Sphinx Destruction: Muslim Radical Al-Gohary Says 'We Will Destroy'
This past Saturday, private Egyptian TV channel Dream TV 2 invited jihadi sheikh Morgan Al-Gohary for an interview for its evening TV Show. The show took a stunning turn, as an interview with a Muslim extremist would, when Al-Gohary announced to show host Wael Al-Abrashi his plans to obliterate 4,500 years of Egyptian history by destroying magnificent pyramids, the Sphinx, and other ancient monuments of Egypt.
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Via CNN, here is a passage from the interview's transcript:
Al-Abrashi: "Am I going to wake up tomorrow to find that, just as you did with the statue of Buddha, that you have demolished the Sphinx and the pyramids?"
Al-Gohary: "That is dependent upon abilities and possibility. According to our Sharia, every pagan and idol must be destroyed."
Al-Abrashi: "If you are in power, will you destroy the Sphinx and the pyramids and all the pharoanic statues and all the pharoanic artifacts?"
Al-Gohary: "Everything, if it is a pagan statue or idol, that is worshipped or suspected to be worshipped, or is worshipped by one person on Earth, must be destroyed. We, or someone else, must destroy it."
Al-Abrashi: "So you would destroy the Sphinx and the pyramids?"
Al-Gohary: "Yes, we will destroy them, if they were worshipped before or afterwards."
A difficult announcement to take in at any given time, let alone a Saturday evening, Al-Abrashi had his guest repeat his answer three times just to be clear about the matters at stake.
Following Egypt's June 2012 revolution, the nation was met with great conflicting ideas regarding its future. While many of Egypt's youth dreamed of hope and democracy, the revolution also gave rise to extremists that drew power from the nation's fear, crime, and disorder.
Morgan Al-Gohary was one such extremist that emerged following Egypt's state of anarchy, vowing the destruction of the Sphinx and the pyramids should he come to power.
Disgusted by Al-Gohary's declaration, a second guest, writer Nabil Sharaf Al-Din responded, "You don't know the history of your country well. Those pharaohs were the first to know religion in the world."
Passionately defending Egyptian heritage, Al-Din continued to say that the Sphinx and the pyramids "are mankind's heritage and not the property of Egyptians alone. They are the property of all mankind."
The jihadi sheikh refused to retract his intent.
Egypt's ancient grand monuments have been under threat for nearly as many years as it has existed. According to an article from CNN, another Muslim figure had attempted to destroy the Sphinx in 1378. According to folk tales,a flash flood occurred shortly after the man's attempt and Egyptian villagers, fearing a pharaonic curse, quickly executed the vandalist.
Among the original 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, Egypt's Great Pyramids of Giza is the oldest man-made structure and is singularly unique as the very last Wonder to remain intact when the other six have been destroyed by human conflicts or natural disasters.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the second Wonder, was destroyed during the first century BC following an earthquake. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the third Wonder, lied in ruins after the arson and plundering of Herostratus in 356 BC and later the Goths at AD 262. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the fourth Wonder, was destroyed in a fire during the 6th century, AD. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the fifth Wonder, was leveled by an earthquake in 1494. The Colossus of Rhodes, the sixth Wonder, collapsed after an earthquake in 226 BC. Finally, the seventh Wonder, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, was also destroyed by an earthquake in 1480.
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