Abeer Mishkhas is unhappy about the negligence of the old parts of Jeddah in the brochures and ads promoting tourism in the city, “stressing only the beaches, malls and restaurants.” She fears that when we finally realize the importance of such areas, “they will have become ruins or non-existent,” she added.
Maybe it is too late. The Wahhabis who view historical buildings and sites as promoting idolatry have prevented us from saving some priceless treasures for many years, and they still active on that. Unfortunately, no one is brave enough to face the religious establishment in the county.
This is not only happening in Jeddah. It is the same case in every part of the Kingdom. This report by Reuters is paying more attention to the holy city of Mecca, where the case is much worse. “We are witnessing now the last few moments of the history of Mecca,” said Sami Angawi, an expert on the region’s Islamic architecture and the founder of Hajj Research Center. The 1400-year-old historical sites are removed for building towers and parking lots.
It is really depressing. This strict narrow interpretation of Islam has caused us troubles of all kinds, and yet there still some people who are willing to defend it. Wake up, people! Wake up!