Perhaps this is another of their meth-induced fantasies to go on a pyramid-bashing rampage (see post below). Whatever it is, this cleric is hopped up on something, because the idea of destroying the pyramids and the Sphinx is ridiculous. Destroying these ancient monuments -- which this cleric considers symbols of idol worship -- ought to be way down on the list of "things to do to make us better people" list. First, stop killing, stop raping, stop desecrating dead bodies, stop eating dead bodies ... and so on. When and if they ever reach "destroy pyramids and Sphinx," perhaps they will be such good people that they will have a change of heart.
An Islamic preacher from Kuwait has called for the destruction of Egypt’s Sphinx and pyramids (effectively destroying Egypt’s tourist industry), stating it is time for Muslims to erase the pharaohs’ heritage. The alleged call comes as Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists ramp up their attacks against historic sites and antiquities.
Although the ancient monuments are not religious – but rather cultural and historic sites – they should still be “destroyed” by Muslims, putting an end to the worship of images, preacher Ibrahim Al Kandari said, according to Al-Watan daily.
“The fact that early Muslims who were among prophet Mohammed’s followers did not destroy the pharaohs’ monuments upon entering Egypt, does not mean that we shouldn’t do it now,” Al Kandari said.
Another call for the destruction of Egypt’s main symbols comes from Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who suggested the demolition of the historic monuments is a “religious duty,” Al Alam news reported on Sunday. In the extreme interpretations of Islam, no material objects should be idolized or worshiped.
It comes amid growing concerns over the safety of many other historic and architectural monuments in the region, where militants continue to destroy ancient cities and artifacts.
Only last week, the Islamic State reportedly destroyed and looted the ancient Assyrian city of Dur Sharrukin in northern Iraq, demolished the remains of the ancient city of Hatra, and bulldozed the city of Nimrud near Mosul. The assault on the latter has already been compared by archaeologists to the Taliban’s destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001.
In 2012, an Egyptian cleric also issued a fatwa calling to rid the country of its pyramids and the Sphinx. The member of the radical Salafi movement said he wanted the antiquities demolished, as Prophet Mohammed destroyed the idols in Mecca, and demanded Egypt’s tourism ministry be abolished, comparing the industry to “prostitution and debauchery.”
The religious ruling was denounced by Egypt’s officials and scholars, who claimed the site was part of the country’s cultural – not religious – heritage.
Attacks on the Sphinx date back centuries. Despite many legends surrounding the monument’s missing nose – with harm from Napoleon’s cannon being among the most popular myths – historians believe it was actually destroyed by Sufi Muslim Muhammad Sa’im al-Dahr in the 14th century, after he learned that some peasants worshipped the Sphinx.