In 2007 the palace “scholar” Abdulaziz al Sheikh called for the demolition of the graves of Prophet Muhammad (saws) and his two companions buried beside him, Abu Bakr (ra) and Umar (ra).
October 28, 2012, 10:00 EST
Continued destruction of Islamic historical and sacred sites by the US-zionist puppet Saudi regime once again underlines its deep animosity towards Islam.
On October 26, the Saudi tribe announced plans to begin expansion of Masjid al-Nabawi in Madinah in order to “accommodate” 1.6 million worshippers. Once again, the so-called “modernization” and “reconstruction” comes at the expense of Islamic sites.
The new project aims to destroy the mosques dedicated to the first Caliphs, Abu Bakr (ra) and Umar (ra), as well as Masjid Ghamama, built to mark the spot where Prophet Mohammed (saws) is thought to have led his first prayers for Eid.
Speaking with the British daily, The Independent, Dr Irfan al-Alawi of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation said that “no one denies that Madinah is in need of expansion, but it’s the way the authorities are going about it which is so worrying, there are ways they could expand which would either avoid or preserve the ancient Islamic sites but instead they want to knock it all down.”
Citing the Washington-based Gulf Institute, the Independent states that 95 percent of the 1,000-year-old buildings in the two cities have been destroyed in the past 20 years. In 2007 the palace “scholar” Abdulaziz al Sheikh called for the demolition of the graves of Prophet Muhammad (saws) and his two companions buried beside him, Abu Bakr (ra) and Umar (ra).
The destruction of Islamic sites continues with furious pace. This stands in sharp contrast with the preservation of sites linked to the ruling tribe. In Najd the properties of al-Saud and Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab are often turned into museums or maintained in good condition as national heritage sites.
Emulating the practices of their Zionist counterparts in Palestine, the Saudi regime conducts its aggression against Islam by misinforming the Muslim masses. In the past, the Saudi hordes destroyed many historical sites by claiming to uphold the banner of “tawheed” and combating “shirk.”
This included demolishing monuments erected over the graves of the Prophet’s (saws) family and his companions buried in Jannatul Baqi‘ in Madinha, as well as sites in Makkah. For instance, the house of Khadijah (ra), the Prophet’s (saws) first wife where the noble Messenger (saws) spent many blissful years, was slated for demolition but the Makkans pleaded with the authorities to preserve it. They pledged to turn it into a library.
Later, the Makkan municipality turned the area into a parking lot and then built toilets over it. How disrespectful can these people get?
The Saudi occupiers also take offence at Muslims climbing the Jabal al-Nur (the Mountain of Light) in Makkah to reach the Cave of Hira where the noble Messenger (saws) received the first revelations of the Qur’an. The ignorant extremist Saudis consider this “bid‘ah” (innovation) and have vowed to destroy the entire mountain so that Muslims would no longer visit the Cave of Hira!
One wonders why they are so obsessed with preventing Muslims from linking with Prophetic history and experiences?
The weak Muslim response to repeated Saudi assaults on Islamic sites would only embolden the ruling tribe to continue with its Khawarij-like policies.