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The War Within Islam

Normalisation through weakness is the exact opposite of peace through strength, and therefore, is destined to fail. It is an idea that is tinged with betrayal: betrayal of common Arab interests, as well as the betrayal of Palestine. For the people of the Arab world, Palestine has long been a rallying cause because it's about more than geography or a homeland for the Palestinian people. Palestine is the test of Arab conscience...

 

Over the past year, a steady drumbeat of news reports from the Persian Gulf, intelligence assessments regarding Syria’s civil war, and firsthand accounts out of Iraq, Lebanon and beyond has pointed to an inescapable conclusion: Iran is erecting a new empire in the region....

 

 "What we are dealing with here are two princes, both of whom are relatively young. Bin Salman has been showing exceptional boldness, which may even be too adventurous. The decisions that he is making would have been considered insane just a year or two ago, and he is thrusting Saudi diplomacy into entirely new spheres. It will be interesting to see how it all ends."...

 

Nonetheless, the Palestinian source believes Egypt and Hamas wield great influence over the organization, and Islamic Jihad would not dare take offensive action against Israel despite pressure by its Gaza supporters and militants. He too said the group's threats are for the benefit of a domestic audience, in a bid to show supporters at home that it has an impressive ability to retaliate for the blow it took, but that Hamas is forcing it to refrain for its own strategic reasons.....

 
The Seismic Saudi Shake-Up
Ayesha Ijaz Khan
The Seismic Saudi Shake-Up
Ayesha Ijaz Khan

The rifts and factions that will undoubtedly be created in the wake of his power grab are quite likely to create alternative power centres within the royal family and certain key institutions. In such an eventuality, would the crown prince be able to rely on Trump to step in for him, as past Saudi royals expected from their American friends? Or would the rifts within the US government and Trump’s unique relationship with other branches of his own government preclude that possibility?...

 

The Iranian regime is far more of a national security threat to the world than terrorist groups such as Daesh. They are symptoms, and the Iranian regime is the disease; the godfather of terrorism and extremism….

 

The Saudi's promise to support the U.S. plan if the Trump administration is willing to fight their nemesis Iran. Both leaderships are hapless and impulsive and both of their plans have little chance of final success. They will be pursued anyway and will continue to create an enormous amount of collateral damage. The Zionist entity feels no real pressure to make peace….

Is Lebanon's Prime Minister a Saudi Hostage?
Michael J. Totten
Is Lebanon's Prime Minister a Saudi Hostage?
Michael J. Totten

He was anxious, tense and exhausted. He cried a couple of times. He drank massive amounts of water. "Today, Mr. Prime Minister," Yacoubian said, "I am unable to convince anybody that you aren't a prisoner in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that you're not a hostage that you're not under house arrest even though we are in your own house."...

 

Hariri, who appeared unsmiling on Future television (he always smiles when he is interviewed) said he wrote his own resignation speech more than a week ago – although not a single Lebanese political party believes this – and would return to Lebanon “very soon” (in a matter of days, he claimed) adding the extremely odd remark that “I wanted to make a positive shock [sic] for the Lebanese people so the people know how dangerous is the situation we are in.”....

 
Can the Saudi Crown Prince Transform the Kingdom?
Madawi Al-Rasheed
Can the Saudi Crown Prince Transform the Kingdom?
Madawi Al-Rasheed

Saudi religious education is still based on the Wahhabi heritage and judges follow the Hanbali jurisprudence, the foundation of Wahhabi literal interpretations of Islam. The founder of Wahhabism, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, is sacrosanct. When a scholar named Hijazi Hasan Farhan al-Maliki wrote a book suggesting that readers temper their unconditional endorsement of Wahhab, he was arrested....

For the future of the globe as well as the Ummah, it is vital that the Crown Prince succeed in his battle against Wahhabism, for otherwise the instability and societal fractures seen in the globe as a consequence of the spread of Wahhabi influence will lead to catastrophe. The only problem is that some reckless individuals within the inner circle of the Donald J Trump administration in Washington are urging Prince Mohammad to make internal reform a lower priority….

 

But if Saudi Arabia should continue the “my way or the highway” approach, such relations will be anathema to Riyadh, which will pressure Abbas to break off reconciliation, consequences be damned. Hamas is in a corner, but can only yield so far. Abbas has nowhere else to turn, the fate of the peace process – Abbas’ first and last strategy – now in the hands of Trump, Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law, Middle East envoy and apparent secret confidant of MBS, and, of course, Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.....

Casting himself as a champion of the young, Prince Muhammad (known as MBS) understands that his country must reinvent itself to deal with the end of the oil boom, a burgeoning and indolent population, and a puritanical Wahhabi religious ideology that has been a Petri dish for Jihadism....

