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Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in International, Religion | 6 comments

Calls Start in Egypt to Destroy the Great Pyramids (UPDATE: Report is a HOAX)

UPDATE: The report we linked to and quote from below turns out to be from a website that fell victim to a hoax. And since we linked to the report about the report we did, too. First read our UPDATE HERE. Now read our original post which quotes the report:

Some in Egypt are calling to destroy one of that country’s most enduring symbols — and tourist attractions:

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 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.

Nor is such a course of action implausible. History is laden with examples of Muslims destroying their own pre-Islamic heritage—starting with Islam’s prophet Muhammad himself, who destroyed 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 non-Islamic heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia.

This will be a story worth watching. Will it turn out to be a pipe dream of a bunch of extremists? Or will it happen and become a symbol of the new Egypt — in more ways than one?

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  • StockBoyLA

    The desire of these particular group of Muslims, though the proposal is extreme, reminds me of today’s Republican Party. If you’re different (gay, non-Christian, etc.) then you have no place and are seen to be a threat. The conservatives do not want anyone other than white, straight Christians in the USA. Let us not forget that it is the conservatives in America who claim that Obama is a Muslim… that Muslims are terrorists, that Muslims cannot build places of worship.

    All people who commit hate crimes have this same mentality. Those who do not do anything to stop a hate crime or who do not defend those being attacked (verbally or physically) are just as complicit as those who actually commit a hate crime.

    I know there are some good conservatives out there, but it’s beyond my comprehension why they are part of a party which devalue the humanness of other citizens.

    The destruction of history of another culture is just a more serious attack on the hate group continuum.

  • rudi

    This isn’t coming from Egypt, but our “friends in Bahrain and Saudis Arabia. Let’s see what the MB does with this. The Dead played at the foot of the GP. No other US friends would allow their culture to be corrupted…

  • lukemendes

    Unfortunately for the Islamic Nation everything is Pagan. But please look at the real intention of the Pyramids. Study Nicola Tesla’s Theories on the Pyramids. Its not a tomb. Its a power station. Destroy it and make the real pagans victorious.

  • S_Templar
  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

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    archangel/ dr.e

  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    If this report via several usually reliable newsmedia sources is in fact inaccurate, TMV apologizes and will correct this, this evening as soon as facts surrounding the situ can be verified a bit more.

    ‘The Daily News Egypt’ which bills itself as Egypt’s ‘only English newspaper” is actually where the link above leads in JTemplar’s comment.

    Thanks JT

    archangel/ dr.e

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