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Islamic Society (26 Jul 2016 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Why Islamists, Occasionally, Desecrate Islamic Holy Sites

By Tarek Fatah

Jul 25th, 2016

Monday’s suicide bombing outside the tomb of Prophet Muhammad in Medina, Saudi Arabia, sent shock waves throughout the Islamic world. The fact a Muslim carried out this act of terror during the holy month of Ramadan has left many followers of the Islamic faith in disbelief. Too many Muslims have fallen for the common refrain, trumpeted by Islamists, that no Muslim could carry out such an act and hence neither Islam nor Muslims can be held accountable for it in any way.

These arguments have been used every time Islamist terrorists engage in mass killings, from 9/11 in New York to the massacre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, last week. But the facts tell us a different story regarding the turbulent history of Islam and the roles played by Muslims within it. Academics and scholars are reluctant to discuss these historical facts for fear of being accused of bigotry and racism. Thus ordinary Muslims, to say nothing of non-Muslims, do not commonly know them. The result is a Muslim community unaware of its own often bloody history, going back centuries, when both our holy cities — Mecca and Medina — were attacked, ransacked and destroyed, not by the “Kuffar” (non-Muslims), but by Muslim leaders. They fought for power, using Islam as a tool to enhance or entrench their political hold on the states they created. Fanatical, politically motivated, and radicalized Muslims have never hesitated to desecrate Islam’s holy sites.

As early as October, 683 AD, the Umayyad caliph of Damascus invaded Mecca, then under the control of a rival caliph, and bombarded the ancient shrine of Black Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam. The Kaaba, where Muhammad preached, was destroyed in the fighting. A new one was constructed, but the worst was yet to come. As schisms increased within the Muslim world based on who was the rightful heir to Islam, in 899 AD a new sect of Islam emerged known as the Qarmatians. It embraced elements of Ismaili Shia Islam with Persian mysticism and was based in what is today Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. During the Hajj season of 930 AD, the Qarmatians invaded Mecca, destroyed the Kaaba and stole the pre-historic “Hajarul Aswad,” the Black Stone that was embedded in the eastern corner of the Kaaba itself.

They further desecrated the Zam-Zam Well by stuffing it with corpses of the defenders. It wasn’t until 22 years later that the Black Stone was brought back and placed back into the Kaaba’s eastern corner. Skipping over the centuries, we have the 1805 invasion of the Prophet’s city, Medina, by the first Saudi state. Imbibed with a fierce zealotry, the Wahhabi warriors of Muhammad Ibn Saud overran Medina and started to destroy Islamic shrines. They even tried to destroy the magnificent dome structure over the tomb of Prophet Muhammad, removed all precious objects from his gravesite and looted the treasury of the mosque itself.

After occupying Medina these Muslims, who came from the neighbouring region of Nejd, systematically levelled the “Jannat al-Baqi” cemetery, the vast burial site adjacent to the Prophet’s mosque that housed the remains of many of the members of Muhammad’s family, close companions and central figures of early Islam, including his beloved daughter, Fatima. These acts of sacrilege were re-enacted by a new generation of Wahhabi zealots led by Abdel-Aziz Ibn Saud during the second Saudi state, a century later.

On April 21, 1925 the rebuilt tombs and domes in Medina were once again bulldozed. Had it not been for intervention and diplomacy by then Prince Faisal (later King), who was in command of the regular Saudi army, the Wahhabis would have destroyed Prophet Muhammad’s tomb as well. As recently as November 1979, radicalized Muslims from around the world, including the U.S., Pakistan and Egypt, led by Saudi fanatic Juhayman al-Otaybi, took over the Holy Kaaba and killed many people during a two-week siege. The moral of the story is that no matter how often Muslims refuse to acknowledge our history; it will not hide the mess we have created that we now refuse to cleanse. Let us own up to it and stop blaming others for it.

Tarek Fatah is an Author and Columnist, Canada

Source: newdelhitimes.com/why-islamists-occasionally-desecrate-islamic-holy-sites123/

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-society/tarek-fatah/why-islamists,-occasionally,-desecrate-islamic-holy-sites/d/108083


  • To Tarek Fatah.
    Answer which I feel
    Muslim as Inherent nature they always want to break, kill convert and go on, but in so called Islamic country now converts or worship place of others are not left out, so pleasure is need of breaking, violence and killing is needed so they do.

    By Aayina - 8/5/2016 12:06:53 AM

  • To, Brijesh,  Well said to you and add as well extra which remind me more.

    Lots of Muslims and Christians also falls into SC and ST,and they also take benefit of that.

    The Christians BC, SC and ST are even liars they put on there certificate as Hindu as well to cream out maximum benifit, that is what there Christian missionary from abroad teach them.

