Hujr ibn 'Adi
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|Hujr ibn 'Adi
حجر بن عدي (Arabic)
His shrine before being desecrated in 2013
|Cause of death||Death sentence ordered by Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah I|
|Resting place||Adra, Syria
|Known for||being a Companion of the Prophet|
|Children||Humaan ibn Hujr|
Hujr ibn 'Adi al-Kindi (died 660 CE) was a companion of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[dubious ] He was sentenced to death by the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah I for his unwavering support and praise for Ali, the fourth Rashidun Caliph of Islam and the first Imam of the Shias, when he objected to the tradition of publicly cursing Ali. He belonged to the tribe of Kindah.
Hujr was given two title: al-Kindi and al-Adbar. The first title given to Hujr was al-Kindi. Al-Kindi in English means the person from Kindah, an Arabian tribe. The second title that was given to Hujr was al-Adbar.
Character and life
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Hujr ibn Uday was a pious companion of Muhammad[dubious ] and played a vital role in the correction of the ummah. During Muawiya's reign, when the custom of cursing Imam Ali(as) from the pulpits of mosques began, but Hujr could not remain silent and he began to praise Imam Ali(as) and condemn Muawiya in Kufa. Serious altercations arose when Ziyad's governorship of Basra was extended to include Kufa. Ziyad would curse Imam Ali(as) during sermons and Hujr would refute him. On one occasion, Hujr warned Ziyad for being late for Jummah prayers. Ziyad then had him arrested along with 12 of his companions on the false claims of forming an opposition group to overthrow the Khalifa. He also gathered witnesses to testify against them. The accused were sent to death, unless they cursed Imam Ali(as) and showed their hatred to him. Ultimately, Hujr and his companions refused and they were thus killed.
Desecration of shrine
Hujr, his son Humaam ibn Hajar, and some other companions are buried in Adra, in the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. A mosque has been built around his grave and is a pilgrimage site for Muslims.
On 2 May 2013, extremists (allegedly from the Wahhabi movement) attacked the mausoleum and exhumed his remains. His body was taken to an unknown location by the rebels. According to a report published in the NY Times, a widely distributed Facebook photo of the desecration of the pilgrimage site gives credit for the exhumation to a man named Abu Anas al-Wazir, or Abu al-Baraa, a leader of a military group called the Islam Brigade of the Free Army.
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- Press TV, May 3rd 2013