Oppression in Arabia – Why Yemen’s Resistance movement is being denied

SHAFAQNA – Certain words come to mind when looking upon Yemen and the oppression this one nation of Southern Arabia has endured under the vengeful blade of Saudi Arabia’s regime. Beyond the murderous campaign against Yemen’s children, beyond the systematic destruction of a people’s history and religious heritage, lies still an offense which has borne heavy on Yemen’s heart: the negation of its Resistance movement’s legitimacy.

History it needs to be said has seen its pages filled with such tales of deceit, misappropriation, vengeful negation and betrayal. Words indeed come to mind: “Beware! By Allah, the son of Abu Quhafah dressed himself with it [the caliphate] and he certainly knew that my position in relation to it was the same as the position of the axis in relation to the hand-mill. The flood water flows down from me and the bird cannot fly up to me. I put a curtain against the caliphate and kept myself detached from it.” – Imam Ali, sermon ash-Shiqshiqiyah.

For decades Yemen did too put a curtain in between itself and Saudi Arabia … but walls have since fallen down and it  is war which came to engulf a people in a torrent of senseless violence.

It is not political restoration the Wahhabi Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pursues in Yemen. It is not democracy Riyadh wants to promote! How can we even entertain the possibility that such an aggression on Yemen could ever be justified when millions stand in famine and in fire?

How can we fathom that the most brutal of all regimes, a regime which has victimised its own nationals in the name of religious absolutism, could ever think outside the tyranny of its greed, and abomination of its ideology: Wahhabism?

Resistance has risen in Yemen in reaction to injustice and opposition to tyranny.

Why is it that western nations continue to deny that they have claimed for themselves: the right to political determination, and territorial sovereignty?

The Houthis of Yemen did not engineer a rebellion, they spoke liberation to the people and the people came.

A nation which stood disunited in its tribal and political makeup found common ground in its desire to breathe free from the suffocation of al-Saud.

The Houthis were only ever the spark to Yemen’s Resistance Movement … Still few in the media dare admit that Yemen’s war in one of resistance against the oppression of a foreign invader.

Too few have also admitted that Yemen’s fight sits far beyond sovereignty, geopolitics and natural resources. Yemen’s war is a war for History, a war against Islam’s traditions, a war of obliteration … A war of negation so that the tradition of another house could be risen.

There have been many tyrants before al-Saud who imagined they could achieve such feat!

How many fires have we had to put out, how many doors have we already seen broken down, and hands risen in injustice and treachery?

Yemen was set fire to for Yemen refused to take a knee to Riyadh and abide by Wahhabsim dogma. Yemen was sold out by western powers for the promise of lucrative contracts … and on they went to churn propaganda’s wheel to rationalise their own ignominy.

Numbers today can no longer convey the horrors Yemen was made to endure: according to the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies research over 15 000 civilians have perished, over 3 million have been displaced and 20 million are food insecure. When we speak of food insecurity we are really talking about famine … absolute and bleak.

Put it simply Yemen is being disappeared under the watchful eye of the international community, held prisoner under an inhumane humanitarian blockade, and still many world powers insist it is the Resistance which ought to abandon its ambitions.

If ambitionning freedom within the limit of your own borders is today an illegitimate claim then indeed Democracy has fallen.

If fighting religious oppression today is a crime then what should we call those who seek to enslave? Should we call Daesh the liberators of nations? Should we bow and offer allegiance to those who desecrate holy grounds and reject the pluralism Islam asserted?

Should we bow to a school which proclaims puritanism when there is a greater House, and a greater school to follow? Should we all but forget whose arms carried Islam, whose name was spoken, whose sword offered covered to the oppressed and in his shadow find refuge?

Throughout its history Yemen could never be conquered … many tried, all failed.

There was only ever one man Yemen bowed to for it saw guidance in his words: Imam Ali.

Many have theorised that this war on the Yemen is really a war of allegiance, that Al Saud want Yemen to recognise in its rule true Custodianship, that it wants to affirm its throne over Arabia and declare itself a caliphate of Islam … like I said, there are words which come to mind … many words indeed!

“…I found that endurance thereon was wiser. So I adopted patience although there was pricking in the eye and suffocation (of mortification) in the throat. I watched the plundering of my inheritance.” Imam Ali, sermon ash-Shiqshiqiyah.


By Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies


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