    By Aayina - 8/1/2016 11:28:25 AM

  • Well discribe by tarek fatah about Islamik arogancy. A lot of person are commented about RSS and brahmins. They told why not SCs and STs are upgraded as brahmans. I challanged them that no SCsand STs want to upgrade in upper cast because goverment has given lot of extra rights to these casts. Even upper cast person want to degrage in SCs and STs for there benfit but govt and our constitution don't allow them.
    By Brijesh - 8/1/2016 5:03:44 AM

  • To Iqbal Husain, Stayed Zai Hashmi
    The Rigid system of Varna is similar( not same)Rigid system of yours like Muslim, when any one marries muslim he or she will lose the right of belief, kids born will be always Muslim, you both should be proud of this system as well.
    Now days Dalit had still chance constitutionally they are progressing 
    Varna system which was based on ability of karma was became rigid once upon a time in history, so do was everywhere in the world this type of system exist. Son off King of Saud will became automatically became king of Saud and will became custodian of holy place of Muslim, a looters who hijacked the place and are called kings.
    At least after independence Dalit had got chance to review, which is happening but could not happen immediately, but slowly it is happening.
    Other Important thing so called upper cast will not like to became lower cast overnight for the faults their forefather had done, if you see Dalit leaders behaviour they are mostly are of revenge type but of not of forgiving type, in that case you need to understand no one( collectively as community) will like to give up their upper hand, your Muslim scholar named Javed Ghamdhi explains same points very well.

    You both should study what is Apartheid, what white people did to black people, but after the so called revolution by Mandela the white people conscious wake up and they did fair election, now what black people is doing reverse Aparthied with white people, what white made to live blacks in sub-human conditions, they reversed in just within 30-40 years for white.

    Whatever happen in past but this white had patriotic feeling for their nation, but increasingly their life is put in japordised, so most of white had moveing away from South-Africa, this the single largest migration of this new century from one country due to discriminatory behaviour and law against the white people by black.

    Muslims are busy in very quick to find flaws in others, just read 13 Articles put by New age Islam the cast existence in Muslims of India, which might enlighten you.

    Personally I feel every justice had to be happen immediate but the world is run now by Karma of humans, the time of when God was making everything like immediately is over, I wright it down in sense which Muslim can in understand.
    Alam ae Amar, where everything happens immediately but Alam ae Khalkh takes time, so justice to Dalit will certainly happen but their intentions are also important to God. 
    If you see nowadays Facebook and Twitter it flooded by uppercaste Hindus voicing against the atrocities happening against the Dalits.
    Well I leave it to your judgment, hatred and love for fellow human beings.

    By Aayina - 7/30/2016 8:48:03 AM

  • @Venugopal Bhat POINT WISE REJOINDER (1) your calling your esteemed "GODS" as of low caste is baffling and i will term it insulting. as a matter of fact these "GODS" should have been upgraded to the higher varna because upholders of varna system proclaim that "Initially in golden era of hinduism varna was convertible". (2) terrorism already condemned by all leading madarsas and clerics of islam. better diversify your reading style and scope. do not get indoctrinated by hate monegrs like new age islam. (3) when some one writes on social media atatcking any community then all matters will be discussed. nothing remins "INTERNAL". Cow protection groups killing dalits Chraistians muslims. an if we add atrocities on sc st then this figure exceeds total casualties in terror cases from last 2 decades or so. (4) it is not a matter of arguments but ethics. all writers of this blog including myself condemn terror,. now it is your turn to support convertibility of varna
    By Iqbal Husain - 7/29/2016 9:08:34 AM

  • You can't handle your own Varna and Karma so stop preaching others.. We all condemn all type of terrorism,killing innocent people ,is against the teachings of Islam... No i am coming to your religion.

    What does it mean to be a Dalit in India today? Dalits endure segregation in housing, schools and access to public services. Dalits are denied access to land, forced to work in degrading conditions and are routinely abused by the police and upper-caste members. Dalits suffer discrimination in education, health care, housing, property, freedom of religion, free choice of employment, and equal treatment before the law Dalits suffer routine violations of their right to life and security of person through state-sponsored or sanctioned acts of violence, including torture.

    Dalits suffer caste-motivated killings, rapes and other abuses on a daily basis. Between 2001-2002 there were 58,000 registered egregious abuses against Dalits and Tribals. 2005 government report stated there is a crime committed against a Dalit every 20 minutes. Dalits comprise most of the agricultural, bonded and child laborers in the country. 2007 government report found 77% of all Indians live on less than $.50 a day and most of them were Dalits.

