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Unending Revenge: The Modern Destruction of the Holy City of Makkah by Khalida
March 24, 2009, 11:13 am
Filed under: March Volume 2009, World | Tags: , ,

By Noora Ahmad
Islamic Post Staff Writer

This year, the Saudi Arabian government, along with the Bin Ladin Group and other corporations, are planning to finish two major construction projects: the Abraj al Bait, and Jabal Omar. These projects would complete the destruction of the historical area surrounding the sanctuary of the Ka’aba. Although Muslims worldwide have petitioned the Saudis on many occasions to desist from demolishing Islamic holy sites, the new custodians of the two most revered locations in Islam, Makkah al Mukarrama (or Mecca) and Madinah al Munawwara (or Medina) have, over the last century, managed to destroy, demean and disgrace each location where love and loyalty were demonstrated to the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), by his Holy Companions and Most Blessed Family. The only exception is the revered tomb of the Holy Last Messenger himself (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and this is not due to lack of trying. Attempts have indeed been made to demolish the tomb of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him) which is located in Madinatul Munawwara. The most notable attempt by the Wahhabis occurred close to the time of their inception in the early 1800s. (See Chronology of Revenge, B4)
Since the time of the allegiance of Ibn Abdul Wahhab with the tribesman Muhammad Ibn Saud, Muslims themselves have been attacked and murdered, accused of engaging in idolatry for visiting such tombs. The Wahhabi principle espoused misinterpretations of the sayings of the Holy Last Messenger to further their extreme aims. Darussalam, the Wahhabi publishing house, in their introduction to Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s work on faith, Kitab al Tauheed, states Ibn Abdul Wahhab “planned for [his version of] jihad against overwhelming polytheism and heretic ideas and practices, and invited people of all ranks to join in this mission. Delegates from every corner of the Arab Peninsula visited [him at his headquarters in] Dar’iyah to pledge their support to Sheikh and to take lesson of true [sic] monotheism of Islam. Then they would return back to their areas to teach the same to their people and educate them.”
By this means, Ibn Abdul Wahhab and the clan of Saud instituted bloodshed against Muslims, the descendents of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him) in particular. They also razed to the ground the shrines over the graves of the household of the Holy Last Messenger, his close and loyal companions, and those who laid down their lives defending his blessed person (may peace be upon him). And this after the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) exhorted the Muslims in his final sermon to “Pay attention to how you will treat saqlain (two heavy trusts: the Holy Qur’an and his blessed descendants) when I leave you.”
Up until today, this advice has been discarded.
The same process of the destruction of the legacy of Islam, the spreading of falsehood, and the murdering of Muslims who refuse to accept Wahhabi teachings, continues. Through this, the Wahhabis have met apparent success in the past 200 years in the quest to remove all traces of Islamic culture which prevailed for twelve hundred years before their ‘reformation.’ Instead, in Makkah, grandiose buildings will pay homage to materialism, in the form of  skyscrapers and shopping malls that dwarf the minarets of the Holy Ka’aba. Even non-Muslims, on internet comment boards and blogs (web logs), have been wondering if the Islamic community is happy about the construction taking place, which they refer to as being similar to the Vatican being turned into Las Vegas.
An intelligent design conference was held last month, after which Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Bar told Arab News the forum “aims at expediting the application of modern intelligent city technologies in Makkah to facilitate the housing and transportation of pilgrims and other guests who come to the city.” It would seem the main concern of the Saudi officials is the comfort of the pilgrims which, under normal circumstances, would be considered praiseworthy. However, the efforts put into the accommodation taken with the commercialization of the immediate surroundings, making a new focal point which will quite literally belittle the Holy Sanctuary in size, reminds one of the mind set of the spiritual and physical ancestors of these custodians who considered the pilgrims to the House of God primarily as a source of revenue. The Pagans of the past introduced idolatry into the Holy Sanctuary of the Ka’aba which was originally built by the Holy Messenger Abraham (peace be upon him). When Makkah was consumed by the two main evils of the world, polytheism and commercialism, the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), made his advent, and through great struggle and sacrifice, returned Arabia to the religion of Abraham (peace be upon him).
Ironically, today, the Muslims are being accused of idol-worship by the Saudi Wahhabis, spiritual heirs to the grip of the former Arab fiefdom upon the Makkah, who began to regain control of the two holy cities of Makkah and Madina, by force and bloodshed, beginning in the early 1800s. Muslims were, and still are, being mowed down for showing respect to any holy site beyond the sanctuary of the Ka’aba, or even for loyalty to any Muslim scholar who does not issue extremist fatwas. True to their pre-royalty heritage as highway robbers and criminals, the mafia-style dealings of the Saudi family and their Wahhabi clerics have rooted out the love of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), and of the Islamic system and cultural heritage which was founded by his blessed person, from a good many Muslims, using the threat of humiliation, alienation, and death. All of this is being done in a quest to wipe away the legacy of the Holy Last Messenger which states: “Love is my Foundation,” as narrated by Hazrat Imam Ali (may Allah ennoble his countenance.)
Instead, in the new Saudi empire, we find the house of Hazrat Khadijah, the first wife and loyal supporter of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him), has been destroyed in a show of ultimate hatred: public toilets were put in its stead. The demolition of the holy sites of Islam and the elevation of Saudi museums in honor of the Banu Omayyad and Saudi clans, those who have borne a long history of enmity to the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him) and his noble family, the Banu Hashim, from the very beginning, puts the icing on the cake for those who have dared to destroy Islam by using the name of Islam.
It is a matter of logic that such people will never be found celebrating the blessed birth of the Holy Last Messenger, our Master Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family.

