by Waseem Shehzad (News & Analysis, Crescent International Vol. 46, No. 7, Dhu al-Hijjah, 1438)
In a moment of rare candor, Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion had blurted out that the Arabian regimes are Israel’s first line of defence. While true, the Arabian rulers always tried to hide this reality from their own people as well as the wider Muslim Ummah until very recently. Unable to hide their treachery against the Muslims on the one hand and their total subservience to imperialism and Zionism on the other, this reality has now burst out into the open. The Arabian rulers realize that their shaky thrones and regimes are under threat from a tidal wave of resentment that is likely to sweep them into the dustbin of history.
The first breach in what was considered the “Arab front” — in reality an alliance of a motley collection of tin pot dictators and medieval kings — occurred in 1978 when then Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat flew to Tel Aviv to embrace the Zionist occupiers of Palestine. Al-Sadat paid the price for treachery with his life three years later at a military parade (October 6, 1981). More on this a little later, but al-Sadat’s public embrace of the Zionists was followed in September 1993 by Yasir ‘Arafat of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and soon thereafter by King Husayn of Jordan in July 1994.
The British had created the kingdom of TransJordan by carving it out of Palestine in 1921 in order to placate Sharif Husayn of Makkah, the grandfather of King Husayn. Sharif Husayn was upset because the British had betrayed him after promising to make him the king of all the Arabs in return for leading the Arab revolt against the Ottomans. King Husayn, the grandson (who died of cancer in 1999) was on the CIA payroll receiving a million dollars a year for his services. This information comes to us, courtesy of Jimmy Carter, president of the United States from 1976 to 1980. How cheaply these rulers sell themselves to the imperialists and Zionists shows their lowly nature.
Other Arabian rulers have been no less subservient and treacherous even if they tried to keep this a tightly guarded secret. Bani Saud have been in the forefront of this treachery even if pretending to be “leaders” of the Muslim world because of their occupation of the Haramayn — the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Events, however, have been spinning out of control and it is no longer tenable for them to hide their close links with the Zionists against the committed Muslims.
Treachery, however, runs in their blood. After all, ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Sa‘ud, founder of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had used the Ikhwan (not to be confused with al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, the political party in Egypt and elsewhere in the Muslim East) to fight and defeat other tribes in the Arabian Peninsula as well as fight the Ottomans that ruled Arabia at the time. The Najdi Ikhwan comprised the ‘Utaybah, Mu†ayr, and Ijman tribes, which were allied with Bani Saud. They were settled at Ghot Ghot, near Riyadh.
The Bedouin tribes were extremely cruel; their mentality has not changed even after a lapse of 100 years. They considered (and still do) all other Muslims not following the literalist line of the Wahhabis as kafirs and, therefore, in their warped thinking, legitimate targets for execution. Together with Bani Saud, they attacked and plundered pilgrims’ caravans on their way for Hajj. They even murdered Muslims inside masjids.
Upon capturing Makkah in 1924, they went on a rampage desecrating historical places as well as masjids. Madinah suffered an even worse fate. Jannah al-Baqi‘ where many members of the Prophet’s family as well as many of his closest companions are buried, was vandalized. Not satisfied with such acts of vandalism, they attacked and raped — yes raped — many women in Madinah. Such barbarism was not perpetrated even by the mushriks of Arabia.
Even while denouncing other Muslims as kafirs, Bani Saud were secretly receiving funds from the British. Records of proceedings in the British parliament confirm this. This, of course, was unknown to the Ikhwan (the other tribes aligned with Bani Saud). Had they known this, they would surely have denounced Bani Saud as kafirs. Instead, Bani Saud, aided and abetted by the British, turned on the Ikhwan tribes and massacred them in several skirmishes between 1928 and 1929.
