Skip to comments.ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca
Posted on 07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT by markomalley
ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site.
The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic State," has appointed itself the leading proponent of the Muslim faith.
They see themselves as the last defenders of Islamic civilization and want to eradicate anything that they see as the enemy of Islam, and any Muslim they perceive as compromising with the West, Yvonne Haddad, a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in the history of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, told FoxNews.com.
But if ISIS actually tried to destroy the Ka'ba, they would be met with extraordinary opposition.
- Prof. Carl Ernst, University of North Carolina
Mostly comprised of Sunnis, ISIS surprised few when it vowed to destroy sites revered by the rival Shia sect. The two main blocs of Islam have been at odds for nearly 1,400 years because of a dispute over who was Prophet Muhammad's successor. The destruction of at least 10 ancient Shia shrines in Iraq has enraged the Shia government in Baghdad, as well as the Iranian regime, also Shia.
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Forgive me for being uninformed on this issue, but why did they destroy the resting place of Jonah? Wasn’t he believed to be a prophet in Islam as well?
ISIS are destroying mosques as well. Yes, Islam views Jonah as a prophet.
“ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca”
OK this is bad why?
This should be fun.
I understand the Mosque demolitions, if they are Shi’ite or non-conforming Sunni mosques, but the mausoleum of Jonah I would think transcends sectarianism. It’s just a prophet’s grave.
Not trying to rationalize the actions of madmen, but I am interested in their justification.
Oh, the poop will pelt the propeller if ISIS tries something on Mecca.
These guys seem to have a death wish or something.
The devil can’t control himself. After all, this is a site of importance to Christians and Jews. So who cares about Islam, smash it!
Same thing happened in Afghanistan then the US was attacked. Guessing the scenerio will repeat.
A merry band of lunatics.
Can we arm both sides so they are exactly equal in strength?
Many Islamists are extreme iconoclasts. The Saudis actually have destroyed many old historical muslim sites for this reason. These ISIS characters are even more fanatical about this and are rumbling about demolishing mecca itself. Guess they want to save the west the trouble.
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I vote we nuke Mecca and blame ISIS.
Shake up the ant farm so to speak.
This should be fun.
Better than a wild hogs running through a Mosque at prayer time.
None the less, it is pretty much carved on stone that Mecca and Medina will be demolished at some point.
They are going back to the original Wahabbi ways.
What do The Monument Men say about this? No....seriously......all cultures are equal.
islamic and civilization; two words that belong in the same sentence, much like corporate and art, even breakfast and burrito.
Now that would be a pass the popcorn moment
because the could....after all the pervert prophet is the only one who can be venerated
I like it
There's a strong iconoclastic streak in some circles of Islam. Remember how the Taliban blew up those ancient statues of Buddha in Afghanistan, back in 2001? There's also an ongoing destruction of mosques and other historic sites associated with Islam, in Saudi Arabia by Wahhabi extremists.
Add to the mix that we have have had treaties and agreements to protect the kingdom for decades. JFK sent in planes to stop Yemen back in the 60s. Obama can’t sleep through those. He would have to go out of his way to do nothing if Saudi is attacked. But nothing he does surprises me anymore.
the world needs a modern day Genghis Khan , with respect for GK’s approach towards Islam . Of all who have ever lived GK came the closest to forever whipping islam off the face of planet earth ( as I understand history )
We need a new GK whom will not fail a second time .
Wait. Nihilistic Jihadis? They believe in nothing but fight for what they believe in?
Actually, I'd rather see us arm one side...then the other...then the first.
And let them see-saw their way down to nothing.
ISIS is targeting Mecca?
Nowwww we’re talking!
GK obliterated the Muslim empire, occupied their territory, but a few generations later, the Khans had converted to Islam.
there should have been none left to teach conversion
More like ISIS will blow up Mecca and blame US.
trying to civilize muslims hasn’t worked well. Maybe getting them to fight eachother will work better.
Might work. I have read that many Muslims believe that Mecca can never be destroyed and if it ever were destroyed, Islam would cease to exist because the destruction would mean Islam was not the true religion.
Let those who want to defend Mecca fight those who want to destroy it, but we need to stay out of that fight.
“...may be targeting Mecca”
Hmmm, maybe they’re not so bad after all.
Kinda like the Chinese Cultural Revolution where Mao tried to destroy China’s past—even going so far as to try and demolish the Great Wall. Saudi Arabia better watch out—the royals are not so believed that their heads might roll. This Iconoclastic behavior might be good for Islam—they need a reformation. From all of this blood—may come a realization that this destruction and murder isn’t what Allah or Monhammed wanted.
This will call for a lot of popcorn.
All jokes aside, this isn’t good.
Islam has been on the long slide for a while now. OBL tried to get things rolling, and did for a bit, but only in selected areas.
If ISIS takes Mecca, they will start a massive war. Not to mention we REALLY don’t want a new Caliphate. Unless we have a Crusade ready to go.
They won’t attack Mecca shrines — they are only after Shia sites.
Ha, ha, yes! I would shell out some dough to watch this on pay-per-view. Bring on the popcorn! And don’t forget the pork rinds.
And smear the hogs with bacon grease.
Israel must have at least two nukes aimed at Mecca.
We should give them all the dynamite needed to take care of the meccca
Destruction and murder are exactly what Allah(Satan) and Mohammed are all about.
Will the saudi’s stop funding terrorism long enough to stop ISIS? They make good money on the tourist trade to Mecca....
I thought the day would come when we would have to nuke Mecca. Maybe not.
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