Egyptians reject fatwa calling for destruction of pyramids and Sphinx

A member of a Salafi jihadist group called for the destruction of the pyramids. Shown above are the Sphinx and one of the pyramids of Giza. [Waleed Abu al-Khair/Al-Shorfa]

A member of a Salafi jihadist group called for the destruction of the pyramids. Shown above are the Sphinx and one of the pyramids of Giza. [Waleed Abu al-Khair/Al-Shorfa]

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Egyptian scholars, officials and tourism workers denounced a fatwa -- recently issued by Egyptian cleric Morgan Salem al-Gohari -- that calls on Egyptians to destroy the country's pyramids and the Sphinx.

Al-Gohari, a member of a Salafi jihadist group, said he wants these antiquities demolished, just as Prophet Mohammed destroyed the idols he found upon his conquest of Mecca.

During an interview that aired on Egyptian satellite channel Dream TV, al-Gohari likened the Egyptian landmarks to the Buddha statues that were demolished in Afghanistan.

He also equated those who work in the tourism sector to those who work "in prostitution and debauchery" and demanded that the tourism ministry be abolished.

The Fatwa Committee at Al-Azhar rejected the fatwa, saying antiquities are part of the country's culture.

Dr. Mahmoud al-Jabali, sharia law professor at Al-Azhar University, said the fatwa and others like it have no basis in religion.

Al-Jabali said such edicts violate sharia and Qur'anic teachings and profoundly contradict with the true interpretation of the Qur'an (tafseer) and the Prophet's Sunnah.

"At the onset of Islam, the [original motive] behind smashing idols was preventing people from worshiping and praying to them instead of God," he told Al-Shorfa. "This is not the case with Egyptian antiquities, especially the pyramids, the Sphinx and the statues of Luxor, for neither Egyptians nor tourists do such things."

"The pyramids are mentioned in the Qur'an as great and important relics, [by way of] the phrase 'pharaohs with the edifices', where the term 'edifices', interpreters agree, refers to the pyramids," al-Jabali said.

Antiquities Minister Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim said in a press statement on November 17th that he does not honour any fatwa issued by any party other than official government bodies and Al-Azhar.

The law will be enforced firmly and emphatically against anyone who tries to harm antiquities that are protected by law, he said.

"The ministry is implementing a security plan in co-ordination with the Tourism and Antiquities Police to protect our cultural treasures in all the provinces against any attempt to harm Egypt's antiquities," he said.

Fatwa 'tarnishes Islam'

Mahmoud Sami, director of a tourism company and member of the Egyptian Chamber of Tourism, told Al-Shorfa the fatwa adversely affects Egypt's position on the world tourism map, especially since news agencies and newspapers circulated the fatwa story and linked it to the destruction of antiquities in Afghanistan and Mali.

He called on the media to "deal wisely and rationally with such nonsense -- those who disseminate them seek only to gain fame and to capture the spotlight by stirring controversy".

Workers in the tourism sector submitted dozens of complaints to the Egyptian Attorney General against Sheikh al-Gohari. They accused him of defamation and libel and of undermining public and national security, Sami said.

Sheikh Abdel Moneim Mohammed, imam of al-Nour mosque in Cairo's Maadi district, echoed his sentiment.

He said he is astonished by such fatwas, which tarnish both true Salafi advocacy and Islam.

"Many claim to be part of the Salafi advocacy, but a distinction must be made between Salafi advocacy that calls for following the example of our righteous ancestors, and jihadi Salafi advocacy affiliated with terrorist organisations, like al-Qaeda and others," he said.

"These operate according to political agendas that aim to sow chaos and destruction and spread unrest and terrorism," he added.

Sheikh Mohammed said Egyptian youth will not allow such ideas to spread, for during the chaos that accompanied the country's revolution, many young people protected the Egyptian museum and antiquities.

Al-Azhar is the only authority in Egypt whose fatwas people honour, because it is the only legitimate body authorised to issue them, he added.

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    احمد حسن

    2013-6-7

    Every one tries to act like a scholar, while he may be a donkey. The Prophet, peace be upon him, taught us the tolerance.

  • سعد محسن الماهين

    2013-1-18

    I call on the people of Egypt not to respond or even listen to the Salafis and Wahhabis because they actually seek to destroy everything that may represent a source of pride to Muslims and Arabs. They plan to leave nothing and they work according to the plans of the West and the Crusaders who try to destroy Islam internally. This is what came in the memoirs of Mr. Hempher, who was the first agent of the Ministry of the British colonies at the early part of the last century. So, please pay attention dear Egyptians. This is an advice from your brother in Sadr City, Baghdad, as I am keen on preserving the respect for Islam and Arabism.

  • مهلهل محمد علي عسيري

    2013-1-17

    The pyramids and sphinx speak about a period of ancient time and it is necessary to keep them to retell the same stories when we are gone.

