By : Mohammed Jehan Khan
“I am the Sultan Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Al Saud al-Faisal and I conceded and acknowledged a thousand times to Sir Percy Cox, delegate of Great Britain, that I have no objection to giving Palestine to the poor Jews or even to non-Jews, and I will never ever violate their [the UK] orders.”
This is a historical document written by the founder of Saudi Arabia,Abd al-Aziz Ibn Saud,to his great friend and associate,Sir Percy Cox of the then British Empire, a Zionist vassal, who divided Middle east in pieces and who created a Mandatory Palestine.
On 4 February 1915 [Rabial-awwal 1333 H.], Ibn Saud wrote to Sir Percy Cox, the Political Resident in the Persian Gulf at Bushehr
“Our declaration of war against bin Rashid, and our severance of relations with him, have already been communicated to you. We have fought against him on the 1333A.H. at a place called Al Artawi [Artawiyyah], and a great battle ensued. They were slaughtered and defeated; but it is a source of regret that our beloved friend and rare well-wisher, Captain Shakespear, was hit from a distance by one of the enemy’s shots and died. I offer my condolences on his death.
I request you to advise HM’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and offer the exalted government my sorrow and condolences for the death of our friend. We had pressed him to leave us before the incident; but he persisted in refusing to do so and in being present with us. Amongst other remarks, he said, ‘I have been ordered to be with you. If I leave you now it will be a blemish to my honour, and the honour of my country. Therefore excuse me. I must certainly be with you.’ Accordingly we allowed him [to come] with us. Now I request you to advise the Secretary of State to acquaint them [the Government], in detail, with all that we told him [Shakespear] in Arabic as to what was required, or delegate somebody familiar with the Arabic language, in order that we may verbally represent all that is required, so that he may communicate the same to the illustrious government.
May God protect you Percy
Al Saud was the tribal chief in and around Riyadh early last century. They are an illiterate lot and far away from modern education and civilization. Economic hardships were the order of the day. Though they called themselves Muslims their day to day life was governed by medieval style tribal customs and traditions. Islam, in its proper perspective disappeared from the region under the European colonial rule which could be described as the Dark Age in the Middle East .On the whole the Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Gulf States lived in extreme hardships and no one took any notice of these desert Bedouins until the oil wealth in the early 1970s.
In 1897, the Zionists decided to establish a Jewish state in Palestine. Ten years later in 1907 Britain decided at the London Colonial Conference to establish a hostile power which would keep the Middle East in turmoil. This brought Britain and the Zionists together and the two jointly manipulated and brought down the Turkey’s Ottoman Empire during World War 1.
Abdul Aziz Ibn Al Saud and other tribal leaders, heavily bribed, supported and facilitated the British and the Zionists to topple Turkey’s Ottoman and wipe out Islam from there. As part of this conspiracy the British concluded a Treaty of Friendship in 1916, with Abdul Aziz Ibn Al Saud, who by then had established his control over Nejd with the capture of Riyadh.
The Ottoman Empire collapsed during World War 1. In their drive to wipe out Islam the British and the Zionists were quick to abolish Turkey’s caliphate and introduce a pro western puppet government headed by a Romanian-Donmai Jew called Mustafa Kamal who pretended as a Muslim and won the confidence of the Turkish Sultan.
Up to the collapse Ottomans Makka, Madina and Jeddah were under their rule, Ottomans appointed Sharif Hussein, great-great-grandfather of the present American-British Jordanian stooge Abdullah, as the Sharif of Makka. However during the war Ottoman lost control over Makka and Jeddah before finally losing Madina in 1919.
Sharif Hussein was keen to maintain the Caliphate system and revive Islamic rule. He tried to govern the Holy cities of Makka and Madina with a committee represented by Muslims all over the world. With this in mind Sharif Hussein declared himself the Caliph of Makka on 7 March 1924, four days after the abolition of the caliphate on 3 March 1924.
This provoked the British and the Zionists who were all out to abolish the caliphate and crush any move to unite Muslims and Arabs which may lead to revival of Islam worldwide. Responding quick British and the Zionsists provided arms and money to Abdel Aziz Ibn Al Saud to attack Sharif Hussein. Abdel Aziz didn’t miss the chance. Backed by Britain and the Zionists, he attacked Sharif Hussein, defeated him, prevented the establishment of caliphate and established the Wahhabi rule which was not favourable to the system of caliphate. Thus the caliphate system, which has been the rallying point for Muslims all over the world, was wiped out and the British and Zionist control over the region was further strengthened with Abdel Aziz in the helm. Wahhabism was allowed to flourish.
The irony was that Sharif Hussein found refuge under British who later made his two sons, one a king of Jordan and the other the ruler of Iraq. This is the sad and sickening plight of the Middle East ruled, almost a century later today, by US, British and French stooges.
Thus Britain and the Zionists were solely responsible for creating the present Saudi Arabia and installing Al Saud family as the rulers there. As a result the Al Saud family owes a great deal to British and the Jews. And the Muslim world is paying the price. This is the shameful plight of the Middle East.
In the early 1980s extremely pro American Kind Fahd, better known for his worldly pleasures than his religious scholarship, appointed himself as the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques- in Makka and Madina. No one even in Saudi Arabia, leave alone the Muslim world, was consulted. On the other hand which Muslim country could oppose the Al Saud family in view of their iron grip over the two Holy Mosques in Makka and Madina known for their unprecedented sanctity, immense oil wealth and the blind support of United States and Europe? The scattered and powerless Muslim world simply accepted this reality without any resistance. Perhaps this may be the reason why years ago Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said that the
“Holy cities of Makka and Madina should be liberated from Al Saud family in view of their close collaboration with the Zionsist crusaders against Islam and Muslims and managed by the entire Muslims worldwide.”
