Africa: Rise of Islamist Extremist Movements in Africa Threatens Security in the Region - Defence Minister
Gatestone Institute 5 November 2012
By Irfan Al-Alawi
Where are the protests form the media, from the United Nations and UNESCO, from the so-called human rights groups, from the historical preservation societies?
Radical Islamist vandalism of irreplaceable cultural patrimony – including the legacy of Muhammad and other prominent early Muslims – continues, following recent attacks by Saudi-inspired Wahhabis, known incorrectly as "Salafis," on spiritual Sufi monuments in Egypt, Libya, and Mali. In the past, Wahhabi despoliation has included devastation of the cemeteries where lay the remains of the family and companions of Muhammad, as well as countless distinguished figures in the ensuing 1,300 years of Islamic history.