In its insane policy of destruction of Islamic relics, the Saudi regime has pillaged and is still plundering many sacred signposts and sites which have a direct link with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and his illustrious Sahaabah. The only grounds which the Saudis can tender for this wanton destruction of Islam’s holy relics are the commission of bid’ah (innovation) by pilgrims. In the bid to eliminate bid’ah it has become imperative in the opinion of the Saudis to obliterate a great and holy treasure of Islamic heritage. Intelligence can never accept the validity of this argument presented by the Saudi regime in vindication of its dastardly action of destruction of holy places. Such vile action is not expected of even decent non-Muslims.
The pretext of bid’ah tendered by the Saudis is totally unacceptable. The Saudi regime possesses adequate coercive power to physically suppress and eliminate bid’ah. But, the desire is not so much the elimination of bid’ah as the love for modernity is. Bid’ah is the product of jahl (ignorance). The darkness of ignorance is dispelled by the Light of Knowledge, not by destroying Musaajid and other holy Items of Islam. If people commit acts of bid’ah in Musjid-e-Nabawi or in the Ka’bah does it follow that these Holy Places must be destroyed? If bid’ah is committed in or around one of the royal palaces of the Saudis, will the palace be destroyed? The palace will not be destroyed, but there is the possibility that the Ka’bah and Musjid-e-Nabi may be destroyed. Those who have the hardness of heart to obliterate the possessions of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) along with numerous relics associated directly with Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) can be expected to do anything. It will only be worldly and material considerations which will prevent them from destroying even the Musjid of the Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
What does the Saudi regime lack if it is sincere in its desire to eliminate bid’ah. In a matter of minutes they are able to clear the Musjidul Haraam area when some faasiq and faajir worldly dignitary such as a head of state arrives for a tawaaf of riya. They have total control, but they are not able to curb and eliminate bid’ah at the holy relics! This is • not intelligent nor plausible.
They surely cannot be so ignorant as to be unaware of the fact that it is haraam to demolish any Musjid anywhere in the world. What then to say of the Musjids and the other relics associated with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)? For the elimination of bid’ah there are two effective methods which a government can adopt: Educational programmes by the Ulama and the coercive power of the state. Acts of bid’ah as well as other un-Islamic actions are committed in profusion by ignorant persons at the Hajr-e-Aswad. Does it follow that Hajr-e-Aswad has to be uprooted and dumped because of the jahl of people? The Saudis thus far have not touched the Hajr-e-Aswad. Much bid’ah is committed by the Jamraat on the occasions of Rami, but the Jamraat cannot be destroyed on account of the wrong deeds perpetrated by ignorant people. So why the wholesale destruction of Islamic relics associated with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)?
The Saudis, unlike the Shiahs, cannot be labelled as the enemies of the Sahaabah. While their policy of destruction of relics is indeed evil and unlawful in the Shariah, there is nothing in their literature or statements to suggest that they have adopted this action because of hatred for the Sahaabah. On the contrary, the literature of the Shiahs and the statements of the Shiah clergy abound with explicit statements of malice and vituperation directed against the Sahaabah. Since there exist no grounds for assigning the Saudis into the same anti-Sahaabah category, we can only surmise that the motive underlying the sacrilege of the Saudis is Hubbe Dunya (love of the world). They are wandering aimlessly in a drunken stupor emulating the west. In the blind pursuit of modernity and to satiate their craving for western material standards, their spiritual eyes have been blinded, hence they cannot realize the awful destruction and sacrilege which they are committing.
ISLAMIC RELICS AND THE QUR’AAN
Even the Qur’aan Shareef upholds the sanctity of relics associated with the Ambiya (alayhimus salaam). In Surah Baqarah, Allah Ta’ala says:
“And, their (Bani Israa’eel’s) Nabi said to them: Verily, the sign of his (Talut’s) kingship is that the Taaboot in which there is peace and the relics left by the Family of Musa and the Family of Haaroon will come to you (by way of) the Angels carrying it.” Verily, in this is a sign for you if indeed you are Mu’mineen.” [Aayat 248]
In this aayat the Qur’aan refers . to the Taaboot. What is the Taaboot? It was a holy and a sacred relic which Bani Israaeel inherited from previous Ambiya. From generation to generation it was handed down until the time when the Amaaliqah captured it from them. On account of the disobedience of Bani Israa’eel, Allah Ta’ala caused the loss of the Taaboot and its passing into the hands of the kuffaar. However, later it was miraculously restored to Bani Israa’eel on the occasion when Taaloot was appointed king by Divine Command. (This aayat confirms the validity of monarchy. There is nothing wrong in a monarchy if it conducts the affairs of the state in conformity with the Shariah.) The Taaboot was a box or a trunk containing memorabilia of previous Ambiya. Roohul Ma’aani states:
“…the relics which were left by the Family of Musa and the Family of Haaroon: These were pieces of parchments, the garments of Musaa and the turban of Haaroon and the golden tray which was used to wash the hearts of the Ambiya.”
