Since a picture paints a thousand I present you with two pictures, both have something in common. Look at them carefully and decide what they have in common before reading further.
Okay, what both have in common is that different people claim what is depicted as a heritage. The first depicts Masjid al-Ghamāmah, where Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم performed ‘Īd Ṣalāh. His followers claim to love him and have affection for anything which reminds them of him. So what do they do? They planned to demolish this site, just as they demolished almost every possible site connected to him.
The second picture depicts pre-Islāmic idols of Arabia. The followers of Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم are well aware of Allāh’s command in the Qurān to purify His House of the idols it contained at the time. They are also aware that Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم physically fulfilled that command on the day he conquered Makkah. Yet what do they do? They declare that these idols are in fact their heritage and spend funds of the Ummah in preserving and promoting what Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم would have smashed.
To summarise, if you love Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم you must erase anything connected to him because his heritage is idolatry, and you must preserve the idols he smashed and declare them instead to be your heritage.
No, I have not taken advantage of Washington state’s legalisation of marijuana. I have not flown there and smoked while writing this. This is the reality and the double standards of the Ḥaramayn authorities.
But the Saudi royal family has embraced the discoveries in the Arabian Peninsula and is vigorously promoting further research
…. Prince Sultan is the president of the Saudi commission for tourism and antiquities. He hopes that interest in the past will encourage tourism in the future. He also wants Saudis themselves – especially young people – to better understand their heritage.
“This is a complete revolution in Saudi Arabia when it comes to elevating the culture and the history of the country to the level it deserves,” he says.
“Within the next three years, Saudis will wake up to knowledge about their own country that has been missing throughout their lives.”
Several new museums are being planned with “big budgets” according to the prince, and international teams of archaeologists are working alongside Saudi scientists and historians. But Prince Sultan says his country wants to maintain control over its own heritage.
Tribal heritage takes preference over Islāmic heritage
One has to ask why is showing affection to the great personalities of Islām, to whom Allāh Himself expresses love, a reprehensible deed while commemorating tribal chiefs is an act of virtue? Note the naming of the gates of al-Masjid al-Ḥarām, universities, institutes, foundations etc after tribal chiefs who served the interests of the British and Americans over the interests of Islām.
Note the destruction of Masājid and the preservation of idols.
Note the very name of the kingdom overseeing the Ḥaramayn. It glorifies a desert chief and his clan. Yet the same authorities condemn the heritage of the best generation of Muslims.
The kingdom has two UNESCO heritage sites:
- Al-Ḥijr – a place cursed in the Qurān and which Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم advised against tarrying therein. Yet the authorities. Promote this as part of their heritage and ask tourists to flock there.
- At-Turayf – birthplace of the ruling clan.
The same authorities who turned the house of Khadījah رضى الله عنها into a toilet whilst preserving the fort of Ka‘b bin Ashraf, the Jew who used to abuse Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم.
These are the heritages of the kingdom which demolishes the legacy of Rasūlullāh صلى الله عليه و سلم – idols, tribal glory and Jewish relics. It is no wonder that some promote the theory that the clan is not even Arab, but crypto Jews. I find the evidence rather thin, but their behaviour doesn’t add to their defence.
A Glimmer of hope
The Ḥaramayn authorities have realised their error in their plans to destroy al-Ghamāmah. May Allāh reward all who have been instruments, one way or the other, in bringing about this change. We pray that Allāh guides them further to promote our Islāmic heritage instead of paganism and tribalism.