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I explained in the previous chapter how Wahhābism was created as a nucleus for the Imperialist project that preceded all political activity in the Arab world and survived after most projects undertaken a century or two later had failed. But I also stated that the British, during Britain’s golden age, were realistic in that they did not expect, and for several reasons, that the Wahhābi movement was going to swallow the Muslim world in the blink of an eye. One of these reasons, and perhaps not the least serious, was that the Ottoman Empire was still a force to be reckoned with and one must be wary of tampering with its areas of influence. Bringing a new doctrine, although it claimed to be renewing the Hanbali sect, would not be easy to accept in a world built centuries ago on prohibiting ‘Ijtihad’ (independent reasoning) and the suspension of thinking in Islam!
In addition, when the Wahhābi movement was born, the Arabian Peninsula was poor and created a burden on the British Imperialists. But all that changed in the light of two important developments. Firstly, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire opened the door to Imperialism to come and act freely in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf without much opposition. Secondly, the discovery of the unimaginable oil reserves in the region, turning it from an economic burden to a financial source of which the Imperialists had not even dreamt!
The creation of Wahhābism formed the first stage of the plan to subject political Islam to the will of Zionism. I hope to follow examining the role of Wahhābism in the first stage by dealing with creation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the second stage, and conclude with the third stage on the wide Imperialist plan, that of the creation of Al-Qaeda. Perhaps sometime in the future there will be created another stage whose nature we do not know yet. But Imperialism has taught us that it’s creativity has no limits, and it may bring something new as long as we live in repose, making the sleep of ‘the People of the Cave’ seem modest! 1
Before proceeding further, I need to clarify that when I talk about Zionist Imperialism, which leads to effective ‘Zionification’ of Wahhābism, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda, I do not mean that all of those who joined, endorsed, or supported these movements are Zionists in the sense of their belonging and believing. This is because the majority of those involved in these movements were naïve Muslims who are of the third category, as described by ‘Ali Ibn Abi Tālib in saying: “People are three categories: A Rabbāni who devotes his knowledge to serving Allah, a learner who learns for the sake of saving himself, and the hooligan type of rabbles that follow anyone who cries out, turning whichever way the wind blows, not illuminated by the light of knowledge and not fallen back upon support that offers safety, strength and security” 2. These are excused for having followed a project of whose true nature they know nothing. They honestly believe that they are serving Islam in whose absolute belief they were raised, and faith is blind!
Anyone, who has read something about Islam, could not overlook the fact that the Prophet Muhammad did not enter Mecca with an army, and did not take it by force. He entered it in peace and pardoned the hardened idolaters of Quraysh, to show the people an example that this land must remain peaceful and safe and Islam was a religion of love and forgiveness. His act in Mecca would fit perfectly with the Message of his brother Jesus in turning the other cheek. However, this Muhammadian desire, which embodied the Divine Sign of making it a ‘safe sanctuary’ 3, was not preserved at the hands of Muslims in later times. Muslims after the Prophet did not all the time heed Allah’s will or the Prophet’s wish to keep Mecca a safe haven. It was attacked and burnt repeatedly, not just by heretics, but by armies ordered by Muslim Caliphs. A few examples from the past to illustrate this are cited here. Umayyad Caliphate Yezid Ibn Mu’awiya sent his army to ransack Medina and fight Abullah Ibn Az-Zubair in Mecca, and Al-Hajjāj Ibn Yusuf was sent by Abdul-Malik Ibn Marwān to attack Mecca in the year 73 AH (692 AD), burning even the cloak of the Ka’ba.4 Its destruction did not satisfy the Qarmatians, who even stole the black stone in the year 317 AH (929 AD). 5
After centuries of relative calm in the Arabian Peninsula, the Wahhābis brought back violence, destruction and killing to Mecca when Abdul Aziz Ibn Sa’ud entered it in 1342 AH (1929 AD) by force with British support and put its people to the sword in the name of Islam. 6 With the fall of Mecca in the hands of Wahhābis and their other Bedouin allies, the first dream of Imperialist Zionism was realized by overtaking the most significant base of Islam. Everything that happened after that was a natural consequence of that victory.
When the Imperialists managed to put their hands on Mecca, they held the key to controlling the Muslim and Arab worlds, because the majority of Muslims sincerely believe that Allah could not deliver His House but to honest believers, and this means that anyone who controls Mecca must be virtuous and obeyed. Had they read the Qur’an carefully and understood Allah empowering the devil to cause havoc in the land, they would not have arrived at this conviction, but they are far from having the ability to understand this. This is what the Imperialists have thought of for centuries and aspired to achieve, and they did.
