Like the Gadarene swine, Islam is so imbued with evil that Muslims feel compelled to destroy their own patrimony – yes, even in Mecca itself.
Pre-Islamic sites under Muslim control, such as the already-destroyed Buddha statues in Bamiyan, and the Pyramids of Egypt, are even higher on the priority list for destruction.
According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”
This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641. Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity. While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.
However, while book-burning was an easy activity in the 7th century, destroying the mountain-like pyramids and their guardian Sphinx was not—even if Egypt’s Medieval Mamluk rulers “de-nosed” the latter during target practice (though popular legend still attributes it to a Westerner, Napoleon).
Now, however, as Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sheikhs” observes, and thanks to modern technology, the pyramids can be destroyed. The only question left is whether the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt is “pious” enough—if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt’s first Islamic conqueror.]
Asking “What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony?” Daniel Pipes provides several examples, from Medieval Muslims in India destroying their forefathers’ temples, to contemporary Muslims destroying their non-Islamic heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia.
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BAMAKO | Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:09am EDT
(Reuters) – Islamist militants destroyed two tombs on Tuesday at the famous 14th century Djingareyber mosque in Timbuktu, classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site, residents said.
About a dozen militants arrived in an armored four-wheel drive truck, armed with pickaxes and hoes. They fired in the air to intimidate people and started smashing the tombs, said Ibrahim Cisse, who witnessed the scene.
“They blocked the two main roads leading to the mausoleums. When they saw people gathering for a ceremony nearby, they began firing shots in the air,” said another resident, Mahamad ould Ibrahim.
The new destruction comes after attacks last week on other historic and religious landmarks in Timbuktu that UNESCO called “wanton destruction”.
Islamists of the Ansar Dine group say the centuries-old shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam are idolatrous.
Ansar Dine and well-armed allies, including al Qaeda splinter group MUJWA, have hijacked a separatist uprising by local Tuareg MNLA rebels and now control two-thirds of Mali’s desert north, territory that includes the regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu.
They have destroyed at least eight of 16 listed mausoleums in the city, together with a number of tombs and a sacred door at Sidi Yahya mosque, in their campaign to erase traces of what they regard as un-Islamic idolatry.
According to UNESCO, Djingareyber, together with the Sankore and Sidi Yahia mosques, are known as the three great mosques of the city. Djingareyber was built by the sultan Kankan Moussa after his return in 1325 from a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Oh, and by the way, the Obama regime is behind all of the “Arab Spring” revolts that are nothing other than a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the entire Middle East.
When are we going to stop sticking our nose into everyone else’s business?
I refer to the small but significant item: “Muslim Brotherhood declares victory in Egyptian election” on June 18. Under Saddam Hussein, Christians were relatively free to worship. Under Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, it was difficult for Christians, but there was a measure of protection. As we leave these Middle Eastern countries, the Muslim Brotherhood and other extreme anti-American, anti-Christian organizations are taking over.
Who has suffered the most? The Christians who are being killed and whose churches are being destroyed.
Syrian President Basher Assad isn’t the only target of Syrian rebels, as Syria’s Orthodox Christian Church reports ongoing ethnic cleansing of Christians by al-Qaida-linked Islamist militant groups in the embattled Syrian city of Homs. Syrian Christians are worried that the alternative to the Assad regime is chaos, civil war and possibly a radical Islamist takeover.
We have a knack for wanting to see dictators go and then siding with so-called freedom fighters as we did with the Kosovo Liberation Army, a bunch of jihadist terrorists (as defined by our own State Department), against the Christian Serbs.
We want dictators to go before we know what or who is going to replace them.
STELLA L. JATRAS