SHAFAQNA -Â Tragedy has stricken again in Mecca – this time it is not a crane which fell over unsuspected pilgrims but a stampede which claimed the lives of hundreds devoted Muslims as they performed the Mina ritual. For the second time during the Hajj pilgrimage, the House of Saud has proven incompetent, worse, incapable of managing that which it proclaimed to be its holy duty.
Under the care of the self-appointed Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman, the ruling monarch of the House of Saud has looked on as hundreds of men and women fell to their death, crushed by a thousands feet for one of his Prince saw fit to walk against the crowd, strong of his hundreds of security forces.
But this part of the story has been blotted out. In true Saudi fashion, truth had to be redacted and guilt shifted onto the innocents so that this House of tyrannic rulers could claim absolution.
No matter how many times Al Saud Royals will attempt to lie and buy their way out of the crimes they committed, truth will forever remain intact. For all its billions of dollars Al Saud still cannot alter reality – not that it didnâ€™t try â€¦
After two centuries spent in the sickening and suffocating shadow of Al Saud monarchy, after its princes claimed ownership over Sunni Islam, pillaging and defiling its heritage to imprint Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhabâ€™s religiousâ€™ aberration and fabrication – Wahhabism, isnâ€™t it time to denounce Deception?
How long will the Ummah bow to those who seek only to plunder and enslave, all the while claiming to a religious legitimacy which was never theirs. Al Saud hold no claim and no authority over Islam – their bloodline accounts for no scholars and no prophets. Al Saudâ€™s name was born in the sands of Nejd desert where the last prophet of God warned an evil would rise.
The land of Nejd, which for two centuries has been the crucible of the Wahhabi doctrine, is the subject of a body of interesting hadiths and early narrations which repay close analysis. Among the best-known of these hadiths is the relation of Imam al-Bukhari in which Ibn Umar said: â€˜The Prophet (s.w.s.) mentioned: â€œO Allah, give us barakain our Syria, O Allah, give us baraka in our Yemen.â€ They said: â€œAnd in our Najd?â€ and he said: â€œO Allah, give us baraka in our Syria, O Allah, give us baraka in our Yemen.â€ They said: â€œAnd in our Najd?â€ and I believe that he said the third time: â€œIn that place are earthquakes, and seditions, and in that place shall rise the devilâ€™s horn [qarn al-shaytan].â€â€™
This hadith is clearly unpalatable to the Nejdites themselves, some of whom have to this day strived to persuade Muslims that the hadith does not mean what it clearly says. One device used by such apologists is to utilise a definition which includes Iraq in the frontiers of Nejd. By this manoeuvre, the Nejdis draw the conclusion that the part of Nejd which is condemned so strongly in this hadith is in fact Iraq, and that Nejd proper is excluded.
But wishing a lie alive can never make a deception true.
As Mark Twain so famously said: â€œIt’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.â€ This adage certainly applies to most of Sunni Islam, as millions of devoted Muslims have bought into the fantasy Al Saud weaved, blinded by the airs of importance this one dynasty has displayed to the tune of its immense wealth.
In the face of Meccaâ€™s tragedy can we afford to perpetuate a lie for we fear truthâ€™s implications?
Isnâ€™t it time to tear the veil of deception and squarely meet Al Saudâ€™s treachery? The faith its
clerics preach from their high pulpits is a lie, the hadiths they spoke to rationalize their apostasy and promote enmity among the sects of Islam are a fabrication; not even history could escape Al Saudâ€™s vengeful pen.
Are we really to stand idly as the House which claims itself the Custodian of Islamâ€™s holiest of sites proved responsible for the desecration of both Medina and Mecca? Not only that, but it was under Al Saudâ€™s orders that the holy city of Karbala and Imam Husseinâ€™s Mosque (AS) were raided and hundreds of faithful pilgrims murdered as they bowed in prayer.
There are many hadiths in which the Messenger (PBUH) praised particular lands. It is significant that although Nejd is the closest of lands to Mecca and Madina, it is not praised by any one of these hadiths. Numerous hadiths show the Messengerâ€™s willingness to pray for Syria and Yemen [as expressed in the above hadith] and his insistent refusal to pray for Nejd. Actually wherever Nejd is mentioned, it is clearly seen as a problematic territory.