The British provided guns to Bani Saud and used their air force planes to bomb the Bedouin tribes in open desert. The very people who had helped bring Bani Saud to power were now slaughtered and decimated (the grandchildren of the Ikhwan were the ones who had spearheaded the abortive revolt against Saudi rule in November 1979, which resulted in the siege of al-Masjid al-Haram and the loss of hundreds of lives inside the Haram; the siege was led by Juhayman al-‘Utaybi). While Bani Saud are quick to denounce other Muslims as kafirs and kill them, they had no compunction and still do not have any compunction in aligning themselves with the mushriks of Europe and America and even desecrating the sanctity of al-Masjid al-Haram where the Ka‘bah is located.
From 1912 to 1943, Bani Saud were paid agents of the British. In 1943, they became American vassals. This master-slave relationship has only deepened with last May’s visit of US President Donald Trump to Riyadh (May 20–22, 2017) where he was welcomed with pomp and ceremony. Bani Saud have also now become open allies of the Zionists calling them their “religious cousins” while they denounce Iranian Muslims as “enemies.”
Bani Saud have never fought the enemies of Islam or Muslims — ever. They made their debut by attacking Ottoman forces in aid of the British. In this, they had the help of other Bedouin tribes. Once these tribes had outlived their usefulness, Bani Saud attacked and massacred them with British help.
More than 30 years ago (1980), Bani Saud financed the Iraqi tyrant Saddam Husayn’s war against the Islamic Republic of Iran. That war against Islam and Muslims lasted for eight years resulting in the death and injury of millions of people. Then they aligned themselves with the Americans to attack Iraq and destroy it. They have now turned their guns and terrorists against the people and government of Syria as well as Yemen. Their genocidal war on Yemen has caused more than 13,000 deaths and the destruction of its entire infrastructure resulting in a cholera epidemic that has affected more than 300,000 Yemenis. More than 17 million of Yemen’s 25 million people are suffering from severe malnutrition.
Compare Bani Saud’s savagery toward the Yemenis while they have shown craven subservience to the Zionists. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who is probably a homosexual, accused Qatar of supporting Hamas, which was fighting against Israel. Even a Western-dominated organization like the United Nations recognizes the people’s right to resist their occupiers “by whatever means necessary” yet Bani Saud are more concerned about protecting the Zionists than fellow Muslim Palestinians. By their own conduct, Bani Saud have proved Ben Gurion’s words right. People with even an iota of self-respect and dignity would be ashamed of such disclosure; not Bani Saud. They do not have any dignity or self-respect; they do not even care for those qualities that are the hallmarks of a noble personality. Their overriding consideration in life is to remain in power. For this, they are prepared to align themselves with the devil — and they have!
This poses a challenge to the Muslim Ummah or whatever passes for an ummah with its myriad fragmentations along nationalistic and tribal lines. With a record of such treachery, Bani Saud now stands totally exposed. Can they be allowed to remain in control of Islam’s holiest places: Makkah and Madinah? These are in danger of falling under the direct control of the imperialists and Zionists (they are already under their indirect control).
Muslims have already paid a heavy price by remaining indifferent when King Husayn of Jordan, a confirmed CIA and Zionist agent, was allowed to control al-Masjid al-Aqsa. In June 1967, when the Zionists attacked Jerusalem, the Jordanian army fled without firing a single shot. al-Masjid al-Aqsa was lost to the Zionists. Today, its very existence is under threat from Zionist war criminals.
It would serve little purpose for Muslims to cry if, may Allah (swt) forbid this, the Haramayn were also to fall under the direct occupation and control of the imperialists and Zionists. What would Muslims do then: invade America or Israel? The time to act is now.
Muslims, especially the committed Islamic scholars throughout the world, have a grave responsibility to strive for the protection of the Haramayn. This should not and cannot be left to the people of the Arabian Peninsula alone. True, the Hijaz is located in the Arabian Peninsula but the Haramayn are the common heritage of the entire Ummah, not the personal property of a thoroughly corrupt, greedy and cowardly family.
