(JNS.org) A video has been released allegedly showing a jihadist from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) terror group smashing the tomb of the biblical prophet Jonah in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
According to the Daily Mail, Iraqi authorities have confirmed that one of the graves smashed with a sledgehammer belonged to Jonah.
“Elements of ISIS [have] controlled the mosque of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) in Mosul since they invaded the city,” Nineveh Province official Zuhair Al-Chalabi was quoted as saying by IraqiNews.com.
The destruction of the tomb, however, has yet to be independently confirmed.
Jonah, from the Hebrew Bible’s Book of Jonah, is a prophet who was called upon by God to proclaim judgment to the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, near modern-day Mosul. According to the story, Jonah famously flees God’s instructions and is swallowed by a giant whale, causing him to repent for his sins. Jonah is revered by Jews, Christians, and even Muslims, who refer to him as “Younis” in Arabic.
Radical Muslims consider any special veneration of tombs or relics to be against the teachings of Islam. In 2001, the Taliban famously destroyed the ancient giant Buddas of Bamiyan statues in Afghanistan.