by Zafar Bangash (Editorials, Crescent International Vol. 41, No. 6, Ramadan, 1433)
Muslims worldwide must develop a better understanding of the true nature of Al Saud and not fall for their poisonous propaganda
The Muslim world is beset by myriad problems ranging from illegitimate oppressive regimes ruled by dictators and tyrants to massive corruption, mismanagement and extreme inequalities in every society. Almost all ruling elites are also subservient to the West. In its war on Islam and Muslims, the West, led by the US, has murdered countless innocent civilians, their numbers running into the hundreds of thousands, with the connivance of these very Muslim rulers. These problems are serious enough; what Muslims have paid little attention to is to identify the root cause behind their plight. In particular, some regimes more than others, have been eager proponents of advancing imperialism and Zionism’s nefarious agenda against Muslims. The House of Saud, which controls the Arabian Peninsula, tops this list. Readers paying close attention would have noticed that we have not used the name “Saudi” Arabia for the land that was named the Arabian Peninsula by the noble Messenger (pbuh) himself. It is not a piece of real estate that a family from Najd can lay claim to. In any case, the House of Saud, a band of marauding thieves from the backward outpost of Dar‘iyyah in Najd, used to attack and pillage pilgrims’ caravans going for Hajj before the British discovered their murderous skills. The Saudi hordes were recruited for the British colonial enterprise in the Muslim East.
In the early part of the last century, the House of Saud served the British; since the Second World War they have accepted the US as master. To comprehend this relationship and what devastation it has caused to the Ummah, let us consider some basic facts. The House of Saud has deposited nearly $1 trillion in US banks, money that does not belong to it. This money is used by the US to make weapons that are used against innocent Muslims in different parts of the world ranging from Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan toYemen and Somalia. The US also gives these weapons to the Zionist regime to slaughter the hapless Palestinians. Muslims, however, should not be surprised by US behaviour; it is an avowed enemy not only of Muslims but of all the oppressed people in the world. Muslims should look closely into the conduct of the House of Saud, which, not coincidentally, claims to follow Islam.
Instead, this family of thieves has caused immense damage to Islam. It specializes in creating sectarian divisions among Muslims. It has peddled its narrow extremist ideology and imposed it on Muslims in distant lands by using petrodollars to finance madrasahs in places like Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The narrow-minded extremists that have emerged from these madrasahs have cause havoc in the Ummah through suicide bombings and other terrorist acts. The ongoing terrorist campaign in Pakistan, Iraq andSyria is the direct result of this extremist ideology spawned by the Saudis and actively financed by them. The US and the Zionist regime are active promotors and enablers of this campaign. It should now be clear that al-Qaeda, which had deep roots in the Saudi desert kingdom, is part of the US campaign to re-colonize the Muslim world. The mayhem in Syria is the direct result of al-Qaeda operations, actively encouraged by the US and Israel and financed by the House of Saud.
The reason why most Muslims have failed to grasp the true nature of the House of Saud is because the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah are located in the Arabian Peninsula, most particularly the Hijaz. Muslims have immense respect and regard for these two holy places. This is natural and this is how it should be but it is a grave error to transfer the sanctity, love and respect Muslims have for the two holy cities to the ruling family in the Arabian Peninsula. This family of thieves is busy destroying the historical sites of Islam in the name of “development” and “progress.” Instead of preserving Islamic heritage sites, the House of Saud has deliberately wiped them out and replaced them with steel and concrete monstrosities designed by Westerners who have no regard or respect for Islam or the sanctity of its historic sites.
The House of Saud’s role as agents of Zionism and imperialism has now been fully exposed with events in Syria. What is underway in Syria is an attempt by external forces — the US, Israel, the House of Saud as well the Gulf sheikhdoms — to destroy the weakest link in the resistance front against Zionist Israel. Despite purchasing billions of dollars in weapons — $60 billion from the US and $10 billion from Germany in the last few months — the House of Saud has never fired a single shot in defence of Islam or Muslims. Instead, all these weapons have been used against Muslims to advance the agenda of imperialism and Zionism.
The House of Saud and their court ‘ulama oppress women — they are not allowed to drive cars, for instance, nor leave the house without being accompanied by a male guardian — mistreat domestic servants to the point of torture, and extract basically slave labor from desperate foreign workers, who in some cases are not paid for months. There are at least 30,000 political prisoners in the kingdom. People have no say in how their affairs are conducted or how decisions are made.
The question Muslims must ask is: how should we confront the Saudi fitnah? First, it is vital to be properly informed of its true nature and role. Muslims must not extend their respect for the Haramayn (the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah) to the House of Saud. It deserves no respect from human beings, let alone Muslims. Muslims must make every effort to highlight the destruction of Islamic historic sites underway in Makkah and Madinah and mobilize global opinion against such vandalism. Such destruction must be stopped. Saudi court ‘ulama have made no secret of their plans to destroy the green dome over the Prophet’s (pbuh) rawdah (grave) in al-Masjid al-Nabawi and move the grave elsewhere (nastaghfirullah). Even the Sahabah (close Companions of the Prophet (pbuh)) did not dare think of such acts yet the barbaric savages from Najd are openly taking about it!
Muslims must boycott preachers trained in Saudi madrasahs and not give them any position in their masjids or Islamic schools. Even if the Saudis come with offers of money, these should be rejected outright. Such poisoned gifts will bear poisonous fruit. Similarly, Muslims must refuse to welcome into their masjids Saudi preachers from Makkah and Madinah donning an aura of spirituality when in fact these people are active promoters of the hate-filled ideology of the House of Saud. It is time to take drastic steps against these hate-mongers and not provide them an opportunity to distort the message of Islam or peace and security of the Ummah by creating sectarian divisions.