Wahhabism – Zion’s Muslim
the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'
Taylor Saturday, 24 September 2011
Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in –
residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.
Over the past 10 years the holiest site
in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion
among Muslims all over the world.
Once a dusty desert town struggling to
cope with the ever-increasing number of pilgrims arriving for the annual Hajj,
the city now soars above its surroundings with a glittering array of
skyscrapers, shopping malls and luxury hotels.
To the al-Saud monarchy, Mecca is their vision of the
future – a steel and concrete metropolis built on the proceeds of enormous oil
wealth that showcases their national pride.
Yet growing numbers of citizens,
particularly those living in the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina, have
looked on aghast as the nation's archaeological heritage is trampled under a
construction mania backed by hardline [wahabi] clerics who preach against the preservation of
their own heritage.
Mecca, once a place where the Prophet
Mohamed insisted all Muslims would be equal, has become a playground for the
rich, critics say, where naked capitalism has usurped spirituality as the
city's raison d'ętre.
Few are willing to discuss their fears
openly because of the risks associated with criticising official policy in the
And, with the exceptions of Turkey and
Iran, fellow Muslim nations have largely held their tongues for fear of of a diplomatic fallout and
restrictions on their citizens' pilgrimage visas.
Western archaeologists are silent out
of fear that the few sites they are allowed access to will be closed to them.
But a number of prominent Saudi
archaeologists and historians are speaking up in the belief that the
opportunity to save Saudi Arabia's remaining historical sites is closing fast.
"No one has the balls to stand up
and condemn this cultural vandalism," says Dr Irfan al-Alawi
who, as executive director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, has
fought in vain to protect his country's historical sites. "We have already
lost 400-500 sites. I just hope it's not too late to turn things around."
Sami Angawi, a
renowned Saudi expert on the region's Islamic architecture, is equally
concerned. "This is an absolute contradiction to the nature of Mecca and
the sacredness of the house of God," he told the Reuters news agency
earlier this year. "Both [Mecca and Medina] are historically almost finished. You do
not find anything except skyscrapers. "
most pressing concern is the planned Ł690m expansion of the Grand Mosque, the
most sacred site in Islam which contains the Kaaba – the black stone cube built
by Ibrahim (Abraham) that Muslims face when they pray.
Construction officially began earlier this month with the country's Justice
Minister, Mohammed al-Eissa, exclaiming that the
project would respect "the sacredness and glory of the
location, which calls for the highest care and attention of the servants or
Islam and Muslims".
The 400,000 square metre development is being built to accommodate an extra 1.2
million pilgrims each year and will turn the Grand Mosque into the largest
religious structure in the world.
But the Islamic Heritage Foundation has
compiled a list of key historical sites that they believe are now at risk from
the ongoing development of Mecca, including the old Ottoman and Abbasi sections of the Grand Mosque, the house where the
Prophet Mohamed was born and the house where his paternal uncle Hamza grew up.
There is little argument that Mecca and
Medina desperately need infrastructure development. Twelve million pilgrims
visit the cities every year with the numbers expected to increase to 17 million
But critics fear that the desire to expand the pilgrimage sites has allowed the
authorities to ride roughshod over the area's cultural heritage. The
Washington-based Gulf Institute estimates that 95 per cent of Mecca's
millennium-old buildings have been demolished in the past two decades alone.
The destruction has been aided by Wahabism, the austere interpretation of Islam that has
served as the kingdom's official religion ever since the al-Sauds
rose to power across the Arabian Peninsula in the 19th century. [why not admit that the saudi were
installed by the Sykes-Picot agreement being the carve up of the middle east by
the British and French colonial powers after the fall of the then decadent
In the eyes of Wahabis,
historical sites and shrines encourage "shirq"
– the sin of idolatry or polytheism – and should be destroyed.
When the al-Saud
tribes swept through Mecca in the 1920s, the first thing they did was lay waste
to cemeteries holding many of Islam's important figures. They have been
destroying the country's heritage ever since.
Of the three sites the Saudis have
allowed the UN to designate World Heritage Sites, none are related to Islam. Those circling the Kaaba only need to look
skywards to see the latest example of the Saudi monarchy's insatiable appetite
for architectural bling. At 1,972ft, the
Royal Mecca Clock Tower, opened earlier this year, soars over the surrounding
Grand Mosque, part of an enormous development of skyscrapers that will house
five-star hotels for the minority of pilgrims rich
enough to afford them.
To build the skyscraper city, the
authorities dynamited an entire mountain and the Ottoman era Ajyad Fortress that lay on top of it. At the other end of the Grand Mosque complex,
the house of the Prophet's first wife Khadijah has
been turned into a toilet block.
