If you lived in the Gulf you would have received your training to dislike a few nationalities. Racism, or sectarianism as some people like to call it, is almost like a state policy in some countries.
During the Arab uprisings in Bahrain and Yemen I came to a different understanding. Yemen, many governments want the world to believe, is the sick man of the Middle East. Little oil, poor resources, intellectual gap and so on. This poor image of Yemen (fed by the Saudis and their media) disagrees with what we know historically and spiritually.
The post below will shed some more light on why Yemen could be the one to evict the hold of some tribal feudalists from the heartland of muslims.
While Muslims are impatiently awaiting the collapse of the US-backed
al-Saud family rule through domestic uprising, Yemen might end up being
the decisive factor in starting the process of al-Saud’ s demise.
Yemen and the fate of Hijaz were always interconnected, a fact confirmed
by divine scriptures and historical events. Historically Yemen was
crucial for the annihilation of the British project today known as Saudi
Arabia. In 1933 it was Yemen that almost ended the Wahhabi fitnah by
leading a successful military campaign on Najd. Were it not for British
meddling, the Saud family would be gone long ago.
In 2009, Riyadh eagerly went to war against Yemen after receiving orders
from the US to crush the Islamic movement led by Yahia Badreddin
al-Houthi. However, the Saudis’ proved completely incompetent and
got a heavy beating at the hands of Houthis.
Today the Islamic movement led by al-Houthi controls several provinces
in Yemen and possess strong political and military apparatus. Over the
past two years the Saudi family has tried to incite sectarian violence
in Yemen specifically targeting the movement led by al-Houthi.
The conflict between the Saud family and the Islamic movement in Yemen
is brewing behind the scenes. This factor is also evident from the fact
that in the first days of 2013 several leading US think-tanks and policy
institutions dedicated several lengthy analyses on Yemen and evaluated
the situation there in conjunction with the monarchical succession in
The Saudi regime with vast amounts of money and security apparatus
backed by Western regimes and Israel exercises virtually total control
over its population. Riyadh’s sectarian and tribal politics managed
to create artificial divides within the Arabian Peninsula controlled by
the House of Saud. The domestic front of al-Sauds is, therefore, under
repressive and rigorous control within which it is hard to implement
civil socio-political activities pushing for change. Taking into account
the aggressive response of al-Sauds towards the legitimate demands of
the people and the militant background of political struggles in the
Arabian Peninsula, it is hard to imagine how a scenario similar to
Tunisia or Egypt could unfold inside Saudi Arabia.
The US and Israeli paranoia about Islamic socio-political forces allied
with Iran could lead to a repeat of the US-backed Saudi invasion of
Yemen similar to the one at the end of 2009. Taking into consideration
the US proxy war in Syria against the resistance axis led by Iran, the
Islamic movement in Yemen may decide to push for all-out victory against
the Saudis if they attack Yemen in order to deflect attention from
Syria. It may also happen that the Islamic movement in Yemen may
initiate the neutralization process of al-Saud’ s destructive
policies in Yemen without waiting for particular regional developments.
No matter what happens, it is evident that Yemen will play a big role in
changes that are bound to reach the Arabian Peninsula controlled by the
US backed al-Saud.
As Muslims ponder the role of the House of Saud, we need to remind
ourselves of a hadith (Hadith of Najd reported by Bukhari in Vol 9, Book
88, hadith #214) of the noble Messenger (saws) who once prayed: “O
Allah, bless our Sham (Syria) and bless our Yemen.” Upon this, his
Companions inquired: “What about Najd, O Messenger of Allah
(saws)?” The noble Messenger (saws) again mentioned Sham and Yemen
in invoking his blessings but missed Najd. The Companions again inquired
about Najd. After repeating this three times, the noble Messenger (saws)
said: “A great fitna will emerge from Najd that will try to destroy
Islam and my Ummah.”
Given the role of the House of Saud that erupted from Najd in the
nineteenth century, can any Muslim have any doubt about these corruptors
and their destructive role in keeping the Ummah divided?