Muhammad’s grave: the final indignity by a religion without shame

The Saudi plan to dig up the Holy Prophet, level his shrine, and dump his corpse in an unmarked hole


By now, I suspect most people have already read the Independent’s piece on the subject, or some reprinted variation of it, but in case you haven’t, it can be found here.

HE SAUDI REGIME has always been a despotic power devoid of shame, which would require that it possess some sense of basic human morality in the first place. However, its lack of shame does not mean an unsensitivity to the feelings of the entire Muslim world—at least not until now.

In its reporting, the Independent announced the leaking of a 61-page “ consultation document by a leading Saudi academic which has been circulated among the supervisors of al-Masjid al-Nabawi … in Medina,” which calls for the exhumation of the Prophet Muhammad’s remains, the leveling of his shrine—including the green dome—and his reburial in an unmarked grave.

Although the Independent notes that “there is no suggestion that any decision has been taken to act upon the plans,” it seems strange that such a lengthy proposal would be “circulated” among the mosque’s “supervisors” unless there was some intention to carry it out. Indeed, the sheer length of the document indicates that, far from being a mere suggestion, it most likely contains detailed plans for committing this act of sacrilege.

If past behaviors are any indicator, then the Saudi regime will have few qualms about carrying out the proposed violation of the both the Prophet and the sacred mosque. The article in the Independent, for its part states that “The Saudi government has in the past insisted that it treats any changes to Islam’s holiest sites with ‘the utmost seriousness’.” Still, rather than just taking their word for it, it’s probably worth asking just how serious is “the utmost seriousness?”

As the Independent itself has previously documented, Irfan Ahmed al-Alawi, chairman of the Islamic Heritage Foundation, described how, upon the discovery of the grave of the Prophet’s mother, “it was bulldozed … and gasoline was poured on it.” Lest one think that international outcry from both religious authorities, Muslims everywhere, and historians, might halt plans to molest the gravesite of the Prophet of Islam, think again: when the grave of his mother was profaned, “nothing could stop [the] action,” not even “thousands of petitions throughout the Muslim world,” according to al-Alawi.

But then, it’s not as if any of this started or ended with the Prophet’s mother:

The litany of this lost history includes the house of Khadijah, the wife of the Prophet, demolished to make way for public lavatories; the house of Abu Bakr, the Prophet’s companion, now the site of the local Hilton hotel; the house of Ali-Oraid, the grandson of the Prophet, and the Mosque of abu-Qubais, now the location of the King’s palace in Mecca.

When one endeavors to explore the degree of unadulterated malevolence—or just plain evil—required to even indulge in hypotheticals of this sort, the analytic lenses of normal human rationality and decency fails utterly. What could motivate the self-proclaimed “guardians of the haramayn” to even consider something so brazenly despicable, let alone execute it? The answer, to a large extent, lies in the warped, irreligious psychology at the heart of the Saudi national religion.

The common excuse for similar crimes perpetrated by the Saud family and its lick-spittle priests is that they are necessary to prevent “grave worship.” In other words, they are a necessary measure against the Shi`ah who wish to honor the greatest creation of Allah Almighty. The reality, however, is far different: the Saudi religion can only exist and grow in direct proportion to the amount that its practitioners are divorced from any connection to the Prophet of Islam. In their eyes, any reverence for his personality is an act of idolatry.

None of this is to say that many in the Sunni world will fail to register their discontent about these latest plans, but rather to illustrate the mental sickness and bigotry behind the real intent of the House of Saud. But then again, according to author Mai Yamani, “When the Prophet was insulted by Danish cartoonists thousands of people went into the streets to protest. The sites related to the Prophet are part of their heritage and religion but we see no concern from Muslims.”

The shrine which formerly stood over the graves of Imams Hasan b. `Ali al-Mujtaba, `Ali b. al-Husayn al-Sajjad, Muhammad al-Baqir, Ja`far al-Sadiq, one of the Fatimahs, in al-Baqi` cemetery, prior to being razed by the the Saudis.

Still, that’s not entirely correct: the Shi`ah have protested for decades the destruction of shrines, graves, and religious historical sites by the criminal Saudi dynasty. The Shi`i world even marks these tragedies annually, on Baqi` Day. The Sunni world has remained silent time and time again, and in this sense, we can lay much of the blame for the current proposal at their feet. Had they joined the Shi`ah in denouncing and resisting the destruction of the graves of the Prophet’s family, or the razing of the house of his wife and mother of his children in order to make room for visitors to defecate over the location, then the Saudi regime would never have become so bold as to put the Holy Prophet himself in their crosshairs.

Present day: The same graves, after the criminal destruction of the shrine, pictured above, by the Saudi regime.

For Sunnis, then, it is no longer enough to quietly put distance between themselves, on the one hand, and “the Wahhabis” on the other. As the Sunnis of the Satanic State known as ISIS rampage across Syria and Iraq—leveling the shrines and disinterring the bodies of at least two prophets in the process—and the clan of Sunni bigots ruling Saudi-occupied Arabia prepare for the final violation of the religion of Islam, it’s time for Sunnis to actively do something. Yes—even if that means being seen to side with the Shi`ah. Doing anything less, by a faith claiming the mantle of Islam for itself, will only demonstrate its total religious and moral bankruptcy.

The hard but obvious truth is that Saudi authorities are bent on the destruction of the religion of Islam itself, or any semblance thereof, and will settle for nothing less. A sound functional analysis of Saudi behavior will invariably demonstrate that they are, in effect, among the greatest enemies to the religion, having spared no expense to defile its most sacred spaces and holiest personalities in ways that would make even Geert Wilders blush. As long as the religious tourism money keeps flowing in—to say nothing of oil revenues—and as long as the Sunni world assumes a posture of silent abstentionism, this Satanic plot will absolutely achieve fruition.

On the common level of shared humanity, the Saudi regime cannot be allowed to proceed with these plans. If anything, this should—but probably won’t—provide the necessary impetus to place Makkah and Madinah, and any surrounding sites of historical and religious significance, under a protective UN mandate. The House of Saud have tipped their hand, and no one with any shred of respect for the Holy Prophet can allow them to be trusted with sources of our faith’s dignity.

On a religious level, any action taken against the Prophet’s burial place must be met with whatever level of resistance is required to repel it. It is the highest religious obligation of the Muslim to defend the sanctity of the Holy Prophet by any means necessary. In other words, we must find a collective voice to act now, so that bloodshed is not required later. Ultimately, however, any hand that is extended against the Greatest Messenger must be cut.

This plan represents the final indignity against the religion of Islam by a people without shame or honor. If we do not act now, then we are partners in their crime and ignominy in this life, and in their punishment in the next life.

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