Appalling. That’s how I feel when I look at the condition of the Muslims in the Middle-East. Its very difficult to believe that the Arabs of the Peninsula had once conquered the known world 1400 years ago. How could these nomad Bedouins crush the mighty empires of Persia and Rome? The “How” is more important in the last question because when you look at their descendants you will find traces of anything but that of warriors who took on the world head on.
Let me cut to the point straight away. The monarchs of the Arab world are weak, greedy, dependent (on US) and in totality utterly incompetent to be the leaders of a people who once held the civilizational torch guiding mankind from darkness to light. It seems that the torch has turned into a dilluminator, guiding mankind from light towards dark dungeons of arrogance, ignorance and war-mongering.
Lets see the political reality of this important oil rich Arab Muslim country named after its conqueror, Saudi Arabia. Its rich in oil and gold. Its an important strategic partner for the US and the country is above all very dear to Muslims across the world because it is home to the cities of Makkah and Madinah, the two holiest places in all of Islam. Muslims in general feel very uncomfortable talking about the Country which is symbolically the center of the Islamic world. Talking about the Saudi misdeeds and injustices feels like spitting at the sun.
Saudi Royals have on the other hand keep working hard to make it easy to come out in the open about them. True, no country is a land of angels, and we cant expect miracles from the governments who rule us. We can or we cant choose our leadership is not the main focus o his thread. Neither is it to judge whether th ability to choose is better or worse than the natural outcome of power struggle. The main point is, what drives the policies of a country and what are its objectives.
The Saudis may hit back asking why a non-Saudi guy (like me) should have the audacity to critically examine Saudi Government, especially when the citizens themselves are very happy with their government. More importantly, what difference will it make to the Saudis what opinion I have of them? None at all actually. That’s right, no matter how much me and other bloggers bash the Saudi government, it wont change a thing. Here is why. The concept of “Independent” “Sovereign” “Nation State” is the philosophical mountain behind which hides the governments of the present world, in different shapes, forms, colors and shades. The independent nation state answers to no body but itself, which naturally forces the state to adopt policies that protect ethnic, sectarian, cultural, linguistic and religious biases. Let me explain.
We know that the single biggest problem in the world is the Palestinian occupation by the European Zionists. The Muslim world expects the richest Muslim country in the world to do something about it, diplomatically and maybe even militarily to defend the lives of innocent people in Ghazza specially. But why should the Saudis risk their “sovereignty” over the Palestinian issue? On the other hand, Saudis are dependent on the US for their very existence because they fear that the Palestinians might collude with Iraqis and Yemenis to take control of the Arabian Peninsula. If not them, then surely Iran will take over Saudi Arabia, is the fear that has been silently taught on the streets on Arabia so that the common people will blindly throw their weight behind the Royals’ strategy to rely on western powers to keep the sheikhs in power. To save the ethnic Saudis from such a dishonorable position where they must work to earn a living for a change, we see the unfolding of different fronts. The ethnical front is the war against the fearsome rebellious militant Palstinians and the dirt poor Yemenis. The sectarian front is the threat of shii Iran. The linguistic and cultural threats are the Asians who work mostly menial jobs. With all these threats (or evils) facing the Saudi Arabian Society, who could blame them for taking the kind of stance they have taken recently.
The Arabian Peninsula has been active in the regional strategy since 2011 in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. First, they bank rolled the militants who started the civil war in Syria to dislodge Bashar. Till date 500,000 people died and the war is far from over as Russia and Iran have come in full support to defend the madman Bashar. Then came Egypt. Saudi petro dollars were channeled to the mass murderer Sisi who lead a bloody coup to take over power in Cairo.
Then came Bahrain. Saudis marched into the country to crush the rise of Arab Spring in Manama. Innocent people were bulldozed and the people brutally silenced by Saudi guns. Next, Yemen, the cradle of Arab civilization. Saudis not only bombed the Yemeni villagers but they forced a shut down of food and medicine to starve the people eto submission when their guns failed to conquer Yemeni pride. Yemen did not give up, even though it is now like Ethiopia in the 80’s.
Next Qatar, the super rich Arab state and the home of Al Jazeera.
Qatar is the only Arab country in the Peninsula which rivals the Saudis diplomatically in the region and beyond. Doha hosts among others, the Taliban, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood leadership. Moreover, the Saudis suspect Qatar to have informal strategic relationship with Iran. To strengthen the Saudi diplomacy, US President Trump visited the country for the Islamic Arab Summit where 55 muslim countries also took part. It was another way of showing the world that Saudi Arabia, not Iran, is the leader of the Muslim world as a state.
Saudis have more than just a few points to demand their presumed superiority in the Muslim world. It has the world’s largest reserve of oil, it is the closest Arab ally of the US, it employs millions of South Asian Muslims making the Kingdom a very important source of foreign currency for countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt and India. Above all, it has the spiritual, religious and traditional supremacy over the vast majority of Muslims simply by default due to the location of Makkah and Medina in their geo-political government. Its an unwritten law amongst Muslims, who believe that, who ever has authority in Makkah and Medina must therefore also be the supreme leader of the Muslim Ummah. The fact that the Saudis never ever claimed to be the leader of the Ummah doesn’t really matter, average Muslim will hold the Saud family in high esteem as long as the custodianship of the two sacred masjids are with that tribe.
When the Sharifs of Makkah betrayed the Ottomans, Muslim thinkers and leaders in South Asia remained mostly silent for fear of speaking against the family that administers the two sacred mosques. Muslims just didn’t get it then and they still suffer from that old disease. The unjust rulers loose their right to the title of Imamah (leadership) over the Ummah, is as sacred as faith and belief in God, as its Wahy (revelation) from God to Nabi Ibraheem and confirmed by the Majestic Quraan to Nabi Muhammad (sallillahu alihi wa aalihi wa sallam).
Are we Muslims naïve or just un-intelligent when it comes to our Deen (system of Life) I keep asking myself. We read in the Noble Quraan that God chose us to be Witness over all mankind, alternative meaning, to spread justice on earth, and to stand firm against any obstacle that hinders the progress of kindness, generosity, liberty, morality, honesty, sincerity, truthfulness and general goodness amongst people. Muslim men and women face the task that holds the key to their ultimate destination, to support all that is good and to resist all that is evil, a concept that strikes at the very foundation of the Jahilii (nationalistic, fascist, tribal) society currently in place in so many countries where Muslims live in overwhelming majority.