Saudi Arabia Tears Down Column Marking Muslim Claim to Jerusalem

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


For those who are fans of imaginary archeology, the Muslim claim to Jerusalem is based on the “night journey” that Mohammed took on a flying horse from Mecca to Jerusalem.

The Night Journey was a fiction of mythological colonialism allowing Muslims to lay claim to Jewish sites and their history. It also played a role in the Muslim infighting that led to a boost in the importance of Jerusalem after its conquest. Developing the legend compensates for the fact that Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran.

Muslims seized the holiest site in Judaism, planted a mosque on the site and routinely wail about Jewish incursions on a Jewish holy site. (This isn’t unique, Muslims have done the same thing to Christian and Hindu holy sites. Not to mention outright destroying Buddhist holy sites.)

One problem.

Muslim vandalism isn’t just limited to other people’s holy sites. Islamists are notorious for destroying even Muslim shrines. That is how Wahhabism began. It’s what Salafis are now doing in Libya and Mali.

And now the Saudi royal family has destroyed a whole bunch of Islamic heritage sites… including the column from which Mohammed supposedly took off on his flying horse from Mecca.

Photographs obtained by The Independent reveal how workers with drills and mechanical diggers have started demolishing some Ottoman and Abbasid sections on the eastern side of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca.

Many of the Ottoman and Abbasid columns in Mecca were inscribed with intricate Arabic calligraphy marking the names of the Prophet Muhammad’s companions and key moments in his life. One column which is believed to have been ripped down is supposed to mark the spot where Muslims believe Muhammad began his heavenly journey on a winged horse, which took him to Jerusalem and heaven in a single night.

To accommodate the ever increasing number of pilgrims heading to the twin holy cities of Mecca and Medina each year the Saudi authorities have embarked upon a massive expansion project. Billions of pounds have been poured in to increase the capacity of the Masjid al-Haram and the Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina which marks where Muhammad is buried. King Abdullah has put the prominent Wahabi cleric and imam of the Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, in charge of the expansion while the Saudi Binladin Group – one of the country’s largest firms – has won the construction contract.

Apparently Israel has respected Islamic sites more than Saudi Arabia, the custodians of Mecca and Medina, have. But now the Saudis have destroyed the basis of their colonialist fairy tale claim to Jerusalem.

For some reason, Mohammed liked his livestock to have women’s faces

  • Mary Sue

    well to be fair, it's not that far from babylonian/assyrian culture where they had winged bulls with man heads…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "well to be fair, it's not that far from babylonian/assyrian culture where they had winged bulls with man heads…"

      Sure, but are their faith-driven movements to claim property or "religious sovereignty" where these supposed creatures carried supposed prophets?

  • Moishe Pupick

    Su., 03/17/13

    Oh yeah, Mohammad flew away on his magic horse, and the dish ran away with the spoon.

  • Hank

    Was LSD around in mohammed's time? It must have been an illuminating ride. Maybe he was flying on a magic mushroom.

    • ziontruth

      I don't know about LSD, but Maimonides in his Yemenite Epistle says Mohammed was demon-possessed.

      • Raymond in DC

        I think Maimonides actually refers to him as ha'meshugah – the crazy one. (And as perhaps the preeminent physician of his time, he knew a thing or two about mental illness.) But that is consistent with Islamic tradition. For doesn't it say that after his first encounter with an angelic figure, he told his wife he feared he was going mad? It was his wife, so they tell, that convinced Mohammed it wasn't all in his head.

        And how curious that Muslims expect someone's reported vision to trump another's documented and historically supported claim.

  • Malandini

    My night journeys usually take place at 3 or 4 am and involve the toilet.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Also to be fair, it is said that the prophet Elijah did not die — he just ascended to heaven on his chariot. However, what this story represents to me is that the bottom line of Islam is the acquistion of wealth. The Saudis are tearing this stuff down to make way for more tourists and more tourists equals more money because they know their oil is running out and the Muslims the world over are getting restless. If you want to make them loyal to Saudi Arabia, you have to bring them there.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Also to be fair, it is said that the prophet Elijah did not die — he just ascended to heaven on his chariot. "

      But this story has nothing to do with justifying colonialism.

      "The Saudis are tearing this stuff down to make way for more tourists and more tourists equals more money because they know their oil is running out and the Muslims the world over are getting restless. If you want to make them loyal to Saudi Arabia, you have to bring them there."

      And in Islam they all seem to know that history is malleable. They think they've got an improved version I'm sure we'll hear about when they need it.

  • Softly Bob

    Not sure if I'm correct or not about this, but someone may have to check my history for me:

    When Mohammed claimed that he had made his spiritual night journey to Jerusalem there were some doubters amongst his followers, however one of his devotees claimed that he too had once been to Jerusalem and seen the temple there, and that it was indeed exactly as Mohammed had described it. This of course was said to substantiate Mo's claim.
    Of course, both were liars as the temple no longer existed, having been destroyed hundreds of years earlier. If this is the case then it sheds even more doubt on the Islamic claim to Jerusalem and is just another of the many fraudulent claims that can be attributed to the false religion of Mohammedism.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "When Mohammed claimed that he had made his spiritual night journey to Jerusalem there were some doubters amongst his followers, however one of his devotees claimed that he too had once been to Jerusalem and seen the temple there, and that it was indeed exactly as Mohammed had described it. This of course was said to substantiate Mo's claim.
      Of course, both were liars as the temple no longer existed, having been destroyed hundreds of years earlier."

      All sorts of lies have been spread. No need to check on the history of false claims. Dan Pipes and others have short essays explaining the salient points of these lies about Jerusalem.
      http://www.danielpipes.org/84/the-muslim-claim-to

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "For some reason, Mohammed liked his livestock to have women’s faces"

    Ahem. We know why. He liked both and they're not far apart in his mind.

  • cxt

    Where is the outrage from other islamist groups over the destruction of their "holy" sites?

    Oh……..sorry……forgot for a second that outrage is reserved for ONLY when "other" people do what islamic folks do as a matter of course.

    My bad. ;)

  • Ar'nun

    Then in that case, looks like it is time to re-build Solomon's Temple.

  • lolo321

    Mo probably got the flying female horse story from the child he was raping, Aisha was fond of playing with dolls, one of which might well have been a horse given that they were then the equivalent of a modern day dog. Hardly a genius, but then most people realised that. Islam spread by rape and murder, like most, if not all, religions…

  • http://twitter.com/Kalim212205 @Kalim212205

    Holocaust is biggest lie..Jews promised land is only hell..

    • Buran

      I believe you mean that Islam is a lie and that its destination is the trashbin of history