The fate of the house he was born in is uncertain. Also planned for demolition are the Grand
Mosque's Ottoman columns which dare to contain the names of the Prophet's
companions, something hardline Wahabis
For ordinary Meccans
living in the mainly Ottoman-era town houses that make up much of what remains
of the old city, development often means the loss of their family home.
Non-Muslims cannot visit Mecca and
Medina, but The Independent [UK newspaper] was able to interview a number of
citizens who expressed discontent over the way their town was changing.
One young woman whose father recently
had his house bulldozed described how her family was still waiting for
compensation. "There was very little warning; they just came and told him
that the house had to be bulldozed," she said.
Another Meccan added: "If a prince of a member
of the royal family wants to extend his palace he just does it. No one talks
about it in public though. There's such a climate of fear."
hopes the international community will finally begin to wake up to what is
happening in the cradle of Islam. "We would never allow someone to destroy
the Pyramids, so why are we letting Islam's history disappear?"
Under Threat Bayt al-Mawlid
- When the Wahabis took Mecca in the 1920s they
destroyed the dome on top of the house where the Prophet Mohammed was born. It
was then used as a cattle market before being turned into a library after a
campaign by Meccans. [why
not admit that the Saudis were installed by the Sykes-Picot agreement being the
carve up of the middle east by the British and French colonial powers after the
fall of the then decadent Ottoman empire]
There are concerns that the expansion of the Grand Mosque will destroy it once
more. The site has never been excavated by archaeologists.
Ottoman and Abasi
columns of the Grand Mosque Slated for demolition as part of the Grand Mosque
expansion, these intricately carved columns date back to the 17th century and
are the oldest surviving sections of Islam's holiest site. Much to the chagrin
of Wahabis, they are inscribed with the names of the
Prophet's companions. Ottomon Mecca is now rapidly disappearingAl-Masjid al-Nawabi
For many years, hardline Wahabi clerics have had
their sites set on the 15th century green dome that rests above the tomb
holding the Prophet's grave. The mosque is regarded as the second holiest site
in Islam. Wahabis, however, believe marked graves are
idolatrous. A pamphlet published in 2007 by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic
Affairs, endorsed by Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, the Grand
Mufti of Saudi Arabia, stated that "the green dome shall be demolished and
the three graves flattened in the Prophet's Masjid
Jabal al-Nour - A mountain outside Mecca where Mohammed received his
first Koranic revelations.
The Prophet used to spend long
spells in a cave called Hira. The cave is particularly popular among South
Asian pilgrims who have carved steps up to its entrance and adorned the walls
Religious hardliners are keen to
dissuade pilgrims from congregating there and have mooted the idea of removing
the steps and even destroying the mountain altogether.
2002 Iraqi Intel Reported Wahhabis Are of Jewish Origin
Submitted by David Livingstone on Tue,
08/02/2011 - 18:33
The U.S. Department of Defense has
released translations of a number of Iraqi intelligence documents dating from
Saddam’s rule. One, a General Military Intelligence Directorate report from
September 2002, entitled “The Emergence of Wahhabism and
its Historical Roots”, shows the Iraqi government was aware of the
nefarious purposes of the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia,
often known as Salafis, in serving Western interests
to undermine Islam.
The report relies heavily on the Memoirs of Mr. Hempher,
which describe in detail how a British spy to the Middle East, in the middle of
the eighteenth century, made contact with Adbul Wahhab, to create a subversive version of Islam, the
notorious sect of Wahhabism, which became the
founding cult of the Saudi regime. The movement was temporarily suppressed by
the Ottoman armies in the middle of the nineteenth century. But with the
assistance of the British, the Wahhabis and their
Saudi sponsors returned to power and founded their own state in 1932. Since
then, the Saudis have collaborated closely with the Americans, to whom they owe
their tremendous oil wealth, in funding various Islamic fundamentalist
organizations and other American covert operations, particularly the
"jihad" in Afghanistan. But the Saudis simultaneously use the immense
wealth at their disposal to disseminate this disruptive brand of Islam to
various parts of the world, categorized by some of the largest propaganda
campaign in history.
Many who defend Wahhabism
as a legitimate reform movement of Islam have tried to dismiss the Memoirs as a
spurious fabrication. These include Bernard Haykel,
Professor in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, who, without
providing any evidence, presumes the Memoirs to have been created by Ayyub Sabri Pasha.
However, while the Memoirs only emerged
in the 1970s, Pasha wrote his version of the story already in 1888. Ayyub Sabri Pasha was a
well-known Ottoman writer and Turkish naval admiral, who served the Ottoman
army in the Arabian Peninsula, writing several works about the region and its
history. Including The Beginning and Spreading of Wahhabism, where he recounts Abdul Wahhab's association and plotting with Hempher.
In addition to that revealed in the Hempher Memoirs, the Iraqi intelligence report also makes
known some surprising claims, derived from works circulated in Arabic which
have not been translated into English. As the report recounts, both Abdul Wahhab, and his sponsor, ibn Saud, who founded the Saudi dynasty, were of Jewish origin.
