Stop Bulldozing historic Holy sites in Medina
This Petition is created to Stop the proposed vandalism of Green Dome of Medina , Riadul Jannah,Pulpit of Prophet of Islam (Sallallaholaihiwassalam) and three Mosques associated with companions of Holy Prophet Sallallaholaihiwassalam).
The current controversy of the potential Saudi demolition of Riyad-al-Jannah and the graves of Islamic caliphs Hazrat Abu Bakr (RA) and Hazrat Omar (RA) is one in a long line of projects that the world’s biggest exporter of crude oil has undertaken to erase Islamic heritage sites.
The Saudi obsession with everything concrete and steel is a cause of concern for Muslims around the world. The construction of enormous towers and skyscrapers, including the ghastly Mecca clock tower, tell us something about the future plans of the Saudis.
A 2011 report in The Independent titled “Mecca for the rich: Islam’s holiest site ‘turning into Vegas’” written by Jerome Taylor (who wrote the recent story about the planned Saudi destruction of Riyad-al-Jannah), says that the Saudis are planning to turn Mecca into a playground for the rich. They will do this by building sky scrapers and luxury hotels that cater to the rich Muslims coming from all over the world. The same newspaper reported back in April 2006 about the Saudi construction rampage in Islam’s holiest sites.
Systematic destruction of the holy sites and building hotels and resorts is being backed by the blessings of its religious clerics, who have taken upon themselves to erase sites whose significance to Islam is as great as any archaeological site pertaining to the early Christian or Jewish history in Jerusalem.
Such a work is being undertaken and not a voice is being raised. This is a cause of concern for Muslims around the world, especially if they are prone to delve into murderous rages over any slight offence to their religion, but choose to remain quiet when the very roots of early Islamic history are being erased (read: bulldozed).
However as it turns out, the Saudi kingdom seems to be on something more than destroying shrines and graves.
Even a cursory search reveals that the Saudis are embarking on real estate and renewable energy projects as they plan for the future post-2030. This is the period when it is feared that the supply of oil, which generates 86% of the kingdom’s revenue, might start to dwindle thus forcing the Saudis to import additional oil from other countries.
The Economist states that the rapid increase in demand for oil inside Saudi Arabia has increased by 37%. Moreover, 65% of its electricity is generated by the oil that it produces. For now, increase in oil price has caused the wealth of Saudis to soar, quite literally, and their construction of the Kingdom Tower is a testament to the money flooding in.
However the increase in oil consumption, the increasing American reliance on shale gas, the expectation that Canada and Mexico might become the new middle east. Moreover, the awareness of the fact that oil reserves would not last forever has led Saudi Arabia to consider alternate forms of revenue generation. These include real estate, Hajj (obviously), the banking sector and other renewable forms of energy.
Khalid al Falih, the president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, reflects the future strategy of the Saudis when he says that Saudi Aramco wants to transform from an oil and gas company to a ‘global energy and chemicals enterprise’. Apart from energy sources, the real estate sector is booming, thanks to the swelling population and the increase in tours by the increasingly affluent middle class of the Muslim world.
So how does the new course of Saudi economy relate to destruction of Islam’s holy sites? In this regard, my hypothesis is that the Saudis under the valid pretext of real state expansion are destroying the holy sites with the help of fanatical clerics who oppose reverence to any shrine or grave.
The real estate development and other modernisation projects can be undertaken anywhere in the kingdom, but it seems that the clerics are capitalising on this opportunity to erase the early history of Islam and increase their hold on the religion. Few countries have dared to raise voice against this heinous crime of the destruction of Islamic holy sites, fearing diplomatic repercussions that might arise. Yet we Pakistanis Muslims scream over the depiction of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) in the western media, burn buildings, kill people and block websites in protests but do not raise a single voice when the house of Hazrat Khadija (RA) is turned into a public toilet block, and when the Saudi Islamic affairs ministry declares that “the green dome (of Masjid Nabwi) shall be demolished and the three graves flattened in the Prophet’s Masjid”.
