Flying Royals Drowning Lambs

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.

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Connection Between Muslim Prayers and Olympic Gold

Let me restate my thoughts. Imagine you are Michael Phelps, the Olympian. You know your schedule, up at 6am everyday, hit the gym, do some hellish workout, and then in the pool, you must stretch the human limits of speed and endurance while in water. Now, you keep doing this day in day out. That’s all you’re doing , yeah, getting up early, exercising, pumping weights, swimming and eating well. After a while you might begin to think that this what it is, exercising and swimming, that is the purpose of your life, the reason for your existence and maybe at some point in time after doing this routine for months or even years, you begin to think that this is what Olympians do. They wake up early, exercise and swim or sprint or whatever, every single day. The objective you may begin to think for an Olympian Swimmer is to “Workout and practice” swimming.

You should be smiling at yourself if you really think that swimming practice is the objective. No. The Objective is to prepare for a day of competition against the world’s best swimmers. You need to think about this. Whenever you want to understand why Muslims pray, think about Michael Phelps and his training routines. He needs to be ready, mentally and physically, for that Big Day, and all his workouts, practices and trainings were designed to make him WIN.

What, prayers are exercises? No. They are part of the big training package which pushes the Believers to gear up for their Big Day. Every Muslim in this sense is an Olympian. He must get himself ready to compete and Win. It all boils down to preparation and training without which probability of winning diminishes pretty fast. 90% training and 10% performance.

You must be asking, what is the Big Day and what sort of competition is this? Let me tell you in a simple way. Every Believer should know that he is capable of doing great things and that is what his life is all about, doing great things. There is no in-significant life at all. Every life is as important as any other. Our work, money, car and other worldly materials are the insignificant things, but our LIVES are SUPREMELY IMPORTANT. Its like the life of a gold medalist Olympian. Imagine that, you are just as important and significant as Michael Phelps or the late Muhammad Ali!

Phelps trains to win gold at the pool. what are you training for? Your goal is to win the gold in the arena where the great battle between good and evil is taking place. To defeat the evil forces must be a darn hard job. That’s because Satan has at its disposal numerous men and women capable of destroying  countries if needed with the help of weapons manufactured for mass destruction of human civilization. Satan has worked hard to raise his army of monsters. It wont be easy to defeat them, no not at all. At least not without the proper strategy for winning.

Sounds difficult doesn’t it. But I have news for Muslim readers. This “job” of defeating Satan happens to rest upon the shoulders of all the Believers. Sorry, there is no way to avoid draft in this case. You Muslims have only one job, on target, and that is to defeat the army of Satan. Any Muslim who thinks otherwise, unfortunately, ends in the boiling pot.

So, you want to be ready for the Big Day. When will that be? I’m afraid that Day can be any day, it can even be today. Satan and his soldiers are waiting to ambush you any moment you let your guard down. They have their eyes on you like a CCTV. One opening and wham! they will get to you. If they can throw their curse at you when you have nothing to defend yourself with, the results will not be hard to guess.

That means you need to make yourself strong and able and alert at all times. You need practice. Training and hard work. You can only choose to avoid between the pain of training or the pain of loosing. Cant have both. To avoid the pain of loosing, you also need to be before sunrise, preferably by 5am and start your rigorous training routine. Tahajjud, Fajr, break, work, eat, Dhuhr, break, rest, work, Asr, Break, Magrib, break, dinner, Isha, sleep. This routine of Salah is the Training, the Exercise the Workout  designed to make you successful in defeating the Satan and his followers.

Muslim prayers basically intend to churn out soldiers of Faith whose sole duty rests on liberating mankind from the grip of the Dark Lord. Prayer is the secret weapon with which Goodness shall prevail over Evil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why cant we dream in Yemen?

Zain is from Yemen, the starting point of Arab civilization, the origin of Semitic peoples. I feel very lucky that Zain is still alive after the Saudi bombs destroyed his school and the lives of a dozen children all aged under 12. I am so glad Zain still has his nerves together after loosing his father, mother, brother and sister in another Saudi air raid just before Eid. Neighborhoods in Sada have basically turned into make shift open sky hospitals where mothers earned medical degrees overnight. Doctors with proper University degrees are either dead or imprisoned. So its now up to the newly qualified mothers to provide what Yemeni children need the most, a little bit of love and care after the after the horrors caused by Saudi bombings.

