The site of the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is to be demolished and in its place a new library to be made. The original desire of the Saudi ulema was to redevlop and take down the original foundations of the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) 50 years ago, but the site was saved. Instead a library was built around the birthplace of the Holy Prophet's (PBUH) house foundations and walls. Even though it is possible to visit the library inside when it is open occassionally the 1400 year old walls and artefacts have been blocked off to public access.
"Historic Mecca , the cradle of Islam, is being buried in an unprecedented onslaught by religious zealots. Almost all of the rich and multi-layered history of the holy city is gone.
"The Washington-based Gulf Institute estimates that 95 per cent of millennium-old buildings have been demolished in the past two decades.
"Now the actual birthplace of the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH)is facing the bulldozers, with the connivance of Saudi religious authorities whose hardline interpretation of Islam is compelling them to wipe out their own heritage. " - The Independent Online 05/08/2005 * (original available on request).
To bring attention to this sad event that is unfolding before our eyes there is a petition online as well as a local petition which will insha'Allah be centred around masjids all over the country that we muslims should sign and endorse. When we have succeeded in increasing the awareness this event, we will as one body deliver it to the Saudi Embassy in the UK and other countries with the help of Allah (SWT) and insha'Allah with the blessings of the scholars of the muslim community.
You may ask yourself how something like this is happening especially within the blessed cities of Makkah and Madinah.
One reason is the literal interpretations of Islam by the Saudi regime and current Ulema in Saudi Arabia . Anything that might in their opinion lead to shirk (ascribing partners onto Allah (SWT) in various forms or for believing of power, harm or blessings is from other than Allah (SWT)) is destroyed, hidden or mutilated in some way to make it imperfect and therefore less likely to be worhshipped. If the intention seems noble than the execution is anything but noble. In fact it is shameful that to acheive their goals and enforce their doctrine that the Saudi authourities seek to destroy Islam's great past and are continuing to do so:
"The recent extension to the Prophet (PBUH)'s mosque has been not just to increase capacity, but to unfortunately increase disrespect to the Holy Prophet (saw). The original mosque had plaques with Allah (S.W.T)'s and Rasool Allah (saw)'s name on the roof. Now they have Allah (S.W.T)'s name only.
Our Prophet has informed us that in Paradise his name is written on the Arsh (throne)1. In countless verses in the Holy Qur'an, Allah (S.W.T) couples His mention with that of the Prophet (saw). Whose Sunnah are the Saudis following by writing just Allah (S.W.T)'s name?" - Ather Hussain Al-Azhari 05/08/2005 **
The issue of safety has also come up and the fact is that the library neither blocks nor hinders a pilgrims progress to the Grand Masjid as it is situated far enough to be out of the way. This decision is not one of safety or expansion to help with the increase in numbers of pilgrims on Hajj. Building a newer library on top of an old library does not mean there is a need to destroy the original foundations.
A solution to the preservation of the orginal foundations to the Prophet's (PBUH) birthplace is to build a new library but keep the historic foundations and open them for every pilgrim to see.
If you think this petiton will have no effect then realise that Prince Turki Al-Faisal has already responded to the original article in The Independent Online*** which attacks only the muslim sources two sources of the article and to put forth the idea that the artefacts from the birthplace of our Noble Prophet (PBUH) will be preserved in a library as countless other artefacts have been in new museums in Makkah.
The site itself is historic and should not be further damaged by the authorities. This act will serve no purpose other than to anger the muslim community and the pilgrims who have already seen the effects of the Saudi's policies in the Hijaz. We must speak out against these decisions with consensus and try to and block similar acts in the future.
*http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article304029.ece **http://www.muslimprofessionals.org.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=4829&postcount=1 ***http://www.mofa.gov.sa/Detail.asp?InSectionID=571&InNewsItemID=38752