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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  • Dr. Nicole Hansen

    As an Egyptologist who has studied the history of attitudes toward the monuments in Egypt for many years, may I remind Mr. Ibrahim that he has failed to mention that his co-religionists, the Coptic Christians, were responsible for far more wanton destruction of the ancient monuments and attacks on the pagan indigenous people of Egypt and their beliefs than Muslims have ever been. For several hundred years, the Christians waged attacks on the temples, destroying images and statues of the gods, even brutally killing the sacred animals by throwing them on the fire, calling the populace demon-worshipers etc. It only ended with the ENTIRE population being converted to Christianity.

    When Amr ibn al-As, the first Muslim ruler, came to Egypt, he destroyed nothing. I won't say that the monuments have not continued to suffer depredations, but they were not religiously motivated as they had been under the Christians. Blocks were taken from the pyramids for example, to build things elsewhere. Think of it as a form of recycling. It's easier to take a pre-cut rock than to go cut a new one. Tombs have been looted (since the days of the pharaohs themselves) for the valuable gold that is found inside them, or the obsession of Europeans with using mummy powder as medicine.

    In short, this article is a load of nonsense. No one here in Egypt, not the Muslim Brotherhood, not the Salafis, is calling for destroying the pyramids. If some sheikh in Bahrain says it, it is his personal opinion. But Egypt is a sovereign country and the Egyptian people, Muslim and Christian alike, would never let it happen. I guarantee you.

    • Bruno

      Baloney. Today’s Egyptian muslims were happy to tell me that historic muslims peeled off the outer smooth white stones from the great pyramids to decorate the huge Mohammed Ali “Great Mosque” nearby in Cairo. A first step of eventually tearing them down. Enough Islam-apologist propaganda already.

    • Highsteppin' Harry

      And what's your point? Than now, a thousand yrs later, it's just fine for the muzzlams to destroy the pyramids?

  • https://www.facebook.com/puritaf Purita Fleschhut

    The Islamists are nihilists. Another word for Islam is Nihilism.

  • Matt west

    Just Stupid………!

  • Osamas_Pajamas

    I advocate the complete erasure of Islam on this planet — it's just poisonous, violent bullshirt, posing as holiness and morality. Exterminate the bxstxrds.

  • Highsteppin' Harry

    And history will remember that it will have been the Kenyan obbama who was the catalyst for the destruction of the ancient pyramids. It was he who facilitated and encouraged…and befriended the islamists who now plan to commit an atrocity against one of the most amazing relics of antiquity. Let it be forever known that the Kenyan is an incompetent and a fool – and a destroyer of good.

  • Caius

    Face it, Egypt is devolving back to the dark ages. It is basically Darwinism in reverse.
    Islam is pure madness, devoid of logic, compassion, justice or equality. Nothing in Islam is of any value to Humanity. It is absolutely filled to the brim with hate for anything non Islam.
    Personally, i think Winston Churchill observation and description of Islam says all we need to know about this death cult.

    "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

    "Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytising faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science – the science against which it had vainly struggled – the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."

    • ohplz

      Really? Al-Andalus. Beat that progress. As for this loaded article, again fails to address why Islam orders the leadership to destroy idols and symbols of idolatry. For the atheist who believes we’re the result of billions of years of random chance, and the agnostic who really doesn’t know where to stand; this is a problem. For others, I invite you to speak to a praticising Muslim and ask him/her what Islam says about idolatry and you might just be convinced.

  • http://www.Drudgereport.com Robert

    The Pyramids must not be destroyed. They belong to the Universe, not to Islam. Once again Islam is proving just how ignorant and intolerant they are. The World will never have peace until the last Muslim is dead. Islam has been the primary agitator of war in the World since Mohammed walked the Earth. Mohammed was a reincarnation of Satan and Islam is Evil and intends to spread that evil. If they attempt to destroy the Pyramids or any anchient artifacts we should stop them and kill them. We can’t allow the scum of the earth to destroy the greatest mystery on Earth and one of the greatest achievments on Earth. As bad as I believed Muslims to be I never thought they were this evil. Too bad our president will protect them.

    • Faheem

      Amazing…..U need peace by killing…..500,000 in Iraq, 100,000 in Afghanistan, 100,000 Kashmir, 50,000 Palastine, 100,000 Bosnia…..Millions of ref indians in USA, 100,000 in Vetnam, 100,000 in world wars in japan.