  • ابو عزة

    2013-1-17

    O God! Grant them victory.

  • رعد الطليباوي

    2013-1-17

    If the pyramids, and statutes of the pharaohs had been idols that are being worshipped, as those who claim to be knowledgeable about Islam argue, then the Prophet, peace be upon him, should have had issued this fatwa with a greater reason. Did the Prophet, peace be upon him, send people to demolish them after the advent of Islam to Egypt? Nothing of this kind happened, because originally, they were not idols. There is a tradition saying that giving fatwas without knowledge is akin to disbelief.

  • باسم الرفاعي

    2013-1-17

    This is robbery of the heritage.

  • صلاح كسيب

    2013-1-15

    To whom it may concern. God commanded us to verify the news that are reported by untrustworthy people. Indeed, God has said the truth. Please, fear God as to us because the citizens did not benefit from tourism in any way. We were hoping that our economy would find a push and tourism would improve. All what we wish for after this revolution is to employ all the Egyptians in all sectors including the tourism. The most important thing is that the revolution leads towards social justice and this is the responsibility of the state. Every young man deserves to be able to find an apartment and not suffer as they do now.

  • علي الخفاجي

    2013-1-13

    Dear Egyptians, please protect your heritage because it is a national wealth. Do not allow the barking of the Wahhabi dogs to stop you.

  • أسلام

    2013-1-9

    For the participant who says that the Pyramids are idols and that we are in a Muslim country, I tell do we visit them for worship or are they monuments and history that we learn?

  • محسن قاسم

    2013-1-8

    I wish that the media should not give this issue attention more than it deserves. Anyone can say whatever he wants. This man is not an official and thus the enemies of Islam should not use his word to attack Islam. Each religion has extremists.

  • محمد سعيد

    2013-1-7

    This destroys the heritage

  • ايمى

    2013-1-6

    O people, can anyone stop those people and remind them to abide by the proper limits because we may tolerate anything other than offending Islam.

  • وليد

    2013-1-3

    Well, those people belong to prisons.

  • ابوعمار

    2013-1-2

    Expect that from Wahhabists and even more than that.

  • محمد

    2013-1-1

    What is it? There is no God except Allah. By God, this is really shameful, this is too much!

  • [email protected]

    2012-12-31

    this man is fool

  • hhima elenany

    2012-12-25

    Do not blame him, this is ignorance. He will even say more. There are many ignorant people like that. Unfortunately, those who say so are the ones who politicize Islam. May God have mercy on Sadat! He was giving us a break from them. God suffices me for He is the Best Disposer of affairs. There is neither might nor power except from God Almighty!

  • Mamluk

    2012-12-23

    Unfortunately, none of the prophet companions left a message to destroys these relics. Nor were they mentions on hadiths on this issue?

  • احمد ريان

    2012-12-22

    You don't find anything to say, so you say nonsense? Give us a break!

  • مؤمن بالله

    2012-12-22

    Peace be upon you. I support these decisions because the pyramids are idols and Islam forbids keeping the idols. So, how can we keep them in our country? I consider that looking to these idols is a sinful act and this applies to all people including me. I do not want to be reckoned for the sinful acts of the others, because mine are more than enough. God would help us as Egyptians after the demolition of these idols. We have been calling for this and we have been waiting for a fatwa from all the sheikhs regarding the demolition of these idols. We ask God to bless the issuer of this fatwa and honor him. God is with you, and we are all with you our sheikh, as we want God to be pleased with us.

  • وفاء

    2012-12-22

    The pyramids were built with the people’s blood and forced labor. Many people died during their concoction and at that time unemployment was rampant and people were jobless. Those people worked hard until they constructed something that all people worldwide speak about. They talk about their greatness and the ingenuity of the architects who built and designed them. So, is it logical for us to come and demolish them? It is better for them to go and try to issue fatwas in something else in which they understand. What do they know about the pyramids and their greatness? They should keep away from the great pyramids and the sphinx, whose nose was broken and no one until today managed to restore it despite the advanced technologies. We know how to demolish, but we do not know how to build. We are living on their glories and the pyramids represent a good source of income through the tourism. The economic activities are already affected so we should not destroy the tourism as well. Egypt is the first tourist state in the world and we should never do anything that could cause us to lose this status. In addition, the monuments are a witness to the greatness of our grandfathers and ancient Egyptians in front of the world. We have the greatest and most sophisticated civilization in the world and people form all over the world come to see our ancient civilization. Let me tell you this; no one can demolish the pyramids or even touch them, because if this happens, all the Egyptians would stand against it.

