Understanding why Saudi State Clerics Offer Prayers for ISIS

Understanding why Saudi State Clerics Offer Prayers for ISIS
Posted on November 21, 2015 | Yasser Harrak | Written on November 21, 2015
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Saudi Arabia is an Islamist Wahhabi state. The fundamentalist Wahhabi ideology is the state religion. Mosques are public institutions and Imams (prayers' leaders) and other mosque servants are in fact public servants.  Seeing an Imam offering prayers in support of ISIS in a Canadian mosque is different from seeing one in a Saudi mosque. In Canada, it would be an issue of individuals or private organizations. In Saudi Arabia, the issue is certainly about choices made by the Saudi state, or by the Saudi royal family to be precise.

The law that organizes mosques in Saudi Arabia is called "the system of Imams, callers for prayers and mosque servants" (nizaam al a-imat wa al-moazinin wa khadamat al-massajid).[1] Under this law, the ministry of pilgrimage and endowments (wazaarat al-hadj wa al-awqaf) appoints the Imams as prayers' leaders. The speeches are delivered in every Friday prayers gathering, in the first day after the month of Ramadan known as Eid al-Fitr, and in the sacrifice ceremony known as Eid al-Adha. Since the establishment of the Saudi kingdom, the Imams in this country have been radicalizing young Muslims who visit Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. The Wahhabi ideology has propagated through the Saudi mosques around the world. It has used audio cassettes and booklets in the 1980s. Nowadays, it is using free satellite channels and social media. Wahhabism does not recognize the right of people embracing different religions or atheism to exist. In fact, Wahhabi clerics consider even non-Wahhabi Muslims to be infidels. This can be found in several printed and published religious verdicts issued by official Saudi state clerics. For example, the former chief cleric of Saudi Arabia declared the Syrians, the Egyptians and the Yemeni people to be infidels. The reason given was that Islam in these countries is not pure.[2]

Wahhabi puritanism is based on a literalist approach where ancient texts are to be followed by the letter regardless of the change in circumstances. For example, if an ancient text talks about banning speaking loudly in a mosque, Wahhabism would take that text out of its original context and ban speaking loudly forever and under all circumstances. If an ancient Islamic text declared war on a tribe that was labelled as infidel 1400 years ago, Wahhabism would take an extra step and declare eternal war on every nation that can be labelled as infidel. This is the foundation of modern Islamist terrorism. It explains why al-Qaeda, ISIS, al-Nusra, Taliban in Afghanistan, Abu-Sayaf terrorist group in Philippines, Boko Haram in Nigeria, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Pakistan, Al-Shabab in Somalia and others are all members of the Wahhabi sect, which is the official religion of Saudi Arabia. It explains why Saudi clerics openly offer prayers in support of ISIS in front of thousands of pilgrims and millions of viewers watching the Saudi TV.  In the video we refer to in this letter, the appointed Saudi Imam Mohamad Almohisni says:” Oh Allah, make our Jihadi brothers victorious. They are fighting in your way so your word becomes the highest. Oh Allah please make them victorious in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq and everywhere else (...) Oh Allah make them victorious over the atheists, Shiites and Christians”.[3]

 It is obvious that there is only one entity in the world fighting everywhere against atheists, Shias and Christians. That entity is ISIS and its sister Wahhabi organizations.

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia was and continues to be the leading sponsor of Islamist terrorism. Unfortunately, the Saudi regime -known also for its public executions and involvement in international cocaine trade- remains protected by countries like the United States, France and Britain. Canada under the conservatives became more and more in support of the brutal Saudi regime signing arms contracts that worth billions of dollars. We hope that our newly elected government will distance itself and its interests from the Saudi dictatorship. The best way to fight ISIS is to limit the reach of the Saudi regime and unveil the truth about its regressive ideology. To stop ISIS,  the world must stop its Saudi financiers.

[1] Full version of the law can be retrieved from the website of the Saudi Bureau of Experts and Ministers Council : https://www.boe.gov.sa/printsystem.aspx?lang=ar&systemid=79&versionid=96

[2] Fath al Majid Min Kalam wa Taaliq Ibn Baaz, Published by Dar al-Salam, p 216. N.D. Arabic.

[3] Retrieved November 15, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ2xE9Y5wUg

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Alma mater: American Public University (MA, Grad Cert), Concordia University (BA). 


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