Sphinx destruction being called for by Egyptian Jihadi leader during live TV interview

By on Nov 13, 2012 in Africa, International, Politics, Television Comments

A so-called Sphinx destruction is now being called for by an Egyptian Islamist and Jihadi leader, who admitted he once worked with the Taliban, noting that it should be destroyed along with the pyramids in Egypt. The Sphinx and the pyramids are being considered part of the Egyptian heritage for a long time.

Sphinx head

Head of the Sphinx
Image Credit: EgyptPyramidHistory.com

According to MSN Arabia on Sunday, November 11, 2012, Murgan Salem al-Gohary (some reports spell it as Morgan Al-Gohary) appeared in Dream TV, a private Egyptian TV channel last Saturday night, and declared that he will destroy the Sphinx and the pyramids, if he and his ilk ever came to power.

As noted in the report, Al-Gohary, 50, who was sentenced twice under the administration of former Egpytian President Hosni Mubarak, which one of them was life imprisonment, is an “advocate of violence.” He was released from prison after the fall of Mubarak back in February 2011.

“All Muslims are charged with applying the teachings of Islam to remove such idols, as we did in Afghanistan when we destroyed the Buddha statues. God ordered Prophet Mohamed to destroy idols. When I was with the Taliban we destroyed the statue of Buddha, something the government failed to do.” Al-Gohary was quoted in the TV interview.

As reported by CNN this Tuesday, Al-Gohary was joined by two other guests in that TV interview and that show host Wael Al-Abrashi asked him three times about his call for the Sphinx destruction, and the Jihadi leader also answered thrice, all with the same answers.

“Am I going to wake up tomorrow to find that, just as you did with the statue of Buddha, that you have demolished the Sphinx and the pyramids?” Al-Abrashi reportedly asked Al-Gohary, who without hesitation replied, “That is dependent upon abilities and possibility. According to our Sharia, every pagan and idol must be destroyed.”

“If you are in power, will you destroy the Sphinx and the pyramids and all the pharoanic statues and all the pharoanic artifacts?” Al-Abrashi asked him again. After Al-Gohary responded, the show host asked for the third time to confirm his answer.

“Everything, if it is a pagan statue or idol, that is worshiped or suspected to be worshipped, or is worshipped by one person on Earth, must be destroyed. We, or someone else, must destroy it.” Al-Gohary said, adding later, “Yes, we will destroy them, if they were worshipped before or afterwards.”

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