  • مصري

    2012-12-22

    Honestly, I see that the idea of the demolition of the pyramids is impossible. In this way, we would be destroying our history and civilization, which is the basis of our status until today. We are the oldest civilization known to humanity because of our great ancestors, the pharaohs. The whole world visits Egypt to enjoy seeing their traces that bear witness to their great civilization. I wish to know what is the religion that may allow them to remove the history based on a stupid fatwa that can never be issued by a credible Muslim scholar. This person still lives at the time of the ignorance and he understands nothing about the civilization. I am against this fatwa and its issuer.

  • محد محمود

    2012-12-22

    I swear it is prohibited for them to demolish the monuments of our country such as the pyramids and sphinx, which represent the history of our country, and without this history, we will not be living. I do not understand this fatwa that allows the demolition of the history. May God destroy them. Do they think that Egypt is new? Egypt is very ancient and it has a long history with its monuments, people, and pharaohs. This fatwa speaks about the demolition of the pyramids and they allege that they are idols. Did they see anyone worshiping them? It seems that they have nothing to do and that they solved all the problems of the country, and the only thing left is the pyramids. However, I would like to say to them that what you say is prohibited because this is the history of our nation. All states wish to have these things, but you try to demolish them.

  • نوال المهوس

    2012-12-21

    The pharaonic monuments are preserved by the will of God Almighty. He has made the Pharaoh and his monuments as a sign to mankind.

  • bin karman

    2012-12-21

    What is wrong is letting these channels host such crazy people who harm Muslims. God suffices us for He is the Best Disposer of affairs!

  • ههشام البورمة الاسماعلية

    2012-12-21

    There is a proverb that says, they hit the eye of the blind so he said it is ruined anyway. The one who remains silent about the truth is a mute devil.

  • سهران الليل

    2012-12-21

    Shame on you for making the people more ignorant than they are.

  • عطز

    2012-12-20

    We should not accept this.

  • خالد منصور

    2012-12-20

    I swear that our Islamic religion is greater and better than speaking in these empty issues. Help Egypt to support Islam. May God reward you the best.

  • احمد الربيعي

    2012-12-20

    I swear the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafi movement would destroy our state.

  • احمد ذكى

    2012-12-19

    O Lord, cover us!

  • يوسف البسيونى

    2012-12-19

    This shows the massive ignorance in understanding the essentials of religion for this bunch of pretense Muslims, who do not understand of the religion except the outer shell without diving in the heart of the beautiful, kind Islam. Those people did great harm to Islam. They were horns of feuds and driving the creation of God away from Islam. God damn ignorance, ignorant people and such black days!

  • ريم

    2012-12-19

    I love him to death?

  • عبدالله عيسى

    2012-12-19

    If I could build pyramids to embrace the skies, I would have done that.

  • احمد المحضار

    2012-12-18

    Seriously, we are tired. We are tired because of what we see and hear. This is enough. You pretend to be sheikhs! You have God, Egypt! You have God, Egypt!

  • محمود محمد

    2012-12-18

    The Pyramids and the Sphinx are considered priceless treasures. Every single foreign tourist that comes to Egypt comes to watch them in the first place. I think this Sheikh only seeks fame with this fatwa. Otherwise, if this is truly what he believes, then he needs a checkup on his mental abilities.

  • elkabt khaled

    2012-12-18

    You who call yourselves religious callers… You idiots, you give fatwas without any knowledge. You animals!

  • المهاجر.

    2012-12-18

    By the lord of the Qa’abah, this man does not understand a thing. This is why Egypt is lost. May the Lord save Egypt.

  • ahmed

    2012-12-17

    Al-Juhari himself needs a removal order.

  • سعد قلشى

    2012-12-17

    If the destruction of the Pyramids is a religious matter, the great companion our master/ Amr ibn al-Aas, may God be pleased with him, would have done that when he conquered Egypt.

  • ممحمود

    2012-12-16

    By God, the Egyptians are the most skilled people.

  • mohsaad

    2012-12-16

    Have mercy on those on earth so that the One in Heaven will have mercy on you!

  • خالد ابو عريضه

    2012-12-16

    Each donkey is braying, finding his voice very loud. He just says anything strange so that people would see and watch him.

  • ولاء

    2012-12-16

    This is absolute ignorance. May the Lord rescue us from their retardation! God suffices me for He is the Best Disposer of affairs, against them. They tarnished the image of Islam.

  • elkabtn khaled

    2012-12-16

    O Lord, do not judge us for what the foolish people did. It is an idiot who is talking. Let someone wake him up and give him a bullet between the eyes.

  • ameer shokoko

    2012-12-16

    The call to destroy the Sphinx and the Pyramids is only a call to destroy the roots of the Egyptian civilization on which our lofty Egypt is established. The call to destroy it only comes from rotten minds and futile confused thinking. You will not find any Egyptian person whether a boy, girl, man, woman or child who would be drifted by this wrong call in the name of religion, because the Egyptian people, regardless of their orientations, directions or beliefs, have something in them that does not shake or divide which is their love for their country that may reach sacrificing the soul and spirit. They also have their civilization and culture which enlighten their minds and illuminate their conscience to differentiate between the true and false calls.

