Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax.    Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.”

This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641.  Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity.  While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.

However, while book-burning was an easy activity in the 7th century, destroying the mountain-like pyramids and their guardian Sphinx was not—even if Egypt’s Medieval Mamluk rulers “de-nosed” the latter during target practice (though popular legend still attributes it to a Westerner, Napoleon).

Now, however, as Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sheikhs” observes, and thanks to modern technology, the pyramids can be destroyed.  The only question left is whether the Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt is “pious” enough—if he is willing to complete the Islamization process that started under the hands of Egypt’s first Islamic conqueror.

Nor is such a course of action implausible.  History is laden with examples of Muslims destroying their own pre-Islamic heritage—starting with Islam’s prophet Muhammad himself, who destroyed Arabia’s Ka‘ba temple, transforming it into a mosque.

Asking “What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony?” Daniel Pipes provides several examples, from Medieval Muslims in India destroying their forefathers’ temples, to contemporary Muslims destroying their non-Islamic heritage in Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, and Tunisia.

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  • David Love

    Uh, i think i might know why. They're foolish savages.

  • Derek

    I don't think they would do it with all the tourism money at stake. It was different when the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, because they were not making any money off them. It would be terrible tragedy if the pyramids were destroyed, but I don't foresee it happening.

  • cjk

    Carthage was the exception, not the rule so your comment is irrelevant to my statement.

  • JanineC

    The pyramids belong to humanity as a whole. People better stop this insanity and quick!! These are treasures that can never be replaced in all of history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.thoreau.543 Henry Thoreau

    They destroyed a mountain with thousand year old Buddhist statues carved into them. They destroy Catholic Churches and Coptic Churches across the world daily. Why is this a surprise?

    This is their religion. To exterminate everything else, which is what they call "peace". It's very simple, and very hard for normal people to grasp. But it ain't a lie. They were created for this.

  • Suten AfuRaKa

    What??

  • Mike from Kanada+

    …when the Moslems reach even a large minority, they will start to agitate in the western countries (such as spineless Canada) to convert to Islam or else! The christian churches will be destroyed ,as will any building or symbol of a non-Moslem variety! Then they will demand that any woman that doesn't wear the burqua will be raped! Good—- we let these lovelies into our countries! It's too bad that the ancient Romans didn't totally destroy christianity 2000 years ago- we would all be better off under the old Roman pagan religions tha n christianity!

  • Eric

    Islam is the enemy of all humanity and civilization. The sooner we figure it out, the sooner we can move on and the less casualties there will be.

  • JanineC

    You mean Religion of Pieces…

    • Sue

      I like it janine.

  • DaveR

    I have a great idea. In the US, we do a great job of knowing how to blow things up really well. So why don't all of those Muslims get INTO the pyramids, and then the US will mow them down for them. That will be a much better option than leaving it to the Muslims would have to use rocks and stone knives to topple the pyramids, since that is as far as their "Religion of Peace" has allowed their "civilization" to advance.

    • drlmg

      GREAT idea!!! I’m all for it!

  • Jane

    How stupid can these people possibly be????????

  • Drakken

    Well then it would behoove the West to take every treasure and work of art out of that cesspool of islamic depravity for the sake of humanity.

  • suibne

    this is a culture bent on suicide by cop……what ever the name of the cop might be……this is practiced repulsiveness and the bite is rabid…….you want these guys to have nuclear weapons huh?
    suibne

  • jack

    A religion of peace and brotherly love that is tolerant of others? Eventually the West will have to go to a flat out war to rid the World of such danger.

  • amplitude jones

    the barbarian animals need eradication. For the Children.

  • gfleng

    Yes, make the place nice and flat so Israel's nukes will fry you all.

  • jeard

    When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

  • DaveR

    I realize that there may be relatively few Muslims who have such extreme views.

    If so …. WHERE IS THE ABSOLUTE OUTRAGE ON THE PART OF THE "MODERATE" MUSLIM COMMUNITY?

    Same thing about 911, and many other terrorist acts. Why do we not see our airwaves FLOODED with the moderate Muslims denouncing such actions?

    • amarena

      Because the so -called "moderate" muslims either don't exist or they are so afraid of the fanatics islamists that they don't dare to speak out!!!!