Zain talks world politics like a Senator. This is not due to his school, no, it’s because Zain and all the other kids are always faced with political questions at home, at school and in the playgrounds. The question is also almost always the same, which is, “Why are Saudis bombing Yemen”? Answers will also circle around a theme very common in Zain’s area. Kids know that Saudis cant really fight a real war on the ground, for if they did, every Yemeni youth would be firing slingshots enough to blind the attackers back to the other side of the border. That is why Saudis decided to not face real men on the ground.

As for Zain, he thinks Saudis are only doing what their friends in Tel Aviv advised them to do. They are only following friendly “orders”.

How is Yemen important to Israel? Well, Zain thinks its not so much about Yemen as such but its really about the rise of a revolutionary idea. What is that idea? Its this thing called “Hope”. See, Yemen, like so many other Muslim countries, wants to change the normal thought that nothing can be changed, that the status quo must always be maintained, that powerful people must not be challenged, that politics is not the agenda for common people, but now the Houthi movement wants to challenge all that. Houthis want to say that Change is possible and it can happen. Common people can choose to dream differently, to think of changing the society and say bye bye to state hypocrisy. This is Zain’s understanding as a 12 year old.

Zain’s thoughts strike so much similarity with people across the Muslim world that its difficult to whether Zain comes from Sada or Baghdad or Damascus or Cairo. The basic rule seems to be quite common amongst the rulers of the Muslim world. They survive on the pill that makes Muslims loose hope in their identity, history and above all they give up on their natural abilities to change their circumstances.

Why should it be like this? Why should Muslims feel hopeless in their own country? Zain stares at the sky asking whether it was another Saudi jet that he just saw flying over a minaret.

Erdogan´s Politics Opportunistic or Islamic?

First let me express myself in a simple way. I admire the Turkish people and their glorious Islamic history very much. For over 500 years the brave Turks defended Muslim lands, provided security and raised the banner of Islam in Europe. Alhamdulillah. Islamic architecture, calligraphy, charity, infrastructure, economy and law flourished in the House of Osman. Our Turkish brothers and sisters were the champions of Islam and for that I have great respect, honor and good wishes for them.

Ending the Islamic Caliphate was not one of the best episodes of that great nation. What did they gain and what did the world loose is a question that needs to be fully understood and talked about. I am afraid it is not much of a concern in the mainstream Muslim intellectual circles. The main topics understandably circle around the civil war in Syria, the rise of ISIS, the chaos in Libya, the ruthless dictatorship in Misir, the new war on Yemen, development of nuclear technology in Iran, the fall of Iraq and ofcourse the issue of Palestina.

Above are obviously serious issues and they are happening as of this moment. It would seem bit fundamentalist if one brought up the issue of the Caliphate in these on going discussions. This branding of fundamentalism for going back in time to understand the root of the problem is in fact the very problem itself. let me try to make it simpler. The fall of the Islamic Caliphate in Istanbul triggered the rise of almost all the current political, social and judicial problems in the Middle East and in the greater Muslim world.

With the fall of the Caliphate, Middle east was divided up into a dozen so-called independent nationalistic nation states by the victorious British-French allies. Each neo-colony having its royal family protected by the European powers. The Arab revolt was orchestrated by the British against the Ottomans to achieve this very aim. Sherif Hussein and his sons were the treacherous leaders whose doings helped the Europeans make independent Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and later on Saudi Arabia after the Nejdi Sauds evicted King Hussein´s family from Arabia. Thanks to them, the Saud family was able to launch their Wahabi campaign first in Arabia followed by global outreach with billions of petro dollars. The Wahabi Salafi sect also pumped in funds for militant outfits at the behest of their western masters to fight proxy wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya against communist Soviets. As a result, we now have groups like ISIS and TTP.

We must remember that in the 19th century Ottomans had dispatched Egyptian soldiers under the command of Ali Pasha´s son to quell the uprising of Wahabism in the Nejd. The leader Abdul Wahab was caught, chained and brought to Istanbul where the Islamic Qadhi (judge) handed down capital punishment for his extremist (and murderous) views. This was 2 centuries ago! It is that same Kahrijite (extremist) group which is now in control of oil wealth pocketing billions for their immoral luxuries and for spreading Kharijite wahabism across the entire world.