      The matter is you just want to kill not only Muslims but all on the earth and after killing millions you do not want to be called a terrorist.

      Amazing….I really appreciate that bring peace by killing…it is better to kill yourself by your hand and you will get peace

    • pogromney

      Now, if only our Muslim brothers could pick up destroying the District’s idols and monoliths. Signed, patriotic gringo.

  • https://www.facebook.com/hurricane567 Noton Yourlife

    I think i'd be remiss not to point out that 1)not one structure in the Muslim world can compare to the Pyramids either in size, durability, accuracy, or beauty and 2)the people who built the pyramids were most likely BLACK AFRICANS not Arabs of any sort.

    • ohplz

      THE symbol of idolatry, plutocracy and slave-labor. How amazing.

      • Robin

        If that is all you take out of the greatness of the pyramids, then you are indeed a very poor person. Everything has its beginnings in something, it is what it is and to destroy it is destroying history.

  • Oriental Bastard

    Not sure picking up insane tweets from a parody account of Abdullatif Al Mahmood and attributing nonsensical statements to him demonstrates proper journalistic integrity and ethics. Those are funny tweets, but next time do your due diligence.

    https://twitter.com/amahmood2011/status/217692848169033730

  • Quixote

    Well, best get out the pick axes and shovels boys…we certainly don’t wanna offend nobody…

  • QQQ

    this is a good thing be cause its not sure what kinda evil powers hiding from those buildings or what their purpose really are

  • snake

    Oh well. About time the news media reported this. This has been the issue for a long time with the brotherhood.. Just the mainstream gaggots wouldn't be honest about it to protect their brown little turd in office…

    Well the truth is out. the brotherhood are a bunch of cammel pumpers with big open but whiles for their same sex pals.

  • Steven

    If you want proof that a powerful Spirit of Evil (call it what you will) exists in the world and "seeks whom it may devour, " you need only look at the false religions it props-up. How can you tell them? Simple- they call for people to butcher each other in God's name. You do the math and figure it out. And while you're at it, throw the pandering eel pols who name such abominations "peaceful" to the wolves to which they pander.

  • wallace

    The best thing the west and America could do is to offer the women of these cretins sanctuary in our countries..all those wishing and able to leave should be helped, at gunpoint if necessary, to do so.

  • Kip Noxzema

    Your Messiah president said he would have Hope and Change you could believe in. Do you believe in this, destroying one of the Wonders of the World? If so, you’re an id1ot. How could you possibly vote for this guy?

  • John Galt

    Muslims are like locust, a cancer moving across the land bringing only death and destruction. They are the purest, highest, form of ignorance known to the human race. There "religion" is utter and complete nonsense that only the most intellectually devoid could fathom. These are dirt worshipping pigs who pray to an imaginary King Dirt Pig.
    The UN should mobilize efforts to eradicate these dregs so as not to poison the well of the world with their insanity.

  • Phillipe

    Go for it, prove to all the non believers that Islam is based on hate and contempt for any life, things of beauty and antiquity regardless that Egypt has been a civilization for nearly 7000 years. So do it, any foreigner will have no interest in going to Egypt whatsoever, you can ride a camel at any circus.
    $2.00 a day pay for Egyptians will seem like middle class wages.once the Muslim Brotherhood gets done with the country. Let's see another Afghanistan in the north of Africa….Nefertiti who????
    The people have spoken for the first and last time, let the Middle East become swallowed up by the desert sands and be nothing more than and archeological dig. By the way destroy and burn everything old and all the museums. Let's go for it. Change the name as well.

  • Phillipe

    The people are so happy with the new government……..and living so well and high on life. Destroy everything, rampage in the name of Allah. Christians should pack up and try to leave or simply wait to get slaughtered as Jews did in Germany. Get out!!!! The country is headed in the direction of huge dust bowl, where executions will be reality TV every hour on the hour.

  • Guest

    Neanderthals were more cultured than these people.

  • longspree

    It is so revealing as to how the American left cheered this move toward democracy. The idiots will never learn.

