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« on: October 02, 2014, 09:36:27 AM »

Just saw a very interesting article about what's happened to Mecca in the past few decades under Saudi rule.

It sounds oh so very familiar...

The skyline is no longer dominated by the rugged outline of encircling peaks. Ancient mountains have been flattened. The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures — an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.

The “guardians” of the Holy City, the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the clerics, have a deep hatred of history. They want everything to look brand-new.


The only other building of religious significance in the city is the house where the Prophet Muhammad lived. During most of the Saudi era it was used first as a cattle market, then turned into a library, which is not open to the people. But even this is too much for the radical Saudi clerics who have repeatedly called for its demolition. The clerics fear that, once inside, pilgrims would pray to the prophet, rather than to God — an unpardonable sin. It is only a matter of time before it is razed and turned, probably, into a parking lot....

Now it (Mecca) has been reduced to a monolithic religious entity where only one, ahistoric, literal interpretation of Islam is permitted

This sounds so much like what happened as a result of Calvinism and Puritanism. A movement that originally sought to create an austere, literalist theocracy by severing ties with the "corrupt" medieval past, but ended up inadvertently spawning modern secular capitalism and materialism instead. Now, it looks like history is repeating itself in Saudi Arabia.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2014, 09:48:09 AM »

Praise the Lord. Islam is the enemy of the Christian Faith. If Muslims are coming closer to being secularized, atheistic, humanist versions of their former selves, that's good. Maybe this long, slow abandonment of their erroneous system will lead them to the gentle and merciful Christ, in the end.

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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 11:33:40 AM »

Praise the Lord. Islam is the enemy of the Christian Faith. If Muslims are coming closer to being secularized, atheistic, humanist versions of their former selves, that's good. Maybe this long, slow abandonment of their erroneous system will lead them to the gentle and merciful Christ, in the end.

Allah has no power to save, for Allah is not Love.
I don't think they are becoming secularized, they are becoming even more militantly iconoclastic.
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