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Urban_Journalz
03-15-2007, 09:49 PM
First off, I gotta say Peace and Blessings to Sister Christie-Z Pabon of Muslims In Hip-Hop and The DMC for postin' this bulletin on myspace.com

Let it be known that this one is an awareness thread aimed first and foremost at my Brothers and Sisters in Al-Islam and anyone who is a true revolutionary and not just a keyboard clicker.

To my Brothers and Sisters, I greet you with the best of greetings, As-Sallam-Walaikum Warahmatu Allahi Wabarakhatu. (Peace Be Upon you and the Grace and Mercy of Allah)

To all others, I send you greetings of Peace. Sallam.

This is a short article about what is currently happening in The Holy City of Mecca. I urge you to send this to anyone who would pursue immediate action and awareness. It's only in the beginning stages and we can't let it get out of hand. The world may not care about your way of life, but you should. This is much more than just a city. If you've seen the satellite pictures of Mecca and Medina from space, then you've seen how they shine with blinding white light, while the world around it is dark and grey. The corporations have already attacked Indonesia, the largest population of Muslims in the world, with Playboy magazine in the past couple of years. Sad, to be sure, but this is Mecca. The Mother of cities and center of the world. To just sit back and let this continue is a mark against you as a munafiq (hypocrite). Straight up.

Last, but not least, if there's anyone who just has something stupid to say regarding this, just for the sake of having put in your two cents, let me make my position perfectly clear.....

Go fuck yourself. In the ass. With a spiked fuckin' bat. I'm not in the mood and you need to either grow the fuck up, or save that shit for another day.

Peace.

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As salaamu alaikum all:
Another interesting article sent by Irfan via the MIHH yahoo group.
The link is on the front page of our myspace account.
Peace & blessings
Christie
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http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/08/news/mecca.php?page=1

The profane crowding out sacred in Mecca
By Hassan M. Fattah

Thursday, March 8, 2007


MECCA: Five times a day across the globe, devout Muslims face this city in prayer, focused on a site where they believe the prophet Abraham built a temple to God. The spot is also the place Muslims are expected to visit at least once in their lives.

Now as they gaze here in their mind's eye, and make the pilgrimage clothed in simple white cotton wraps, they will see something other than the austere black cube known as the Kaaba that occupies the spot. They will also see Starbucks. And Cartier and Tiffany. And H&M and Topshop.

The Abraj Al Bait Shopping Center, one of the largest malls to open in Saudi Arabia, outfitted with flat-panel monitors, neon lights, an amusement park ride, fast-food restaurants and a lingerie shop, is being built directly across from Islam's holiest site.

Not everyone considers this progress.

"Mecca is becoming like Las Vegas, and that is a disaster," said Ali al- Ahmed, director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, a Saudi opposition research organization. "It will have a disastrous effect on Muslims because going to Mecca will have no feeling. There is no charm anymore. All you see is glass and cement."

The mall, which opened a week before the annual hajj pilgrimage in December, is the first in a $13 billion construction boom in Mecca that promises to change how this city, forbidden to everyone but Muslims, looks and feels.

The Abraj Al Bait housing and hotel complex, a huge development towering high above Mecca, has begun to redraw the skyline of this ancient religious city. When the project is completed in 2009, it will include the seventh-tallest building in the world, its developers say, with a hospital, hotels and prayer halls. A public announcement system pipes in prayers from the Grand Mosque across the way, and worshipers can join the masses simply by opening their drapes.

In nearby Jabal Omar, an entire mountain is being flattened to make way for a massive hotel and high-rise complex. Elsewhere, cranes dot the skyline with up to 130 new high-rise towers planned for the area.

"This is the end of Mecca," said Irfan Ahmed in London, who formed the Islamic Heritage Foundation specifically to try to preserve the Islamic history of Mecca, Medina, the second-holiest city, and other important religious sites in Saudi Arabia.

"Before, even in the days of the Ottomans, none of the buildings in Mecca towered higher than the Grand Mosque. Now these are much higher and more disrespectful."

