Religious Fanatics VS Historical Sites
After laying waste to the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu on Monday, razing tombs and attacking the gate of a 600-year-old mosque, Muslim religious fanatics are seeking to destroy something else.
According to some reports attributed to the Arabic media, it appears that prominent Muslim clerics are calling for the destruction of Egypt’s Great Pyramids as well!
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.
It’s complete insanity.
They seem to be determined to blow up and destroy anything which might add to our understanding of past culture and which adds to our education of mankind in general.
I hope these factions are stopped from destroying important artifacts… they have already destroyed many Buddhist and Christian historical artifacts. Remember Bamiyan in 2001?
Here’s a good video regarding its restoration.
But truly – to destroy the Pyramids? The last great wonder of the ancient world?!
and not only would they be destroying an incredible historical artifact – but they would also destroy a vibrant tourist revenue generator in Egypt!
It seems that may be their intent… keep the population poor and uneducated.