Allah’s words in His choicest Book are very clear and direct; there is no ambiguity about them,
Only he should visit or tend Allah’s houses of reverence who is committed to Allah and the Last Day, and standardizes the salah, and systemizes the zakah, and stands in awe of none but Allah: for [only such as] these may hope to be among the rightly-guided!
Do you, perchance, regard the [mere] giving of water to pilgrims and the tending of the Inviolable House of Reverence [al-Masjid al-Haram] as being equal to [the works of] one who is committed to Allah and the Last Day and strives hard in Allah’s cause? These [things] are not equal in the sight of Allah. And Allah does not grace with His guidance people who [deliberately] do wrong (9:18–19).
It does not require a Qur’an scholar to understand the divine commands. Allah (swt) has spelled out the characteristics of those who are qualified to tend to His houses of reverence as well as al-Masjid al-Haram. By fearing everyone except Allah (nastaghfir-allah), Bani Saud stand condemned by Allah’s divine words. They are unfit to be in control of the Haramayn.
Thus, the first step for the liberation of the Haramayn is to release them from the clutches of the corrupters. Bani Saud should be driven back to their desert dwellings in Najd from whence they erupted. Their moral degeneracy makes them unfit to be in control of the holy places. They are polluting the environment of the Haramayn by their very presence. Muslims who do not pay attention to the divine words would be answerable to Allah (swt) on the Day of Judgement. They should bear in mind that He is swift in reckoning.
Bani Saud are not alone in such treachery. Their partners-in-crime include, among others, a long line of pharaohs of Egypt. At present, Egypt is ruled by a bloodthirsty tyrant who made his debut in power by slaughtering nearly 2,000 innocent civilians, among them women and children whose only crime was that they were sitting in two public squares demanding their democratic rights be respected. General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a certified Zionist — his maternal uncle was a member of the Israeli Knesset descended from a Moroccan Jewish family!
El-Sisi, however, is not alone in such despicable conduct. He follows a long line of other terrible rulers. Husni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years, and his predecessor Anwar al-Sadat were both imperialist and Zionist agents. Both also emerged from the military.
Al-Sadat was a junior officer in the Egyptian army at the time of the 1952 military coup that brought General Najib and then Colonel Jamal ‘Abd al-Nasir to power in Egypt. Al-Sadat was promoted to the rank of colonel, although, as a coward, he had gone to the cinema on the day of the coup — an alibi in case the coup was unsuccessful.
When ‘Abd al-Nasir died of a heart attack in September 1970, al-Sadat was one of several vice presidents. Gradually, he consolidated his power and took over completely. Initially, he pretended to follow ‘Abd al-Nasir’s line — the fiery Egyptian was a demagogue and despite his numerous blunders, was quite popular with the Egyptian masses because of his rhetoric. Al-Sadat was a colorless figure by comparison.
In 1973, the Egyptian army made spectacular successes against the Israeli army that was ensconced on the other side of the Suez Canal. Credit for this goes to General Sa‘d al-Din al-Shadhili. Al-Sadat, however, gave away al-Shadhili’s achievement of the daring crossing of the Suez Canal and deep penetration into the Sinai Peninsula. Al-Shadhili wanted to push through the Sinai and drive straight through to the Israeli border. There were no Israeli forces blocking him, as the Zionists were wiped out at the Bar Lev line along the eastern banks of the Suez Canal. Under pressure from the Americans, al-Sadat caved in and a turning point in Middle East history was lost. General Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defence Minister at the time, had actually contemplated suicide at the spectacular failure of the Israeli armed forces.
Little did he realize that a coward ruled in Cairo who would throw away all the successes of the Egyptian armed forces. Al-Sadat was more interested in winning America’s favor. The result was his surrender to the Zionists in return for a fistful of American dollars.
Once Egypt surrendered to the Zionists, it was only a matter of time before others followed suit. Today, the result is there for everyone to see. These shameless Arabian rulers will stop at nothing to remain in power even if it means selling their people out to the lowest bidder. The choice facing committed Muslims is simple: either get rid of these rulers or face continued humiliation.