Sunday, 20 Oct 2019

Bahraini scholar looks back on his Iranian ordeal

Manama, Supreme Islamic Affairs Council (SIAC) member Shaikh Mohammad Mullah Ahmad Al-Toublani looked back on his ordeal in Iran. In a statement to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), he said that he was assaulted last week as he was on a visit to the shrine of Imam Ali bin Musa Reza, on the fourth day of his visit to the city of Mashhad.

"I was walking outside the shrine, along with other Bahraini scholars, when four people started insulting me and defaming my stances, ideas and membership in the council", he said. Shaikh Mohammad Mullah Ahmad Al-Toublani arrived in the city of Mashhad on a trip organized by a Bahraini contractor. He said that he had left the site after the four assailants attempted to aggress him.

However, on the last day of his visit to the city of Mashhad, six people assaulted him as he was walking alone in the street until he fell on ground. The police then intervened and arrested him for investigation. The police interrogated Shaikh Al-Toublani and asked him about the reasons of his visit to Iran and his relations with Bahrain, before showing him pictures of him attending events in Bahrain.

The police brought fake documents, claiming that Shaikh Al-Toublani had signed statements defaming the Iranian leadership. However, the scholar managed to debunk the charges and expose the fake documents, defending his personal stances which stem from his religious and intellectual convictions.

Shaikh Al-Toublani, who suffers from diabetes and blood pressure, was detained for six days in a small cell with an Iranian national who could not speak Arabic. On returning to the hotel after his release, Shaikh Al-Toublani realized that his room had been searched upside down as he was kept in bad health condition in detention.

The prominent scholar extended deepest thanks to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa for following up his case while in detention in Iran. He hailed the royal directives issued to all concerned authorities to follow-up his case and spare no efforts to ensure he is released quickly from detention.

He also expressed thanks to SIAC President Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Khalifa for his follow-up, paying tribute to all government departments and all those who supported him during his ordeal in Iran, praying to Allah the Almighty to protect Bahrain, its leadership and people from any harm.

The Iranian authorities released Shaikh Al-Toublani last Saturday after spending six days in detention. He was assaulted twice by a group of terrorists and fugitives as he was on he was on visit to the City of Mashhad. Shaikh Al-Toublani then returned to his homeland and family yesterday, Sunday.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

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