Ever wanted to see the Great Pyramid of Giza? Better get your tickets now. All sorts of changes are afoot in Egypt since President (and recent Muslim Brotherhood candidate) Mohamed Morsi took office:
Revival of concubinage–On Monday of last week, Egyptian TV show Al Haqiqa aired a clip of modern Egypt’s first known sex-slave marriage.
Instead of saying the customary “I marry myself to you,” the woman repeats “I enslave myself to you.” After the ceremony, the groom orders his bride stripped of her hijab. The woman can then be seen (at 1:54 in the video) taking off her hijab to reveal a red dress with spaghetti straps.
The man, interviewed later on the show, gives various justifications for the “marriage,” including the Prophet Mohamed’s practice of “marrying” enslaved captive women. He justifies having the woman remove her hijab by recounting how Caliph Omar used to strip sex-slaves of their garments when he saw them overdressed. (See here for more on the revival of sex-slavery in Islam.)
Jihad against Israel–Last Thursday, Mohamed Badi, Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, used his weekly sermon to call for jihad against Israel. Egyptian daily newspaper Al Wafd says he:
confirmed the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists [Israelis] and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims.
And now . . .
Calls for the destruction of the pyramids–Before you say it could never happen, remember the 1,700-year-old Buddhas of Bamiyan, dynamited by the Taliban in 2001. Consider the destruction of the ancient city of Timbuktu by Muslims, which is happening right now.
Since Morsi’s election, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the destruction of the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s President Morsi to “destroy the pyramids.”
Why? Because they are, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi’i, “symbols of paganism.”
The seed sown in the Arab Spring is beginning to produce a bitter harvest.
(A tip of the hat to noted Middle East and Islam scholar Raymond Ibrahim for this information.)