2012 Destroyed Everything Except the Kaaba and Mecca

Posted by David D'Angelo | 11/16/2009 03:14:00 PM | , | 3 comments »

The movie 2012 seems to bank on the notion that at the end of the world no matter what your religion is you will not be spared by the catastrophic event like this. However, the director and film maker deliberately missed out on something and spared it from the havoc in 2012. The Kaaba and Mecca was safe from destruction in 2012.

The Kaaba is a cuboidal building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is the most sacred site in Islam. The building predates Islam, and, according to Islamic tradition, the first building at the site was built by Abraham. The building has a mosque built around it, the Masjid al-Haram. All Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are.

Roland Emmerich, the director and writer of 2012 in reality included the destruction of the Kaaba but he had to reconsider it for fear of being marked by Islamic high ranking leaders. The film might also be a major controversy if he did that.

Emmerich once said that for Christians and other religions it was not a big issue if their religious site was destroyed and in fact some had even called him in order to include their site to the ones that will be destroyed in 2012.

Jonathan Crow at Yahoo! Movies quotes the director saying,

"We have to all, in the western world, think about this. You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is. So it's just something which I kind of didn't [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out."

When it comes to Muslims the Kaaba and Mecca is very dear to them and they hold it with conviction and they will defend their faith with their life. That is why it would appear that in 2012 people will be safe if they traveled to Mecca and is within the vicinity of the Kaaba. It also appeared through the movie that indeed God has mercy on the Muslims. I am saying this without putting their religion in bad light.

Personally, I am awed by such a conviction by Muslims and high level of respect for their religion. This only shows that when it comes to respect and love of religion the Muslims are the greatest.

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  1. hershine // April 14, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    hi, i really appreciate what you write in that last paragraph. i am a muslim. destroying the kaaba in the movie would have cause an uproar of muslims around the world. i;m glad they didnt. we muslims dont play around with our religion. of course there are people who are only muslims by name and not even practicing, but that does not mean they dont believe in the religion. they can be just as offended as those who practice.

    btw, about crow's comment, kaaba is not only an arab symbol. it's an islamic symbol :) thanks for posting this entry. and pardon my poor english. i'm not native in the language :)

  2. Anonymous // April 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia collected all of the verses in the Qur'an which discuss embryology, the growth of the human being in the womb. They said : 'Here is what the Qur'an says. Is it the truth ?' in essence , they took the advice of the Qur'an : ' Ask the men who know .' They chose as it happened , a non Muslim who is a professor of embryology at the university of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is the author of text books on embryology-- a world expert on the subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said:' This is what the Qur'an says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us ?' While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all the help that he needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he asked. And he was so surprised at what he found ,that he changed his text books. In fact, in the second edition of one of his books, called ' 'Before We Are Born... ' about the history of embryology, he included some material that was not in the first edition, because of what he found in the Qur'an . Truly this illustrates that the Qur'an was ahead of its time, and that those who believe in the Qur'an know what other people do not know. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Keith Moore for a television presentation, and we talked a great deal about this -- it was illustrated by slides and so on. He mentioned that some of the things that the Qur'an states about the growth of the human beings were not known until thirty years ago. In fact, he said that one item in particular the Qur'an's description of the human being as a ' leech - like clot''( alaqah) at one stage - was new to him; but when he checked on it, he found that it was true, and so he added it to his book. He said:' I never thought of that before,' and he went to the zoology department and asked for a picture of leech. When he found that it looked just like the human embryo, he decided to include both pictures in one of his text books. Dr Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and -when he presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the news papers across Canada, and some of the headlines were quite funny. For instance , one headline read :' SURPRISING THING FOUND IN ANCIENT BOOK !!'

  3. Anonymous // April 14, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    It seems obvious from this example that people do not clearly understand what it is all about. As a matter of fact, one news paper reporter asked professor 'Moore, Don't you thing that may be the Arabs might have known about these things- the description of the embryo, it's appearance and how it changes and grows? May be there were no scientist, but may be they did some crude dissections on their own carved up people and examined these things.

    'The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i.e. the reporter] had missed a very important point all of the slides of the embryo that had been shown and had been projected in the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. He said: 'It does not matter if someone had tried to discover embryology fourteen centuries ago, they could not have seen it!'. All of the descriptions in the Qur'an of the appearance of the embryo are of the items when it is still too small to see with the naked eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a device had only been around for little more than two hundred years, Dr. Moore taunted: 'Maybe fourteen centuries ago someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, making no mistakes anywhere.

    Then he somehow taught Muhammad (sws) and convinced him to put this information in this book. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret forever. Do you believe that? You really should not, unless you bring some proof because it is such ridiculous theory.' In fact, when he was asked: 'How do you explain this information in the Qur'an ?' Dr. Moore's reply was: 'It could only have been divinely revealed.!'