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On 1 May 1925, mausoleums in al-Baqi' were demolished by King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. In the same year, he also demolished the tombs of holy personalities at Jannatul Mualla in Mecca where Muhammad's mother, wife, grandfather, and other ancestors are buried. This happened despite protest by the international Islamic community.
The destruction of sacred sites in the Hejaz initiated by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab continues today to prevent what some consider to be the practice of grave-worshipping, revering the dead and asking favours of the dead buried there. Another major, though less-known, reason for the demolitions was the Al-Saud family's desire to wipe out the Hashemite history and presence in the Hejaz area which they had seized from them by force. Many of these mausoleums, domes and structures, originally intended to identify famous companions of Muhammad, were destroyed upon the urging of Wahhabi scholars who argued, in accordance with the various purported sayings of Muhammad:
-It was narrated that Jabir said: "The Messenger of Allah forbade plastering graves, sitting on them and erecting structures over them."
-It was narrated from Abu Sa`eed that the Prophet Muhammad forbade building structures over graves.
-Abu Az-Zubair narrated that he heard Jâbir say: "I heard the Prophet forbid sitting on graves and plastering or building structures over them."
According to these scholars, adornment or beautification of graves is forbidden in order to prevent people from seeking a means of approach to God through the dead and to directly seek help from the dead. Despite this, the graves of many historic figures continue to be visited by numerous pilgrims, and burials continue at the cemetery to this day.
Many Shi'i Muslims continue to mourn the day the House of Saud demolished shrines in al-Baqi'. They remember it as yaum e gham or "Day of Sorrow". Shi'i Muslims continue to protest the Saudi government's demolition of these shrines.

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