The plan to divide Muslims and touch off a religious war moved forward on Tuesday when an ISIS member reportedly posted a tweet calling for the destruction of the Kaaba, a building located at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The tweet also called for slaughtering Muslims who perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the Pillars of Islam and is a requirement for all able-bodied Muslims who can afford the trip. Around 6 million Muslims perform the Hajj every year.
“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 english language version of the Azerbaijan Press Agency reported ISIS member Abu Turab al-Mugaddasi tweeting on June 30.
Touching stones is a reference to the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba. It is revered by Muslims as an Islamic relic said to date back to the time of Adam and Eve.
The tweet, which was deleted by Twitter, is suspect due to its release on Ramadan, the worldwide observance by Muslims of a month of fasting. Ramadan, like the Kaaba, is considered one of the Pillars of Islam.
“If indeed the statement is from an ISIS member, it’s a shocking one even for them, considering that ISIS has been attempting to increase recruitment from Muslims worldwide by declaring the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate,” notes Yasmine Hafiz.
According to APA the Islamic terror group has also announced its intention of controlling the Saudi Arabian city of Arar and basing operations from there.
Arar is located in northeast Saudi Arabia on the Iraqi border.