Crushing Dissent in Saudi Arabia

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Columns and Letters

Crushing Dissent in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive and stagnant countries in the world. The Saudi royal family, the House of Saud, controls the country with total brutality with no regards for human life, dignity and tolerance. But the most dangerous thing about Saudi Arabia is that the government engages in its oppression in the name of Islam itself. One of the biggest hurdles today in understanding the real message of Islam is the presence of regimes such as that in Saudi Arabia. However, the double standards and hypocrisy of realpolitik dictate that business continues as usual. There are well...

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The Tragedy of Tunisia

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Columns and Letters

The Tragedy of Tunisia

Readers must be aware of the events taking place in Tunisia. As I write, the disgraced President Ben Ali has already fled the country in the face of massive protests by the people of Tunisia who took to the streets against the brutal and oppressive regime. Like all oppressive regimes in Muslim world, the Tunisian government has a track record of brutality that has destroyed the country’s people. One of the methods of oppression is by creating unemployment. This did not deter Muhammad, who used his own initiative and set up a fruit and vegetable stall in the city of Sidi Bouzid. On 17...

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Insulting Islam is just a cheap shot

Posted by on Apr 25, 2008 in Columns and Letters

Insulting Islam is just a cheap shot

This is a letter from the Muslim community in Dublin in response to an article by Ian O’Doherty in the Irish Independent (October 31, 2007). We would like to start by stating that we see his article as a cheap attempt to incite hatred towards Islam and Muslims. Mr O’Doherty has stated that wherever shariah law is practised in the world, barbaric and disgusting practices take place on a regular basis. Can Mr O’Doherty even define shariah for us? Where exactly is shariah practised in the world today? Let us start with Saudi Arabia as an example quoted by him. It is the only country in the...

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Saudi Arabia is not an Islamic State

Posted by on Jul 13, 2007 in Jummah Speeches

Saudi Arabia is not an Islamic State

I know, an odd topic for a Jummah Khutbah, but there was a reason for delivering such a challenging topic. People who heard the Khutbah on the obligation of Khilafah had questions as to what are we to make of the different Muslim countries in the world. I used Saudi Arabia as an example at that time. There was a lot of discussion in those days on Irish forums where a particular Saudi Salafi of Irish descent was trying to defend Saudi policies in the name of Islam. Interestingly most of my Arab audience had no problems with this Khutbah rather it was the Pakistanis who got upset at me...

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