Money is certainly one of the motivators in the building boom. Every year, up to four million people descend on this city during the hajj, while a stream continues to flow through here during the year, spending an average of $2,000 to $3,000 on housing, dining and shopping.

Billboards along the way to Mecca remind investors of the potential earnings from owning an apartment here; some claim a 25 percent return on investment. Ads on Arab satellite TV channels remind viewers that "you too can have the opportunity to enjoy this blessed view."

Mohammed al-Abboud, a real estate agent who has been selling hundreds of units on behalf of the Saudi bin Laden Group, which manages Mecca's holy sites and numerous other properties here, recounts tales of Pakistani businessmen plunking down $15 million to buy several apartments at a time. Saudi princes own entire floors.

A three-bedroom apartment here runs about $3 million, Abboud said. One directly overlooking the Grand Mosque can reach $5 million.

Critics of the development complain that the result is gated communities where worshipers can separate themselves from the crowds, thereby violating the spirit of the hajj, where all stand equal before God.

"All of Mecca is a sanctuary," Abboud said. "So how could something like this not be snapped up?"

But some Islamic groups say the building boom also has religious motives. They accuse the Saudi government of allowing archconservatives to destroy historic spots, fearing they would be worshiped themselves.

Ahmed, of the Islamic Heritage Foundation, has catalogued the destruction of more than 300 antiquity sites, including cemeteries and mosques. He says that the house where the Prophet Muhammad was born was torn down to make way for a bathroom.

"It is not respecting the Kaaba, not respecting the house of God or the environment of the sanctuary," Sami Angawi, a Saudi architect who wants to preserve Mecca's heritage, said of the development. "You are not supposed to even cut a tree in this city."

Progress has exacted a heavy price on Mecca. The city's once famed night market, where pilgrims brought their wares to sell, is gone. The Meccan homes and buildings that filled the area near the mosque were demolished in the 1970s to enlarge the mosque. The neighborhoods and families who lived near the mosque and welcomed pilgrims have long since moved away.

Angawi has led a lonely campaign within Saudi Arabia to bring attention to the destruction of the historic sites. Ahmed has worked to lobby Asian and Arab governments to pressure the Saudis to stop such demolitions. And Ahmed, of the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington, has built a database of the historic spots now destroyed. Many Muslims inside and outside Saudi Arabia have remained silent about the issue, they say, fearing the loss of funding from Saudi Arabia for religious institutions and projects.

Saudi officials say they have been painstakingly preserving the Islamic artifacts they find, and have been operating two small museums in Mecca. In all, they say, more than $19 billion has been spent on preserving the country's Muslim heritage. They dismiss their critics as cranks who have no following.

Developers and real estate agents, meanwhile, say that the construction makes room for even more Muslims to take part in the hajj, and therefore serves the greater good.

That suggests that the changes are far from over.

"Mecca has never been changed like it has now," Angawi, the Saudi architect, said. "What you see now is only 10 percent of what's to come. What is coming is much, much worse."

froth
03-15-2007, 10:55 PM
shit is grim and horrible. i consider where i grew up, my neighborhood and all the area around it a special place. all kinds of experiences outdoors, good things. where i grew up, basically a while ago even thought it seems a short time, has been turned into total garbage shithole strip mall ville. areas you could never even imagine the engineering it would take to destroy. i feel good now to live in what is still a small city that actually fucking fights to keep developers from raping the area. it hurts to go home and barely recognize it.

Urban_Journalz
03-16-2007, 11:05 AM
I feel you. Helplessness is one of the worst feelings in the world. I consider Mecca a home I've never known, which is why I'm doin' this. Wu-Corp is like the 3rd site I've posted this on so far and I just hope I can raise enough eyebrows to do somethin'.

You say the same thing happened to your home. Where are you originally from??