  • true lilly

    Bob the Atheist · 11 hours ago
    I am so sick of religious people. Open up a science book. Look at the pictures taken by the Hubble telescope. Use you brain for a change, '"THERE IS NO GOD!!!!!!! How stupid can some people be. The universe is so vast it is beyond comprehension. There is no being watching over us. When you die, your dead!
    ____________________________
    "…written in days where we couldn't explain the sun and stars and had no knowledge of the real universe,…"

    Jeff, Those Books, are much older than we're (miss)led to believe, yet still, They Describe,
    THE BEGINNING of what Is Real, in this Whole, Real World's, Whole History, that was 'sealed' until
    this age of science playing catch up, and so, to those who DON'T put the 'much writing' of man,
    above God's Living Word, it's clear that the 'out of Egypt/Africa' time line LIE, is The Great Apostasy.

    The Time Line God Described, IS Supported what Good Science keeps REVEALING,
    but, ALL The World has been Forced, Slaughtered and Deceived into accepting
    the insanely too short, 'out of Egypt' time line LIE.

    And so, in this age of 'much knowledge but No Understanding', people Refuse to See
    The Blessed Obvious.

    God Described, From and Of THE BEGINNING, WHAT NO MAN COULD KNOW until
    This Age of Revelations, SO that we would Have PROOF of The TRUTH of HIS WORD.

    Just some KEY points from The Beginning God Described,
    that Science has RECENTLY discovered:

    This globe became covered in water.
    ONE land mass rose out of it.
    Life existed here BEFORE Oxygen formed.
    With Oxygen, DEATH/rust/degeneration came.
    That ONE land mass was flooded again.

    And all that and more, was BEFORE the end of The Age of NOAH.
    Long after which, that ONE Land Mass, Started to Divide, LONG BEFORE
    the mountains of Ararat even existed.

    God didn't only tell us to let Scripture interpret Scripture, but to Test and Prove All things,
    i.e. do Good Science, and so, of course anti-Christ's had to HIJACK science under the UN's
    Push to the belief of The Global Green (with Envy) Religion, that "only man can 'save' the planet",
    BY DESTROYING MANKIND and ALL our PRODUCTIVE WORKS.

    Islam/Ishmael and The UN are a match made in 'hell', and one God Warned us of,
    From The Beginning.

    And remember, ALL but 'the very elect' ARE DECEIVED, which includes 'Christians',
    who UNlike The Anointed Christ, put Him, ABOVE HIS CREATOR FATHER'S WORD.

    Their faith is NOT in The Creator God, but in the twisted 'histories' of that Insanely
    TOO SHORT time line LIE, they believe 'proves' their 'faith'.

    PERATH was one of the four river heads in the Edenic Age of the the super continent,
    NOT the piddling little Euphrates.

    Some other 'words' NOT found in God's Word, that 'just happen' to BIND and BLIND
    the world's belief in the 'out of Egypt' time line, that also 'just happens' to DENY that
    GOD Described ALL The World and ALL Peoples, From THE BEGINNING:

    Egypt, Nile, Ethiopia, Red Sea,
    oh, and No mention of 'The Cross' or 'The Trinity',
    but more than enough warning of lying preachers,
    long before there even was an 'Egypt'.

    Mitsrayim Describes the Ancient Americas (north and south),
    NOT Egypt.
    Lebanon Describes the Ancient Antarctic,
    with it's vast forests and White snow-capped mountains.

    And, the only birds you simply walk up to and collect more than your fill of,
    are Shearwaters/Mutton Birds/the sheep of the sea, and there is only one area
    on all God's earth, you can do that. The area of The Richest, Most Stable,
    Glorious Land in the world…where all the Most Anciently scattered, mixed and mingled
    Tribes of Israel have long been gathering back into; much longer than the invention of
    Modern 'Israel', and CURRENTLY having Our Borders OPEN WIDE to ISLAMIC INVADERS.

    But take heart, it is also The Land from which All the World Will Be Blessed and Healed.

    And please, DON'T take my word, but SEARCH GOD'S WORD, in The Light of
    what Good Science (testing and proving), keeps REVEALING, and please,
    stop 'reading The Bible' BACKWARDS, trying to cram ALL of WHAT GOD DESCRIBED
    into 'that' LYING 'out of Egypt' 'time line' that DENIES THE HOLY SPIRIT of TRUTH
    of GOD'S LIVING WORD that DESCRIBES ALL THINGS, OF, and FROM THE BEGINNING.

