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NBC News Deceives, Equivocates to Cover Muslims’ Vicious Destruction of Non-Islamic Symbols, Artifacts, Icons

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“Allah ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols”

The sickness of the media knows no bounds. NBC News finally decides to address the Islamic destruction of ancient documents in Timbuktu and dares to assign this vicious, anti-human destruction onto other religions.

Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News, writes here: Why extreme Islamists are intent on destroying cultural artifacts

NBC News: To many in the West, such actions are simply wanton vandalism. However,
experts say the thinking behind it is actually part of a wider tradition
of rooting out idol-worship and superstition found in Christianity and
Judaism as well as Islam.

How dare they? Jews are not destroying religious symbols, idols, churches, mosques, ever. And Christians do no such thing.
But Muslims have been on a jihad to destroy the religious artifacts that non-Muslim believers hold precious. Only Muslims are doing this, and they are committing the greatest archaeological crimes in human history. They are doing this daily. The enemedia is silent on these crimes except when a crime is so egregious (i.e. Timbuktu’s ancient manuscript destruction) that they can’t ignore it, and only then do they obfuscate it (everybody does it!) and cover it to whitewash the motive.

The whole article uses a former jihadist as its expert. How about a legitimate source like Ibn Warraq or Robert Spencer? Ever? More from NBC News:

Usama Hasan — an Islamist for about 20 years, who now works to counter extremism at the U.K.’s Quilliam Foundation — said most Muslims had “a kind of tolerant attitude” and a “live-and-let-live” approach toward such things.

“Mainstream
Muslim thinking tends to tolerate these historic artifacts,” he said.
“Even if they don’t agree with the superstitions, they don’t want to
provoke the community and don’t see it as a big deal.”

But Hasan said he understood the mindset of those condemned as cultural vandals “very well” as he “used to subscribe to it.”

He said that during his Islamist days he would say things like: “Yes, let’s destroy the pyramids when we take over Egypt.”

“It’s
very sad. You lose all that cultural heritage, music, history, art,
ancient books. If they (Islamists) don’t agree with what’s in them …
they seem to think it’s OK to burn these books,” he said. “If you’re not
Muslim or don’t subscribe to the same narrow interpretation the
militants do, they will oppose everything you do and do so violently if
they need to.”

Hasan said there were a number of stories
explaining how the Sphinx lost its nose, but one account suggests that a
religious figure in the 14th century, Saim El-Dahr, tried to get rid of
it.

It’s the same everywhere that Muslims seek to impose Islam. Destroy
everything else, everything that is holy. In Israel, for a number of
years already, there is the selected destruction of Christian/Jewish
artifacts at the sites that are, of course, the places where the Jewish
and Christian religions originated. When the devout Muslim group, the
Taliban, destroyed the Buddhas in Afghanistan, all the world was
correctly enraged.

This is an Islamic pattern sanctioned by fatwa, to destroy religious
icons, statues and artifacts of all other belief systems. This is part
of the ummah’s campaign to falsify all other religions. They built a mosque on top of the first Jewish temple and the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem, they took over thousands of churches — the most notable the Hagia Sophia — and tens of thousands of Hindu temples. They destroyed thousands-of-year-old Buddhas in Afghanistan.

In Egypt, a  jihad leader calls for destruction of Pyramids and Sphinx.

MINA: An Egyptian jihad leader, with self-professed links to the
Taliban, called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids
in Egypt,” drawing ties between the Egyptian relics and Buddha statues,
local media reported this week.

Murgan
Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former
President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to
remove such “idols.”

“All Muslims are charged with
applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in
Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,
” he said on Saturday
during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely
watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences.

“God ordered Prophet
Mohammed to destroy idols,” he added. “When I was with the Taliban we
destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.”

 

Islam web here:

There
is a lot of Sharee‘ah-based evidence proving that Muslims are to
destroy idols and statues as long as they are able to do so,  regardless
of whether or not these idols are worshiped. This evidence includes the
following:

First, it was narrated that the Prophet , answered ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah
when he asked him about his mission, saying that Allaah The Almighty
had sent him to strengthen ties of kinship and destroy idols so that He
alone would be worshipped and nothing would be associated with Him.
[Muslim]

Second, it was narrated that when the Prophet , sent ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib to conquer some countries he commanded him to destroy any idol and level any high grave. [Muslim]

Third, it was narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet , told them that Jibreel (Gabriel) told him that he had come a night before but could not enter the house (of the Prophet ,)
because there was a statue at the door, a  curtain decorated with
images of statues in the house, and there was a dog in the house. Then Jibreel ordered the Prophet ,
to have the head of the statue cut off, the curtain cut  into two
cushions to be sat and stepped on, and to have the dog removed from the
house. The Prophet did so.  [At-Tirmithi and Abu Daawood].

