Islam Under Scrutiny by Ex-Muslims

Is Saudi Arabia against Islamic Terrorists?

Saudi Arabia always claims to be fighting against the Islamist terrorists. It also claims to be a moderate Muslim country which supports the 'moderate' version of Islam. The gullible infidels in general and the west in particular, erroneously trust this hypocritical stand of Saudi Arabia with regard to Islam and Islamist terrorists. Being a native of Saudi Arabia I shall explain why this is so! 

To expose this hypocrisy and the double-standard of Saudi Arabia, I am going to write, explaining what is really going on with the education system of this country. Once you comprehend the duplicity and pretensions of Saudi policy vis-a-vis Islam and its dissemination of unbound hatred for anything un-Islamic, you will certainly come to terms with the realities of Saudi Arabia. Please bear in mind that the Saudi education system, in particular its religious education system, is in the heart of all the terrorism we are experiencing in to today's world. 

The first aspect of the religious education system (Wahabe) in the schools of Saudi Arabia is the teaching and propagation of intense hatred towards the non-Muslims. This unbound abhorrence for the infidels is the prime reason for the isolation of the students and the people of Saudi Arabia from the rest of the world. This is the truth, I must write, firstly. 

Though, I must admit that all schools in Saudi Arabia, especially those in the non-Wahabi Area, might not be exactly what I wrote above, but I am certain the majority of the schools will be the mimicry of the type of hate-schools I described above. I am not an inhabitant of the Wahabi area, such as Riyadh and Qasem (land of the terrorists), but I am definite that the people in those areas have their own stories of sufferings in the hands of the religious bigots,-surely more than other areas of Saudi Arabia. 

I vividly remember that during our school days we were forced to attend classes wearing those uncomfortable cassocks of the religious preachers. This utterly clumsy and distasteful apparel contains 'Thoub' with 'Gutra' (head covering) without black head rings. Everyone in Saudi Arabia very easily recognizes this peculiar dress as the gear of the religious people. The difference between this religious uniform and the Saudi garb for the ordinary people is that the religious dress is a little short and without the black rings on the head-covering, whereas the ordinary Saudi dress is flowing and contains the black rings on the head-covering. All students in Saudi Arabia must wear the religious dress-it is compulsory, presumably, first to force the students to accept this mode of dressing and, secondly, to surrender to the might of Saudi religious authority. To add more teeth to the authoritative power of the clerics, a student is not allowed to walk around in the school compound if he is not fully attired in the religious garb mandated by the Religious Education Department. We used to be expelled, many times, for the slightest deviation from this regimentation. This could be as minor as forgetting the head-cover (gutra). Such is the absolute power and authority the clerics in Saudi Arabia wield on the school children. 

Needless to say-pants, shirts, trousers and T-shirts are absolutely haram (forbidden). They are the apparels of the infidels-we were told in no uncertain terms. If any students dared to attend school wearing any such dresses of the Kafirs (non-Muslims), he was immediately branded as an infidel and leered at, identifying him to be disloyal to the country and religion. 

In class-rooms, our preceptors told us that saluting our national flag was haram. We must not show any deference whatsoever to the government or to any human being-the respect is reserved exclusively for Allah only-they told us bluntly. Strangely though, everyday we always started our school time with the national anthem and with saluting the national flag. The clerics had to keep their mouth shut because these rituals were mandated by the government. They could only grumble, and that was all. 

Those rituals finished, we would start our morning program with the recitation of the holy Qur'an and Hadis. They were compulsory daily studies, without any exception. Then we would be bombarded with short poems deriding the Kafirs and extending support for the Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, the Philippines and such places where Muslims were presumably oppressed-we were let to believe. Then more poems would be recited eulogizing the acts of the mujahedens (read Islamic terrorists) around the world and in support of them. Our teachers would let us memorize the names of those Muslim countries (where Muslims were reportedly tormented) and we would go out to collect charity for the jihad those mujahedens were fighting against the infidels. We were exhorted that the jihad is compulsory to protect Islam from its enemies. 

