“We must stop the hijacking of our religion” is the title of the Meher Murshed’s editorial Wednesday in the newspaper Gulf News. “It is time for the entire Muslim world to stand together and reject this deviance [ISIS] from the religion,” he wrote. “An emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Conference needs to be convened at which the entire Muslim community should come together, despite their many smaller differences, to reiterate their unity in the face of this horror.”
Murshed was referring to the attack (four dead and five injured) Monday evening by a suicide bomber in Medina, the second holiest city in Islam, in front of the Al Masjid an Nabawi mosque, which houses the tomb of Muhammad. The attack — the third in a single day in Saudi Arabia — astounded Muslims everywhere.
What the Arab columnist did not report is that so many Wahhabis in Saudi Arabia and in the Gulf have been calling for years for the destruction of Muhammad’s tomb in Medina, as well as the prophet’s house in Mecca, because they consider them contrary to their interpretation of Islam. According to them, these monuments are expressions of a latent paganism. Khadijah’s house, the first wife of Muhammad, is already gone and in its place now there are public toilets. A Hilton hotel has been standing for some time on the place that was the home of the first caliph, Abu Bakr. A report by the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation reveals that since 1985, bulldozers sent by the ruling Saud house and Wahhabi religious leaders have demolished 98 percent of the holy and historical Islamic places in Saudi Arabia.