Monday, February 27th, saw the trial of Sheikh Qassem for the “charge” of “collecting Khums” (a religious obligation), for which the prosecution asked for the maximum penalty against Sheikh Qassem and two others on alleged charges of money laundering. The court was adjourned to the 14th of March for sentencing.
The Bahrain Ulama asserted in their statement last Tuesday that this is a “blatant violation of religion and of the constitution, and is by far the most shameless display of despotism.”
The statement called the Prosecutor General’s Office “a unit of torture and intimidation, a tool of the regime’s to destroy the opposition,” and continued to say “our religion is not one that would be intimidated by a ‘maximum penalty’ as long as there is blood coursing in our veins”. The statement also added “this insolent attack on the people’s greatest religious authority reveals the amount of hate, haughtiness, and the arrogance of this regime and its disdain of the people and its figures; it does not seem that the regime’s folly will end before it receives a slap from the people that would knock back some sense into its head.”
The statement also expressed thanks and gratitude to the people of Bahrain who went out in mass demonstrations in burial shrouds in defense of Sheikh Qassem. The statement also stressed that “You have seen how thanks to your Godly breaths and prayers even before the burial shroud flood how God has aided you in this step and granted you victory; this angry human flood that God Almighty has executed by your hands is the most important outcome you can build upon to preserve your religion, your dignity, and your sanctities. It is thus a key to your demands and rights, a key to the freedom, dignity, and the glory of your country. We remind you again of the words of our Ayatollah: ‘the flood has now begun, and there is no calming it down.’ We shall thus tread on, unfailing, with hopes of God’s graces and the care of Imam az-Zaman to help us.
The statement also called attention to the intensifying threats facing Islam and the greatest leader of Shia Islam in Bahrain, and that it is now the duty of all believers and jealous compatriots to be at maximum readiness, and to exercise all their efforts for the preservation of Islam and of their country in the coming days.
The Bahraini regime had originally planned to sentence Ayatollah Isa Qassem this past Monday on false charges of money laundering, and inciting people against the state, but was forced due to large protests to postpone the trial to March 14th. The Prosecutor General asked for the maximum penalty to be inflicted on Ayatollah Qassem in that session.
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