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.”
Egypt’s new President Mohamed Mursi delivers a speech during a ceremony where the military handed over power to Mursi at a military base in Hikstep, east of Cairo, June 30, 2012. Mursi was sworn in on Saturday as Egypt’s first Islamist, civilian and freely elected president, reaping the fruits of last year’s revolt against Hosni Mubarak, although the military remains determined to call the shots. The military council that took over after Mubarak’s overthrow on February 11, 2011, formally handed power to Mursi later in an elaborate ceremony at the desert army base outside Cairo.
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.