  • كمال العراقي

    2012-12-15

    This is a person who has a complex of inferiority. He uses these fatwas to cover up his failing. His likes are many in all the Arab countries.

  • د محمد عبدالسميع

    2012-12-15

    We have to destroy the idols of ignorance and backwardness in our hearts. Do not forget, our kind sheikh, that these Pyramids existed at the time of the Prophet, Peace Be upon Him, and the time of the Companions, and they were not destroyed by Amr ibn al-Ass, the conqueror of Egypt. Thank you…We need a serious fatwa to enlighten us about the punishment of disobeying the parents…. Cutting connections with the relatives… Assaulting people in roads…. Seriously, we need our sheikhs to raise us and our children on the highest of these manners. Sorry for prolongation. May the Lord reform us all! Do not be annoyed because of me, our dear Sheikh! An Egyptian who adores the dust of his country!

  • م.مؤمن علي بخيت

    2012-12-15

    There should not be any comparison between the entrance of the Prophet (PBUH) to Makkah and the destruction of the idols and the Pyramids because the Pyramids are not idols. They are touristic sites and everybody knows, the disbelievers even before the Muslims, that they are not gods. They are just places for visit which profit hard currency, benefits and provide work opportunities for the striving youth.

  • كابتن عماد

    2012-12-15

    This is an idiot and a fool. He does not deserve other than being hit by a shoe, he and all those who give fatwas without knowledge. Know that there are men in Egypt who are capable, by the will of God, to protect it. Egypt has a lord who honored her by the best soldiers on earth, whoever wants to harm her, they will break him God willing.

  • د سليمان ابوالعطا عبدالله

    2012-12-15

    Whoever thinks of destroying the monuments is an idiot and has no brains because these monuments remind the human of the following: 1- The development of the human race. 2- Giving a lesson about those who preceded us and the way of their living. 3- Increasing the certainty of the faith when the Muslim reads the Qur’an. 4- The early Muslims who know this religion did not harm these monuments. Maybe those idiots should know their religion first, I doubt it because God obliterated their hearts so they do not see any goodness anymore and they only see evil.

  • علاء خير

    2012-12-15

    This piece of news is unworthy of mentioning.

  • محمد سليمان

    2012-12-14

    The pyramids are not idols and the Sphinx is not worshiped. So, what is the cause of this noise and abuse to Islam?

  • بشرى عبدالإله

    2012-12-14

    There is no power except with God the Almighty. How do these minds think? If the pyramids had been prohibited, the Prophet, peace be upon him, would have ordered their demolition because they are not 100-years old but they go back thousands of years. Many prophets saw them and if they are not allowed, they would not have remained until today. The pyramids represent the history of a deceased nation, and I do not know when history became prohibited? I am not from Egypt but this is not a patriotic but a religious act. No one has the right to prohibit something that God did not prohibit. The history of the ancient pharaohs included lessons to be learned in the Quran. The construction of the pyramids is a structural and engineering miracle. I do not know the logic behind this prohibition because its visitors came to see it as history rather than worship. They are not graves of the righteous people.

  • .جني

    2012-12-14

    Fear God and stop attacking Islam because you defame our image in front of the world.

  • ramy

    2012-12-14

    O God! grant victory to the Arabs.

  • حسين

    2012-12-14

    The Prophet, peace be upon him, recommended that when we visit the traces of the people whom God tortured to weep rather than demolishing them or blowing up the history, even if they were referring to kingdoms that disobeyed God. This is their own problem and God said in His Book, {Those are a people who have passed away. Theirs is that which they earned, and yours is that which ye earn. And ye will not be asked of what they used to do.} (Quran 2:134). We will not be held accountable for what they did, but we will be reckoned for what we will do. Fear God Mr. Mourgan and speak well.

  • ahmed

    2012-12-13

    Muhammad Ali was about to demolish them to get stones, but he reconsidered the decision as this would increase transportation costs. It is known that the pyramids are not idols because if they were so, then our Master Muhammad would have ordered their demolition when he mentioned Egypt, or Master Amr ibn Al-Aas would have demolished them just as he did with the idols around Ka’bah. The idols at that time were next to the Holy Mosque and they were worshiped. How this person thinks! We ask God to have mercy upon us and save us from sedition.

  • العاصف مطر

    2012-12-13

    This man is certainly insane! Would he understand better than the companion Amr ibn Al-Aas?

