19 Feb 2019
Martyrdom Anniversary of Shaheed Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr [RA]
Heartfelt condolences to Imam-e-Zamana [atfs] ,Rahber-e-Moazzam Ayatollah Khamenei ,Marajeen Ezaam wa Ulema Karaam on martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Ayatollaah Sadeq al-Sadr , his Son Mustafa and brother Muammal al-Sadr.
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr was born in Al-Najaf in Iraq. His father, Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr (1906â€“1986), was the grandson of Ismail al-Sadr, the patriarch of the Sadr family and a first cousin of Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr and Bint al-Huda.
February 19, 1999 was a sad day for the family and the Muslim world. Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Mohammed-Sadiq Al-Sadr (56 years), along with two of his sons, Mustafa (34 years) and his younger brother Mu'ammal, where martyred by saddam's regime in Iraq
The late Grand Ayatollah anticipated an attack on him yet he persisted in leading the Friday prayers at the historical Masjid Al-Kufa, which iwould fill to the brim, and people would spill out into the streets. The Mosque could accommodate 100 to 120 thousand people. He wore his funeral shroud when giving those sermons, preparing for death at any moment.
His son Mustafa was married to the daughter of the also martyred Sayyid Mohammed Baqir Al-Sadr.
Saddam's agents 'murdered cleric'
At 7.30 , Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, the popular leader of the Shia Muslims of Iraq, got into his car to drive to his house, as he did every day, from his office on the outskirts of the holy city of Najaf near the Euphrates, southwest of Baghdad. With him were his two sons, Mustapha and Mu'ammal, who acted as his chief assistants, and a driver.
They never reached home.It was learnt that when the car entered a roundabout, it was hit by machine-gun fire from one or more positions. Within seconds, the gunmen lying in ambush riddled the car with bullets and the men inside were dead or dying. Relatives say Iraqi security forces immediately sealed off the area and would not allow even an ambulance through.
The assassination was almost certainly the work of agents working for the Saddam government. Baghdad has always feared the religious leaders of the Iraqi Shia, who make up about 55 per cent of the population[according to most modest estimates], but who for centuries have been denied political power.
The regime insisted that Mr Sadr be buried immediately with a minimum of mourning. But this was not enough to prevent the most widespread popular disturbances in Iraq since the Shia uprising in 1991, in the aftermath of the Gulf War, which almost overthrew President Saddam Hussein.
When his death was announced by the official news agency, demonstrations and clashes erupted throughout southern Iraq, where Shia are in the majority. In Baghdad, worshippers at a mosque in Saddam City, a vast slum, poured into the street, shouting: "God is great".