Then, we had to listen to the harangue about Islam and its ostensible glorious past. This was done solely to enthuse and imbibe our tender, impressionable minds to bring back the lost glory of Islam. The religious abbot then would lecture us on the evils of bad behavior in young people, such as: smoking, cutting hair in western style, dressing in western costumes, wearing women's dress (effeminate men), listening to music-especially western music and watching television. By the way, watching television was the greatest sin-we were led to digest this thesis. In fact, there is a fatwa which says that anyone possessing a satellite antenna will not go to Paradise! Grooming hair in western style is considered an absolutely insolent behavior. Believe me; to guarantee that none of us were following western hair-style and to ensure that our hair was cut in front and back, the headmaster of our religious school would inspect individually the head of every student. Anyone found guilty of flouting the rule on hair-style would have his haircut done, forcibly, in the school saloon-in many cases this meant trimming the hair to zero-the crew-cut, so to speak. This would make us look like young soldiers in the army and not like the students in a seminary. 

We were continuously reminded about death. Death is one of the most important aspects of Islam, and remembering death is a very pious act, we were lectured. Then we had the description of the procedures of burial of dead bodies and other obsequies associated with bereavement. In reality, our religious education system is obsessed with eschatology (the doctrine of death), caring very little about our young age. Sometimes, I wondered why, in the first place, Allah sent me in this world if death is to be the only goal towards which I must direct all my attention. To further instill this fear, we were provided with a vivid picture of the torture in grave. Thus we would be absolutely reluctant to do anything to avoid this dreadful torture in grave. 

Ruminating those days of my religious school, I am now convinced that the teachers made up those fibs just to implant fear in our young minds-to frighten us to stick to Islam at all cost. I could still recollect the story of a black snake. The story runs thus: a man died and when his family took his dead body to a grave they discovered a snake waiting for him. So they took him to another grave but with the same result-another snake was waiting for him. They continued but with the same consequence. Tired and desperate, they buried the dead body ignoring the snake standing nearby. But, when they were about to leave, they heard a commotion inside the grave. When they opened the burial chamber they noticed that the snake had slithered the man and had broken his bones. So they asked the father of the dead man, "What wrong did your son do?" The father replied, "He did nothing wrong, except that he did not pray regularly." 

I shall vouch that the religious teachers narrated to us many such dreadful stories, which, of course, now I find to be total lies. Now that I have grown to maturity I could never believe in such Islamic movies-the cock-and-bull stories of the Mullahs. How laughable is it when I recall that during those formative years of my life, I did indeed believe in those horrific tales, especially when they emanated from the mouths of our all-powerful religious teachers? I could never ever imagine our religious teachers told us utter lies. We believed in every word they uttered and we were totally engulfed with intense fear and horror. We used to see terror, panic and trepidation everywhere. We were utterly afraid of death, of the torture in grave, the torture on the judgment day, the anger of Allah, the west, the Kafir, Israel and so on. It was fear, fear and fear-everywhere, we saw nothing but fear. We were desperately frightened that the west and Israel was scheming to destroy us with their atom bombs. Please do not laugh if I tell you that the son of a friend of mine cries every time he hears the roaring sound of an airplane. To him it is the start of a war. All these morbid fear of unknown has been ingrained in us from our very childhood, to say the least. We are born with fear, live with fear and die with fear. This is the policy of the government-to subjugate people in a state of permanent fear.  

Our religious teachers are not convinced that the proper teaching of the English language would be of any benefit to Saudi students. They are completely misguided and live with false pride and pretentious vaunt. The rudimentary English which is taught in our schools is just a sham. The truth is: the examination of the English language is terribly infected with rampant cheating. I had plenty of discussions with the teachers on this massive cheating in our examination system. But these teachers are adamant that English is not essential, that we are to be proud of our language-the language of the Qur'an.

