to please our hearts and grant us solace with the reappearance of His successor (Imam Mahdi) and with the eradication of injustice and oppression from the entire world.

وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنقَلَبٍ يَنقَلِبُونَ
The unjust will soon know how terrible their end will be. (26:227)

Muhammad Fazel Lankarani
23/ Muharram/ 1427