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July 11, 2012 12:02 pm

Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin

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Pyramids in Egypt. Photo: wiki commons.

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.

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Nor is such a course of action implausible. History is laden with examples of Muslims destroying their own pre-Islamic heritage—starting with Muhammad himself, who ransacked Arabia’s Ka’ba temple, transforming it into a mosque.

Asking “What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony?” Daniel Pipes provides several examples, from Medieval Muslims in India destroying their forefathers’ temples, to contemporary Muslims destroying their ancestors’ heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia. Currently, in what the International Criminal Court is describing as a possible “war crime,” Islamic fanatics are destroying the ancient legacy of the city of Timbuktu in Mali—all to Islam’s triumphant war cry, “Allahu Akbar!”

Much of this hate for their own pre-Islamic heritage is tied to the fact that, traditionally, Muslims do not identify with this or that nation, culture, or language, but only with the Islamic nation—the Umma. Accordingly, while many Egyptians—Muslims and non-Muslims alike—see themselves first and foremost as Egyptians, Islamists have no national identity, identifying only with Islam’s “culture,” based on the “sunna” of the prophet and Islam’s language, Arabic. This sentiment was clearly reflected when the former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Akef, recently declared “the hell with Egypt,” indicating that the interests of his country are secondary to Islam’s.

It is further telling that such calls are being made now—immediately after a Muslim Brotherhood member became Egypt’s president. In fact, the same reports discussing the call to demolish the last of the Seven Wonders of the Word, also note that Egyptian Salafis are calling on Morsi to banish all Shias and Baha’is from Egypt.

In other words, Morsi’s recent call to release the Blind Sheikh, a terrorist mastermind, from U.S. imprisonment, may be the tip of the iceberg in coming audacity. From calls to legalize Islamic sex-slave marriage to calls to institute “morality police” to calls to destroy Egypt’s mountain-like monuments, under Muslim Brotherhood tutelage, the bottle has been uncorked, and the genie unleashed in Egypt.

Will all those international institutions, which make it a point to look the other way whenever human rights abuses are committed by Muslims, lest they appear “Islamophobic,” at least take note now that the Great Pyramids appear to be next on Islam’s hit list, or will the fact that Muslims are involved silence them once again—even as those most ancient symbols of human civilization are pummeled to the ground?

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

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  • parari

    destroy them i say and use the rocks to build useful things, the pyramids they do nothing, just stand there rusting

    • you undoubtedly are a sorry moron

  • Pianki

    Mess with the Pyramids in Egypt, Sudan or Mali response should be a B1 Bomber delivering a 50 Mega-ton Nuke on Mecca for starters.

  • howard banks

    I think the destruction of world trade center,and the lost of 3000 lives,was the worst in our history,this could brong the destruction of the planet,if we are not careful.

  • kevobx

    Culture is of white man, his red blooded face. Heritage is of the black man, from the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, who followed Esau into the land of Canaan. Negros lost their heritage, and it was replaced with Esau’s culture to cultivate America, the eagle in the Bible. The white man is pushing pride and culture, a diguise for freedom, slavery is the borrower and the lender. Esau’s nation of people is the United Nations itself.

  • Chaya

    But we built those pyramids. And it wasn’t easy.

  • dr.music

    What can muslims really do ? Mad things are written in the koran and the had-its. What can muslims really do ? Mad things are written in the koran and the had-its. The koran is the word of some allah but mad things are written in the Koran and the had-its. What to do ??? Was allah mad when he wrote the koran? Can allah be mad? Must be because mad things are written in the Koran and the had-its. Mad things are written in the Koran and the had-its. Just read it. Check out main guys Puremad and his sidekick allah’s insanity. A must read and burn type.

    Soon islam will take over the planet and the collider itself will be smashed to smithereens by muslims….those smashed particles will be called the allahblahblahblah particles and will be embedded in mosque steps for muslims to walk over. All this current research is useless…..islam is coming and the latest to vanish from the planet will be the pyramids of egypt. Islam is coming and we did not see it creeping onto us as we were too busy peering into our microscopes to catch the glints of evil off islam’s sword. It’s already too late. Like i said…..islam is coming.
    Islam is no religious faith at all, but rather is a criminal ideology, invented and maintained by bad men, and as a utility for bad men and…..behind the Muslim Brotherhood there is a Muslim Sisterhood just as sinister. Where is the Worldwide Not-islam Brotherhood ??
    We the planet as a whole are dealing with a cult …a Blood Cult, unlike any religion, This BloodCult mandates its followers to violently conquer the world. As of today not even one religion commands its followers to do murder. Even in a country like India where natives have faced the barbarism of this Blood Cult’s persecution for centuries very few in the present generation understand the actual “objectives” of this Blood Cult. Denying and ignoring the facts will only lead to more and more needless bloodshed in the future. This BloodCult hates everything we stand for and will never coexist with us, unless we submit ourselves and our sons and daughters and sweet grand-children to this dirty cult . If we don’t do something super drastic as a final solution now …our grand-children will not be grand….they’ll be PureMads.

    I personally don’t want any of my future family to come in contact with this BloodCult started by some deranged and totally unhinged nut in a cave 1400 years back in the super-heat and dust of some idiotic desert who hallucinated pure rubbish . PureMad.