While Saudi-British relations continued to flourish in the subsequent years, the Al Saudi family’s relations with the United States began as early as 1930 when Ibn Saudi selected a US oil company to explore oil in his country. With that began the US’ serious interest too. Those were the days Saudi Arabia was a very poor and undeveloped and a top executive of the US oil company, Jimmy Moffett, a friend of both US President Roosevelt and Ibn Saud, asked President Roosevelt in 1943 to give economic assistance to the Saudi king.
Saudi’s Islamic credibility has been under cloud for sometimes in view of their shameful role in the US led European invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan, their blind support to Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians and several other anti-Muslim issues. They managed to overcome the hostility from worldwide Muslims with their disgraceful dependency on US and their money power.
Today the ruling Al-Saudis deal with crown land as well as private land as if these were their own personal property. The princes place their hands over vast areas of land, then they present these to their friends and supporters of leeches and henchmen, not to mention the building of fantastic palaces which are spread in various parts of the country as well as outside it.
Former king, Fahd bin Abdul Aziz was known for his extravagant vacations in Spain’s Costa del Sol. The posh resort town of Marbella is where he built his palace named “Mar Mar”, and each year for a month or more he would stay there. Luxury villas and hundreds of rooms in five-star hotels would be reserved for his entourage, and anywhere between ninety to three hundred million dollars would be spent by the royal family on the vacation.
Other powerful Saudi royals can be seen living it up on the French Riviera. They fly on private jets, buy the finest jewels and dine at exclusive restaurants. Saudi prince al Walid bin Talal has summered in Cannes for the last thirty years, and owns a 281 foot yacht called the “Kingdom” that he bought from Donald Trump. The yacht comes complete with a disco studio and helicopter. Examples of extravagance include one Saudi prince buying a $1.2 million emerald and diamond necklace, while a Saudi princess purchased a $10,000 Christian Lacroix outfit with pink and purple raccoon boas. Saudi royalty has property in most countries in the world including Pakistan where they have built huge walled compounds for themselves in which they do as they please. They visit the area once a year, usually during the hunting season. Their excesses know no bounds.
This royal extravagance was accompanied with an organised effort to westernise the Middle East, which has its own rich culture and traditions and spread in their midst rejectionist ideas, and moral decadence.
While Saudi Arabia has wealthiest families, according reports by Mehr News agency of Iran show 20 per cent of the population are under poverty line. Few hundred yards beyond the luxurious shopping malls and recreation centers of Riyadh, the beggars are searching for food, and a few miles farther, residents in slum houses in poor neighborhoods of southern Riyadh grapple with poverty to live.
Described as the fifth richest man in the world at an estimated $22 billion net worth, Prince al Walid defended the riches of the Saudi royal family, as well as their spending habits. “Wealth is a blessing,” he said. “You know if wealth is used properly, it is not abused but rather used, there’s nothing wrong with that.” According to them the proper use of Saudi Arabia’s money is traveling by private jets to exotic locations, staying in private palaces, buying jewels and branded goods, womanizing and drinking.
Behind the facade of Wahhabi conservatism the underground nightlife for Jeddah’s Al-Saud elite youth is thriving and throbbing. The full range of temptations and vices are available alcohol, drugs, sex, but strictly behind closed doors. There are over 10,000 princes in the Kingdom, at various levels and gradations
1. Royal Highnesses (Saheb Al Sumou Malik) signified by direct descent from Abdul Aziz Ibn Al Saud.
2. Mere highnesses (Saheb Al Sumou) from less direct branches of the Al Saud ruling family.
These 10,000 illiterate uncultured Saudi princes enjoy the perks of a mansion, luxury car, lifetime stipend, scotch whisky, Women, prostitutes and security entourage. It is common practice for Saudi princes to grow up with hired bodyguards from Nigeria or other African nations who are of similar age and who remain with the prince well into adulthood. They are called “khawi”.
Alcohol, though strictly prohibited by Saudi law and custom, was plentiful at the partys well- stocked bar, well-patronised by Halloween revellers. The hired Filipino bartenders served a cocktail punch using “Sadiqi”, a locally-made moonshine. While top-shelf liquor bottles were on display throughout the bar area, the original contents were reportedly already consumed and replaced by sadiqi. On the black market, a bottle of Smirnoff can cost 1,500 riyals when available, compared to 100 riyals for the locally-made vodka.
While Saudi Arabia oppresses women and ban them from their basic rights, Saudi elite princes and princesses get to enjoy relative social freedom and indulge fleshly pursuits, but only behind closed doors and only the rich. Parties of this nature and scale are believed to be a relatively recent phenomenon in Jeddah. One contact, a young Saudi male, explained that up to a few years ago, the only weekend activity was dating inside the homes of the affluent in small groups. It is not uncommon in Jeddah for the more lavish private residences to include elaborate basement bars, discos, entertainment centers and clubs. As one high society Saudi remarked, The increased conservatism of our society over these past years has only moved social interaction to the inside of people homes.
Anyone who has visited Saudi Arabia or resided in the country will have experienced that public entertainment and street life, let alone protests which scarcely exist, as few people socialise outside their families. This reality is making social media very popular and will only lead to more questioning of the role of the regime. The Saudi monarchy has for the moment survived the Arab spring, but the region’s architecture is rapidly changing and many are questioning the Saud clan’s domination of political life of the country that suffers from immense corruption.
Under such circumstance can Muslims worldwide accept this Saudi rascals as the “Custodian of holy city of Makka and Madina”? Isn’t it time that Muslims worldwide think of liberating Islamic holy land from the medieval style Saudi tyrants who are nothing but American- Zionist wolf in Islamic sheep’s clothing?
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