What the Prophet ,
did, according to this Hadeeth, invalidates any allegation that idols
and statues are only to be destroyed if they are worshipped or feared to
be worshipped, since this could never have been a probability in the
house of the Messenger of Allaah .

It
is prohibited to draw or copy the form of animals or humans. This is
based on the Hadeeth stating that those who produce images for living
beings would be the most severely punished by Allaah The Exalted on the
Day of Resurrection. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim].  Another Hadeeth states
that those who produce images of living beings will be punished on the
Day of Resurrection and will be commanded to breathe life into what they
had produced. A third Hadeeth states that each person who makes an
image in this life will be ordered to breathe life into it, and he will
not be able to do so, and this is a kind of punishment. [Al-Bukhaari and
Muslim].

There is a lot more evidence indicating the prohibition of image producing and its being a major sin as stated by An-Nawawi .

This
is why all Islamic jurists agree that the existence of statues is an
evil that must be abolished. Statues are not an honored property under
Islamic Sharee`ah, and the person who destroys them is not trespassing,
rather he is fulfilling a duty.

If a statue is worshipped, it is even more necessary to destroy it.

Therefore,
the Taliban destroying the statue of Buddha is lawful and is a deed for
which they will be rewarded. Moreover, if they did not destroy it, they
would have been considered sinful.

It
is incorrect to think that this ruling applies only to statues in the
Arabian Peninsula, as it applies to all statues and idols without
exception.

The allegation that the Companions
did not destroy the idols they found in the conquered countries is an
unsupported claim.  It is impossible to think that the honorable
Companions kept the idols, especially since they were still being
worshipped at that time.  Some people may argue that the idols of the
Pharaohs, Phoenicians and others still exist, so why did the Companions
keep them?

There are three probabilities:

First,
the Companions did not reach these idols because they were in remote
places. Just because Egypt was conquered, does not mean the Companions
reached every place there.

Second, at the time of the Companions the idols might have been inside the houses of the Ancient Egyptians.  The Prophet ,
had taught them to hasten when passing by the houses of the tyrants or
people who were punished by Allaah The Exalted. Moreover, he forbade
them to enter such places. The Prophet ,
commanded the Companions to weep when they reached the places of the
dwellers of Al-Hijr, lest they be afflicted with the same punishment as
those people. [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim] Hence, the Companions used to
avoid entering the houses and temples of those people. That was why they
did not destroy any of the idols inside the Pyramids. As the idols were
buried at that time, it is most probable that they did not even see the
entrances.

Third,
most of the existing statues were only discovered recently, as they
were buried at the time of the Companions or were brought from places
that the Companions never reached.  Az-Zirikli
was asked whether or not the Companions who participated in conquering
Egypt had seen the Pyramids and the Sphinx.  He explained that most of
these monuments, especially the Sphinx, were buried at that time.

Fourth,
it is probable that the Companions did see some statues, but they did
not have the means to destroy them.  For example, destroying the statue
of Buddha took twenty days using machines, which were certainly
unavailable at the time of the Companions .  This point of view is supported by a narration by Ibn Khaldoon
that Caliph Ar-Rasheed tried to destroy a huge palace that had
belonged to Khosrau (the Persian emperor), so he used every resource at
his disposal to achieve this goal but failed. The same also happened
with the Pyramids, when Caliph Al-Ma’moon tried to destroy them but
failed.

The
allegation that these statues were considered part of human
civilization does not justify keeping them. Al-Laat, Al-‘Uzza, Manaat,
Hubal and other idols that were worshipped in the Arabian Peninsula were
a part of the civilization of that time as well, but it is an evil and
prohibited part of human heritage that must be removed and destroyed.

May Allaah The Almighty guide all Muslims to do what pleases Him.

Allaah knows best.

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