Threat to Holy Places


Today’s prominent media report that Yemeni rebels (Houthis) killed Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis etc in Najran region of Saudi Arabia (S.A) wouldn’t have such serious implications had it not been subsequent to laments coming from Iran where it took exception to S.A.’s claim that it started war in Yemen for the ultimate purpose of defending Mecca and Medina.

The latest of such detailed lament is Iran supported Sayyed Nasrallah’s speech on April 17 over Yemen ( where he said that :- 

“[the topic which is both comic and tragic at a time which was evoked in the past weeks, and for which a call for jihad was made in some Arab and Islamic countries is defending the two Holy Shrines in Mecca and Medina- meaning the Kaaba and Haram Mosque in Mecca, and the Holy Prophet’s Shrine in Medina. Who is threatening the two Holy Shrines? Is it the Yemeni people? Is it Ansarullah?  Is it the Yemeni army? Today, I will tell you, and I will be frank. I am talking before Allah almighty. Yes, the Holy Shrines in Mecca and Medina are threatened. However, who is threatening them? They are firstly threatened by “Daesh” [so-called “ISIL”]. Months ago, and after the “caliphate state” was declared in Mosul, we have heard that “Daesh” wants to reach the Arabian Peninsula and demolish the Kaaba. That’s because in the intellect and claim of “Daesh”, the Kaaba is a collection of deaf, black stones which are toured and worshiped instead of Allah. This is inconsistent with absolute monotheism. Well, yes, the Shrine of the Holy Prophet is in danger. That’s true. However, who is threatening it? Here, I am telling you where this threat come from. It comes from within Saudi Arabia, and from the Wahhabi intellect and culture]”. 

It is not the first time that the demolition of Mecca & Medina is talked about. Throughout the history of Islam many disapproved worshiping a stone which they considered it idol worship and against fundamentals of Islam which believes in worship of abstract (and not of concrete or whatever is visible or perceived by senses).

Hem Raj Jain

Bengaluru (Karnataka)

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