ISIS member threatens to destroy the Kaaba

A member of the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which dubbed itself The Islamic State, has declared that they will destroy the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which happens to be Islam’s most holy site.

APA quoted an ISIS member named Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi based on reports from Turkish media. He said:

“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.”

ISIS is planning to take over the city of Arar in Saudi Arabia, which is very close to the Iraq border. It is a fifteen-hour drive away from Mecca, the site of the Hajj pilgrimage of which all Muslims are expected to do at least once according to the faith.

The statement is shocking even for ISIS considering that they have been attempting to increase recruitment from Muslims worldwide by declaring the restoration of a new Islamic Caliphate.

John L. Esposito, Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, said that “In terms of legitimacy- unless you’re someone who’s ready to join a terrorist group at this point, for the vast majority of Muslims there is no legitimacy with this group.” This most recent threat reinforces his point as it comes during the holy month of Ramadan. Millions of pilgrims will make the Hajj at the end of the holy month.