03 December, 2020

Awadh At War

Lucknow Shias retaliate against the defiling of religious sites in Iraq

Nirala Tripathi
Awadh At War
The best way to avenge an attack is to humiliate the enemy, says Maulana Kalbe Jawad, a senior Shia cleric. No matter that the battle is in faraway Iraq: the occupation by American and British forces. A battleplan has been worked out in Lucknow and to execute this, Shias have ensured that hundreds of people stomp the American, British and Israeli flags as they step into the historic Asafi monument, popularly known as the Bara Imambara. The clerics say they have bigger plans ahead.

"These countries are our staunch enemies and this was the best way to insult them," says Jawad who ordered the flags be painted on the floor outside the monument. The clerics have also banned the entry of US and British tourists to the three main Shia monuments in the city—Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara and Shah-na-jaf Imambara—constructed by Asaf-ud-daulah in the late 18th century.

Maulana Kalbe Jawad, who is leading the agitation, adds: "This protest will continue till the UN coerces the British and American troops to withdraw from Iraq." To clarify their stand, the Muslim community has...


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