It is well-known that the Nejdi reformer, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, was a Tamimi. The violence and takfir [heresy] associated with the movement which carries his name surely bears more than a coincidental resemblance to the policies and mindset of the Tamimi Kharijites of ancient Nejd.
One of the main tenets of Abdul Wahhab’s doctrine has become the key idea of takfir.Under the takfiri doctrine, Abdul Wahhab and his followers could deem fellow Muslims infidels should they engage in activities that in any way could be said to encroach on the sovereignty of the absolute Authority (that is, the King). Abdul Wahhab denounced all Muslims who honored the dead, saints, or angels. He held that such sentiments detracted from the complete subservience one must feel towards God, and only God. Wahhabi Islam thus bans any prayer to saints and dead loved ones, pilgrimages to tombs and special mosques, religious festivals celebrating saints, the honoring of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, and even prohibits the use of gravestones when burying the dead.
Wahhabi Islam most of all hate Shia Islam. Why you may ask? Because even in the face of absolute terror and persecution Imam Aliâ€™s Shia have kept their oath of allegiance to the First Imam, he, who the Prophet (PBUH) called his son and carried on his shoulder.
Shia Islam has been vilified, demonized and even criminalized on account its clerics, its imams and its people have resisted the heresy which is Wahhabism.
Can there be heresy when one honors and remembers Prophet Muhammadâ€™s progeny. Is that takfir to pledge oneself to loving those the Prophet (PBUH) held most dear?
If Wahhabis claim the sanctity of their faith from a man whose feat was to inspire dread in the heart of Muslims, Shia Muslims stand behind those brave pious men who stood before injustice to proclaim the Word of God and shine Truth in the face of evil. Where Al Saudâ€™s legacy echoes of the cries of murdered souls, Shia Islamâ€™s memories echo of the footsteps of Imam Ali, Imam Hassan, Imam Hussein â€¦.
Which then is better? Which faith is truer when all Wahhabism calls for is more blood and more hate?
What of 1801 massacre in Karbala? Did the memory of the Prophet of God (PBUH) deserved defiling? If Al Saud carefully removed any mention to its crimes from the history books, accounts remain. Uthman ibn Bishr, a prominent historian wrote in his book nwan al-Majd fi Tarikh Najd: â€œSaud made for Karbala with his victorious army, famous pedigree horses, and all the settled people and bedouin of Najd […] The Muslims (i.e. the Wahhabis) surrounded Karbala and took it by storm. They killed most of the people in the markets and houses. One cannot count their spoils. They stayed there for just one morning, and left after midday, taking away all the possessions. Nearly two thousand people were killed in Karbala.â€
It is hard to distinguish this raid, and the brutality of its accomplishment, from the Khariji raids
from Nejd into the same region a thousand years earlier.
Muhammad Finati, an Italian who converted to Islam, and served with the Caliphal army which defeated the Wahhabis, wrote a long first-hand account of the extreme barbarism of the Nejdi hordes. He reported: â€œSuch among us as fell alive into the hands of these cruel fanatics, were wantonly mutilated by the cutting off of their arms and legs, and left to perish in that state, some of whom, in the course of our retreat, I myself actually saw, who had no greater favour to ask than that we would put them to death.â€ (G. Finati, Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Giovanni Finati)
In 1924, the Wahhabi army entered the city of Taâ€™if, plundering it for three days. The chief qadi and the ulema were dragged from their houses and slaughtered, while several hundred other civilians lost their lives. (Ibn Hizlul, Tarikh Muluk Al Saâ€˜ud [Riyadh, 1961], pp.151-3.)
â€œAfter giving the Sunni population of the Hijaz this terrorist lesson, Ibn Saud occupied Mecca with Britainâ€™s tacit blessingâ€, wrote Alexei Vassiliev in A History of Saudi Arabia.
Can anyone still postulate that Mecca and Medina should remain under the management of the House of Saud?
Can we dishonor those who so tragically lost their lives in Mina and the Haram by behaving cowardly before those tyrants for we fear their wrath?
Mecca belongs to Islam and its people. Mecca, like Medina and all those blessed cities of Islam belong to the Light of God and should therefore only echo of His Words.
By Catherine Shakdam for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies