While I am writing about the Middle East, here is an article by Raymond Ibrahim concerning the latest insanity happening in Egypt. After standing for about four thousand years, it seems it is time to get rid of those monuments to Egypt’s pagan past, the Pyramids.
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 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 a simple process in the 7th century, destroying the mountain-like pyramids and their guardian Sphinx was not—even though many early Muslim leaders certainly tried; by the time gunfire was invented, Egypt’s Medieval Mamluk rulers even managed to “de-nose” the Sphinx during target practice (though popular legend naturally 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 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president is “pious” enough—if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt’s first Islamic conqueror.
Actually, it is not certain who destroyed the Library of Alexandria. It may be that portions were destroyed by the Romans when they conquered Egypt. Still, it is not likely the invading Arabs helped matters.
I expected something like this to come out of the crazier factions of the Egyptian Islamists who seem to be on track to ruling that country. Obviously, destroying Egypt’s antiquities would also destroy the tourist trade but perhaps the Salafis do not care much for infidel tourists anyway. I hope the Egyptian people will be able to prevent the destruction of their heritage but they probably have more important things to worry about, like Egypt’s imploding economy.
- Islamic Clerics Call Egypt to Destroy Great Pyramids in Egypt (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Muslim Clerics Calling for Destruction of Egypt’s Pyramids (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin (counterjihadreport.com)
- News & World Events – Re: Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin (disclose.tv)
- The plan to dismantle Egypt’s Great Pyramids. (althouse.blogspot.com)