- Dec 5, 2009
You may need to bring yourself up to date.The fundamental "problem" with Saudi Arabia is not Islam per se, but the pact between the rapacious and murderous Al Saud clan on the one hand, and the rabidly Wahhabist Al Sheikh clan on the other.
"Muhammad ibn Saud and Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab had concluded a formal agreement in 1744: according to one source, Muhammad ibn Saud had declared when they first met:
"This oasis is yours, do not fear your enemies. By the name of God, if all Nejd was summoned to throw you out, we will never agree to expel you." Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab replied, "You are the settlement's chief and wise man. I want you to grant me an oath that you will struggle with me against the unbelievers. In return you will be imam, leader of the Muslim community and I will be leader in religious matters."
Al ash-Sheikh - Wikipedia
This pact, this trade-off of political power and religious power, is unique to Saudi Arabia, and helps explain the radicalization of Islam under that regime.
Let's jump forward now 158 years to 1902 when his descendant, another Ibn Saud, the eventual first monarch and founder of Saudi Arabia, or, the "third Saudi state", finally captured Ryad, proclaimed himself regional leader, and then revived the practice of Wahhabi Islam in order to gain acceptance and loyalty from the local Bedouin tribes.
Remember that that situation only lasted until 1927 and the Ikhwan revolt - Ikhwan revolt - Wikipedia
Since then, the Wahhabi clerics, the Ikhwan wahhabi zealots are basically against the government of al Saud.
(Well at least they are against the more moderate faction, the Faisal branch of the Saudi royals, having allies in the Sudairi branch of the Saudi royals who are the powerful conservative opposition within the House of Saud, that significantly control oil and gas production and has strong ties with the influential bin Laden family and so on.)
Speaking of Bin Laden, read his 1996 Fatwa and attack on the Saudi government - https://is.muni.cz/el/1423/jaro2010/MVZ203/OBL___AQ__Fatwa_1996.pdf
First question I have for you - who would be more in accord with the above fatwa of Bin Laden's - you and your merry band of ideologues, or the actual existing government of Saudi Arabia?!
Or, when Saudi Arabia’s King issued a royal decree in February, 2014 that punished its citizens who fought in conflicts outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with prison sentences ranging from 3 to 20 years in jail - do you think the Wahhabi clerics would have been pleased about that?
Or even, the new universities that the Saudi government have fostered, that do not segregate students by gender, nor impose a dress code on women. Or, how they are increasingly shielding their business institutions and companies from clerical interference. - How do you think the Wahhabi clerics feel about that?
Listen, I don't like the country and what it does, and what it stands for, and I don't want to come across as defending it. But spouting drivel gleaned from propaganda that singularly fails to elicit the reality is worse, and I note it's becoming ubiquitous. I also note its source and intent.