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  • Saudi security forces foil attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca: state TV

    06/23/2017 3:07:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | 06/23/2017
    Al Arabiya said security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Mecca and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targetted worshipers at the mosque, it said.
  • Did the CIA Create ISIS?

    06/14/2017 4:45:24 PM PDT · by davikkm · 27 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    Last November, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange declared that the “CIA created ISIS” alongside a release of 500,000+ cables from 1979. Assange said that the decision made by the CIA, along with Saudi Arabia, to send large sums of money into arming the Mujahideen in Afghanistan during their fight against the Soviet Union, eventually led to the creation of al-Qaeda. This terror group was responsible for the 9/11 atrocities in New York, which resulted in the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. and the inception of ISIS. The bloody year of 1979 would prove a pivotal one for...
  • The destruction of Mecca: The Middle East’s largest building project has effaced [tr]

    03/08/2017 6:16:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Economist ^ | March 2, 2017 | Staff
    AS THE governor of Mecca, Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud has been able to compensate for earlier failings. He came to his role in 2007 from Asir province, where his plans to erect modern tower blocks in the city of Abha were largely unfulfilled. He successfully erased Abha’s quaint old town, with its beehive houses made of wattle, only to replace them with squat breeze-block bungalows. Not a high-rise was to be seen.
  • How Saudi Arabia dangerously undermines the United States

    11/30/2016 6:58:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    nypost.com ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ralph Peters
    Saudi Arabia is our enduring internal enemy, already within our borders and permitted to poison American Muslims with its Wahhabi cult. Oh, and Saudi Arabia’s also the spring from which the bloody waters of global jihad flowed. Iran humiliates our sailors, but the Saudis are the spiritual jailers of hundreds of millions of Muslims, committed to intolerance, barbarity and preventing Muslims from joining the modern world. And we help. Firm figures are elusive, but estimates are that the Saudis fund up to 80% of American mosques, at least in part. And their goal is the same here as it is...
  • Spaniard Walks 6,000 KM From Paris en Route to Makkah

    11/05/2016 3:16:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 5 November 2016
    “Issac the traveler” as he is known on social media has so far walked almost 6,000 km and has now reached Kuwait. But the Spanish traveler of Algerian descent has about 1,356 km to go to reach the holy city of Makkah to perform Umrah. Umrah is a non-mandatory lesser pilgrimage made by Muslims to Makkah, which may be performed at any time of the year. From Paris - Issac’s starting point - the traveler took five months to reach Kuwait, passing through 16 countries. The only device he has with him to help him reach the goal is simply...
  • What We Know on Missile Launched at Makkah

    10/29/2016 8:06:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 29 October 2016
    The Arab Coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday that it has intercepted a ballistic missile that hit 65 km away from Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, saying it was fired by militias in Yemen. The missile was fired from Saada province towards Makkah, the coalition said. No damage has been reported. Coalition forces confirmed that they targeted the sites where the missile was launched from in Saada and destroyed it shortly after the incident. The firing of the missile received condemnations from several countries with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates reacting with statements condemning Iran and Houthi...
  • Yemen's Houthis launch missile toward Saudi holy city, coalition says [Mecca]

    10/28/2016 6:00:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 28, 2016 | Staff
    Yemen's Houthi militia launched a ballistic missile toward Mecca on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition intervening in Yemen's civil war on behalf of the government said in a statement. Coalition forces destroyed the missile 65 km (40 miles) from the holy city before it could do any damage, and retaliated against the launch site inside Yemen, said the statement, carried on the state news agency SPA. Mecca is home to the most sacred sites in Islam, including the Grand Mosque.
  • Monkey Menace in Makkah

    10/25/2016 11:33:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The banning of weapons used to shoot monkeys has led to an increase of the primates in Mount Al-Noor District, Makkah newspaper reported. «People living in Mount Al- Noor District have several time reported to the municipality that they are facing problems with monkeys,» Nasser Al-Emairy, a citizen said. “The monkeys would raid our houses and attack our children. They are disturbing our lives. They also leave waste on the streets. After several reports to the municipality, an Arab veterinarian came and assessed the situation. He wrote a report and informed us that the medicine to tranquilize the monkeys is...
  • After the hajj: Mecca residents grow hostile to changes in the holy city

    09/14/2016 1:40:57 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | September 14, 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Millions of hajj pilgrims are preparing to head home, after five days performing ancient rites, revering a God omnipresent in the city of Mecca. They have stoned figurative devils, they have slept in the world’s largest tent city, they have drunk water from the Zamzam well together: a heaving throng of nearly two million people from all over the world. Circling the Kaaba, the black cubic epicentre of this sanctuary city, pilgrims would have looked up to see one of the minarets of the Grand Mosque, dwarfed by Abraj al-Bait clocktower, a much-maligned luxury hotel and commercial complex and the...
  • World’s largest hotel with 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants to open in Mecca by 2017

    08/04/2016 12:39:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | August 4, 2016
    The Abraj Kudai hotel reportedly costs a whopping $ 3.5 billion. (Source: dar.dargroup.com) If all goes according to plan, by 2107 Mecca will be home to the largest hotel in the world with 10,000 rooms! According to reports, the Abraj Kudai hotel, which is the labour of love and a lot of finance – around $3.5 billion of funds are in play – should be ready for visitors in 2017. Touted to be the largest hotel in the world, the project is owned by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance and is being designed by the Dar Al-Handasah group. It will...
  • Islamic Doctrine Governing Women