Chronology of Revenge

“Oh you who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of Allah, nor of the Sacred Months…” (Holy Qur’an, 5:2)
One learns from sha’aair Allah, the symbols of Allah, that anything which has religious connection should be shown great reverence. Almighty Allah says in Holy Qur’an, whosoever respects the signs of Allah then it is from the piety of the heart. (22:32) The Sacred Ka’aba, the shrines of those who are near the Almighty and called friends of Allah, and the Holy Qur’an are but a few examples of the symbols of Allah. “And none gainsayeth Our signs save each perfidious, ingrate one!”  (31:32)

Chronology of Revenge
Since the defeat of the Makkan pagans at the Battle of Badr during the lifetime of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him and his family) the Omayyad clan, which later bound itself to the Saud tribe, have been seeking revenge against the family and followers of the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him.)

Early 1800s – Several attempts made by Saudis to gain a foothold in Hijaz. In 1217 AH (the Islamic era) blood of innocent Muslims was spilled in Taif. In 1218 AH, Saudi-funded radicals entered Makkah and destroyed the majority of sacred places and domes there, including the one which served as a canopy over the well of Zamzam. In 1221 AH, they entered Madina to desecrate Jannat al-Baqi (the graveyard of the Holy Companions). An attempt was even made to demolish the  tomb of the Holy Last Messenger (peace be upon him); but the idea was abandoned.
1924- Wahhabis entered Hijaz for a second time and carried out a merciless plunder and massacre of men, women and children. Houses were razed to the ground. Awn bin Hashim of Makkah wrote: “Before me, a valley appeared to have been paved with corpses, dried blood staining everywhere all around. There was hardly a tree which didn’t have one or two dead bodies near its roots.”
1925- Madina surrendered to the Wahhabi onslaught of Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. All Islamic heritage sites were destroyed. The only shrine that remained intact was that of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). Tombs of Hamza and other martyrs were demolished at Uhud. Also, in Makkah, the house where the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was born was destroyed.
1998- The grave of Amina bint Wahb, the Prophet’s mother, was bulldozed in Abwa and gasoline was poured on it.
2005- Saudi Arabia joined the World Trade Organization, and the opening of the kingdom to the foreign retail sector became mandatory, widening the scope of exclusive designers and boutiques of all stripes and attracting, or rather distracting, the pilgrims.

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