Last Updated: Sun Oct 17, 2010 00:34 am (KSA) 21:34 pm (GMT)

Saudi cleric calls for rebuilding Holy Mosque

Sheikh Youssef al-Ahmad says Holy mosque should be demolished and replaced with a new one featuring "10, 20 or 30" floors
Sheikh Youssef al-Ahmad says Holy mosque should be demolished and replaced with a new one featuring "10, 20 or 30" floors

A hardline Saudi cleric called for demolishing the Holy Mosque in Mecca and rebuilding it in a way that would insure Sex segregation.

Sheikh Youssef al-Ahmad told the Saudi-based Bedaya satellite television channel Wednesday that the mosque should be demolished and replaced with a new one featuring "10, 20 or 30" floors.

Holy Mosque in Mecca

The floors would then be divided between men and women, al-Ahmad said in video footage posted on the Internet.

The existing Holy Mosque has three floors and is the largest mosque in the world. It is built around the Kaaba, the most sacred place in Islam.

The Saudi cleric is known for his controversial religious views. He once issued a fatwa (an Islamic ruling) calling for the murder of anyone who allows unmarried men and women to mix.

Last month another prominent Saudi cleric, Shaikh Abdul-Rahman al-Barrak, issued an edict calling for those who support co-educational environments to be put to death.

The ruling was following by barrage of criticism from religious scholars in Saudi Arabia and Egypt condemning his fatwa as a call for violence.

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