MOSUL: ISIS destroys the tomb of Old Testament prophet Jonah highly revered by the Christians, Muslims and Jews.
According to al-Sumaria News the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has destroyed shrines belonging to two Old Testament prophets in the Bible. A security source confirmed that ISIS militants have destroyed the Prophet Younis (Jonah) shrine east of Mosul city. Locals said that,” the militants first ordered everyone out of the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, and then blew it up. Several nearby houses were also damaged by the blast.” According to an eye-witness, “ISIS militants first stopped people from praying in it, they fixed explosive charges around and inside it and then blew it up in front of a large gathering of people. It took the Sunni extremists an hour to rig the shrine with explosives, as reported. The tomb is now turned into nothing but rubble and dust.
The mosque was built on this archaeological site dating back to the eighth century BC and is said to be the burial place of the prophet. It was renovated in the 1990s under Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein and until the current blitzkrieg by Isis engulfing Mosul has remained a popular destination for religious pilgrims from across the globe. In the Bible, Prophet Jonah is well-known for being swallowed by a large fish. Dating back to the 8th century BC, this Old Testament prophet is believed to be buried in Mosul is considered to be one of the very few historic mosques found on the eastern side of the city.
For the meantime, Zuhair al-Chalabi an official in Mosul, told al-Sumaria News that,”Prophet Daniel’s tomb was also destroyed. While Daniel is considered to be a prophet by Muslims, he is not mentioned in the Quran. ISIS implanted explosives around Prophet Daniel’s tomb in Mosul and blasted it, leading to its destruction.”
”Mosul is living in an extremely hard and horrible situation,” he warned.