Historical Background of Saudi Destruction:-
Over the past thirty years, the Saudi Arabian government, illegitimate rulers of the Arabian Peninsula, have destroyed, dismantled, and bulldozed countless Muslim shrines and holy places. The ruling Saud family, are a bedouin tribe from Najd in Eastern Arabia who usurped the traditional Hashemite ruling family who were the custodians of the two Holiest sites in Islam, Mecca and Medina, for the preceding 1400 years. Once in power, they wasted no time in destroying Islam's historical, cultural, and religious legacy. Among they're most blatant offences: They have dug up graves, cut down trees that the Prophet Muhammad himself planted, destroyed wells that he drank from and now have bulldozed the home in which he was born. In addition they have destroyed the house he lived in for many years with his wife Khadija and turned that site into public toilets! They have also bulldozed the house of the Prophets' mother and poured on it gasoline. There is no justification for these acts. They have completely destroyed any traces of what was around the Kaba and built ugly concrete high rises in their place. They do this under the guise of their radical interpretation of Islam, Wahhabism, but their true intent is the eradication of the Prophet himself and last vestiges of what he brought. Why do the Saudis insist on perpetrating these crimes: quite simply they come from a tribe which has always envied the Holy Prophet and the tribe he belongs to, the Bani Quraysh, of which the ruling Hashemite clan takes their lineage. When they found their chance to rule Arabia in the power vacuum of a post Ottoman Middle East they pounced and began their ideological push for domination. To add insult to Injury, while perpetrating these atrocities the Saudi government has poured millions into the archeological preservation of the 'historic' mud Saud family palace in Riyadh their home town, a place of little historical relevance to the world and one significant only to them. Although he will never admit it, King Abdullah, with his massive oil wealth ,views himself as the bringer of a new 'golden age' to Arabia and puts himself on par with The Prophet. The Saudis have already destroyed so much heritage that can never be brought back- To understand the gravity of these acts imagine Christians found where Christ was born and then some Church group destroyed that location- it's absolutely unthinkable! Everyone regardless of faith, creed, race gender and orientation should be outraged at this cultural genocide and is asked to sign this petition to be sent to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Signing this petition is also a statement against fundamentalism and radicalism as all ' Islamic' terrorist groups have had their background in Wahhabi doctrinal teaching, the state sect of the Saudi Ruling family.
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And read this at wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_early_Islamic_heritage_sites
- King of Saudi Arabia through Mr. Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Essa – Consul-General, Mumbai
Saudi Government and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz
- King of Saudi Arabia through,Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saty Ambassador
Saudi Government and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
1. Mr. Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saty
Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, New Delhi
2. Mr. Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Al-Essa –
As per the News Reports published worldwide that Saudi Govt. has inaugurated a Plan to expand Masjid-e-Nabwi on 25th Oct 2012.Millions of Muslims the World are aghast and are in deep sorrow to know that three Mosques of Companions of Holy Prophet (Peace and blessing upon him) ,Riadul Jannah, Green Dome and Pulpit of Holy Prophet (Peace and blessings upon him) faces threat of demolition in this expansion.
Holy Medina City is recognized by green dome and Prophet’s (Peace and blessing upon him) Holy Grave so it is natural that any attempt to change the character of any of these will make Muslim of the world worry. It is also sad to know that despite several authentic News Reports and regular inquiries, Govt. of Saudi Arabia has not issued any Public statement in this regard.
Therefore the Muslim Community , put forward following demands to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that
We, the Muslims of the world, are extremely disturbed, dismayed and frustrated to witness destruction of Islamic Heritage in Saudi Arabia for construction of hotels, public toilets, commercial buildings, etc.
We demand Saudi Government to come into media and assure 1.6 billion Muslims of the world that no more Islamic Heritage buildings will be destroyed in Saudi Arabia. We have 4 specific demands in this regard.
(1) Saudi authorities ensure the Muslim world that the Green Dome of Prophet Mohammad (saws) will not be touched ever. Also, No new Domes will be made in the proposed expansion of Masjid-e-Nabawi bigger than the Green Dome. All expansion of Masjid-e-Nabawi to be done in the northern side, behind the present mosque.
(2) Saudi Government should immediately restore Heritage memorials of Baqi in Madinah and Mu'allah in Makka without wasting any more time. Also, Saudi Government should publicly apologize to the Muslim of the world for the destruction of these sanctuaries in the hands of their Government in early 20th Century. The ugly wrong committed in the past should be apologized and a new beginning made by restoring these sanctuaries.
(3) The Public Toilet made on the House of Prophet Mohammad (saws) in Makka should be destroyed and sanctity of the place is restored with immediate effect.
(4) Saudi Government should initiate a master plan to restore the Islamic Heritage buildings that have been destroyed in Arabia with immediate effect.
If the Govt. of Saudi Arabia did not come out in open to reply all these genuine points, then Majority of Muslims will be forced to Protest and rise against this Plan.
Muslim Students Organization of India (MSO)
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