  • AZWarrior

    If they touch any of these sites, the rest of the world should track them down and hold them for trial for crimes against humanity. These sites belong to mankind, not to any one group or nation. This was one of the Taliban's favorite activities. We took care of them with a war, but the damage was done and part of our history, indeed part of mankind's culture was lost for eternity. There are just some things more important than the lives of fanatics.

  • Paige

    Just look around the countries who harbor and support radical islam, they look like a dung field reminiscent of the 6th and 7th centuries.
    The big question is; why can't they get along with other muslim tribes? Answer; they love killing.

  • Hugh

    Here’s an idea. Turn them into giant glass structures via nuclear radiation. This will accomplish two things. 1. They will glow with a cobalt blue light for 50,000 years, thus be preserved. 2. Any stupid Muslim
    , but I repeat myself, who ventures near enough to attempt destruction will join the sicko pedophile originator of this madness in short hours.

  • bdavis

    Well it is the religion of peace right? And these people are pouring into the country!

  • Jerry

    It would actually be pretty cool to see whats under the Pyramids.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      That's probably what some smart aleck said when they blew up the parthenon.

  • Hugh

    Here’s an idea. Morsi has been invited by Imam Obamao to visit. Maybe he can wangle a shovel-ready job grant from us!

  • Derek

    Of course, what you are responding to is not real Islam, but a caricature.

  • dret

    I hope they are able to come to some kind of a settlement to their predicament. Perhaps only destroying one or two of the pyramids. I love the great muslims and thier wisdom is leagendary. we all should send them alot of our money.

    • dret

      HA HA HA I hope they kill each other. Stupid dumb sand coons.

  • Biff Clinton

    Nuke Mecca and turn it into a giant glass factory. That shut the diaper heads up

  • shit on you

    fu all

  • gnasher

    Are you quite sure that Abdullatif Al Mahmood, head of the Bahraini National Unity assembly, said "“destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not"? Because I can't find any reference to his saying this on other local or international news source.

    Where and when did he make these comments? And if he didn't, maybe you should consider correcting your article to reflect this.

    Also, which other "prominent Muslim clerics" have begun calling for the destruction of the pyramids. Your article refers to them but doesn't name them.

    Thanks and best wishes.

    • Sonny

      Um, the first paragraph has three links, to three separate accounts of people, including the Bahraini dude. You can't find that quote of his because, um, it's Ibrahim's translation. So, trust his translation, or go learn Arabic.

      • gnasher

        That's wrong. The article opens by saying that "prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids" and then links to a video clip of a Saudi guy (about whom I can't find a single reference on Google apart from this story).

        Then there's a Daily Mail story from last December in which an unsuccessful election candidate for the al-Nour party (whose personal opinions the Salafists later blamed for their losing 20 seats), Abdel Moneim Al-Shahat, suggested that the pyramids should be covered in wax.

        And finally there's the quoted line purportedly from the Bahraini political leader, Abdullatif Al Mahmood, which has been reported nowhere else on any local or international news site. This guy gets a lot of coverage in the media and yet nobody reports on these highly controversial comments? I find that incredible. Somebody suggests above that Mr Ibrahim may have been quoting, by mistake or design, from a parody Twitter account. These are not exactly high journalistic standards.

        But in any case the article provides no evidence that "prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids". I'm not sure why Mr Ibrahim would right an article without producing corroborating evidence, unless of course he's preemptively just stirring up anxiety about the new Egyptian government. Who have actively been promoting the importance of tourism (and cultural tourism in particular) to the country's economy this week.

  • shit on you

    cram them up your koran holes sand monkies

  • Truth Seeker

    The Reason why they de-nosed the Great Pyramid is that they didn't want the world to know that the ORIGINAL Egyptians were black.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.warren.395 Mark Warren

      Could very well be…

    • gravenimage

      Truthseeker, the Copts are the descendants of the original Egyptians.

