Muslim clerics are calling for the destruction of Egypt’s pyramids. That’s right, they want to bulldoze those babies down to the ground! The clerics view the pyramids as “symbols of paganism”, idolatrous leftovers from the time of jahiliyya, or the pre-Islamic period of ignorance. You see, any artifact in a Muslim country that is considered pre-Islam, is left to rot and decay. They are treated with contempt and allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. The Islamic faith places absolutely no value on any human achievement that is outside of their purview. Now, that is all well and good, but, there is a little problem known as the Black Stone. What is the Black Stone, you may be asking?
The Black Stone is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, or the ancient stone building toward which Muslims pray. It is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is regarded as the most sacred site in Islam. Every Muslim in the world, when they pray, face the Kaaba. The Black Stone is believed to be the only remaining remnant of the original structure that according to Islamic tradition, dates all the way back to Adam. The same Adam that appears in the Christian Bible also appears in the Quran. Now, the Kaaba is believed to have been built by Abraham and his son Ishmael, when they settled in Arabia. Let’s get to the real matter here.
The Black Stone has been revered BEFORE the preaching of Islam by the Prophet Muhammad. Islam STRICTLY PROHIBITS idolatry. Remember, they called the pyramids symbols of paganism and idolatrous leftovers. Well, the Black Stone and the Kaaba, existed before Islam. Doesn’t that make them pagan and idolatrous? Many Muslim and academic historians stress the power and importance of PRE-ISLAMIC MECCA. But, isn’t the problem with the pyramids that they are pre-Islamic? That is why the air is stinking of hypocrisy. It is hypocritical to destroy the pyramids and not the Kaaba, along with the Black Stone. Muslims will tell you that they don’t worship the Black Stone. But then, why does EVERY MUSLIM IN THE WORLD face the Kaaba while in prayer? Now, in fairness, there are fewer than 20 structures in Mecca that date back to the time of Muhammad. They destroy these relics because of the prohibition against idolatry.
They are giving the impression that because the pyramids are pre-Islamic, that they must be destroyed. Well, by that same logic, the Black Stone and the Kaaba are pre-Islamic. When do they plan on destroying those relics? As noted before, they will say that they don’t worship the Black Stone. Then why do they ALL try to touch the stone while on their pilgrimage to Mecca? They will also argue that the Jews pray at the Western Wall. Well, that is correct. But, are the Jews publicly and loudly calling for the demolition of the Dome of the Rock? Our question to Islam is, if you destroy the Egyptian pyramids, can we destroy the Dome of the Rock? How about the Kaaba along with the Black Stone?
Remember the ban on idolatry? The Kaaba was dedicated to a Nabatean deity AND it contained 360 idols. Now, it may not be that way today, but at one time it was. Why is the idolatry ok back then but not now? That is why we feel this whole situation stinks of hypocrisy. The problem with Islam is that they want it both ways. They want to destroy anything idolatrous all the while trying to forget THEIR idolatrous ways.
We at the CSC would like to know, is there anything that Islam does not consider to be pagan or idolatrous? Just remember, when you make a stupid rule, you should have to follow the rule at all times.
Do you plan on destroying the rest of your relics before you start on the pyramids of Egypt?