This is not new — the Islamic State has called for the destruction of the pyramids and the Sphinx. The nose of the Sphinx was destroyed by Muslims because it was considered idolatrous, and they attempted to blow it up with explosives. Destroying the nose and/or eyes of an idol is considered in Islam to remove its idolatrous powers. Consequently there was the mutilation of the Sphinx and the removal of the eyes of Byzantine icons all over Eastern Europe.
A Kuwaiti Islamist preacher has called for the destruction of Egypt’s pyramids and Sphinx – one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world – claiming that just because early Muslims did not destroy the pharaohs’ legacy “does not mean that we shouldn’t”.
Ibrahim Al Kandari said that the ancient Egyptian monuments should be “destroyed”, according to Al-Watan.
Al Kandari said the great buildings should be destroyed to put an end to the worship of images. The preacher’s call to erase the incredible legacy of ancient Egypt echoes Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who suggested the demolition of the historic monuments is a “religious duty.”
Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Watan daily quotes Al Kandari as saying: “The fact that early Muslims who were among prophet Mohammed’s followers did not destroy the pharaohs’ monuments upon entering the Egyptian soil, does not mean that we shouldn’t do it now.”
The call comes just weeks after Islamic State jihadists were seen in a video using sledgehammers to destroy ancient Assyrian artefacts, some of which dated back to 700BC, in a Mosul museum in Iraq.
On 10 March, Isis destroyed a 10th century Chaldean Catholic church north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to sources.
Courtesy of Pamela Geller.