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World Bulletin / News Desk
A controversial proposal to destroy the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad and relocate his grave from the al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque in Medina, Islam’s second-holiest site, has emerged in Saudi Arabia.
The proposal made by a leading Saudi academic, which is part of a consultation document that has been circulated among the supervisors of the mosque, looks likely to stir division and unrest among Muslims all over the world.
Another Saudi academic who is known for his criticisms of the destruction of holy places and artefacts by the Saudi authorities brought the 61-page document to light to The Independent newspaper. The plans would see the remains of the Prophet Muhammad transferred to the nearby al-Baqi cemetery where they would be buried without markings among the unmarked graves of his companions.
Although there are currently no indications that the Saudi authorities plan to go through with the proposal, their past destruction of the graves of the Prophet’s companions at the al-Baqi cemetery have led many to fear the same eventual fate for the tomb of the Prophet.
The Saudi government however has on numerous times insisted that it treats any changes to Islamic sites with “the utmost seriousness,” including those to the al-Masjid al-Nabawi mosque, which is under the custodianship of the Saudi king.
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