by Omid Safi, Religion News Service, August 28, 2012
It is time, and past time, to Occupy Mecca.
I am adamantly not talking about a disaster US occupation, a la Iraq and Afghanistan.
What I am calling for is nothing less than millions of faithful pilgrims saving Mecca from destruction.
I would call the destruction imminent, except that it is not imminent. It has already happened.
No, it’s not the Americans, or the Israelis, who would be destroying Mecca.
It’s the so-called Guardians of the two holy sites (Mecca and Medina), the Saudi royal elites, who have negligently stood by over the last two decades as the majority of holy sites in these two most sacred Muslim cities have been destroyed, sacrificed to the false gods of modernization, capitalism, and progress.
Saudi Wahhabis have a long history of destroying shrines, including those of the family of the Prophet in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.