Thus the Taaboot with its contents were relics which were treasured. In these relics, the Qur’aan says, was sakeenah (peace). According to the Hadith the relic of the Taaboot had great barkat in it. When this was the importance of the Taaboot relic, how much greater then is the importance of the relics associated with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)?
HADHRAT UMAR’S (Radhiyallahu anhu) ACTION
As a basis and proof for their misdeeds of destruction to the sacred relics, the Saudis cite the narration which explains that Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) had ordered the elimination of Shajr-e-Ridhwaan or the Tree which is referred to in the Qur’aan Shareef. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) took the Pledge of Maut from the Sahaabah under this tree on the occasion of Hudaibiyyah. When some people were seen to perform Salaat by the tree, Hadhrat Umar (radhiallahu anhu) ordered that the tree be cut down. Hence, the Saudis argue that on account of the fear of bid’ah developing around the tree, the order was given to eliminate it.
It is improper for the Saudis to compare the action of Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) with their wholesale destruction of the sacred relics of Islam. The analogy is false for the following reason:
A tree–a single tree–was cut down by the order of Hadhrat Umar (radhiallahu anhu) because in his view the tree
constituted a real danger for shirk and His fear was not in relation to the Sahaabah, but in relation to the numerous other tribes who were entering or had just entered the fold of Islam. Idolatry was not yet fully rooted out of their systems, hence the real danger for idolatry developing
around the tree was a fact. In those days there was no organized police force and army as the Saudis possess. It was not possible to maintain a guard around the clock in the wilderness to ensure that bid’ah and shirk will not occur at the tree. But, the Saudis have absolutely no difficulty in establishing a guard at any relic which in their opinion may be misused for bid’ah. There is no shortage of guards to maintain a perpetual watch at all the palaces of the royal family. There is sufficient manpower and money power available to the Saudis to establish guards to keep watch over the sacred relics. The need for obliteration thus does not arise at all. Just as the tree which was cut down posed the potential danger of bid’ah and shirk, so too is it with Hajr-e-Aswad. Precisely for this reason did Hadhrat Umar (radhiallahu anhu) address the Hajr-e-Aswad on the occasion of kissing it. He said: “I know that you are a mere stone which cannot benefit or harm anyone. I am kissing you because I saw the Rasool doing it.“
Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) made quite clear the reason for kissing Hajr-e-Aswad so that it may not be misunderstood that Muslims are worshipping the Stone. While there was the danger of people who had recently emerged from idolatry again lapsing into idolatry by an act of apparent veneration for Hajr-e-Aswad, Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) did not order the uprooting of Hajr-e-Aswad. Rather, he was content with educating the people to abstain from idolatry regarding the Stone, hence his loud and clear address directed to the Stone for others to hear and understand.
The elimination of the tree was the one solitary act of obliteration of a “relic” by Hadhrat Umar (radhiallahu anhu). There are no other examples where relics were dismantled or obliterated. This solitary and exceptional action of Hadhrat Umar (radhiallahu anhu) cannot therefore be presented as a basis for the wholesale elimination of Islam’s holy and beloved.
The large-scale destruction of Islamic relics and sacred objects of love and reverence being perpetrated by the Saudi regime in the Holy Cities of Islam is cause for great concern. The sacred relics bringing memories of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and the Sahaabah are being bull-dozed and destroyed in the interests of modernity.
To achieve the goal of modern transformation, the desecration of sacred relics, holy and beloved to Muslims, is inevitable. It now appears that the Saudi regime is bent on effacing from the Holy Cities some of the most valuable and important treasures of Islamic heritage which had been preserved by successive Muslim rulers of Hijaaz for the past fourteen centuries.
The following are some of the recent acts of sacrilege and destruction committed by the authorities:
➡Musjid Quba: The Qur’aan Majeed refers to this Musjid. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam himself participated in the construction of this Musjid situated about three miles beyond the confines of Madinah. Two raka’ts Nafl Salaat performed here is the equivelant of one Umrah in Thawaab. A massive extension has recently been done to the Musjid. In the process, all signs of the old Musjid have been eliminated. The new mihraab is located in a different position. There is no indication of the location of the Mihraab which had existed since the time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Until 1987 there existed a broken wall. This was the wall of the Musjid which cracked open by the Command of Allah Ta’ala and from this opening Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi was shown the Ka’bah Shareef which he had yearned to see.
➡Musjid Qiblatain or the Mosque of the two Qiblahs: This Musjid is on a hill near the Valley of Aqeeq in the north-west of Madinah. It is the Musjid with two Mihraabs, one towards Baitul Maqdis (Jerusalem) and one towards the Ka’bah. Initially the Qiblah of Islam too was Baitul Maqdis. When Allah Ta’ala commanded the Qiblah to be changed to the direction of the Ka’bah, the Divine Order came here, hence it is called Musjid-e-Qiblatain. This sacred and living monument of Islam has been replaced by a showpiece Mosque with all the sacred and historical signs eliminated. There no longer remains any indication of the spot where Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stood for Salaat.
