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Petitioning Saudi government

Stop the bulldozing of historic holy sites in Makkah and Madinah

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.

Letter to
Saudi government
Stop the bulldozing of historic holy sites in Makkah and Madinah, two of the holiest cities visited every year by millions of Muslims across the world. These cities are sacred entities that our Prophet maintained during his lifetime, they were never meant to become commercialized let alone completely demolished. For hundreds of years they have remained sacred places, until very recently when we began to learn of their steady destruction. According to Dr Angawi - who has dedicated his life to preserving Islam's two holiest cities - as few as 20 structures are left that date back to the lifetime of the Prophet 1,400 years ago and those that remain could be bulldozed at any time. "This is the end of history in Mecca and Medina and the end of their future," said Dr Angawi.