Anyone who objectively reads the history of the area in the twentieth century away from sectarianism and partisanship, if possible, will discover that there is no event or political stage in which the Zionist Wahhābis were not involved using their religious weight at the beginning and adding their oil wealth later. This is the reason why I use the term Zionist Wahhābis, because political affiliation is not a slogan raised by the political or religious movement, but the sum of its practices and its actions. In addition, whoever has followed what the Wahhābi movement had done in the twentieth century, will find that it was indeed riding on the coattails of Imperialist Zionism in every stage of the political development in the Arab lands during the past nine decades.
– They supported the Sykes-Picot agreement and drawing of borders by Percy Cox determining the borders between Iraq and Arabia. The pleading of Sa’ud with Percy Cox is well documented.7
– they did not dispatch a single soldier to support the Palestinian people who were displaced in 1948.
– they supported the tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956 over the Suez Canal, standing with the Zionists, the British and the French.8
– they opposed and plotted against every project that sought to unite Arab lands, and were against the unity of Egypt and Syria in 1958 and against the unification of Iraq and Jordan in the same year.9
– they intervened directly in Yemen when the republic was established after Al-Sellal’s overthrow of the Imamate (1962), and contributed to and supported the bitter and bloody fighting, which depleted Yemen and the Egyptian army that came to support the Republic.10
– they contributed financially to the throwback that took place in Syria in 1961 and led to the collapse of the first Arab unity.11
– In 1967, they incited the West and Israel to attack Egypt, strike it and eliminate the rule of Jamal Abdul Nasser after having pinned down a large contingent of the Egyptian army in Yemen.
– they sought and succeeded in lifting the oil embargo, which they were forced to impose on Europe in the wake of the 1967 war, in September of the same year. This gave the Zionists what they needed to humiliate the Arabs in war and take their oil voluntarily. The argument that they needed money to support the Arab military effort was nothing but a fig leaf that did not cover their nakedness, because the money they had was enough for them to live for years if not decades, while Europe could not have afforded an oil embargo for one year.
– in spite of their disagreement and their hostility to the ruler of Jordan, King Hussein Ibn Talāl, they supported him in September 1970 in attacking and killing the Palestinians at the time when those were fighting the Zionists, heralding a possible revolution. The events came to be known as the ‘Black September’ in which it was claimed that some 25000 Palestinians were killed and the PLO was thrown out of Jordan. Syria was on the side of the PLO while it is commonly believed that the US, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia helped Jordan.
– Although the oil embargo had caused significant damage to the Zionist capitalist economy, they were quick to lift it and ease the effects. Had they kept it up, something else might have changed!12 They stood against the war in 1973 and made every effort to ease the burden on Imperialist Zionism, which would have made it possible for the Arab nation to put pressure on the Zionists to give back the land they had occupied in 1967.
– they founded the Gulf Cooperation Council to include the last authoritarian political regimes in the world in order to ensure the continuation of the Zionist plan in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf by securing that none of those states, some of which are fictitious, would deviate from the objectives of the plan.13
– they gave Imperialism bases and airports for the rapid deployment force established by President Jimmy Carter. During the invasion of Iraq, a US commander commented that he had not seen facilities as ready and suitable anywhere else, not even in the United States.14
– they succeeded in penetrating the nationalist movement in Iraq’s and Syria’s Ba’ath at a time when the Ba’ath Party in the two countries was involved in an unethical, irrational and incomprehensible internal conflict. They worked to push each of the two sides apart and conspired with one against the other, and that is how it went.
– they spent huge amounts of money to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s, despite the lack of any Arab interest in it, because the only benefit was for the Imperialist projects in the fight against the Socialist system.15
– they secured full support for the Imperialist economic system by pumping quantities of oil exceeding ten times the need of the Arabian Peninsula, in order to maintain the level of prices of energy required by the Capitalist market without any consideration for Arab national security in maintaining the wealth of the Arabs for future generations.16
– in 1991, they called on ‘infidel’ Zionist Imperialism to bring its armies to the land of ‘Muhammad’ in order for it to destroy Arab-Muslim Iraq.17
– they supported Imperialism in its crimes in parts of the world outside the land of Arabs and Muslims in many secret wars that most people have not heard about. They were exposed when their support for the terrorists called ‘the Contras’ in Nicaragua, who were fighting the leftist government in a war that had nothing to do with Islam and Muslims, came to light, which confirms that the Wahhābi movement was employed to serve Imperialism anywhere in the world!18
– they put the Arabian Peninsula; its land, its air and its water, in the service of Zionist Imperialism to impose the unjust embargo on Iraq for 12 years, participating in killing millions of Muslims while claiming to be the trustees of Allah’s religion!19
– they imposed on the rest of the defeated Arabs the ‘Arab Initiative’ whose aim was to resolve the Palestinian issue without the Palestinians having a say in the project. They offered this project to the world knowing fully that Zionism will reject it because they want more which would mean that the Arabs would need to give still more.20
– they participated in the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 by providing access to US bases and way-leaves across the border.21
– they recruited treacherous Muslims, provided them with money and weapons, and sent them to destroy Syria and blow up its facilities and kill its children, claiming the reason to be the desire to change the regime for its injustices and its strong hold on power, even though they, and their Wahhābi rulers of the Gulf Cooperation Council, are the last people on Earth who have the competency to demand that!22
Zionist Imperialism has succeeded in achieving all this at the hands of the Wahhābis for two reasons. The first is the availability of money that started pouring in with the flow of oil in the twentieth century. The second, and most important, is the nature of Islamic culture that has made religion a tool for politics, and helped them claim that they are establishing the law of Allah, although Zionism is not related to Allah!