  • حسين

    2012-12-13

    Neither prophet Yusuf nor Prophet Moses demolished the pyramids or sphinx. As for Prophet Abraham, he did not destroy the idols because they are statues, but because they were worshiped. However, he left an idol and asked his people to ask him who is responsible for the destruction of the others after they accused him of doing this. He was trying to deliver a message. The holy Quran did not mention that he demolished the idols, to the best of my knowledge, and all he did was purify the house of Allah from things that do not belong to God. If he had had exhibitions at his time or an educated nation, then he might have put these idols there, who knows!

  • hassan hamza

    2012-12-13

    One word applies to the people who adopt this idea: They are people who seek fame.

  • ايمن

    2012-12-12

    This is weird.

  • عاشق الماضي

    2012-12-12

    This is nonsense and no sane person can say that.

  • مورو

    2012-12-12

    Shame on you!

  • سارا

    2012-12-12

    May God protect our kind mother and Iraq remain proud.

  • بدون اسم

    2012-12-11

    Instead of destruction brother, you should construct in your country. Instead of ruining a country that needs every penny, a country that needs tourists and other people, a country which is considered poor and developing. Finally, may God guide you! Thanks!

  • ابورياض التميمى

    2012-12-11

    The one who has no civilization has no monuments. This scholar who wants to destroy the Egyptian monuments is ignorant about the Book of God and His Sunnah. The tongue of the one who gave the fatwa to destroy the pyramids should be cut so that no other ignorant would ever dare to give a fatwa based on narrow ignorance.

  • أماراتي يقول هوة في رجالة

    2012-12-11

    To all the Egyptians…. Defend your monuments and your civilization! Do not let each extremist bully you every now and then and remain silent about it! Mubarak insulted you, and now the extremists want to insult you by destroying your monuments. If you are true men as you say, defend your monuments against the barbarity of the extremists.

  • عدنان العراقي

    2012-12-11

    Do you find the fatwas of the Salafis to destroy the Pyramids strange? They issue fatwas in Iraq to ban putting the cucumber near the tomatoes because cucumber is a male and tomatoes are females. Believe me…and many strange fatwas!

  • الحاجه /فوقيه

    2012-12-11

    If the foul-spoken one talks, do not answer him. / The best answer for him is silence. / If you answer him, you would make him happy. While if you leave him, he will die in his anger.

  • عمار الوائلي

    2012-12-11

    Pa hello! What kind of talking is that? Calm down, guys!

  • عاطف عزت

    2012-12-11

    Please tell me, for God’s sake…Who rubbed the lamp? I mean the lamp of Aladdin, in order for the wanted genie to come out. I mean, Murgan grabbed an ax in his hand to destroy the civilization of the grandparents.

  • ملك منصور

    2012-12-11

    The annoying thing in this matter is the people who trade in religion and speak in the name of religion while they don’t understand a thing about it. By God, what is happening in forbidden.

  • هشام خليل

    2012-12-11

    God exists!

  • جوووو

    2012-12-11

    Qasum…anyone.

  • محمد حسن

    2012-12-11

    I request from the Muslim brothers who give fatwas without knowledge to learn first so that they don’t harm Islam more than this.

  • النسر

    2012-12-10

    You are a mad publicist.

  • ايمن وبس

    2012-12-10

    Also, what nonsense are you saying, you big time fool? Do not pretend to be the philosopher of all times. The farthest you can reach is talking to children.

  • ايمن سيداحمد

    2012-12-10

    Before you speak or talk about him, basically he is not worth that. You should not even take notice of this creature. What does he understand about civilization anyway? It seems he was not taught anything at school about civilization. I would say to him, keep it to yourself you moron.

  • عبدو.الطحاوي

    2012-12-10

    One retarded man.

  • ابو علي من العراق

    2012-12-10

    If his principal is destruction from the start, how would he build? Then, he is a loser.

  • nourr

    2012-12-10

    I think, before they think of destroying the pyramids and accuse us of worshiping idols, they should reconsider their hearts which are void of the true religion. They do not have the authority to excommunicate people while they are the ones killing people without any right. Gentlemen, faith is established in the heart and confirmed by deeds. So, what kind of deeds do they do?

  • علاءسلامة

    2012-12-10

    Is this something to say, Jawhary?! You do not like the rational people in Egypt, and Egypt is free from you. Go to your Afghanistan, where you come from, do not disgust us.

  • الرمثاوي

    2012-12-9

    First, they should resolve their internal issues. Egypt is heading towards splitting. You can think of these things later.

  • احمد محمود محخمد

    2012-12-9

    These pyramids are not idols. They were present at the time of the Companions, if they saw them as idols, they would have destroyed them.

  • كركر

    2012-12-9

    No

  • حسين فرحان

    2012-12-9

    Which level of backwardness did those people who issue fatwas calling to destroy the Egyptian Civilization reach? I am afraid their followers in Iraq will hear that and destroy what is left of the remnants of the Iraqi Civilization which were stolen when the occupation entered.