➡Musjid Maaidah: This is the place where food from Jannat was miraculously sent for the grand-children of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). In commemoration of this wonderful event a Musjid was constructed at the spot. This holy Musjid has been demolished. In all likelihood the ground will be misappropriated for some commercial enterprise to conform to the scheme of modernization of the Saudi authorities.
➡Uhud: Every Muslim is aware of the famous Battle of Uhud. It was in this battle that a tooth of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was martyred. The spot where this event occurred was marked out. However, a shop has recently been built over it.
➡Quba: Here was a small house where Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) stayed for fourteen days. The original old house existed until recently. Sadly, a parking lot for cars has now been erected there.
➡The Camel’s Footprint: Until a year ago the footprint of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Camel had existed in Musjid-e-Quba. This has now been obliterated. The print has been cemented over.
➡Khaak-e-Shifa or the Sand of Cure: In the area of Bani Haarith in Madinah, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used of its sand as a medication for a Sahaabi. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that in the Sand of Madinah is cure for physical ailments. This area has been cemented over a long time ago by the Saudis. However, a small section was left uncemented. In 1988 this too was finally obliterated by cementation. The place is treated as a rubbish dump.
➡The Birth-place of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): This sacred place was preserved until the Turks ruled Hijaaz. The actual room wherein Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was born had existed for 14 centuries. After the departure of the Turks, this holy location was desecrated by demolition by either the Saudis or Sharif Husain. A hamaam (bathroom) was built in its place. As a result of strong objections by the inhabitants of Makkah, the hamaam was transformed into a library. It has now been reported that even this library has been destroyed.
➡The Well of Arees: Among the the many Wells associated with Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), which have been destroyed and covered up, the Well of Arees is significant. In this Well the Ring of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was lost during the time of Ameerul Mu’mineen Hadhrat Uthmaan (radhiyallahu anhu). The Saudis have wiped out this historical and sacred Well. A traffic island was built over this Well. Later this traffic island became part of a public square.
➡The Garden of Hadhrat Salmaan Faarsi (radhiyallahu anhu): Until 1982 this Garden had existed. In this Garden, right until 1982, were two date trees planted by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) himself. These trees have been uprooted and the Garden destroyed. Until 1982 these trees were bearing good quality fruit.
ATHAAB LURKING AROUND FOR THE SAUD DYNASTY
BOTH THE CIVILIZATIONS of ‘Aad and Thamud, the ancestors of the Saudis, were utterly destroyed by the Athaab of Allah Azza Wa Jal when they transgressed all bounds of disobedience. They were a race of giants and their salient practice was to hew out palaces from solid rock.
The Saudis of this age, thanks to modern technology, have excelled and surpassed the nations of ‘Aad and Thamud in the construction of palaces, mansions and monuments. About the wasteful monuments which the ‘Aad erected, the Qur’aan Majeed states: “Do you erect a monument in every elevated place in idle sport?”
The Saudis, in their stupor of luxury and in their inordinate craving to squander the billions of dollars Allah Ta’ala has bestowed to them, are demolishing mountains, hewing mansions out of rocks and constructing massive and wasteful palaces as if they are going to live on earth forever.
While they have surpassed the Aad and Thamud kuffaar in the culture of palaces and mansions, their objective in life is the same. They are entirely forgetful of Maut and the Aakhirah, hence they continue the reckless destruction of the Haramain (Makkah and Madinah) with the demolition of all the old, spiritual relics and buildings, and supplanting them with monstrous concrete structures in emulation of their American masters.
The spirituality and holiness of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah have been utterly destroyed and eliminated by the evil commercialization which the Saudis are recklessly and sacrilegiously implementing. In their mad stupor of demolition and destruction to make way for palaces, mansions, hotels and American modernization, the Saudis have destroyed forever the homes of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the homes of the Sahaabah, sacred Musjids, sacred wells and many other relics and heritages of Islam.
Thousands of public toilets have been constructed directly above the holy homes and relics which have been buried underground under the toilets by the Saudi construction conspiracy. Nothing remains to identify with Makkah Muazzamah and Madinah Munawwarah. The holy Ka’bah is dwarfed by the immoral hotels erected around it. The sacred hilltops in the precincts have also been obscured with stupefying buildings rising high above. The entire Islamic and roohaani character of the Haramain has been utterly destroyed by men who have forgotten Allah Ta’ala and their imminent Maut.
While all signs and remembrances of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), the Sahabah and Islamic history have been systematically, wantonly and venomously destroyed, even to the extent of pouring petrol over sacred wells and igniting them, museums have been erected to keep alive the memory of the Agent of the West- the Saud family. Thus, the glasses, slippers, cloaks and other useless items of Saudi kings are preserved and put on display in museums erected specifically to commemorate the House of Saud.
The Holy Cities have been converted into playgrounds along western immoral styles and standards. High rise buildings/skyscrapers dwarfing and concealing the Ka’bah and the entire Musjidul Haraam are a blasphemous insult against Islam and whatever is Holy and beloved to the hearts of Muslims.