Stop the bulldozing of historic holy sites in Makkah and Madinah
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Stop the bulldozing of historic holy sites in Makkah and Madinah

    1. Komal Magsi
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      Komal Magsi

      commack, NY

This is not just about being Muslim, it's about preserving a sacred and holy landmark. In Makkah, the house of Prophet Mohammed's wife has been destroyed to make space for public bathrooms. His birthplace may disappear, too, as part of King Abdullah’s design plan to replace one of the holiest sites of peace and worship for over 2 billion Muslims across the globe with his idea of a New York City skyline.

Damian Thompson, the author of an article titled, "The Saudis are Bulldozing Islam's Heritage. Why the Silence from the Muslim World?" wrote quite poignantly, "Imagine that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – has been taken over by Cromwellian Puritans. The new owners of the shrine plan to send bulldozers in, replacing the old church with a monstrous building resembling a concrete spaceship. This is so pilgrims can pray without being distracted by “superstitious” icons. Also, the Old City will be buried under hotels that make Vegas look like Venice. It wouldn’t happen, would it? Christians would fight to the death to preserve Jerusalem. So would Jews and Muslims. And, for once, they’d have the support of secular politicians and scholars, horrified by the prospect of an act of cultural vandalism unprecedented in modern times."

I realize this is a lofty goal, given the power and assets the Saudi government has invested in their conversion of Makkah, but like most petitions, we need to begin somewhere.

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    • bushra ilyas LAHORE, PAKISTAN
      • about 1 year ago

      islam

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    • Naziat Hassan WOODSIDE, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is something I strongly believe in. All respected people deserve to remembered and their marks in this world should not be destroyed or diminished.

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    • Maha Akhtar NEW HYDE PARK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is a darn shame that the most important historic sites in Islam have to be destroyed by the very government of the country they're located in! Most religious authorities take great pains to preserve historic religious sites (located in Rome, Jerusalem, etc) and yet, the Saudi government chooses to BULLDOZE and reconstruct these sites! What an utter shame for Islamic heritage. It is CRUCIAL we all UNITE and challenge the Saudi government NOW before it's too late!

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    • Adiza Ali NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      i am a muslim

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    • Annam Choudhry BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      If Muslims come to Mecca to fulfill their duty and to worship Allah without the distraction of this world around them, why would you force dunya to encompass us? The holiest of holy places is turning into a metaphor for the state of our Ummah..

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