  • مقداد عبدالخالق

    2012-12-9

    The Pyramids are an endless treasure. The Jews and Christians will not have us destroy the valuable monuments.

  • بيتر

    2012-12-9

    Why would we destroy the Sphinx?

  • hossam

    2012-12-9

    Shame on you if you destroy the civilization of 7000 years!

  • حمادة

    2012-12-8

    He who does not have a past, does not have a present. Ignorant!

  • اسامة الفرا

    2012-12-8

    Spare me, you and him!

  • ALAA

    2012-12-8

    If you Muslim Egyptians say that we should destroy the Pyramids, then I am against it. This is not legally, religiously or lawfully right. If this was true, Master Omar ibn al-Khatab would have destroyed all the Pyramids.

  • فاطمة

    2012-12-8

    I do not like it.

  • ابراهيم محمد بهنجاوى

    2012-12-8

    The Islamic religion is a monotheistic religion, its Constitution is the Holy Qur’an sent down by God, Exalted and Sublime Be He, upon our Kind Messenger. As for the idols, God prohibited worshipping them because God is the Deity. As for the Pyramids, they are built by our grandfathers the Pharaohs. They achieved what they achieved and they did what they did. But, during all times no Muslim worshipped their remnants. If Amr ibn al-Aass saw that they are idols, he would have ordered that they get destroyed because he was the ruler of Egypt. As for this Salafi Sheikh who says that we have to destroy the Pyramids like Buddha Statue, it is very different situation because they used to worship Buddha which is infidelity. They are free in to do that, but no one worshipped the Pyramids or the remnants they include. They bring to Egypt a lot of money and they are the pride of the modern and old Egyptian engineering. Whoever wants to knock down our civilization, the curse of the current Egyptian Pharaohs will hit him. So, do not come closer to the Pyramids, but prostrate to God and come nearer to Him. May the Lord guide you! Please, do something good because the country cannot handle more problems.

  • مدحت يتكلم واسرائيل تتائلم

    2012-12-7

    Hello. Here is the Secret Intelligence. You should turn yourself in because you annoy the authorities.

  • احمد ابراهيم

    2012-12-7

    I say: God suffices me for He is the Best Disposer of affairs, against this sheikh. He should search for a child to read for him the Qur’an, so that he learns that these ruins were mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

  • عباس

    2012-12-7

    May God protect Iraq!

  • EMAN

    2012-12-7

    Fear God!

  • تامرالبنا

    2012-12-7

    This man is mentally retarded and more ignorant than an animal. O God, save us from the ignorance of those retards.

  • شحاته الجوهرى

    2012-12-7

    The people used to worship the idols in the days of the Prophet. As for now, they worship God alone, not the Sphinx or the Pyramids.

  • abd elmaem

    2012-12-7

    We want Brother al-Juhari who wants to destroy the Pyramids to tell us, where was he when Hosni Mubarak was destroyed? Where was he? Where did he live? We want him to ask about those who were better than him in knowledge and religion like Amr ibn al-Ass and Omar ibn Abdel Aziz. Give the people a break, for God’s sake! Not one of you knows anything about the religion except the wearing Jilbab and growing beards. As for how to treat people, you know nothing about that. You forget that to be a true believer is to treat others well and that religion is the advice about God and the Messenger. I wish you would understand the religion the right way. By God, if you were right, God would have given us victory over Hosni a long time ago. We were tortured and displaced, and our prayers were not answered. Why did you not ask yourselves, why did the Lord answer the prayers of the youth? They were truthful in their promise with God, they didn't give up or surrender. It was either death or victory and indeed they got victorious, by the grace of God. God showed you that you were on the verge of an abyss.

  • د/عبدالمنعم زناتى

    2012-12-7

    This man, whose knowledge I highly doubt and whose ignorance I am sure of, reminded me of the saying “Contradict and you will be known.” He is ignorant of religion and the traditions of the Master of Messengers, Muhammad, peace be upon him.

  • اسيرة الصمت h *g*r

    2012-12-7

    Why didn't Umar bin al-Khattab, may God be pleased with him, who is an Islamic symbol, demolish them after the conquest of Egypt? At that time there were many companions of the Prophet, so why didn't anyone demand this? That is because they were not worshiped. I want to say to him that if he is trying to get famous, he shouldn't do so by issuing such fatwas.

  • ماجد منتصر

    2012-12-7

    I swear that he is mentally backward. Who is this Al-Jawhari and how could he make such a backward news? I swear that this mad dog wants to eliminate the civilization of the Egyptian people and increase its backwardness in Egypt!

  • نرمين

    2012-12-7

    I am too…

  • ايثار

    2012-12-6

    This seems as if though we are akin to the infidels of Quraish and we are idle worshipers. I wonder from which era this guy came from.

