Originally Posted by shakman
As a Muslim, I am enraged when I saw the proposal. I do not mind renovation work on existing structures to keep them functional, but this???
Imagine if this was in the Old City of Jerusalem (holy to three major religions which includes Islam - 2nd holiest). It would not be allowed to happen.
There is a lot of history in Mecca prior to Islam. For example the Kabba'a, the black structure itself, was built by Prophet Abraham (PBUH).
Unfortunately, it seems as if money has come before God in Mecca.
How dare them!!!
You actually believe that Abraham built the Kaaba? There is actual zero factual evidence that Abraham built the Kaaba in Arabia. I know the idea of questioning ultra-sacred, holy, and unchallengeable beliefs, because of the political sensibility of not enraging the more enrageable members of this currently volatile religion, no matter how patently ridiculous, insane and without evidence the beliefs are... is quite pervasive....but all that aside, lets get real..
Its like saying Skidmore, Owings, and Merrell built the Great Pyramids.(or did they!!!!?)
Also one thing to Tom in Chicago, the worlds fastest growing religion is Christianity in terms of sheer number. In terms of fastest growing percentage its Deism(A omniscient being does or did exist, but nothing like the man-made religions). I'm not questioning any person here, but just questioning the more crazy ideas put around.