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Saudi Arabia – Focal Point of Tyranny, Terrorism and Fallacious Interpretation of Islam
By Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis
Nov 13, 2008
Few realize in today’s world that the War against Terrorism has been an extraordinary fraud geared by dark forces in control of the policy making procedures in England, France and America, only to trigger a tsunami of "Islamic" terrorism.
The ineffective and catastrophic policies pursued after the declaration of the War Against Terrorism are especially studied and executed so that they trigger the beforehand targeted reactions which customarily take the form of suicidal attacks, uncontrolled hatred, and pathological desire of destruction. These targeted reactions are programmed to once take the form of nuclear explosion(s) that will justify the termination of the Western world democracies which do not anymore match the needs of the Apostate Freemasonic Lodge.
Few comprehend that all those who denounce the fraudulent phenomenon, stating that Islam does not harbour, neither does it allow, and terrorism are wrong. They are so because they are hypothesizing on theoretical analyses, instead of practically analyzing the current socio-economic and political situation of several Islamic countries, which is not Islamic at all, while being at the same time characterized by the prevalence of a cultural – educational – ideological system which triggers a pseudo-Islamic radicalism that ends up as Islamic terrorism.
Few understand that Islamic radicalism does not exist in the periphery, the faraway provinces, the mountains, the plains, the coasts and the villages of the Islamic world – except under form of momentarily adopted means of reaction against grave anti-Islamic policies of colonial powers, which are the main problem that has to be eliminated first.
Few are able to identify the great urban centres and the upper middle classes of few Muslim countries as the emanation centre of the Islamic radicalism and terrorism.
The formation of these Muslim upper middle classes is a phenomenon directly linked with, and derived from, the Anglo-French colonialism as implemented in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and
Even fewer have the capacity to open their eyes and see that the Anglo-French colonialism is the result of the Western colonial powers´ anti-Ottoman and anti-Persian hysteria which was the driving force of their criminal and catastrophic policies and attempts for more than two centuries.
Viewed historically, the father of Osama bin Laden is Napoleon; the heinous expedition of 1798 is the Western world’s most paranoid act, which – completed with the post-WW I ridiculous congresses and trashy treaties signed against the
It was simply inane for the Western powers to assume that any effort of Westernization of the Islamic world could possibly happen at the same time with the destruction of its political structure, namely the Ottoman Empire, the Safevid – Qadjar Empire of Iran and the Mughal Empire of India. When a society or a number of societies are forced to brusquely change through humiliation, detrimental self-depreciation, and manoeuvred developments geared to trigger rejection of any concept of progress, improvement, explorative spirit, and search for historical integrity and cultural authenticity (the absence of which leads to national disintegration, total blockage of the nation-building process, and socio-economic and political self-destruction), the final stages of the decayed involve reactionary obscurantism, extreme radicalism, and terrorism.
What if Kemal Ataturk ruled all the Ottoman territory…..
It would have been completely different, had the Ottoman Empire been left intact in
This means that the concept of secular Muslim society would have been diffused throughout vast lands whereby shocking ignorance, compact darkness, and hatred for knowledge, freedom, change, exploration, study, experiment, research and art have prevailed ever since.
It is wrong to think that because Muslim engineers and physicists, chemists and doctors can be Islamic extremists and radicals, the Islamists are interested in knowledge; they simply learn what may allow them to live according to their parents´ social standards and contribute to the preparation of the (otherwise unreported by Western media but well planned) War against the West. Interest for knowledge would mean interest for their past, for Islamic Philosophy, Literature, History, Sciences, and Arts; this knowledge is currently being hated by the Islamic extremists – engineers in
On the contrary, this knowledge is considered as salutary by the outright majority of the tyrannized (by these upper middle class engineers – extremists) Muslim World, particularly the lower classes and the periphery (provinces of the Muslim countries).
Behind all these upper middle class engineers and all the Islamic terrorists is hidden the "Western-friendly", evil Saudi tribe that controls
Longer this state exists greater the threat is and stronger the anticipation of a cataclysmic event of global proportions becomes.
