Carnage in the Hijaz

What is left of the House of the Holy Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)


Sidi Yusuf at Copenhagen Interpretation has raised the alarm (& rightly so), drawing our attention to the most vicious of undertakings yet by the harbingers of hatespeech & zealotry, (the House of Saud): that of the relentless and systematic destruction of not only historically relevant relics, but sites immediately sacred to our faith, intertwined to the lifeblood of our past and testaments to our future as members of the Ummah of the Holy Prophet(ASWS). Well? Where is the uproar now, Burners of Embassies and Renders of Flags? Truly shameful indeed.

Previously unseen photographs reveal how religious zealots obsessed with idolatory have colluded with developers to destroy Islam’s diverse heritage.

Daniel Howden | The Independent | 19 April 2006

There is a growing shadow being cast over Islam’s holiest site. Only a few metres from the walls of the Grand Mosque in Mecca skyscrapers are reaching further into the sky, slowly blocking out the light. These enormous and garish newcomers now dwarf the elegant black granite of the Kaaba, the focal point of the four million Muslims’ annual Haj pilgrimage.

The tower blocks are the latest and largest evidence of the destruction of Islamic heritage that has wiped almost all of the historic city from the physical landscape. As revealed in The Independent last August,the historic cities of Mecca and Medina are under an unprecedented assault from religious zealots and their commercial backers…

Writing in response to the article, Prince Turki al-Faisal said that Saudi Arabia was spending more than $19bn (£11bn) preserving and maintaining these two holy sites. “[We are aware] how important the preservation of this heritage is, not just to us but to the millions of Muslims from around the world who visit the two holy mosques every year. It is hardly something we are going to allow to be destroyed.” This rebuttal sits at odds with a series of previously unseen photographs, published today, that document the demolition of key archaeological sites and their replacement with skyscrapers…

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