HANZO
03-16-2007, 12:54 PM
i blame the stupid saudi royal family and the other arab royal families. they dont do nothing for islam and are the greediest ppl on the planet. they dont care if they turn mecca into one big whore-house. they want money there are soo many examples from the past which show how greedy these people are. they are not muslims we saw that when the tsunami happened. micheal schumacher the ex-formula 1 driver pledged more money then saudi arabia did. it was only a few years ago when the king of saudi arabia ordered every historic ottoman building, weather it be a palace or mosque be destroyed, all this because it wasnt built by arabs. im not surprised that they are turning mecca into a money making machine.

Urban_Journalz
03-16-2007, 01:23 PM
i blame the stupid saudi royal family and the other arab royal families. they dont do nothing for islam and are the greediest ppl on the planet. they dont care if they turn mecca into one big whore-house. they want money there are soo many examples from the past which show how greedy these people are. they are not muslims we saw that when the tsunami happened. micheal schumacher the ex-formula 1 driver pledged more money then saudi arabia did. it was only a few years ago when the king of saudi arabia ordered every historic ottoman building, weather it be a palace or mosque be destroyed, all this because it wasnt built by arabs. im not surprised that they are turning mecca into a money making machine.

:yes:

Word. Those rat bastards aren't Muslims, they're just posers. They don't care about Islam or humanity, just their pockets. Their the main ones I'm pissed at too, because it wouldn't happen without their say so or involvement.

One thing is certain, I may not like them, due to the fact that they twist the messages in Qur'an and Sunnah, but one thing I have to give Hezbollah, is the fact that they are the only ones willing to hold it down when Islam is blatantly disrespected. They were the only ones to shoot back, and just based on that, I hope they step in and check these mofos. Even if they don't, someone will.

Dirty Knowledge
03-18-2007, 01:04 PM
i blame the stupid saudi royal family and the other arab royal families. they dont do nothing for islam and are the greediest ppl on the planet. they dont care if they turn mecca into one big whore-house. they want money there are soo many examples from the past which show how greedy these people are. they are not muslims we saw that when the tsunami happened. micheal schumacher the ex-formula 1 driver pledged more money then saudi arabia did. it was only a few years ago when the king of saudi arabia ordered every historic ottoman building, weather it be a palace or mosque be destroyed, all this because it wasnt built by arabs. im not surprised that they are turning mecca into a money making machine.

True, but do you think its all the Royal Families? With no outside help from any other nation maybe influencing them that "neon lights and park rides" are the progression their people need?

Urban_Journalz
03-18-2007, 02:04 PM
^^^That may be true, but they still have the choice to say yes or no. They want to cater to the way of the world instead of Law.

HANZO
03-18-2007, 04:17 PM
True, but do you think its all the Royal Families? With no outside help from any other nation maybe influencing them that "neon lights and park rides" are the progression their people need?

Western european and the United states do have a heavy say on what goes on in the nations of these royal families. but like shropsher said they have the chance to say no. they are a bunch of greedy people who dnt give a shit out the citizens of their kingdoms, a prime example of this is Kuwait, they have the worlds strongest currency each member of the royal family is a billionaire but the people are living in 3rd world conditions. this is the same in saudi arabia as well. the royal families keep on going on about arab nationalism and how the arabs should unite but still none of them are cooperating or even care about the palestinian problem, or the violence in iraq.

Urban_Journalz
03-18-2007, 04:32 PM
Western european and the United states do have a heavy say on what goes on in the nations of these royal families. but like shropsher said they have the chance to say no. they are a bunch of greedy people who dnt give a shit out the citizens of their kingdoms, a prime example of this is Kuwait, they have the worlds strongest currency each member of the royal family is a billionaire but the people are living in 3rd world conditions. this is the same in saudi arabia as well. the royal families keep on going on about arab nationalism and how the arabs should unite but still none of them are cooperating or even care about the palestinian problem, or the violence in iraq.

Nor did they say a damn thing about the attacks on Lebanon. They're scum yo. Straight up and down. For REAL for real tho....with all that's happening, things are gonna come to a serious boilin' point. It's like people think they can keep messin' things up for everyone else just because they have a few more dollars and cleaner clothes.
Watch, what goes around, comes right back around.