    08/01/2016 10:00:09 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 11 replies
    The Tribune Papers ^ | May 25, 2016 | Mike Scruggs
    Submission, Marriage, Sex, and Slavery Part 6 of a Series on the Foundational Doctrines of Islam Islamic doctrine governing women is based on the principle of submission. As we have shown in the previous parts of this series, there is a sharp difference in the chapters of the Koran revealed in the first 13 years of Muhammad’s revelations in Mecca and the chapters revealed in Medina during the final 10 years of his life. The difference in the Meccan and Medinan chapters of the Koran was also a turning point for Islamic teachings on the role and status of women....
  • 1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca' (It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida)

    05/22/2016 10:49:15 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 24 replies
    npr.org ^ | August 20, 20096:00 AM ET | Morning Edition
    1979: Remembering 'The Siege Of Mecca' August 20, 20096:00 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition Yaroslav Trofimov, a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, talks about the 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It is the holiest site in Islam, and gunmen held it for two weeks. It was one of the events that gave rise to al-Qaida, and Yaroslav wrote about it in his book The Siege of Mecca. RENEE MONTAGNE, host: Thirty years ago, hundreds of Islamic extremists walked into the Grand Mosque in Mecca. They slipped weapons into the holiest site in...
  • World’s Largest Umbrella Being Installed in Makkah Haram

    03/14/2016 1:20:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | Mar 13, 2016
    Work started on Thursday for the installation of the world’s largest folding umbrella in the northern courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. This is the first of the eight high-tech giant umbrellas and 54 small ones to be installed in the Grand Mosque in the coming six months. Being manufactured in Germany, each canopy will consist of a giant clock, screens of guidelines for worshippers, air-conditioners, and surveillance cameras. Each umbrella will have a height of 45 meters and weigh 16 tons. It will give shade to an area of 2,400 square meters when open. Some 25 engineers, specialist...
  • Former Imam of Grand Mosque in Mecca: ISIS Has Same Beliefs That We Do (VIDEO)

    01/29/2016 4:07:02 PM PST · by Lera · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Jan 28th, 2016
    Top imam supports ISIS massacres. The former imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca recently admitted that Saudi Arabia has same beliefs as ISIS. From the video: In a TV appearance, Sheikh Adel AlKilbani, former Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, is asked to comment about some of his statements about Daesh. Explaining how it is a result of Islamic revivalism, he adds that Daesh follows the same Salafist approach that is adopted in Saudi Arabia, and that there are only some differences regarding how to punish those who contravene the Shari'a.
  • The Hajj crush: ‘It was the closest thing to hell on earth’

    12/23/2015 7:53:46 PM PST · by windcliff · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12-23-15 | Jonathan Bucks
    'The situation was one of sheer hopelessness,' says Sajjad Shah from Pakistan. 'Those who could afford to stay and search for their dead loved ones did so. The others just had to go home.' Almost three months after the deadliest Hajj crush in 25 years, the Saudi government’s official death toll still stands at 769, but most sources put the figure closer to 2,000. Shah, a hotel-owner from Mirpur, spent a month searching for his dead sister, but claims he met resistance from Saudi officials who covered up the full extent of the tragedy. Just before 9am on 24 September,...
  • Bomb Mecca Off The Face Of The Earth

    11/20/2015 9:19:33 AM PST · by Strategy · 55 replies
    WND ^ | November 20, 2015
    We in the West continue to pretend that the violence committed by Muslims are all isolated events, whether it was Iran's holding hostages for over 400 days; the attack on the USS Cole; 9/11; the massacre at Charlie Hebdo; the slaugther at the French deli; the burnings and beheadings in the Middle East; Benghazi; the blowing up of the Russian jet; the recent blood-letting in Paris that left 129 dead.
  • Stampede At Hajj In Saudi Arabia Reportedly Killed At Least 2,177

    10/20/2015 1:20:59 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Associated Press/Huffington Post ^ | 10/20/2015 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,177 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy.
  • ‘CLOCK BOY’ AHMED MAKES IT TO MECCA WITH SAUDI FUNDS AND PUSHES U.S. ‘ISLAMOPHOBIA’ NARRATIVE

    10/14/2015 6:51:17 AM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | MERRILL HOPE
    “Clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed made it to Mecca Friday for umrah, the Arabic word for pilgrimage, the portion of his Middle Eastern tour sponsored by the Saudi government. The trip also included the 14-year-old’s parents and other relatives, including one uncle who pushed the Islamophobia narrative. The uncle, identified by Arab News as Moussa Al-Hassan, asserted: “The ordinary American citizen lives in a state of fear of Arabs because of the American media’s portrayal of him as an extremist terrorist.”
  • Swedish bishop wants to remove crosses from church and mark direction of Mecca

    10/07/2015 5:20:09 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/4/2015 | Robert Spencer
    How wonderful and generous and ecumenical and multicultural this is. Watch for mosques everywhere to remove their mihrabs and install crosses so that Christians will feel comfortable praying there. This is what a society and culture in the midst of suicide looks like. Bishop Eva Brunne has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions. The bishop wants to temporarily make the Seamen’s Church available to all, for example by marking the direction of Mecca and removing Christian symbols, as is already done in common...
  • Saudis bulldoze bodies of Haj stampede victims

    09/28/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/28/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Stunning pictures are coming out of Mecca, which, if genuine, reveal a stunning level of brutal disregard for human life. Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit picked up the story, as revealed by tweets from Tarek Fatah:   Pictures emerge of #Saudi officials bulldozing bodies of dead #Hajj pilgrims like garbage & dumping them into a pile. pic.twitter.com/6uKtbuF9Rm— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) September 26, 2015