Backlash over The Independent’s article over the removal of the Prophet’s grave

The Independent newspaper published an article claiming that the grave of the Prophet Muhammad could be destroyed and this plan will spark huge controversy throughout the Muslim world. The newspaper claimed that “hard-line Saudi-clerics” who preach a strict version of Islam called “Wahhabism” believe that worshipping at the grave is an act of idolatry and therefore want the grave removed.

This article has caused a backlash amongst those who know Saudi’s internal politics and have refuted the entire piece claiming that it is “not only out of context, but embellished or completely untrue.” They call for higher standards in journalism, especially as this is not the first time the Independent has published a similar article on Saudi Arabia using the same untenable sources.