Day of Sorrow

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The Day of Sorrow (Persian: روز غمruz-e gham) is commemorated by some Muslims, marking the razing of the Al-Baqi' cemetery in Medina by Saudi King Abdulaziz ibn Saud. In the Gregorian calendar, the demolition took place on 21 April 1926; in the lunar-based Islamic calendar, it fell on the 8th of Shawwal and is observed on that day.[1][2] (Relative to the Gregorian calendar, the dates vary from year to year, drifting approximately 11 days earlier each year.)

The cemetery housed the bodies of many of the Ahl al-Bayt, members of the family of Muhammad, who are especially revered by Shia Muslims and play a central role in Shia Islamic theology.


This is the cemetery in Medina which contained the tomb of Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad, among others.

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  1. ^ "8th of Shawwal - A day of deep grief and sorrow". Sibtayn International Foundation. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  2. ^ "The Day of Sorrow". Islamic Insights. The Awaited One Foundation. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2015.