Saudi Prince Salman’s moderate Islam and the sacking of fellow royals and former ministers are likely to lead to popular uprising and civil war as it is a political volcano about to erupt any moment with people fed up with the oppressive family rule.
By Latheef Farook
It is common knowledge that there is only one Islam.That is the message sent by Almighty Allah through Prophet muhammad (PBUH) for the salvation of humanity .
However days after his secret and shameful visit to Israel, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salam, described as prince of chaos by columnist Khalil-Al-Anani, announced that his country would go back to moderate Islam and ‘end extremism’- meaning wahabism.
It was under wahabism his family distorted Islam, destroyed more than 330 historic places of great Islamic heritage, divided Muslims worldwide and spent billions to finance Judeo Christian wars which destroyed Muslim countries , killed millions of Muslims,harmed Islam and turned Middle East into a killing field.
Today Saudi and Israel are hand in glove to crush Islam and democracy as they had done in Algeria, Egypt ,occupied Palestinian territores and democracy movements such as Arab uprising.
According to columnists Prince Salman’s moderate Islam is linked to a “sharia-free” $ 500 million new tourism resort on the Red Sea where women wearing bikinis will be allowed and plans to vet “hadiths” – the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. This could trigger a political crisis with unpredictable consequences.
According to columnist James M. Dorsey Prince Salman’s Moderate Islam could have literally come out of the mouth of his United Arab Emirates counterpart and mentor, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed, US-Israeli hit man implementing his Zionist masters agenda in the Middle East and beyond. He initiated the conspiracy to topple Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsy in Egypt and the bombing, destroying and slaughtering of innocent Yemeni Muslims.
Recent arrests of some of Saudi Arabia’s most popular Islamic scholars as well as human rights activists, judges and intellectuals, whose views run the gamut from ultra-conservative to liberal, coupled with Prince bin Zayed’s anti-Islam and anti-Muslim campaign suggest that Prince Salman’s definition of “moderate Islam” is one that is primarily apolitical, quietist and adheres to a religious school of thought that teaches unconditional obedience to the ruler.
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To be sure Prince Salman has taken several steps to roll back the influence of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative religious establishment and relax its strict moral codes. These steps allow forms of entertainment like music, film and dance that were long banned, seem, and however more designed to upgrade rather than abolish autocracy and enable badly needed economic reform and diversification.
Summing up the situation Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, a visiting lecturer at London School of Economics, described Salman’s ‘moderate Islam’:” A Disneyland for robots, not an open society”.
In her article Madawi Al Rasheed (pic) said Prince Salman’s understanding of moderate Islam is a project in which dissenting voices are silenced, activists are locked behind bars and critics are forced into submission.
The main objective is to call upon the international community to help make Saudi Arabia an open society again, as if in its recent history the kingdom had been a truly open society with a flourishing moderate Islam.
The prince seems to have missed important aspects of both moderate Islam and the principles of open society. In fact the Saudi regime has always been, and continues to be, a staunch enemy of both. The advent of a reformed Islam from above and an open society from below are far-fetched objectives given the current reality and practices of the regime.
The prince seems to want now a politically oppressive Islam that criminalizes disobedience to autocrats combined with a liberal outlook that accepts and praises pop music and dancing
Throughout the last 80 years, the regime relied on radical interpretations of Islam to domesticate, control and force into submission a diverse Arabian population.
It was the first time in Islamic history when we encounter a sectarian radical religious tradition by the name of Wahabism becoming the religion of the state, supported by the mighty sword and petrodollar.
Indications are that Salman’s vision for Saudi Arabia is likely to lead to popular uprising and civil war as it is a political volcano about to erupt any moment as the people were fed up with the oppressive family rule.
One columnist pointed out that while the economy was on its downward trend, unemployment on the rise and foreign exchange reserve falling, Salman bought a $ 500 million yacht. While his airplanes bomb and destroy Yemen and massacre Yemenis he holidays in his Maldivian resort.
There was great resentment from the people. Muslims worldwide despise this family. For decades, Saudi rulers have utilized religion to remain in power and gain regional dominance. Salman’s attempt to shake that status quo could yield severe consequences
A Middle East Eye columnist pointed out that “Many wondered what role religion is likely to play under king Salman, particularly given the fact that previous Saudi rulers have invested heavily in creating the perception of the kingdom as the sole guardian of Islam.
To Ibn Saud family ,installed in power by Britain and Zionist Jews under the 1916 agreement and taken over most sacred sites of Islam – religion not only served as an internal tool for the political elite to enforce authority, but also as an external tool used by the nascent state to impose its leadership and dominance over the Muslim world.
Over the past decades, one way to achieve this goal was investing billions of dollars in development projects in Islam’s holy sites and their surrounding areas.
Recently, King Salman’s government announced the allocation of $100bn for new construction work. This “generous” funding comes during hard times as economic austerity measures are imposed on Saudi citizens by cutting all government subsidies, marking up the prices of basic commodities, like fuel, water and electricity.
Additionally, the government is running an ongoing war in Yemen whose operational costs reportedly amount to $200m per day.
Such an outpouring of funds is by no means an innocent investment or one that can be viewed as simply a response to development needs. It is rather driven by a strategy of image creation of the Saudi monarchy as the defender of the faith.
Committed to Islam?
The idea is to create a perception of an ongoing Saudi commitment to Islam by endlessly expanding its most sacred sites. Religion is a coercive force to legitimize its rule internally and a tool for external intervention in foreign countries’ affairs.
Inspired by Salman’s statements, the key question thus becomes: is this likely to change when he becomes king? Salman stated: “We want to live a normal life. A life in which our religion translates to tolerance, to our traditions of kindness.” Obviously, he is addressing the new generations of Saudis.
The intertwined relationship between religion and state in Saudi Arabia is sensitive and deeply rooted. Any attempt to shake up this alliance must go through a process of inclusive, considerate and free public and intellectual dialogue. It must come as a result of public demand rather than a top-down imposition.
However, since Prince Salman assumed power, the state of religion in the country is on the decline. Bin Salman appears committed to take the country to the other extreme.
This approach could provide a justification for popular resistance which would not be unique in the country’s history. On 20 November 1979, the first day of the Islamic year 1400, the Masjid al-Haram was seized by a well-organized group of 400 to 500 men under Juhayman al-Otaybi’s leadership.
Al-Otaybi attacked the Wahhabi ulama for failing to protest against policies that (he believed) betrayed Islam, and accused them of accepting the rule of an infidel state and offering loyalty to corrupt rulers in exchange for honors and riches.
History may repeat itself if the current leadership under Salman fails to learn its lessons.
Meanwhile the ever growing relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel has been rejected by the Saudi public. Though Saudi’s denied Israeli officials confirmed that Prince Salman had secretly visited Tel Aviv in September 2017.
The situation is such that Saudi Royal family trusts Israeli and US mercenaries as their personal body Guards: US and Israeli mercenary security personnel are allegedly used by Saudi Royal family to guard Saud family Princelings. This Praetorian Guards use balaclava (face cover) and other disguises during security operations which allows for anonymity.
Saudis have entrusted security during Hajj to Israeli firms which brought severe condemnation from Grand Mufti and Imam of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem Sheikh Ikrima Sa’ad Sabri.
Meanwhile Prince Salam sacked royals and former ministers on Saturday 4 November to curb their power as part of his drive to impose his control on the kingdom and press for a more open brand of Islam.
The situation remains explosive and Saudi Arabia is a volcano awaiting to erupt as demonstrated by the recent attack on royal palace in Jeddah killing many.
Already American television networks began discussing the potential civil war in Saudi Arabia which could have serious repercussion in the region and beyond.