Saudi vs Qatar: Between Consistency and Sincerity!

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It is saddening to know that some brethren have been calling for silence and neutrality on the Saudi – Qatar issue.

According to them, the move against Qatar by Saudi and its allies is a form of fitnah, hence we need to thread with caution. Please note that your silence and the call to it is not strange to us, it just clearly expose your inconsistency and insincerity.

Yes, insincerity! How do you directly or indirectly defend the errors of Saudi Arabia by alleging another scholar or personality?

When I read the comments of some brothers when the King of Saudi Arabia shook hand with Melania Trump, I was extremely disappointed. This is a city where such interaction is not only forbidden but several measures have been put in place to prevent free mixing.

This is shameful and the only word I think is appropriate for such attitude is “insincerity”. Why do you act as if the leadership of the kingdom are infallible and try to deflect positive criticism?

Ordinarily I should not have problem with the newly proclaimed “golden” silence if that is how you handle issues before now. We know you to be swift in condemning and refuting people on ANY issue you are not comfortable with even if the opposing view is valid.

So, why call for silence on this? Probably because the oppressive move by the Saudi government backed by their scholars do not just make common sense to you as well. If you hold the opinion that leadership should not be criticised publicly, does that also extend to the scholars that gave a wrong backing to the leadership? Allah is the best of all judges!

A popular “Salafiyy” brother even said that the comment from the grand Mufti of Saudi may be a sincere one though he accepted that it was wrong. He was quick to use the Hadith of “one reward” for him because he accepted him as a scholar giving him the excuse of sincerity. He assumed that they (Saudi scholars) based their comments on the information that reached them.

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An assumption they never consider for other scholars. Yes, we all know that Hadith of the Prophet, the only problem here is that, you only apply it to people you are sympathetic with. What a myopic application of prophetic tradition!

We all know how you constantly tongue-lash Shaykh Qaradawee on any slightest issue. We know how you mock our local scholars. Someone even called Ustaadh Shaafi’, “Mallam” to mock him and another went to the extent of stripping him out of Islam by calling him a pastor. That’s inconsistency!

We all know how you constantly tongue-lash Shaykh Qaradawee on any slightest issue. We know how you mock our local scholars. Someone even called Ustaadh Shaafi’, “Mallam” to mock him and another went to the extent of stripping him out of Islam by calling him a pastor. That’s inconsistency!

Are you truly following the Salaf or Saudi? I think you are more like a die hard Saudiyy than a salafiyy! Action speaks louder than voice, my brethren.

You shamelessly defend the actions of the Kingdom even when you know they are wrong. You are quick to use “don’t criticize leaders in the public” when talking about Saudi but very comfortable to condemn Morsi.

Why are you so selective on how you apply Islamic principles? You see nothing wrong in jailing Morsi and his sympathizers. Like I said to some of you, may Allah never put you in their situation.

I cannot imagine how refutations and condemnations will be flying about if this oppressive move by Saudi government supported by its scholars was initiated by Qatar.

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The grand mufti of Qatar will have been refuted and reprimanded seriously but you are now calling for silence or avoiding the conversation when they are at the receiving end. Fear Allah and know that He knows what is in your hearts.

How will any sane Muslim support or even maintain neutrality on the closure of Al-Jazeerah and request that a Muslim country terminate joint military cooperation with Turkey inside her country? It is also ridiculous that they requested that trade and commerce alliance should not exist between Qatar and Iran except the ones that comply with United States and International sanctions!

Why will any Muslim support these (directly or indirectly) and still claim to be on the path of our righteous predecessors – salaf. This is indeed the end time!

In my opinion, this issue is an eye-opener on the people standing for the truth and the people working against it. This brouhaha will either end in favour of truth or oppression as this is only within the decree of Allah, however, your role will be for you or against you on the day of judgement. Check your hearts, take a deep breath, think deeply and make wise choice considering the implications after your last breath!

May Allah humiliate the oppressors and grant steadfastness & victory to the true ambassadors of Islam.

By Qasim – Abu Aishah

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