  • محمد علي

    2012-12-6

    Instead of ruining tourism, go and think of what we should do to benefit our kids. The Japanese had their nation devastated and they rebuilt it within 3 months. The same has been done in Germany by a handful of women, and you are still living in the era of ignorance. Hence, think of your country and your kids, or are you useless

  • اسراء

    2012-12-6

    This is not true because the pyramids symbolize the great history of Egypt

  • ياسرنجيري

    2012-12-6

    You are idiots.

  • انس محمد

    2012-12-6

    I love the land of Syria and I am 12 years old.

  • medhat fathy

    2012-12-6

    Unfortunately, these are radical ideas with no foundation or ground. But, we have to fight these destructive ideas with all the strength we have to stop those people from doing such an act which is a crime against Egyptian civilization which witnesses the deep-rootedness of Egyptian history.

  • محمد

    2012-12-6

    Sheikh, the Messenger, Peace Be upon Him, destroyed the idols so that no one would worship them, because Islam calls for worshipping God Almighty. As for the monuments, they are from our civilization, we are proud of them but we don’t worship them. Give us a break, may God have mercy on you!

  • satar

    2012-12-6

    Al-Jawhari and his followers are the followers of Satan and the enemies of Islam.

  • مصرية

    2012-12-6

    Fear God regarding Egypt, the name has nothing to do with you!

  • محمد الشريف

    2012-12-6

    I ask the respectful sheikh who gave this fatwa, did Omar, Uthman and Ali not know about this fatwa? Was Egypt not conquered during their time? Until this very day, we have not heard of a fatwa like this one. Every person who wants to get famous goes and does something weird!

  • الأستاذ الدكتور رئيس قسم طرق تدريس العلوم

    2012-12-6

    Islam is the religion of civilizations.

  • بحب مصر

    2012-12-6

    Save our country, O Lord and fill her from Your graces.

  • مروة

    2012-12-5

    God suffices us for He is the Best Disposer of affairs!

  • رمضان

    2012-12-5

    We, the people, will never keep silent about the Salafis. We will even see more. Just one word: O God, let the oppressors fight each other.

  • زينب

    2012-12-5

    You are animals

  • سعد

    2012-12-5

    I strongly protest.

  • امل

    2012-12-5

    Wake up, this is the civilization of the country. Did Islam tell you to live in backwardness and destroy the monuments? If we destroy the monuments, it means we are destroying history. Stop sabotaging the country in the name of the religion!

  • ahmed

    2012-12-5

    good

  • Baskota katkota

    2012-12-5

    By God, did they solve all the problems of the country and now they are talking about the Pyramids? I totally reject destroying the Pyramids. They are a source of income for Egypt.

  • مكاوي الحلو

    2012-12-5

    These are different than the idols of the Pre-Islamic era, you ignorant.

  • سعودي

    2012-12-5

    Hahaha, by God, this is funny.

  • [email protected]

    2012-12-5

    Seriously, we are tired. We are tired of what we see and hear. Stop it! You pretend to be scholars?! You have God, Egypt. You have God, Egypt.

  • امجد الحسيني

    2012-12-5

    Fatou is a failure.

  • [email protected]

    2012-12-5

    He is a sheep, he does not understand that this is the civilization of a country.

  • منصور نصير

    2012-12-5

    Only one word! This is a mentally retarded man and may the Lord heal him from his stupidity.

  • الاسم مطلوب محمد اامصري من السعوديه

    2012-12-3

    You are not better or more knowledgeable than the Prophets and the Companions. You give fatwas, but you don’t know anything about the civilization of seven thousands of years. You destroy it in one moment because of your unaware ideas? Mind your own business and reform yourself first.

  • حمدى ضييف

    2012-12-3

    May God have mercy on our poet when he said: The creations all stood looking at how I build the foundations of glory on my own. The builders of the pyramids are enough so that I don’t have to talk when challenged. I am the crown of highness from the side of the East and his pearls are the beads of my necklace.

  • eslam

    2012-12-2

    A fool!

  • كحلاوى دكرورى

    2012-12-2

    I would say that any country in the world wishes that it has 1/10 of the monuments that we have in our country. So, instead of protecting our monuments, we destroy them? Is this rational??

  • د احمد شهاب

    2012-12-2

    This is my personal opinion. I am a Muslim and I believe in God and I am totally against such thing. About 95% of Muslims oppose these opinions. The Companions came to Egypt and they did not say such things.

  • محمد حسن

    2012-12-1

    The truth of the matter is that the pyramids constitute a historic landmark and they are not considered a place of worship as the pagans used to do in the past. Therefore, antiquities and historic landmarks should be neither demolished nor vandalized. God and His prophet know best.

