Holy Shrine of Imam Husayn (a.s.) ‘the vanguard of solidarity and peace in Iraq’ RNA: Shaykh Bilal al-Abdali al-Hasani, a member of the Council of Scholars of Muhammadan Relations, visited the Holy Shrine of Imam Husayn (a.s.) in Karbala, Iraq. The Council of Scholars of Muhammadan Relations is a popular Islamic organization based in Baghdad, Iraq, which advocates Islam and explains its principles and teachings. It was founded in 2004. In a meeting with members of the Holy Shrine of Imam Husayn (a.s.), Shaykh al-Hasani said, “The Holy Shrine of Imam Husayn (a.s.) is widely involved in various activities and programs on the development of a peaceful life and peace among the Iraqi people.” The Iraqi Sunni cleric continued, “Establishing a ‘pilgrim town’ for the refugees of war and those who escaped from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist movement is one of the most important tasks of the Holy Shrine of Imam Husayn (a.s.) in promoting peace and solidarity among the various classes of the Iraqi people.” He continued, “With the establishment of a ‘pilgrim town,’ the Holy Shrine of Imam Husayn (a.s.) has registered a beautiful and brilliant image of itself in the minds of the people of the world and has announced that the Iraqi people are like a single body and there is no difference between denominations and religions in the carrying out of their duties.” Referring to the “obligatory jihad” fatwa issued by the revered source of emulation, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani, to fight against the Daesh terrorist movement, Shaykh al-Hasani said, “This fatwa saved the lives of the Iraqi people and won them remarkable victories.” Saudi forces tear down Muharram mourning tents in Shia Qatif region ABNA: Reports coming out of Saudi Arabia say the regime’s troops have attacked tents set up in the kingdom’s Shia-populated Qatif region in preparation for the mourning rituals during the lunar month of Muharram. Since the beginning of Muharram on Tuesday, Saudi forces have torn down at least 20 tents in Qatif, activists said on online social media networks. They have also been removing Shia signs under the pretext of ridding the region of what they call “visual pollution.” Social media users shared photos of the aftermath of the Saudi raids. Shia Muslims observe Muharram, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Husain (a.s.), the third Imam of Shia Muslims and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.a.). Imam Husain (a.s.) and his 72 companions, were martyred in the Battle of Karbala by the army of the tyrant of the time, the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I, in 680 AD. Qatif, situated in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, has witnessed anti-regime protests since 2011, with demonstrators demanding free speech, release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination. Riyadh has suppressed pro-democracy rallies, but they have intensified since January 2016 when Saudi Arabia executed respected Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al- Nimr.