The recent horrific terrorist attack by ISIS in the sanctuary of Medina the illuminated has been met with disgust by all sections of the Muslim world who wonder how anyone could carry out such an act. History has a habit of repeating itself, and this atrocity is not the first time events similar to this involving the desecration and attack on the Medinan sanctuary have taken place.
Creating a Mindset
A cause of concern for many believers was the proximity of this attack to resting place of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) and the blessed green dome. This should be of concern, as although we can only speculate on the reasons for this attack, there does exist a strain of thought within mainstream salafism of the Najd which calls for the destruction of the blessed green dome. I emphasize, I am not saying current salafi scholars would encourage such an attack, but their numerous statements about demolishing the green dome could be viewed as a catalyst to some who are misguided enough to undertake such an action. Readers can make up their minds if this is accurate analysis from the quotes presented below and reading mainstream salafi forums where posters query why the Saudi authorities have not already done this.
The Green Dome is in Accordance with the Sunnah
Statements of Salafi Scholars in Support of Demolishing the Green Dome
وأما هذه القبة فهو موضوعة متأخرة من جهل بعض الأمراء، فلو أزيلت فلا بأس بذلك، بل هذا حق، لكن قد لا يتحمل هذا بعض الجهلة، وقد يرمون من أزالها بأنه ليس على حق، وأنه مبغض للنبي -عليه الصلاة والسلام-، فمن أجل هذا تركت الدولة السعودية هذه القبة على حالها لأنها من عمل غيرها، ولا تحب التشويش والفتنة التي قد يتزعمها بعض الناس من عباد القبور، وأصحاب الغلو في الأموات من المشركين،
Shaykh Bin Baz: As for this dome, it was constructed by some of the later ignorant rulers, if it was to be removed there is nothing wrong in doing so, rather this is the correct thing. However some of the ignorant folk will not be able to endure this and may accuse those who remove it that they are not upon the truth and that they hate the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). It is because of this the Saudi state has left this dome as it is, because it was not made by them and they do not wish for troubles and instability which might be created by some people from the grave worshippers and those mushriks who hold extreme beliefs regarding the dead.
Shaykh al-Uthaymin: Salafi forums and an audio recording in the links below quote him as saying, “May Allah make it easy for us to demolish it (the green dome).”
Audio recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2AcXRQEGE4
قال الشيخ صالح العصيمي حفظه الله : إن استمرارَ هذه القبةِ على مدى ثمانيةِ قرونٍ لا يعني أنها أصبحت جائزة ، ولا يعني أن السكوتَ عنها إقرارٌ لها ، أو دليلٌ على جوازها ، بل يجبُ على ولاةِ المسلمين إزالتها ، وإعادة الوضع إلى ما كان عليه في عهدِ النبوةِ ، وإزالة القبةِ والزخارفِ والنقوشِ التي في المساجدِ ، وعلى رأسها المسجدُ النبوي ، ما لم يترتب على ذلك فتنةٌ أكبر منه ، فإن ترتبَ عليه فتنةٌ أكبر ، فلولي الأمرِ التريث مع العزمِ على استغلالِ الفرصة متى سنحت “
بدعِ القبورِ ، أنواعها ، وأحكامها ” ( ص 253
Shaykh Salih al-Usaymi: The continued existence of this dome for 8 centuries does not mean that it has become permissible and it does not mean silence regarding it is to agree with it or a proof for its being permissible. Rather it is incumbent upon the Muslim ruler to remove it and to return the structure to what it was at the time of prophethood, likewise the removal of the dome, ornamentation and engravings which are in mosques, and their head being the Masjid al-Nabawi. This is as long as this does not result in a greater fitna, in which case if it does then the ruler may delay but still resolve to do so when the opportunity presents itself.
Source: Bida’ al-Qubur p.253 quoting from Ahlalhdeeth.com website.
Note: Shaykh al-Usaymi is a student of Shaykh Bin Baz and al-Uthaymin and teaches at intensives at the Masjid al-Haram and the Masjid al-Nabawi.
These are a selection of quotes that I located on the issue, which I will leave people to reflect over. We pray the Allah (Most High) continues to protect Medina the illuminated and its inhabitants and the sacred Masjid and the blessed green dome.