  • Bunch

    Islam is a false religion, dreamed up by a man. God is the father of all nations and all peoples. God loves all of his children. God does not call for the death of any person at the hand of another. God asks that we love each other and protect each other. Any one who preaches hate and says to kill another or destroy others ideas and culture is not of God, but of the devil. Why would God put one of his creatures against the other, no, only a crazy power hungry man would do this. No religion who says to kill others is valid, none. God is love, not hate.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    If the meteor had wanted the pyramids destroyed, it would have landed on them and done it itself.

  • gerbil

    Hoorah for that gentlest of all religions…Islam…as it once again decides to destroy the world's cultural icons!!!!!

  • gerbil

    And when does the Million Muslim Man March on the Mall begin? They will protest the hijacking of their peaceful religion by the Islamists. Can't wait to cheer them on.. Oh, wait a minute. That will never happen because the "nice" Moslems are petrifies by the idiots that burn, rape , pillage and …fly planes into buildings!

  • Tomper

    Too stupid to live. Maybe some mullah will get to the root of islam and call for world wide suicide of all muslim fanatics. This isn’t a religon, it’s death cult. Where is Jim Jones when you need him and the cool aid.

  • MohammedWasAHomo

    More love and tolerance from the people who brought you the Holocaust (the Muslim Brotherhood advised Hitler on how to effectively solve the "Jewish problem"). Do you really think that it's any coinkydink that EVERY Muslim "holy site" is built on a site of cultural significance to a prior civilization? We need to start stomping on these cockroaches and dismantle THEIR "holy sites." First up:that monstrosity that is desecrating the Temple Mount.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karend.laidman Karen D Laidman

    Geof says: · 12 hours ago
    With your "CoExist" bumper stickers and your apologetic votes, how can you think peace with Israel will ever happen? this is a level of evil like no other. There will be no peace with these fanatics.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    There never was and never will be forever and ever. Amen. Many people think (or don't think about it at all) that what they had to learn?…well read about anyway, that the "religious wars were way back then..so doesn't even apply
    It will never stop……..it is ordained.

  • HiHeels

    Egypt was once a civilized place of historic tourism. We still have the pictures

  • choose life

    "Their" point of view: destroy all that is different from ours, so, that the rest of the 'non-believers' will be easier to convert or destroy.

    WILL NOT WORK. THE WORLD IS very diverse and the TRUELY FREE spirit of the human being will never be conquered!
    By destruction, you only stagnate your own progress! In technology as well as in soul.
    So. Sad. So. Sad!!!

  • nickters

    I say "blow em up"! I mean blast those things sky high. I want it to rain down rocks on those numb skulls for months.

  • jgdp

    KILL all muslimes!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karend.laidman Karen D Laidman

    Raymond Ibrahim posted this article……his article for discussion, perhaps garnering ideas for a fictional
    work…………hmmmmmm? He wrote it for FP.
    What's your source Ray?

  • Dryden01

    Why don't they just sell them to a Las Vegas casino or some hotel chain in Arizona..

  • Free born man

    I'm getting Deja Vu. Could this be an omen of things to come? Roughly 6 months after news about the Taliban destroying ancient Buddha statues in Afganistan, the Islamists visted us on 9-11. Are the globalists setting the stage for another event?

  • sonofgalt

    geee what a surprise 8th century cult wants to change history i thought the pyramids must have been allowed by allah or they would not be there inshalah

  • privatouring

    The Cliff Buddhas of Afghanistan are mute testament to the lunacy of these subhuman madmen. They love only death and ruin. They hate any remotely reasonable Muslim, and all non-Muslims. Why bother. Tell them that if they lift a finger against the pyramids, then we shall bomb the Aswan and everything within a 10 mile radius of Mecca and Medina. And then we will pour pig's lard on the entire area and set it afire.

  • z_jost201

    Actually the Eifel Tower and Arc de Triumph were created by Christians not pagans.

    • guest

      But, Z- the Islamists call Christians "pagans". Al the same to them.

  • R T Kraken

    ALL religions are “just made up” and most of them are demonstrably stupid. Islam is just one of the faiths that really, really values stupidity.

  • HorizonScanner

    These ghoulish fools destroyed giant mountain sized statues of Buddhas sitting in states of Nirvana..

    A Declaration of War the UN would be appropriate. But the UN is too busy trying to destroy the United States to pursue the just cause of humanity's true legacy.