SHAFAQNA – It is often that Islam those days has been labelled violent and reactionary – a faith to the image of those who have claimed its name to serve those passions which made them enemy of humanity.
Islam, it needs to be said has suffered a great deal under Western misapprehension, its Scriptures sullied by men’s ambitions, its message darkened by the injustice of tyrants, who, from their palaces have claimed a legitimacy which was never theirs in the first place.
Islam today has become synonymous of bloodshed and Terror.
Muslims today have been vilified and sold as meat to the media – Rome would be proud of its new Games – and from the ashes, it is liberal secularism which has been deified. But Islam lives not on the lips of Wahhabism and its sisters in radicalism: al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban, Daesh …
But Islam sits above the politics of men, and the bigotry of hypocritical zealots. Islam, beyond all school of thoughts, and labels remains Unity in the Word given. Regardless of what many might have claimed Islam to be, Islam cannot be spoken in hatred or injustice. Islam cannot be lived in oppression and repression.
While countless Muslims have come to unequivocally reject Terror, the world still chose to see in Muslims the hand of Darkness – an abomination to be destroyed and never spoken again. As a people has endured worldwide persecution, Terror has grown bold in its arrogance, secured in its friendships and strong in its wealth.
But what is the nature of Terror’s power, and more importantly what agenda does it work to manifest?
Terror this September was spoken in the holy city of Mecca, only meters away from the Kaaba, holy ground among holy grounds – the one place Muslims turn to in their prayers. Mecca this September echoed of hate and brutal sectarianism, a mirror to the vicious radicalism of Wahhabism; a confession one may say of the kingdom’s true nature.
“O Allah, grant victory, dignity and empowerment to our brothers Mujahideen (Jihadists) in Yemen,” the imam sings in Arabic. “In Sham (Syria), and Iraq, and everywhere. O Lords of the Worlds grant them victory over the godless Rafidah (Shia Muslims).”
The prayer was broadcast live on Egyptian TV channel Al-Qahera Wal Nas.
The imam went on to call: “Grant them victory over the treacherous Jews, and over the spiteful Christians, and over the untrusted hypocrites,” the imam intones. “O Allah, grant them victory, help and strength.”
Should readers be still unclear as to the identity of those “Mujahidden”, one needs only to look at those so-called “moderates” the United States has been so keen on aiding and abating.
Those are the men Mecca’s imam is raising to the status of martyrs. Those are the men Wahhabism has praised and beatified to the populace. Those men are the arms and legs of Terror.
One might argue that Saudi Arabia’s prayer was but a confirmation and an affirmation of Wahhabism inner dogmatic sanctum: absolute intolerance.
Of Wahhabism genocidal cries, not a word was spoken in the press. Before such an admission of sectarian and blind hatred for Christianity, Islam, and Judaism not a minute of air time was spared.
Instead, it is political rapprochement and economic co-dependency which were promoted.
Saudi Arabia is after all Israel’s new friend in the region and America’s strongest bulwark against terrorism. Indeed, what a perfect partner to have but those, who openly seek the destruction of the Judeo-Christian world.
If not for human decency and ethic, one would have expected the West to denounce such a statement out of self-preservation. But rebuked Saudi Arabia was not! It was rewarded rather by way of military empowerment against impoverished Yemen.
Then came the “coup de grace”, the statement to end all other statements. Islam you see was to claimed entirely by Wahhabism clergy.
Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al- Sheikh, a descendant of Mohammad ibn Abdel-Wahhab, announced atop his pulpit ahead of Hajj pilgrimage that Iranians were not in fact Muslims.
“We must understand they [Iranians] are not Muslims, for they are the descendants of Majuws, and their enmity toward Muslims, especially the Sunnis, is very old,” the Saudi cleric said.
His attack it needs to be said was really directed at Shia Islam – the whole of Shia Islam. His attack it needs to be said, embodies what Wahhabism truly is: a vengeful, reactionary dogma which cornerstone was laid upon the blood of the innocent.
If the West willingly ignored Saudi Arabia’s death threats, Iran was not to suffer such ignorant intolerance.
Tehran was swift in its answer. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted by way of a comeback: “Indeed; no resemblance between Islam of Iranians & most Muslims & bigoted extremism that Wahhabi top cleric and Saudi terror masters preach.”
While Riyadh has hardly ever practiced contrition in its political affairs the Grand Mufti’s public rejection of Shia Islam was likely too much of an admission of hate for the kingdom to handle – and so Riyadh had to disown its most senior cleric, and muzzle his religious zeal.
Al-Monitor revealed in September: “Riyadh sent Tehran a message through unofficial channels clarifying that the grand mufti’s inflammatory comments were not an official position.
“The latest comments by the Saudi mufti should be put into the accompanying context,” former Saudi diplomat Abdullah Shammari noted in an interview with al-Monitor. “The interview was on the phone, and it reflects an angry personal point of view after the Iranian supreme leader’s message that crossed all red lines.” He added, “The comments are personal and political and can’t be regarded as a religious fatwa.”
Whatever rationale Riyadh painted both events under, it does not make the genie any closer to coming back into the bottle.
Saudi Arabia made its intentions known when it declared Terror to be its righteous army, and Islam is appointed enemy.
By Catherine Shakdam – A version of this article was published first in Crescent International.