The tomb of Jonah dominated the city of Mosul, now in the hands of ISIS
Confirmation that ISIS, the Sunni jihadist terrorist army sweeping across Iraq, has destroyed Jonah's tomb in Mosul*, has come to us in a roundabout way. The Mufti of Egypt has condemned ISIS in strong terms for the destruction. According to a report in the Arabic press, the Mufti declared that the destruction of holy sites has 'nothing to do with Islam or any religion'. (With thanks: Maurice)
News Online - "The Mufti (the Muslim spiritual leader who issues religious edicts) of
the Republic of Egypt, Dr. Shawki Alam, denounced the ISIS (The Islamic State) terrorist
organization act of demolishing the shrines and the sites of the prophets and righteous
people in Iraq, and most recently the demolition of the tomb of God’s Prophet Younus
(Jonah), peace upon him.
The Mufti of the Republic stressed that assaulting the sanctity of the prophets and
the inviolability of the shrines, and digging up the graves of the prophets and
the righteous by this terrorist organization is not recognized by any Muslim doctrine.
"It is an act that has nothing to do with Islam or any religion, and also
exceeded all the limits of normal human nature that respects the sanctity of the
dead (people) and exalts their holy sites.
The Mufti of the Republic indicated that these extremists are ignorant of the
spirit of the Islamic religion and did not read the biography of ....
prophet (Muhammad) ……, which mentioned that the prophet,… lived for 13
years in Mecca and came nowhere near the idols of the infidels, which
were in the hundreds, so how could (he come close) to the tombs of the prophets
and the righteous?! "
The Mufti of the Republic appealed to the responsible authorities in Iraq, the
international organizations that are concerned with the humanitarian heritage such
as UNESCO and others to quickly and urgently intervene to protect the Islamic
holy sites, which are among Iraq’s cultural, historical and archaeological monuments."
Original article (Arabic)
ISIS pledges to destroy shrines
Appeal to UNESCO to save shrines (French)
*Misleading video: A video purporting to show ISIS destroying the tomb of Jonah has been circulating recently in the western press. It bears an uncanny resemblance to this 2013 video, disseminated by the Iranian Press TV, showing the destruction of so-called Jewish tombs in Syria.