    In Bangladesh they cannot have a law against paedophilia because 1400 years ago supreme Cult Leader married a child of 7 and sexually did her at 9 . So if Cult Leader did anything vile or evil it has to be right and if human law comes into force Cult Leader will be proved wrong which is blasphemy because Cult Leader did not do any any any wrong ever and Cult Leader is the model man to be emulated and copied …just imagine…. . to be exactly like PureMad in regressive thinking and lack of morals and hygiene and clothing and dirty beards and all the c r a p that comes with being PureMad.
    There are nearly 2 billion PureMads around…. who will do what for the ultimate peace prize though deafening violence?
    Has to happen! Will !!
    BLACK MAN Obama should do it . He’s black and well read. He MUST
    know that this cult and it’s main book
    which cannot be questioned ever has in store as slavery and rape for future little black girls and
    boys like his darling black children today….. Let’s see.

  • Poster

    Let them destroy the pyramids, that would be great. Once they get rid of the historical sites then all we need to do is to wean ourselves of oil then nobody will need that area of the world! Screw them all!

  • Jen

    Is there a reason that you haven’t posted a correction that this is an internet hoax?

    http://themoderatevoice.com/152821/report-about-calls-in-egypt-to-destroy-pyramids-turns-out-to-be-a-hoax/

    • Barry

      great news if true!

  • Khepri

    Arabs invaded Egypt in 6/7th century. Kemet was a African civilization. And now they wanna destroy one of the most important things in African culture. They should be blown off the map.

    • tk

      excellent point. go to africaninternational.org

  • Barry

    The author’s statement about the arabs destroying their own things is ludicris. Arabs did not become a part of Egypt until 550AD. The pyramids were there for 3,000 years before that. Ancient Egypt (Kamit) of that time was Black, African…therefore pagan in their eyes.

    Its just like here in the US, a mere 500 years ago it was purely Native American. To look at it today, you would never know.

    • Anonymous

      What is ludicrous is that you spelled that word wrong. Ludicris is a musician.

      • Anonymous

        I guess your post is equally ludicrous, Ludacris, is a musician 🙂

      • Barry

        is that the best you got…the message remains the same

        • Try Harder

          Always the same response from the uneducated. “You know what I MEANT.” Actually, words and education do matter.

  • Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi’i is a minor player on the Egyptian political landscape. The vast majority of Salafists and Egyptians are against the destruction of their national treasures. But yes the country does have some extremists who would knock down the pyramids at the first chance if they could like the Taliban/Bamiyan case in 2001. The Sheikh’s calls are akin to a failed candidate in the recent Paris municipal elections calling for the destruction of the Eiffel Tower. Most good Frenchmen and women would just laugh at him.

  • Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi’i is a minor player on the Egyptian political landscape. The vast majority of Salafists and Egyptians are against the destruction of their national treasures. But yes the country does have some extremists who would knock down the pyramids at the first chance if they could like the Taliban/Bamiyan case in 2001. The Sheikh’s calls are akin to a failed candidate in the recent Paris municipal elections calling for the destruction of the Eiffel Tower. Most good Frenchmen and women would just laugh at him.

  • joe

    And people try to say Muslims aren’t crazy. Just practice your religion stop trying to press it upon the rest of the world and show that you’re the greatest and anyone who is not Muslims shall die/pay they try to pass themselves off as a peaceful religion and then look what they do all over the world. If this actually happens in Egypt I feel very bad/scared for the rest of the world.

  • kevobx

    How did Jerusalem come to be a great wall, it’s by the hands of Esau’s thou art nation of people, using the tribe of Judah (Negros)? *Ezra 4:15 That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: (Revelation 19:12). *Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resists the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. (Remember, the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual) Trees are natural, and what has happened to all the trees of the world? God is the vine. Satan is divine. Find your heritage, is custom and tribute for the children or of strangers? *Matthew 17:25*

    • Stanley Gornish

      You’re unfortunately so wrapped up in mumbling biblical quotes you have lost your sense of reality.

  • Nickolas Cedric Heath Smith

    Monuments like the pyramids are more precious then the views of a bunch of moronic religious fanatics

    • Stanley Gornish

      The real problem is that those moronic religious fanatics have cowed peoples and nations, and are marching forward with their fantasies of a Calif for Muslims and non-believers. In other words, we’re headed for mass beheadings under those crazed Muslim fundamentalists.

  • GrandPa_Drift

    What do you expect from a bunch of cavemen?

    • Stanley Gornish

      Those “cavemen” are marching forward while the Western world slinks back in fear.

  • These monuments, artifacts, indicators of the heavens, have a linage that points to more than just Egypt. This is African heritage. The Nubian dynastic periods predate the arab invasion. To destroy this important mysteries of Hue-man kind is an affront to the African culture and would be a grave mistake. There would be great back lash globally on this.

  • Dr Monem

    The author of this stupid article needs to contact Dr Wasim Elsissi who is a christian and a known intellectual to learn from him the facts of history,alexandria library was NOT burned by the moslems.That claim is as stupid as the author and fanatic moslems anywhere.Stop the nonesense.

  • Christians had a pretty good record of destroying “pagan” temples, art, and writing too. Generally, people are stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Stuart – You’ve fallen into the typical anti-western trap. When it has been pointed out that someone is calling/urging for a controversial action, rather than dealing with the present you immediately bring up the past. Isn’t life suppose to be about learning and growing?

    • Billrow

      “Had” is the operative word in your statement.

      When was the last time a Christian group destroyed a priceless antiquity or monument for the sake of their religion?

      Typical leftist response…”well… they do it too”

      • Stan Wright

        I’ll bite: religiously-inspired global warming denial.

        Mind you, the sack of Baghdad also qualifies, as does the shelling of the Stari Most in Mostar. There are a lot of candidates.

  • Billrow

    For people that will call warnings of the possible demolition of the great pyramids ridiculous, remember the demolition of the giant 1500 year old Buddah statues in Afganistan by the Taliban.

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