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Muslim shockwave expected: Saudis consider moving Mohammad's remains

As if there isn't enough violence, anger and hostility in the Muslim world, the Saudi ruler, King Abdullah, is seriously considering moving the body of Islam's most revered prophet to an anonymous burial ground while at the same time destroying the tomb visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims, according to reports on Tuesday.

The disputes over how to worship Islam's founder has been the scourge in the Middle East and North Africa.
The disputes over how to worship Islam's founder has been the scourge in the Middle East and North Africa.Courtesy of Muslimah Media Watch

The Saudi Arabian clerics and government officials have revealed their plan to dig up the entombed remains of Islam’s most holy person, the Prophet Mohammad. The step-by-step plan is to demolish the tomb, considered sacred by both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims after they take Mohammad's body and bury it in an anonymous grave. Islamic clerics in other countries are predicting a backlash against the Saudi Kingdom by angry Muslims throughout the world, a report said.

An anonymous Saudi university professor convinced the royal family that the current tomb violates the teaching of their own brand of Islam known as Wahhabism. Saudi clerics claim that the country’s strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam –- an offshoot of the Sunni sect –- prohibits the worship of any object or “saint” including the founder of Islam, since only Allah is to be worshiped and prayed to.

Mohammad's body is located in the al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in the holy city of Medina, where the Prophet buried under the mosque's dome. Each year it is visited by millions of Muslim pilgrims and regarded as Islam’s second-holiest site, according to Iran's Fars News Agency.

Based on a 61-page book written by Saudi clerics, Mohammad's remains can be taken secretly to a nearby cemetery and the body would be buried anonymously.

Not only do the Saudi clerics urge King Abdullah, Saidi Arabia's ruler, to move Mohammad's body to a secret location, but they also counseled the King to level the tomb and dismantle the Green Dome. This action will undoubtedly inflame animosity between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims against the Wahhabists.

The Prophet's Mosque is currently one of the largest mosques in the world. While maintaining its original decor, it was modernized with air conditioning and escalators. The mosque also has a second floor and roof with movable domes, making it capable of allowing over 500,000 Muslims to worship at the same time.