For example, D. Mustafa Turan wrote, in
The Donmeh Jews, that Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab was a descendant
of a family of Donmeh Jews from Turkey. The Donmeh were descendants of followers of the infamous
false-messiah of Judaism, Shabbetai Zevi, who shocked the Jewish world in 1666 by converting to
Islam. Viewing it as a sacred mystery, Zevi's
followers imitated his conversion to Islam, though secretly keeping to their Kabbalistic doctrines. In Europe, the Shabbeteans
were eventually led a century later by Jacob Frank, claiming to be a
reincarnation of Zevi. And, according to Rabbi Antelman in To Eliminate the Opiate, to them
belonged the Rothschilds who had a hand in the
founding of the Bavarian Illuminati. The Donmeh community of Turkey were concentrated in the city of
Salonika, which became a hotbed of Masonic activity,
and from which the Young Turk movement evolved, which aided in the collapse of
the Muslim empire of the Ottoman Turks. There is evidence that Ataturk himself, the founder of the modern Turkish state,
was of Donmeh origin as well.
Turan maintains that Abdul Wahhab's grandfather, Sulayman
was actually Shulman, having belonged to the Jewish
community of Bursa in Turkey. From there he settled in Damascus, where he
feigned Islam, but was apparently expelled for practicing sorcery. He then fled
to Egypt and he again faced condemnation, so made his way he to the Hijaz, where he got married and fathered Abdul Wahhab. According to the report, the same is claimed in The
Donmeh Jews and the Origin of the Saudi Wahabis, Rifat Salim Kabar.
The notion of the Saudi family being of
Jewish heritage has been published by Mohammad Sakher,
who, it is claimed, was ordered killed by the regime for his revelations. The
report relates a similar account, but from different sources. According The Wahabi Movement/The Truth and Roots, by Abdul Wahhab Ibrahim Al-Shammari, for
example, ibn Saud is
actually descended from Mordechai bin Ibrahim bin Mushi, a Jewish merchant from Basra. Apparently, when he
was approached by members from the Arabian tribe of Aniza,
then claimed to be one of them, and traveled with them to Najd
and his name became Markhan bin Ibrahim bin Musa.
Additionally, Abdul Wahhab
was descended from Wahib Al-Tamimi,
so, as reported by al Said Nasir, in The History of
the Saud Family, the Saudi ambassador in Cairo,
Abdullah bin Ibrahim al Mufaddal, paid Muhammad Al-Tamimi thirty five thousand Jinee in the year 1943, to
forge a family tree of the Saudi family and that of Abdul Wahhab,
and merge them into one, claiming their origin from the Prophet Mohammed.
While it would be difficult to independently
authenticate these claims, they are interesting in light of the role that the
state of Saudi Arabia has and continues to play with regards to supporting and
advancing Western power in the Middle East and elsewhere. Especially astounding
is the very dubious and virulent form of Islam, that Wahhabism
and Salafism represent, which is currently wrecking
havoc on Islamic traditions, and dividing the Muslim community in petty
squabbles over trivial details, allowing the War on Islam to proceed
Zionists are todays Yazids
Posted by: "Mohammed Sadikali" Mohammed Sadikali
Tue Dec 27, 2011 4:02 am (PST)
Nearly 14 centuries ago Yazid Omayad tried to annihilate
Prophet Mohamed’s (SAW, PBUH) family but did not succeed.
Imamat survived (even though he brutally murdered Prophet Mohmaed's
grandson and his family after depriving them of food and water for three days!
Islam insists that even animals must be given water before their slaughter!
Now the modern day Yazids, going against every
principle of Islam just as Yazid had done to wipe out
Islam, are bent on every trace of Islamic history.
For them even the burial place of Prophet Mohammed (SAW, PBUH) is not to be
According to this article, only Iran and Turkey have spoken out. The rest of
Muslim world is fascinated and bought over with the petro
dollars just as Yazid’s army murdered Imam Hussein
and 72 of his companions with the lure of mammon.
- Mohammed Sadikali
The greatest source of
conflict was the Balfour Declaration, 1917. Lord Balfour
wrote a memorandum from the Paris Peace Conference which stated that the other
allies had implicitly rejected the Sykes-Picot agreement by adopting the system
of mandates. It allowed for no annexations, trade preferences, or other
advantages. He also stated that the Allies were committed
to Zionism and had no intention of honoring their promises to the Arabs.
Eighty-five years later, in a
2002 interview with The New Statesman, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
observed "A lot of the problems we are having to deal with now, I have to
deal with now, are a consequence of our colonial past. .. ..The
Balfour Declaration and the contradictory assurances which were being given to
Palestinians in private at the same time as they were being given to the
Israelis - again, an interesting history for us but not an entirely honourable one."