I will not expand further on this point now; there is indeed deeper Western involvement as some circles of power, at times represented by the terminating US vice-president, seem eager to trigger this calamitous (but probably necessary for their evil plans) event as soon as possible.
Here, I will merely illustrate how the Islamic extremists want to make the entire world look like; to demonstrate this, I have only to present the situation that prevails in their exemplary society, the inhuman and anti-Islamic state of "Saudi" Arabia.
I therefore republish a recently released Report elaborated by the venerated Institute for Gulf Affairs; the report incorporated part from the About Us section of their website (www.gulfinstitute.org). In a forthcoming article, I will complete the republication of the Report.
The Crisis of Religious Freedom in
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This report is issued in connection with the upcoming visit of Saudi King Abdullah to the
This report provides an overview of the crisis of religious freedoms and oppressive policies practiced by the government of
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King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz´s carefully crafted image as a reformer is at odds with reality. Since taking office in 2005 the king implemented greater restrictions on political freedoms, cracked down on reform advocates and concentrated power in the hands of the ruling family.
Religious freedom in
The religious policies of the Saudi government have contributed to the rise of extremism and terror groups worldwide, including Al-Qaeda and others. Saudis are leading contributors of money and support to international terrorist groups and make up the highest numbers of suicide bombers around the world, which often occurs with either the direct support or the tacit approval of Saudi authorities.
The Saudi educational system provides an ideological foundation for violence and future jihadists. The textbooks currently used in Saudi schools, including those in the U.S. and Europe, preach hatred toward other Christians, Jews, other religions, and even most Muslims.
The Saudi government does not allow women to vote, study most sciences, work in public, drive, play sports, hold senior public positions, travel alone, mix with men, or attend public gatherings.
Freedom of the press is severely limited by the Saudi government through direct intervention and the resulting self-censorship of reporters and editors. Independent media is not allowed in the country and those who operate on the internet are blocked and prosecuted.
In 2007 King Abdullah established a Succession Commission that has further consolidated the power of the Al-Sauds as the sole political force in the country, denying Saudi citizens any role in choosing future monarchs.
The only elections in
Political parties and groups in the kingdom are banned, and dissent is not allowed. The government routinely arrests citizens based on their political views; these dissidents are subject to arbitrary detention and even torture. The leading academic Dr. Matrook Al-Falah has been incarcerated in solitary confinement since May 2008 for peaceful criticism of treatment of political prisoners.
Freedom of expression in
The Saudi government of King Abdullah bans movie theatres, and music concerts in the country. There are no music teaching institutions in the country, public or private, due to government bans.
In 2002 the King warned women nurses and doctors at the King Fahad National Guards hospital in
Lack of Religious Freedom
Religious freedom in
Anyone who fails to follow the official state religion in
The Saudi government bans Christian, Buddhist and other expatriate workers (which number in the millions) from celebrating their religious and cultural holidays, including social and national holidays.
Blasphemy and Apostasy Cases
The threshold for convection in Saudi courts is very low, resulting in easy convictions without, in some cases, any evidence at all. The majority of apostasy cases have been prompted by the accusations of religious police or Wahhabi zealots, which are rarely verified independently.
Shia Muslim victims included Sadeq Mallallah, executed in 1992, Mohsen Al Turki, jailed in 2007, Hadi Al-Mutif, on death row since 1993, Ali Al-Misaad, spent 8 months in prison, Mohamed Al-Wail spent 18 months in prison after a death sentence was canceled by King Fahd. Recently, two Turkish Alevi´s were released from death row in
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Stop Saudi Tyranny in Yemenite Najran! Call for a UN-organized Referendum in Najran
Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis, November 08, 2008
In an earlier article entitled ´Freedom for Tyrannized Najran,
The Shia Yemenite Najranis have been terribly tyrannized and their persecution and oppression has been carried out by the English colonialism’s best children, the ominous Sunni Wahhabies who are the focus of all sorts of terrorism and evildoing necessary for the eschatological and pseudo-messianic plans of the Apostate Freemasonic Lodge that controls the English and the French political, military and financial establishments.
