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Agree with Criticism of Saud

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Submitted by Mk (Australia), Feb 20, 2008 at 20:43

I greet you all with the universal message of peace: Assalaamu Alaykum.

Regarding Eddie Must's comment about blaming the House of Saud, I couldn't have said it better myself. I am glad that non-Muslims are awakening to the fact that many radical so-called Islamic ideologies are based on an ultra-puritanical distorted version of Islam that shares many facets with the Wahhabi ideology. It claims to be purifying Islam of innovations and distortions that have come about over the centuries, but at the same time, it advocates extreme measures of so-called justice, which clearly contradict the core principles of Islam.

The Saudis still have not learned from their previous mistakes, which only fragmented the Muslim world further. Remember in the early 1900s, when the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey) was to undergo a so-called revolution, the Saudis were more than happy to support this since they did not like the idea of having a Turk as the leader of Muslims (Caliph) (this goes against Islamic teachings because in Islam, an Arab is NOT superior to a non-Arab).

So they gave the British full support, not realising that the British were coming to Arabia to gain control over the oil. This was further bolstered with efforts by T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia), who spent time with Arabs and learned Arabic and Arab culture so well that he was regarded as one of them. The British went back on their word about helping the Saudis to unite all Arab lands, and instead left the region in turmoil, instilling wretched nationalist ideologies in the minds of the people living in the Gulf region (which ultimately resulted in countries like Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Oman, Turkey, and ISRAEL).

They also went against the agreement in the Balfour declaration, and Palestine is in its current state because of this. Furthermore, and more on topic, when the Wahhabi sect was founded in the 1800s, its founder made a pact with the House of Saud to support his extremist ideology, and before long, the majority of the region became more receptive to Wahhabi interpretations of Islamic teachings. Now, with the USA and UK virtually controlling the region's oil (which is equivalent to controlling the whole region, period.), the House of Saud is eating out of the USA's hands once again. It won't be too long before they get stabbed in the back again ...

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: "I have been sent to perfect good character", and another one of his sayings is: "Follow up an evil deed with a good one which will wipe (the former) out, and behave good-naturedly towards people". Tell me if this is not good character. Is it advocating the killing of innocent lives? Is it telling Muslims to takeover the world by force?

Nowhere in the Qur'aan or the Books of Prophetic Sayings will you find a direct commandment to be unfair and unjust. The Prophet himself said "Pay your laborer before his sweat dries" - can you find something wrong with this?! Is this not fair and humble?

So you see, dear reader, one cannot make such blunt claims without first researching the topic of Islam, and understanding its position in our world's history.

Submitting....

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