  • Phocus

    Can anyone name something Muslims have built? We can read about many things they have destroyed, I would like to read about all the things they have built.

    • davarino

      Uh there is the ……. oh no that was Europe, never mind : )

  • karmashock

    Sell them. No really. Egypt needs money and many nations would be happy to host the Pyramids. Work out a contract that says that anything found in Egypt relating to that civilization is the property of country X and must be removed from the “modern” country of Egypt or be destroyed lest it offend Islam.

    Sell them. Engineering crews will come to your country. Possibly some of your own people will be employed for labor… ironically being paid to unbuild the Pyramids. Every stone will be numbered, packed in straw, and moved by barge to their new location. And there the same stone will be unpacked and put back in the exact same configuration.

    This has been done before if not on this scale.

    Sell them. Sell it all.

    And when Egypt has nothing but the money… and when that has predictably been wasted. The world will wait for Egypt to cry that it was exploited. And the world will righteously sneer.

  • WhatAMess

    Islam was a religion of PEACE — from its founding in 600 A.D. until about 622 A.D. Then Mohammed left Mecca and went to Medina. 12 years of peace, and 1,390 years of being a rash on the rear end of humanity.

    They say only about 1% of Muslims are "radicalized". Considering there are 1 billion Muslims on earth that means 10 million of them are out for our blood and hell-bent on destroying everything that isn't associated with Islam. I'd say the threat from Islamic extremism is something the world is going to suffer with for a long, long time.

    • davarino

      Not if you make them see the light. The light caused by nuclear fission : )

  • kafir4life

    Let muslims behave like muslims in muslim lands. If any muslim attempts to behave as a muslim in a non-muslim country, stop them. A good start is to not hire them. We don't. Don't shop in their stores. We don't. If a muslim is spotted in a store you shop in, stop shopping there, and politely inform management as to why. Explain that it's a safety issue. While we all know that most muslims won't spontaneously explode, some do, and we can't take the chance. muslims want to be separate. They should be separate.

    allahu snackbar.

  • MuslimProWisdom

    OMG how many of you commenting are as ignorant as the author and the "sheikhs"??!
    Firstly, Islam does not permit the destruction of non-Muslims' monumental symbols etc. The Qu'ran makes this very clear for those who can be bothered to read it.
    Secondly, Muhammad entered the Ka'ba and destroyed the false idols which were fashioned almost on a daily basis. The Ka'ba was constructed by Adam who was directed by the one God to make it a place of worship for those who believed in Him alone. The idolators hijacked the Ka'ba afterward Adam for worldly means.
    So, before you start slating know the facts lest you harm others in ignorance(latter part also paraphrased in the Qu'ran I might add).
    Freedom of religion is what Islam brought – It would be foolish of the Muslims who were themselves not allowed to practice their faith freely to then act unjustly towards the Pagans. The so called Muslims should remember this.
    Peace

    • Gerry83

      The problem with you Muslim apologists is that you don’t realize that the internet provides us with a multitude of news sources and so when you try to spin these reports, we know better. Throughout the history of Muslim conquest, non-Muslim temples and churches were destroyed and many replaced with mosques. And today, it continues in the middle east and Asia, and Africa.
      Perhaps you can explain to those Jihadists that they don’t understand Islam.

      • MuslimProWisdom

        Watch the Kingdom of Heaven mate.
        Keep deluding yourself as it doesn't harm me just yourself and those ignorant and gullible enough to believe you and your counterparts.
        Every religion has it's extremists as well as the secular groups out there so get over it and learn to distinguish between ruth and falsehood with an open mind.
        And since when was I a Muslim apologist? I didn't apologise in my previous comment.

  • nine14six

    The Taj Mahal, The Red Fort, Alhambra, Topkapi and a few others come to mind, but unfortunately in the last several centuries it seems that the only thing these savages are capable of doing is destruction.

  • Doom and gloom

    Bs article….unbelievable…..is this how journalists make money these days? Disgraceful

  • Steve

    Muslim pilgrims jostle for a chance to kiss the Black Stone, lets turn it into pebbles and while we’re at it Lets Knock down the Dome on the rock as it is pagan as well.