 
Night of the Long Knives in Riyadh
Stanly Johny
Night of the Long Knives in Riyadh
Stanly Johny

Some others see MBS as “a risk-taking reformer” who is challenging both the establishment royals as well as the Wahhabi-Salafi clergy of the Kingdom to reshape the country. It is too early to reach any such conclusions. Beyond the reform and anti-corruption banners which the pro-MBS factions are propagating, what is actually unfolding in the House of Saud is an unprecedented power struggle in which the 32-year-old Crown Prince is trying to amass as much power as possible in his hands before his 81-year-old father leaves the throne....

 

It was Netanyahu’s office that postponed the bill again, fearing to upset the special relationship he has managed to espouse under the Trump presidency. So, at least for now, Israel will resume its ‘”creeping annexation” tactics, paying no heed to international protests, and oblivious to the injustice inflicted on Palestinians. But, of course, the battle in the Israeli Knesset is not over, and more aggressive efforts at driving Palestinians out, while slowly annexing their land, are likely to follow...

 

There’s perhaps no more important blow that could be struck in the war on terrorism than to have Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and the site of its two holiest mosques, move from being the fountainhead of the extremist ideology that we’ve been fighting since 9/11 to being its slayer....

 
Saudi Prince in a Hurry
Thomas L. Friedman
Saudi Prince in a Hurry
Thomas L. Friedman

That’s the backdrop for this week’s daring, but reckless, power play by the 32-year-old son of King Salman — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials M.B.S. I’ve interviewed M.B.S. twice. He is a young man in a hurry. I’ve found his passion for reform authentic, his support from the youth in his country significant and his case for making radical change in Saudi Arabia compelling…..

 

Al-Waleed’s arrest ties up with a key angle; total information control. There’s no freedom of information in Saudi Arabia. MBS already controls all the internal media (as well as the appointment of governorships). But then there’s Saudi media at large. MBS aims to “hold the keys to all the large media empires and relocate them to Saudi Arabia.”...

 
Israeli-Saudi Tandem Adjusts to Syria Loss
Alastair Crooke
Israeli-Saudi Tandem Adjusts to Syria Loss
Alastair Crooke

Rather, Israel finds itself being deterred (rather than doing the deterring) by the knowledge that it cannot now overturn its strategic weakness (i.e. risk a three-front war) – unless, and only if, America will fully enter into any conflict, in support of Israel. And this is what worries the security and intelligence echelon: Would America now contemplate a decisive intervention on behalf of Israel – unless the latter’s very survival was at risk?...

 

The moral of the story: when it served their practical purposes, the Ayatollahs had no qualms at all about making deals with Israel, the “little Satan”. Iran needed the weapons Israel sent them because they were fighting a war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It was not the first one. For many centuries, Iraq served the Arab world as a bulwark against Iran. Iraq has a large Shiite population, but the Iraqi Shiites were Arabs and had no real sympathy for their fellow-Shiites in Iran. They still have little….

 

The bigots frequently maintain that the Qur’an is incomprehensible, cryptic, deficient and inadequate; they would claim that the aforementioned, invalid sources, are needed in order to clarify and understand it. However, God is the one who declares the fact that the Qur’an is clear, sufficient and comprehensible. In many of his verses, God informs us that the Qur’an is very clear and complete and that there is no need for other sources. Some of these verses are as follows:

For a Muslim, it is a basic tenet that there is but one God Allah and Hazrat Mohammed is His Prophet. Someone who believes that cannot be told by a mufti or anyone else that he is not a Muslim. Participating in any ritual ( for a variety of reasons) cannot be equated with worship unless it involves allegiance to another God. The aarti is but a manner of showing respect and honour.

The House of Saud Is Still In Denial
Nesrine Malik
The House of Saud Is Still In Denial
Nesrine Malik

Inevitably, there is still some denial at play. The history of extremism in Saudi Arabia does not start with the Iranian revolution. It was the result of a cynical use of religion that meant hard-line clerics had a free hand to run everything from the school curriculum to public order laws. For the royal family, this appeased a religious establishment that, if alienated, could foment serious discord (such as the siege of Mecca by religious extremists in 1979); and it also helped to establish an authoritarianism that could not be questioned….

The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. The leadership crisis in Palestine is not new. It precedes Fatah and Hamas by decades....

 

But the kingdom is still a theocratic, absolute monarchy. It is ruled, as it has been for its entire existence, according to a deal between the descendants of hard-line cleric Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and the Al-Saud family. That deal mandates that the clerics impose their austere and puritanical version of Islam as the official state religion and, in return, provide the Al-Saud family with legitimacy to rule…..

 


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