  • ابواحمد العراقي

    2012-11-30

    I say to Jowhari, are you more just than the two Omars, ibn al-Khattab and ibn al-‘As? weren’t the pyramids existing during their times? If you are concerned over Islam, you should prohibit the bloodshed of Muslims due to the savage hardliners

  • ا

    2012-11-30

    Weren’t the pyramids present at the time of the Prophet? Then I ask the Salafis, why didn’t he demolish them?

  • ايمن الحميري

    2012-11-30

    For the sake of Yemen and building Abyan, the deposed must leave for building a new Yemen.

  • mostafa

    2012-11-30

    When Amr ibn Al-Aas entered Egypt, why did he not demolish them?

  • شوقي محمد شاهين

    2012-11-30

    First, who is Murjan Al-Hawhari? Second: Al-Jawhari provided no evidence other than precedents, which is not accurate in this case, because the idols which were around the Ka’bah were being worshipped besides Allah. As for the pyramids and sphinx, they are not worshipped. Furthermore, they existed at the time of Amr ibn Al-As and Omar ibn Al-Khattaab and they did not demolish them!

  • على

    2012-11-30

    There is a serious difference between the pyramids and idols when Makkah was conquered.

  • ساره عوض

    2012-11-30

    The Egyptian monuments represent a great civilization that was established by our ancestors, the pharaohs, to explain to the new generations that they were excellent in the arts, sculpturing and imaging.

  • ا.ناجي القحيف

    2012-11-30

    They demolish the civilization and glory of the nation and this is sorrowful. Some people consider themselves the shadow of God on earth as if they are guardians over Islam and Muslims and that they are the only ones who defend Islam without awareness or understanding of Islam.

  • السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته وبعد أن يكون هذا ه

    2012-11-30

    Peace be upon you…. I want to allow the users to insert two images below the username. Is this good for the website?

  • عابر سبيل

    2012-11-30

    This is completely inaccurate. These are very similar to the myths and we should not consider it at all.

  • ابراهيم

    2012-11-30

    I object to this, because they do not harm anyone.

  • نرمين صلاح

    2012-11-30

    I like it!

  • ميرو

    2012-11-30

    Certainly, I agree with this without any hesitation!

  • account

    2012-11-30

    Peace be upon you. This is the best thing and we want more if you please. Thanks.

  • عمر

    2012-11-29

    No comment on a sheikh who alleges that he is a scholar! We are responsible for making him think so.

  • شيماء

    2012-11-29

    He who advocates destruction better construct!

  • العراقي

    2012-11-29

    Where do they want to take us? Had the announcer thought about why the pyramids and the small statues were not demolished during the early Islamic conquests? If there is anyone that has the right to demolish them it is Omar Ibn al Khattab. Where are you and where is Omar? I swear you are an Israeli!

  • ميثم العراقي

    2012-11-29

    Damn you O donkeys. You understand nothing of the religion other than killing and demolition. May God curse you O followers of Henver.

  • علي

    2012-11-29

    Those who used to urge people to destroy the historic symbols or monuments were considered retarded, backward and degenerated. Peoples must declare war on these misleading preachers and all those who support them. Islam is innocent of them.

  • وائل

    2012-11-29

    It is good!

  • mohamed

    2012-11-29

    Islam entered Egypt with Amr Ibn al-Aas, during the reign of Caliph Omar Ibn Al Khattab; none of them destroyed or broke any of the monuments. Islam is the greatest religion on earth!

  • ALI HUSSEIN

    2012-11-29

    Why? This is oppression!

  • اسامه بدوى

    2012-11-29

    May God help us!

  • hisham talaat

    2012-11-29

    I'm shocked at the men with beards; we'll see more, and tomorrow they will say that Hadari is an infidel.

  • على الصعيدى

    2012-11-29

    I am a Salafist, but I don't agree with the demolition of the pyramids as this disagrees with the teachings of Islam. The pyramids are not idols; they are monuments of the history and civilization of Egypt.

  • osamamahmoud

    2012-11-29

    O God, please protect Egypt! You are the best helper and savior!

  • ي

    2012-11-28

    Fear God Sheikh! Who are you when compared to the status of Amr ibn al-Ass?

  • نجلا

    2012-11-28

    Was al-Jawhari more faithful than Amr ibn al-Ass? If it was an idol, why did he not destroy it when he opened Egypt?

  • منير علي محمد

    2012-11-27

    He is a man who seeks revenge. The religious reference for all the Egyptians is al-Azhar al-Sharif.

  • مصطفي علي القنيط

    2012-11-27

    I think there is no one on earth who knows the traditions of the Prophet more than the Companions. If knocking down the Pyramids and Egyptian monuments were part of the Islamic religion, Omar ibn al-Khatab, May God be pleased with him, would have done so when he was the Caliph of all states, including Egypt. This fatwa is harmful to Islam. Only the ignorant would approve such a fatwa. The monuments are a symbol of our Egyptian Civilization that should be preserved.