Recently, the leading NGO Human Rights Watch focused on the issue and published a devastating report that provides with a detailed record of Human Rights violations practiced by the Sunni Wahhabies authorities of Saudi Arabia – the undeservedly and shamelessly venerated ´allies´ in the War against Terrorism –, which definitely underscores the political need for immediate secession of Najran from Saudi Arabia and reunification with Yemen.
In the aforementioned article, I published the Summary and Recommendations of the decisive Report, which is entitled "The Ismailis of Najran - Second-class Saudi Citizens". In this article, I republish the Report’s second chapter, the ´Background´. In forthcoming articles, I will complete the republication of the entire report that should be taken into consideration in any case of decision-making with respect to the wider area of the
Longer Najran remains annexed in
The Ismailis of Najran - Second-class Saudi Citizens
Najran is the seat of the religious leader of the Sulaimani Ismailis, al-Da´i al-Mutlaq (Absolute Guide). Its status as such, with some interruption, dates back to 1640.3 Ismailis had been living in Najran for over a millennium; they were one of many strands of belief that existed in early Islam. Ismailis called themselves Followers of the Truth (Ashab al-Haqq) and gathered adherents in many parts of the realm of Islam in the ninth and tenth centuries Common Era (CE). A split occurred around the turn of the tenth century, and most Ismailis eventually recognized ´Ubaid Allah al-Mahdi, a man living in
Since their emergence, propagandists have depicted Ismailis as heretics, based on invented stories that discredit their beliefs and their claimed ancestry from the Prophet´s family.5
Ismailis have their own system of law; scholars report few modifications or modern adaptations since a series of legal treatises produced by the Fatimid high judge Nu´man in the 11th century.6
Najran, a fertile valley in what is now southwestern Saudi Arabia at the foot of mountains bordering the vast stretch of desert known as the Empty Quarter, was traditionally home to Christian and Jewish communities, in addition to Ismailis and Zaidis. Christians have been absent from Najran for some centuries, and the remaining Jewish community is believed to have left in 1949, following the establishment of the state of
The 2004 Saudi census puts the number of inhabitants in Najran at around 408,000.8 Ismailis, widely believed to constitute a large majority of the Najrani population, share a homogeneous identity based on historical, cultural, and religious roots. In Najran city, the Khushaiwa compound, with its Mansura mosque complex, is the spiritual capital of the Sulaimani branch of the Ismaili faith, one of two major strands of contemporary Ismailism. Ismailis in Najran belong mainly to one of two tribes—the Yam and the
The Saudis conquered first the independent princedom of the Idrisis, in ´Asir region bordering Najran, in 1926, and then the Ismailis of the Yam tribe in Najran in 1933.9 A brief war with Yemen over ´Asir concluded with a treaty in 1934 in which Yemen ceded any claims to Najran, then a largely independent sheikhdom, to King Abd al-´Aziz Al Sa´ud.10 Najran was the last territorial conquest of the reemergent Saudi state.11
The Ismaili sense of pervasive discrimination against them appears stronger today than at any point in the first six decades of Saudi rule. In the 1960s, Saudi authorities had held al-Da´i al-Mutlaq under house arrest variously in Ta´if and Mekka for some five years because he had demanded the independence of Ismaili mosques and religious teaching, which the Wahhabi religious establishment opposed.12 Despite this, many Ismailis have relatively fond memories of Khalid al-Sudairy, who governed Najran from 1962 to 1980, and his son Fahd who succeeded him until 1996. Then, Prince Mish´al bin Sa´ud bin Abd al-´Aziz Al Sa´ud became the first member of the ruling family to govern the region.