President Erdogan is a complicated figure in my opinion. On one hand he should be respected for bringing back Islamic sensitivity in Turkish politics. Under his AKP one can see the smiles of millions of muslimeen in the beautiful land of Islam in Turkeye. Economy has improved, infrastructure has developed, education has progressed, people are living in security, all of which jointly makes Turkeye an ideal Islamic country for our modern times. On the world stage, Istanbul has exposed the cruel, barbaric nature of Zionism. Support for Palestine has won many hearts for Mr Erdogan. Muslim world will always remember Mr Erdogan as a patriotic pan Muslim pan Islamic politician who could have been the president of the entire Muslim Ummah, wth overwhelming majority votes.

However, there is another side to Mr Erdogan which puzzles me. Why does he swing back when it comes to Saudi Arabia? In Misir, Erdogan backed the Muslim Brotherhood and its leader Mursi. Saudis bankrolled El-Sisi who overthrew the legitimate government, killed hundreds of innocent people and finally pulled the country back to iron fisted dictatorship. Fast forward into 2015, Saudis attack the blessed land of Yemen starting with air attacks. Unfortunately, Erdogan has backed this move rather strangely since his previous positions showed his position for Muslim unity over Muslim bloodshed. Why did he make an exception for Saudis?

After his Teheran visit things begin to look a bit different. What started out as an anti Iran anti Shii stand after his verbal throws at the Islamic Republic for backing the Houthis, ended as a reconciliation between Turkeye and Iran whereby Mr Erdogan is said to have expressed Ì don’t care about Sunni or Shii, I care about Muslim blood in Iraq. I care about Islam`. This statement, non sectarianism viewpoint, is good and welcoming. I do believe Turkeye has a major role to play in Muslim political map. My take on Erdogan is still positive although he is deemed to be an opportunist by many Muslim writers. What he needs most is a Caliph!

Save Yemen, Stop the Bombing

The only reason I could come up with for Bangladeshi government´s support for the Saudi led aggression on Yemen is something which Bangladeshis know but would like to avoid admitting.
In general common Saudi people are very religious and knowledgeable about the rukuns in acts of worship and in memorizing the Majestic QURAAN and mastering the science of Hadith and Fiqh. However, they are mostly ignorant about what is happening in the greater Muslim World. Media in Arab world is controlled, sanitized and doctored in a way suitable for prolonging the health of its aging dynasties.
Sectarianism is a weapon by which the Muslim Ummah has been kept divided. Shia, Sunni, Zaydi, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafii, Hanmali, Wahabi, and what not are the manufactures of so-called Islamic Ulama who without much guilt spend large amount of time thinking up with reasons to imprison the Muslim Ummah in nationalistic states so that they don’t come to their senses by erasing the borders that were drawn up by the colonialists at the end of the Ottoman Khilafah. Ulama´s scholarly work of promoting racism is ruthlessly enforced and protected by bullets bought with public treasury funds.
Whenever a popular movement emerges calling for Muslim unity and Brotherhood of the Ummah, the so-called scholars start hitting over time coming up with fatwas to basically scare the layman Ummah from joining with any other group deemed by the alems as deviant, corrupt or outright kafirs. If anyone thought South Asian Moulanas were not so good becaue of their weakness in Arabic language then what would one make of these classical Shuyukh frm the Arab heartland?
Why do we fear speaking the truth about Saudis? It is because our financial interest is connected to Saudi Arabia. 2 million workers from BD work in that country. How many work in Iran or Yemen? Not too many. We don’t want to be in the bad books of the Saudi royals for obvious reasons.
This concept of bowing to financial rationalization is wrong and it may be termed as following the Munifiq´s way. Muslims need to believe in their hearts about Muslim Ummah unification, and must join hands to resist the aggressions in Palestine, Misr, Yemen, Libya and South Asia, regardless of what is drummed up by the paid Shuyukh, the palace Ulama.
The only solution for Yemen is to stop the cycle of bloodshed first, followed by agreement on establishment of an acceptable government by all the leading groups through a political process. Stop bombing Yemen, and stop shedding blood, now!