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.
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