What has Zionist Wahhābism done?
Wahhābism has had what is not available to any political movement or party in the world. It employed its fortunes in the construction of mosques across the globe and in sending half-educated Bedouin and its followers to manage them and preach to the simple Muslims anything written or decreed by their Zionists masters, and which can be veiled by religion. One would often find an invented Hadith from some period of falsified Islam. Our era is not the only era when Muslim rulers needed to find excuses and justifications for their behaviour and their policies. This was done by those who claimed indulgence in jurisprudence centuries ago.
Wahhābis regularly and progressively instilled the Takfiri thought (accusations of apostasy) which is based on considering anyone who disagrees with them to be suspect in his belief. The non-Muslim is an infidel, albeit the tone of the campaign was mild for known reasons. The rest of the Muslims were divided between the infidel and the confused. The ‘Alawi, Isma’ili and Shi’a for example are infidels and apostates, while the rest of the Sunnis live in semi-aberrance and their elders in need of criticism and reform.
They then laid the foundation for a scary and strange culture, where they decreed, based on the teachings of Ibn Taymiyyah, that the soul, money and honour of the infidel is permitted for them, thus allowing the murder, theft and rape on the grounds that this is the religion of Allah. However, Allah and His Messenger have nothing to do with any of it. They hinted at their intent to demolish the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad, but the advice of their masters was to postpone that work until the Muslim reaction is tested first in the inevitable occupation and destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
In the early nineteenth century, the Wahhābis attacked the graves of members of the Household of the Prophet when they ransacked Karbala, one of the most holy cities for the Shi’a Muslims, killing, looting and destroying.23 This culture gradually permeated two generations of Muslims in the twentieth century, giving birth to Al-Qaeda’s destructive movement, as we shall see later.
Thus, by exploiting Islam, Wahhābism had at its disposal what no other political or ideological movement in the world had. Mosques are open in the entire Muslim world five times a day for prayers, and between prayers for Hadith and preaching sessions. Millions of Muslims come to the mosque every day voluntarily. On the other hand, if a political movement or party would want to hold a conference for its members, it would endeavour and strain to get a small group to the meeting. Wahhābism gets people without effort five times a day all over the world, and all it has to do is corrupt their minds through controlled preaching, as it has succeeded in exploiting Islam to realize the centuries-old Zionist plan to control Muslim minds.
Wahhābism benefited from another fact related to the backwardness and poverty in the Arab world in particular. These two factors had led to the migration of tens of thousands of Arabs from Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan and Palestine to work in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf States, where they were embraced by the Wahhābi environment, with its ideology and mosques, and which fed them the thoughts it wanted to spread. A whole new generation of Arabs was born in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf who have not heard of Ammār Ibn Yāsir but know Ibn Taymiyyah! This is not surprising since most of these were simple people, and simple minds need no more than simple ideas. Flat thinking easily accepts the theory that the Earth is flat!
When they returned to their home countries, many of these were saturated with Wahhābi ideologies and believed that it was the true religion, and that following the edicts of Wahhābi sheikhs is the right thing. Out of these came suicide bombers, killers, eaters of hearts, and belly-rippers, all in the name of religion. The behaviour could be understood because they have not heard anything else and in any case, it may be too late to change that indoctrination.
Arab political regimes outside the Peninsula in countries like Iraq, Syria and Egypt did not understand the scale of the plot and thus were not able to deal with it. They disregarded the mosques and what was going on inside them, thinking that they did not pose a threat to them. The Wahhābi movement took advantage of that vacuum and filled mosque with its followers. These evil preachers began brainwashing people, taking advantage of the failure of the Arab political system to reform the status of people in those countries, disregarding the fact that Wahhābism itself had failed to reform the status of people in the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf.
When the Arab political system realized the danger of the plot, it was too late. The tide had intensified in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Some of the steps taken to avoid damage backfired. When Saddam Hussein comprehended the size of the catastrophe in Iraq, he wanted to alert people to it, but he committed a great folly when he launched the ‘faith campaign’ which gave the Wahhābis more than one opening to agitate people against the nationalist project and enticed them on sectarian grounds whose effects are still with us today.24
I will deal with the project of the Muslim Brotherhood, how it was integral and parallel to the Wahhābi movement before arriving at the conclusion of the plot in the birth of Al- Qaeda, which was the outcome of what preceded it.