Several reports are doing the rounds claiming that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists want to destroy one of the most sacred Muslim sites in the world - the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (KSA).
A Huffington Post report said that the ISIS wants to capture the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of its plans to destroy Kaaba.The report, also published in APA, quoted an ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi, who said on Twitter:
"If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah."
The alleged ISIS Twitter account since then has been suspended and the veracity of the claim could not be established independently.
The report also said that ISIS, which recently carried out a series of bomb in KSA, plans to capture the city of Arar in Saudi Arabia, which is located close to the Iraq border and is a 1-hour drive from Mecca, the site of the Hajj pilgrimage which all observant Muslims are expected to do at least once.
The Kaaba, which is located at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, al-Hejaz, Saudi Arabia; is considered the "House of Allah". Revered as the most sacred Muslim site in the world - Kaaba, has a similar role to the Tabernacle and Holy of Holies in Judaism.
Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba when performing salat (prayer).
ISIS on Monday carried out suicide bombings in three cities across Saudi Arabia, including near the Prophet’s Mosque in the holy city of Medina. According to a New York Times, the attacks have come amid fears that the extremist group had planned further violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and for the holiday that celebrates its conclusion this week - Eid al-Fitr.
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Last Updated Mar 31, 2018, 7:05 PM IST