Saudi Regime Continues Destruction of Islam's Holy Sites
News number: 9107148276 14:21 | 2013-02-27
TEHRAN (FNA - Fars News Agency)- The Saudi government is continuing its
demolition of Islam's holy sites in Mecca and Medina on the lame excuse of
implementing development plans in the two holy cities.
It is for quite some time that the Saudi regime has begun destruction of
some historical and Islamic monuments under the pretext of development
plans, and the move has faced protests across the Muslim world, the Lebanese
al-Manar satellite television channel reported.
The Saudi regime has begun destruction of the world's biggest Mosque or
Masjid al-Haram of Kaaba where hundreds of millions of pilgrims congregate
for Hajj pilgrimage every year.
Dr. Irfan al-Alawi of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation who has spent
much of his past 10 years activities on highlighting the destruction of
early Islamic sites said, "I am not against the expansion of Masjid
al-Haram, but they can do this without destroying the historical and Islamic
monuments of the mosque, but it is clear that Saudi officials do not
consider this aspect at all."
In October, a British newspaper reported that Saudi Arabia plans to destroy
three of the world's oldest mosques in a multi-billion-dollar expansion plan
which has shocked the Muslim community worldwide.
Work on the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, where the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is
buried, will start once the annual Hajj pilgrimage ends next month, the
Dr. al-Alawi said, "Muslim silence over the destruction of Mecca and Medina
is both disastrous and hypocritical."
"The recent movie about the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) caused worldwide
protests... and yet the destruction of the Prophet's birthplace, where he
prayed and founded Islam has been allowed to continue without any
criticism," he added.
When complete, the development will turn the mosque into the world's largest
building, with the capacity for 1.6 million people.
But the Saudi plan to raze Islam's historical and most revered sites has
stunned the Muslim world. Saudi King Abdullah's apparent disdain for
preserving historical and archeological heritage of Mecca, the holiest city
in the country and the world of Islam, has already fueled outrage.
Most of the expansion of Masjid an-Nabawi will take place to the West of the
existing mosque, which holds the tombs of Islam's founder and the first two
Caliphs of Sunni Islam, Abu Bakr and Omar.
Also Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs published a pamphlet in 2007 prepared
by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al Sheikh who called for
destruction of the mosque's dome and flattening the graves of Prophet
Mohammad (PBUH), Abu Bakr and Omar.