Discrimination against Ismailis in
To that end, Ibn Sa´ud enlisted in Najd the services of experts on religious ritual, the mutawwa´in, or volunteers, putting them in charge of indoctrinating the new tribal fighting force of the ikhwan (brethren), which helped conquer the remaining lands that now comprise Saudi Arabia, including Najran: 13 The ikhwan forcibly converted conquered populations to their strict interpretation of Islam, sometimes engaging in mass killings, such as in Ta´if in 1924.14
Intolerance toward other interpretations of Islam remained a feature of Saudi state policies, reflected in discriminatory employment, school curricula, and public expenditures. Following the occupation of the Grand Mosque in Mekka by Sunni millenarian extremists in 1979, and the Islamic revolution in
Iran´s example led to increased political demands by the Shia population of
While Ismailis face discrimination similar to the Shia of the
Largely ignored as a supposed backwater in the domestic context of
Notes (integrated numeration throughout the Report)
3 Heinz Halm, Die Schia (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 1988), pp. 234-243.
4 Ibid., pp. 193-219. Zaidis are a Shia Muslim sect whose leaders ruled large parts of
5 Most of these allegations against Ismailis have been disproved. See Farhad Daftary, "Introduction," in Farhad Daftary, ed., Mediaeval Isma´ili History and Thought (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 1-18.
6 Ismail K Poonawala, "Al-Qadi al-Nu´man and Isma´ili jurisprudence," in Daftary, ed., Mediaeval Isma´ili History and Thought, pp. 117-114.
7 Joseph Tobi, The Jews of
8 "Makkah Region is Most Populated in
9 Isam Ghanem, "The Legal History of 'A Sir (Al-Mikhlaf Al-Sulaymani)," Arab Law Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 3, August 1990, pp. 211-214. Enmity between Wahhabis, who originated in Saudi Arabia´s central
10 Askar Halwan Al-Enazy, "´The International Boundary Treaty´ (Treaty of Jeddah) Concluded between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni Republic on June 12, 2000," The American Journal of International Law, vol. 96, no. 161, January 2002. King Abd al-´Aziz Al Sa´ud and Imam Yahya Hamid al-Din, Treaty of Ta´if, May 20, 1934: "His Majesty the Imam Yahya similarly abandons by this treaty any right he claimed in the name of Yemeni unity or otherwise, in the country (formerly) in the possession of the Idrisis or the Al-Aidh, or in Najran, or in the Yam country, which according to this treaty belongs to the Saudi Arabian Kingdom."
11 In 1934 King Abd al-´Aziz bin Sa´ud concluded a covenant with the Yam tribe, the dominant tribe in Najran, in which he pledged not to interfere in Ismaili religious affairs and to respect their demographic dominance in Najran by not promoting either their emigration or the immigration of others. Human Rights Watch email correspondence with an Ismaili in Najran, August 22, 2007, and Human Rights Watch interviews with more than six prominent Ismails July 2006 – March 2008. On a visit to the region in November 2006, King Abdullah commented, "[W]hat a pleasure it is for me on this occasion to call to memory the historical covenant between his majesty the unifier King Abd al-´Aziz, may God have mercy on him, and between the protagonists among your grandfathers and fathers, indeed, as the kingdom was unified through his covenant, you have been loyal." Ali ´Awn al-Yami and Hamad Al Mansur, "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques: Your State Does Not Differentiate between One Region and Another or between One Citizen and Another." al-Riyadh, November 1, 2006, http://www.alriyadh.com/2006/11/01/article198407_s.html (accessed February 29, 2008).
12 Human Rights Watch telephone interview with Ismaili, IN1, Najran, June 24, 2008.
13 Nadav Safran,
14 Rachel Bronson, Thicker Than Oil. America´s Uneasy Partnership with
15 Thomas Hegghammer and Stephane Lacoix, "Rejectionist Islamism in
16 International Crisis Group, "The Shiite Question in Saudi Arabia," Middle East Report No. 45, September 19, 2005, p. 4; and Human Rights Watch interviews with Shia leaders in Qatif and al-Ahsa´, IQ1 and IA1, February 2006.
17 Human Rights Watch interviews with Shia from Qatif, Tarut, Dammam, and al-Ahsa´, IQ1, IT1, ID1, IA1, February and December 2006, and December 2007.
18 Human Rights Watch interview with a Shia in Qatif, IQ2, February 2006.
19 "I had never really heard of the Ismailis before [Shura Council member] Muhammad Al Zulfa talked to me about their situation." Human Rights Watch interview with former member of the Shura Council, IR1 Riyadh, December 19, 2006.