Smiling , he told them to ask the biggest idol which was not broken.
Ibrahim said maybe it’s the idol who did it since he has the axe. The people replied:
“Ibrahim you know well that these idols don’t speak or move”.
Now Ibrahim said to them: “Then how could you believe these are god?”
This is may be the starting of smashing/demolishing/destruction of idols by Muslims.
Islam is the ultimate power yet no intention of destruction.
But when MY MAKER decided to give the non believers a lesson...no one in this universe can stop HIM.
Only HE chooses the one who would do the job for HIM.
Once it was Ibrahim, then our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who breaks all the stone gods present in the KABB'A.
And the legend goes on and on....with Mehmood Ghaznavi who after the 17th attempt on Soomnath finally claimed to be among the (idol breaker) but-shikan.
However, Ghaznavi's indulgence to become an idol breaker has raised so many questions in my head. I believed Ghaznavi had his own axe to grind.
Islam is not barbaric religion it does gives space to other religions too.
To follow the tradition not necessarily always gives you the popularity of but-shikani. Which happens with the Taliban. On 6 March 2001 The Times quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as stating, "Muslims should be proud of smashing idols. It has given praise to God that we have destroyed them."
Islam cant be proud of destruction of inheritance or culture.
As always happened, we manipulated the whole but-shikan tradition and use it to gain wealth or popularity or sometimes just to show our strength when not needed.