An online magazine has offered translations to Arabic news sources that purportedly indicate that Egypt’s Salafi party has come forth with plans to demolish Egypt’s Great Pyramids in an effort to bring down what it calls “symbols of paganism.”
Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, has reportedly urged Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what Amr bin al-As could not,” according to conservative political publication FrontPage Magazine.
Al-Mahmoud’s comments relate to Amr bin al-As, a companion of the Islam’s founder Muhammad, who invaded Egypt in 641 and began destroying Egyptian artifacts. While an historical debate exists over the accuracy of such reports, some early Muslim writers have noted that Amr bin al-As even destroyed the great Library of Alexandria, which was a hub of knowledge for the ancient world.
Amr bin al-As, however, did not have the means to destroy the massive pyramid structures back then, but the Salafi party now has the technology available to do just that. As a Daily Mail article from last year notes, one suggestion is to dump massive amounts of wax on the pyramids, turning them into disfigured blobs, helping complete the total destruction of Egypt’s pagan past that was started under the reign of the country’s first Islamic conqueror.
Readers responding to the article have mostly expressed opposition to purported plans to destroy the pyramids in Egypt.