Egyptian jihadist calls for removal of Sphinx, Pyramids
Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Islamist leader twice-sentenced under former President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, called on Muslims to remove such â€śidols.â€ť
â€śAll Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues,â€ť he said on Saturday during a television interview on an Egyptian private channel, widely watched by Egyptian and Arab audiences.
â€śGod ordered Prophet Mohammed to destroy idols,â€ť he added. â€śWhen I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.â€ť
His comments came a day after thousands of ultraconservative Islamists gathered in Tahrir Square to call for the strict application of Sharia law in the new constitution.
But in retaliation to Goharyâ€™s remarks, the vice president of Tunisiaâ€™s Ennahda party, Sheikh Abdel Fattah Moro, called the live program and told Gohary that famous historic military commander Amr ibn al-Aas did not destroy statues when he conquered Egypt.
â€śSo who are you to do it?â€ť he wondered. â€śThe Prophet destroyed the idols because people worshiped them, but the Sphinx and the Pyramids are not worshiped.â€ť
Gohary, 50, is well-known in Egypt for his advocacy of violence, Egypt Independent reported.
â€śHe was sentenced twice, one of the two sentences being life imprisonment. He subsequently fled Egypt to Afghanistan, where he was badly injured in the American invasion. In 2007, he traveled from Pakistan to Syria, which then handed him over to Egypt. After Mubarak's fall in early 2011, he was released from prison by a judicial ruling,â€ť the newspaper added.
In recent months, fears have surfaced that the ultra-conservative Salafi political powers may soon wish to debate new guidelines over Egyptian antiquities.
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Al Aribaya reports that as a result of the uprising in Egypt some of the world's greatest archeological treasures are in grave danger. Murgan Salem al-Gohary, a radical Islamist leader who was jailed twice by former President Hosni Mubarak, has now put out a call for true believers to destroy the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Joined: Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:10 pm Location: Packing my stuff and moving to Denver like you should be doing You might like: Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:27 pm " by Savwafair2012 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...
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thommystromdahl wrote November 18, 2012 11:14:49 AM CET
Another crazy looney.
Maxapocalypse wrote November 16, 2012 3:25:15 AM CET
He looks like he has a sore tooth, or has to poop.
Temps13 wrote November 15, 2012 3:44:23 AM CET
NOT gonna happen asshole
Marcydare wrote November 14, 2012 11:57:21 PM CET
Do'nt this guy realize that no-one till this day
knows how the Pyramids were built ?
That in all our glory, we could not duplicate this feat ?
How, may I ask do they/he plan on doing this?
A nuke ? a hundred nukes ? not gona happen, sorry
email@example.com wrote November 14, 2012 11:05:26 PM CET
WOW, MR Bean went jihad!