    Maybe even Help The Jewish people rebuild the Jewish Temple where it once stood

    • Alex

      Rev 3:9

  • Ar Amytas

    So… soon they will be demolishing the washington monument and the vietnam wall. Whay have we let these people live here???!!?! To hell with the open door immigration policy here in America I say run them ALL out!

    • Alex

      Well, you can research who agitated for the immigration law of 1965.

  • Paolo

    It's time to put down these rabid vermin.

  • Robert

    Destroy pagan symbols?? What about the symbol of the Arabic moon God Allah that graces numerous Muslim paraphernalia? Why is stupidity allowed to prosper?

  • Lloyd

    When you have to destroy the opposition because you fear free will and choice of the human mind. You must have something wrong with your chosen ideology, to fear the choice in the first place.

  • ObamaIsGodAwful

    The Islamists could simply use the pyramids as training camps and schools for terrorism/Islamism and for storage of weapons. The west would never strike the pyramids, no matter the destructive forces within them.

  • Walt Peterson

    "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."

    Do I read this right? The Western academics claim that the Library was NOT destroyed by the Muslims, but that Muslims take credit for destroying it, anyway?

    • isahiah62

      In A.D. 640, when the Saracens captured Alexandria, seat of ancient culture, Greek scholars pleaded with them not to burn the scrolls of the great library. Their reply, as recorded by Gibbon in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire remains a classic in theological logic. "If the writings support the Koran, they are superfluous," ruled the warrior tribesmen. "If they oppose it, they are pernicious; burn them."

  • Connie

    I knew this wouldn't take long. The heathens are running the place now. Do not expect great antiquities to survive. It happens EVERY SINGLE TIME. Although I must state – what sane person would be planning to visit Egypt anymore? So, I can look at all the photos already taken of these wonderful places. I wouldn't want to see it anyway in person after the animals have been in charge for awhile.

  • Joeusa

    1 tactical nuke on mecca should do the trick.

  • Disgusted Human

    Islam is as Islam does…savagery is the norm, destruction for pleasure, rape and murder in the name of their pedophile prophet. Yet, WE must all embrace the strength and diversity they bring to the table for fear of being called hateful Islamophobes. Disgusting……..

  • Satch

    Zahi Hawas who you probably have seen on TV exploring Egypt's many ruins is mostly under house arrest because he worked for the last regime. The Tourist industry in Egypt at it's zenith brought in over 3 Million dollars a day. I guess the Islamist will say to the people,"let'em eat sand".

  • Norm Balog

    Well, that’s progress. Maybe some wealthy bizillionaire can buy them and have them moved to Arizona.

  • Impeachim

    Obama, Hillary, and even Senator Graham were all having closed door meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood in the weeks and months before Morsi was "elected."No surprises… They all want to destroy America.

  • Neil

    Monkeys

  • Baltibored

    How come Islam destroys Muslim women, then? Are they symbols of paganism, even though Muslim? If so, perhaps the men of Islam could just cover the pyramids in giant burkas to spare them from demolition?

  • Bud MacFarlan

    Tell them that the Jews aren't going to rebuild the pyramids for them again.

    • Alex

      They didn't build them the first time.

  • Rallygrl

    I didn't have time to read all 25 pages of commentary so forgive me if I repeat but could someone enlighten me as to how wax would work? 125 degrees F in the shade….I'm just sayin. Occupy needs a new mission…let's send them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.billeaud Rob Billeaud

    Islam is all about destruction. Destruction of history or destruction of people who do not agree with their world view. Christianity and most other world religions are not perfect, but the vast majority of them give glory to God in creating things of beauty, St. Peter's basillica and the Sistine Chapel, the two temples in Jerusalem and the Dura Europas Synagogue, the countless beautiful Hindu temples and cenotaphs.

    • sleepingtolive

      Are you serious? Maybe you need to read some Christian history before you act like Christians didn’t do the same thing.

  • Alex

    Sounds more like the nonsense we hear from people like Pipes and Ibrahim telling tall tales about Muslims to get gullible Americans to fight more wars for Israel.

  • Rallygrl

    To you who doubt this is true…. Can you say Bamiyan???? Look it up.

  • Alex

    Take it up with Barbara Spectre.

  • Johny

    They want to destroy the pyramids because its a living reminder of how muslim religion and everything related to it is a fake.