In yet another crime against civilization, the Islamic State has taken a sledgehammer (literally) to a cherished religious site. The caliphate on steroids. This is an Islamic pattern sanctioned by fatawa (Islamic religious rulings): to destroy religious icons, statues and artifacts of all other belief systems. This is part of the ummah’s campaign to falsify all other religions.
Fatwas written by the holiest of the holiest have called for the destruction of religious symbols that are non-Muslim or not true Islam.
The Taliban destroyed giant ancient Buddhas. Last month, a Saudi University student in Japan vandalized and destroyed several ancient Buddhas that were designated as important Japanese cultural symbols. Back in 2006 an edict was issued from Egypt’s highest Islamic jurist, Sheik Ali Gomaa, decreeing any statues is sinful, as is sculpture and those who practice it — going all the way back to Pharaonic temples, Greek and Roman sculptures, and Christian images spanning several centuries,ever since the dawn of history.
The “Palestinians” have been systematically destroying precious artifacts and historical discoveries in what Natan Sharansky has called the largest archeological catastrophe in history. This is part of the Islamic destruction of the most important artifacts for Christianity and Judaism. Little is said of the ongoing desecration of Joseph’s tomb or the Muslim member states’ decision to designate the holy Jewish sites — the Tomb of Rachel and The Cave of the Patriarchs — as mosques and to remove them from Israel’s National Heritage list. And Turkey is desecrating the most exquisite and important church in the world, the Hagia Sophia, by turning it into a mosque.
In a conversation I had with Natan Sharansky back in 2006, we discussed the fatwa that has been issued to destroy religious sites. Sharansky said, “For a number of years already, there is the selected destruction of Christian/Jewish artifacts which is of course the center for Jewish/Christian religion. On the temple mount, King Solomon stables up to the crusaders on………..when the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas in Afghanistan all the world was correctly enraged. Here we see the systematic, the biggest maybe in the history of geology/archeology, destruction of the most important artifacts for Christianity and Judaism. And the world knows nothing of this. The crime of the Temple Mount archaeological destruction is a crime against civilization.” The Islamic mandate to destroy and falsify all other religions was on full and horrific display today.
“Shocking moment ISIS militants take sledgehammers to Mosul tomb of Prophet Jonah as more than 50 blindfolded bodies are found massacred south of Baghdad,” Daily Mail, July 9, 2014
ISIS militants filmed taking sledgehammers to tombstones in Mosul, Iraq Donning balaclavas and black clothing, they swung weapons into tombs
One grave belonged to Prophet Jonah, revered by Muslims and Christians Rebels believe special veneration of tombs is against teachings of Islam
Comes as more than 50 bodies have been found in city south of Baghdad Most of the bodies were blindfolded with gunshot wounds, said authorities Investigation is underway to establish the circumstances of the killings
This is the shocking moment ISIS militants took sledgehammers to Iraqi tombstones – smashing them to pieces.
The rebels, who are members of the Islamic State terror group, were filmed attacking centuries-old graves in the north-west city of Mosul in Ninevah province. Donning balaclavas and black coats, they swung sledgehammers into the tombs, causing pieces of dust and stone to fly through the air.
One of the devastated tombstones belonged to the Prophet Jonah (Younis in Arabic) and was revered by Muslims and Christians alike, according to Iraqi authorities. The prophet, who is the central figure in the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Jonah, is best known for being swallowed by a fish or a whale, depending on translation.
The attack is the latest in the ISIS’s violent rampage across Iraq. Earlier this week, a series of images emerged showing the destruction of almost a dozen Shia and Sunni religious shrines in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and the town of Tal Afar, which is also currently under ISIS control.
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