     Dalit women face additional discrimination and abuse, including sexual abuse by the police and upper caste men, forced prostitution, and discrimination in employment and wages. Dalit children face continuous hurdles in education. They are made to sit in the back of classrooms and endure verbal and physical harassment from teachers and other students. The effect of such abuses is confirmed by the low literacy and high drop-out rates for Dalits. Hindu scriptures say that the four-castes each sprang from God (Manu Smriti 1: 87-101), and it states that since the Brahmin sprang from God's mouth, he should be treated like divinity, it goes on in such fashion to the Sudra who is said to have sprang from God's feet, and as a result his birth from this segment of God is seen by Hindu scriptures as a justification of the contempt it metes out to these people of low-caste. It considers the three high-castes (Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya) as Dvija, or "twice-born", and the Sudra as "once born".

    Hindu theology says that only "twice-borns" can get to heaven, so "once-borns" (Sudras and outcastes) have to be reborn as a caste in the "twice-born" category in order to stand a chance of getting heaven. The only way for him or her to reach this higher caste and thus stand a chance of attaining heaven is by doing his caste duty (Bhagavad Gita 4:13-19, 16:24, 18:07-10), and as the Manu Smriti states (Manu Smriti 1:91), the caste-duty of low-castes and outcastes is slavery to the castes of the "twice-born" category.

    Thus Hinduism has an intricate theological web which entraps the low-caste and outcaste into slavery for the high-castes. Hence it is surmised that Hinduism is the invention of corrupt people who intricately spread slavery in the guise of religion to the masses.

    By Syed Zia Hashmi - 7/29/2016 9:06:22 AM

  • @Iqbal Husain
    Caste is internal matter of Hinduism which doesn't effect outsiders and surely not a GLOBAL THREAT, In fact followers of Hinduism or any other religion is not a GLOBAL threat ... EXCEPT ISLAM .

    Logically speaking VARNA has nothing to do with caste discrimination.... because if it really did have something to do then ...The upper caste Brahmins would never had worshipped a lower caste kshatriya RAMA , 
    Or to say much lower caste SC Krishna.
    A sc shepherd boy called chandra gupta could have never got admission to the finest gurukul , and went on to start his own maurya dynasty.

    Logically speaking terrorism has everything to do with Islam... the article proves it . Terrorism is based on the evil Islamic preaching of ARMED JIHAD.

    Misguided in Hinduism become caste freak.
    But misguided or not we can't be 100% sure a muslim will not become a terrorist. 

    We as a true Hindu out right CONDEMN all kind of human discrimination VARNA in name of religion .

    DO YOU as a muslim out right condemn the preaching of ARMED JIHAD.
    NO you will not .

    So come up with better argument

    By Venugopal Bhat - 7/29/2016 9:05:32 AM

  • pig are those people who are opposing convertibility of VARNA. why sangh pariwar not promoting their sc st obc members to higher varna of brahmin kshatriyas
    By Iqbal Husain - 7/29/2016 8:54:23 AM

  • He is a Pig in skin of man.....
    By Syed Zia Hashmi - 7/29/2016 8:52:09 AM

  • Tarekh Fateh is speaking alone and alone about bad past of Muslim so he is getting more and more noisy because non of the Muslims is ready to accept bad past of Muslims with Muslims and Muslims with other faiths.

    It is similar to Hindus in Brahmin not ready to accept what happened to Dalits, altleast lots of Brahmin now are saying.

    Not Manuvadi only making noise also equally opposite Munvadi( mostly they called themselves secular or communist) are also making noise for example Kanhiya.

    By Aayina - 7/29/2016 1:12:29 AM

  • On a different tack:-

    The moral of the story is that no matter how often “Muslims” refuse to acknowledge our history…” .

    With the above absolutely correct expression, it is surprising that a learned person should then juxtapose “Muslim(s)” with: ‘Islamic world’, ‘Islamists’, ‘Islamist terrorists’, ‘Islamic shrines’!

    None of the above has anything to do with Islam!!

    By Rashid Samnakay - 7/28/2016 10:19:38 PM

  • Neil Limbachiya your obscene language violating provisions of Indian penal code shows that intellectually you are not up to the mark. in future comment only after reading some good books.
    By Iqbal Husain - 7/28/2016 1:14:27 PM

  • @Iqbal... dont ask ur father... shut ur mouth in ur ******t .. ok .. bloody pig 

    By Neil Limbachiya - 7/28/2016 1:09:58 PM

  • @Neil Limbachiya do you know definition of a hindu , muslim chriatian . tell us in detail or shall i help you
    By Iqbal Husain - 7/28/2016 1:06:44 PM

  • Tarek fateh is s real muslim...
    By Neil Limbachiya - 7/28/2016 1:00:13 PM

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