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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saudis Plan to Raze the Harem of Prophet Pubh


FROM MR ALI TAJ


Alarming news stories in Russian and English papers while the Muslim world keeps quiet about sacrilegious attacks on Islamic heritage. People of all faiths should unite and and demand a new approach to management of the Holy Mecca and Medina. This is not at all unexpected, Saudi Wahhabi Fatwas openly call for destruction of Islamic history.  The goal of Saudi Monarchy is no different than the Abbasids or Omayyads  more power to the King as Caliph of the Muslim world. To achieve this the extreme ideology must be spread and the tolerant history destroyed.

An "idealistic" approach to redefining custodianship of the holy lands

The custodianship of the holy lands in Mecca and Medina can be taken from the hands of the al-Saud clan and their Wahhabi clergy class and instead a new custodianship can be defined. But this will require a world-wide campaign from Muslims belonging to every Islamic school of thought and every country and region in the world. This in itself is a rather "idealistic" approach and may have a lot of "show-stoppers". But nevertheless a new custodianship can be defined on the basis of following guidelines:
  • As a starting point, the al-Saud family may stay in power and control the whole country save Mecca and Medina.
  • All the affairs of the holy places in Mecca and Medina shall be governed under the control and supervision of an international governing body similar to OIC consisting of representatives of all the Muslim countries (and Islamic schools of thought) and countries like India, Russia, USA and EU that have considerable Muslim populations.
  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall have its members included in the international body to facilitate the  organisation of the holy lands and may get some extra revenue for that.
  • All the revenue, profit and expenditure related to the pilgrimage  will be managed by the governing body.
  • The governing body shall have a panel of ulema (clergymen) representing all the Islamic schools of thoughts and it will make sure that no specific ideology is imposed on any local or guest pilgrim.
  • There shall be rotating president-ship of the governing body, just like the EU model, so that every country with Islam as the state religion can become its president for a specific period of time. The members of USA, EU, Russia, India etc may be accommodated in other positions like vice-president etc.
  • All the congregational prayers in the holy sites shall be led by clergymen of different Islamic schools of thought on a weekly-rotating basis.
  • The Saudi government will process the visa applications and collect all the revenue related to it. But the fees will be reduced to a reasonable level.
  • The Saudi government will be paid for all the expenditures coming from its own budget.
The above guidelines, no matter how "idealistic" they may sound, can give a hope to more than a billion Muslims around the world that one day the holy sites in Mecca and Medina may belong to all the Muslims and not only to a wicked monarchy relying on the support of the clergymen following the  "literalist" Wahhabi ideology. The purpose of the above guidelines is to spark a discussion and debate. One can only hope that some time in the future the holy lands of Mecca and Medina will become safe, welcoming, open and accommodating for every Saudi and non-Saudi Muslim.

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