Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin

from According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim
clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great
s–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 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.

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