Wahabi/Salafi and Deobandi preachers like Zakir Naik and Tariq Jameel (leader of Tableeghi Jamaat Deobandi and mentor to Indian actor Aamir Khan) echo their Paranoia about graves. As per their logic, the graves of any spiritual leader, including the Prophet, can cause people to start worshipping dead people instead of God. Which is why any and all monuments should be razed to the ground – literally as per the statements of these two prominent proselytisers.
While there is absolutely no evidence to support the “logic” of Saudi-funded Deobandi and Wahabi/Salafi obsession with destroying any and all monuments, a clear parallel exists between them and Nazis. Just like the Nazis wanted to impose a Thousand Year Reich, the Deobandis-Salafis represented by the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS, FSA, Al Shabab are obsessed with destroying the monuments of other muslim sects as well as other religions.
For the Deobandis and Salafis, only their stark Totalitarian world view matters.
The disdain for the Other that is being preached by Tariq Jameel Deobandi and Zakir Naik Salafi can be seen in the acts of death and destruction from Mali to Malaysia and from France to Nigeria. The destruction of Sufi Shrines in Mali by Al Qaeda and by FSA/Jabat al Nusra/Al Qaeda in Syria as well as the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan is the direct result of this Deobandi and Salafi proselytising. In Mosul, the Salafi ISIS have destroyed Christian churches that are thousands of years old along with Sufi shrines revered by Sunnis and Shias alike.
The illogical nonsense being propagated by these Wahabi and Deobandi preachers has a bloody past when such destructive philosophy lead to the horrific attacks on the shrine of Imam Hussain at Karbala in 1802:
“We have recently seen a horrible example of the Wahhabis’ cruel fanaticism in the terrible fate of the mosque of Imam Husayn. Incredible wealth was known to have accumulated in that town. The Persian shahs have, perhaps, never had something like that in their treasury. For centuries, the mosque of Imam Husayn was known to have received donations of silver, gold, jewels, a great amount of rarities…Tamerlane even spared that place. Everybody knew that the most part of the rich spoils that Nadir Shah had brought back from his Indian campaign had been transferred to the mosques of Imam Husayn and Imam Ali together with his own wealth. Now, the enormous wealth that has accumulated in the former has been exciting the Wahhabis’ avidity for some time. They have been continuously dreaming of looting that town [Karbala] and were so sure of success that their creditors fixed the debt payment to the happy day when their hopes would come true.
That day came at last…12,000 Wahhabis suddenly attacked the mosque of Imam Husayn; after seizing more spoils than they had ever seized after their greatest victories, they put everything to fire and sword…The elderly, women, and children—everybody died by the barbarians’ sword. Besides, it is said that whenever they saw a pregnant woman, they disemboweled her and left the fetus on the mother’s bleeding corpse. Their cruelty could not be satisfied, they did not cease their murders and blood flowed like water. As a result of the bloody catastrophe, more than 4000 people perished. The Wahhabis carried off their plunder on the backs of 4000 camels. After the plunder and murders they destroyed the Imam’s shrine and converted it into a trench of abomination and blood. They inflicted the greatest damage on the minarets and the domes, believing those structures were made of gold bricks.” [Rosseau, Description, pp. 74–75]
Readers are instructed to read the conclusion. Wahabis and their ideological partners have brought destruction to Sunnis and Shias as well as other religions. It was a Sunni Ottoman dynasty that checked the Wahabi advance two hundred years ago. Sunni Barelvis, Sufis and Shias need to unite to intellectually confront the totalitarian and fascist doctrine that deliberately confuses historical preservation and loving memory with worship.
……. Many of these details are corroborated by other contemporary sources, both Muslim and non-Muslim, which also emphasize how thousands of Muslims were slaughtered by the Wahhabis in Karbala. Most significantly, the sack of Karbala demonstrates the way in which the two motives of the Wahhabis—accumulation of wealth and destroying shrines—went hand in hand. The process of Wahhabi conquest elsewhere, notably in Ta’if and the Hijaz, had followed a similar pattern to Karbala. Although the Wahhabis were defeated shortly thereafter (around 1818) by the Ottomans and Muhammad Ali Pasha’s dynasty in Egypt, they experienced a resurgence later in the century.
Zakir Naik is known for his deep veneration of Yazeed bin Muawiya – the murderer of the Holy Prophet’s family at Karbala. He is also known for his hero worship of mass murdering terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Such veneration exposes his utter hypocrisy with being obsessed with destroying the monuments of Prophets and saints held in veneration by other muslim sects and religions.