In our system of education, showing admiration for non-Muslims' achievements is a great sin and indulging in such praise deserves severe punishment. Our teachers always talk of jihad and its rewards for those who participate in it. We are exhorted to admire the jihadists and emulate them. We are urged to participate in jihad, at least once in our lifetime. Here is a hadis, often used to call Muslims to partake in jihad

Narrated Abu Hurayra: Allah's messenger (peace be upon him) said, "If anyone meets Allah with no mark of jihad, he will meet Allah with a flaw in him". (Tirmidhi No1068).

In our society, the good students are always the religious students. They command all the respects from the headmaster and the ordinary teachers. They cut their hair in zero. They dress in short 'Thoub' and usually work as religious police in the school in which they had studied. As a reward, they receive many facilities and respect. This is the reason why many students become religious-they just covet this sumptuous respect and rich amenities showered unabashedly by the people and the government. To sum up; the religious people in Saudi Arabia receive special respect from the government and the public. They are, in all respect the caretakers of Allah, to tell it plainly. 

In our schools, it is quite normal for a mathematics teacher to speak about jihad, and for that matter, a science teacher to speak about the latest discovery by the infidel west which was invariably discovered by early Islam, long before the Kafirs discovered! Our sports teachers talk about the haram and halal attires in Islamic sports. For example: shorts and jerseys which bear any symbols are out. I clearly remember that one day, during a football match between the students and the teachers; one of the teachers was wearing a short pant. On observing such an odious act, our headmaster ordered him to change his despicable infidel's dress, failing which he would have to be out-he was warned. The headmaster's argument was that the teacher had set a bad example to his students. The harassed teacher concerned steadfastly refused to comply with the headmaster's order. So, he was dismissed from the school. A religious teacher sporting long Islamic beard and wearing a lengthy, baggy trouser replaced him. 

I vividly remember our callous history teacher told us that when the Muslims defeated the Christians in the battle of the Toors in 732 AD, it was proclaimed that Azan would be heard in all of Europe. I would like to remind this dim-witted teacher that Azan is already being heard all around Europe. Today, this (Azan) is more ubiquitous in the USA, Canada, UK and many other infidel lands. This has been achieved even without fighting a single battle. I would like to call this as the fruit of the stupid system of the west-the system of democracy. Jihadi Islam is poised to topple the western civilization by using their (infidels') own weapon-it is Democracy. My view is that if left unchecked, the Islamists will topple the western governments by using the method of democracy. These Islamists need not fight any bloody battle-democracy and the system of freedom of expression are the two best arsenals the Islamist will take advantage of. The Kafirs have unhesitatingly handed over these powerful weapons to Islam!  

Therefore, we note that everyone in our school, notwithstanding the religious teachers speaks about religion (Islam, of course). Our entire life is surrounded with religion. Everywhere we go there is nothing but omnipresent, omnipotent religion-even our English class is about religion-about Makkah, Medina and their history. In each term we used to study six religious subjects. They were: the Qur'an, ahadith, tafsir (Qur'an exegesis), tajowed, tawheed  and fakih. In addition to those subjects we had to attend the lectures in the morning, after breakfast intermission and after the Zohr prayer. Students who desired to be hafizs (Qur'an memorizers) had to attend the mosque in the evening for Hafiz Qur'an 'preserve'. 

Was there any provision for music lesson in our school? Forget about music as a subject in any Islamic schools. In Islam, music is 'Satan's sound'. 

During those days of my school life our best topic of discussion was the mujahidins who had just returned from fighting in Afghanistan. During our breakfast break, we would keenly absorb their stories of how the angels had fought with them and how one mujahed could kill so many Russians by simply saying Allah Akbir la elah elah Allah. We would hear about the wounded mujaheds and how they had recovered very fast. We would also listen to the claim of excellent smell which emanated from the martyr's dead bodies. All those gripping, spell-binding, incredible and miracle stories about the mujahedins in Afghanistan would make many of us jealous about them. Many of us could not wait to go forward and join in the jihad, wherever it might be fought. Such was the intense motivation to participate in the Holy War-to kill and get killed. 

It is now quite simple to understand that the unbound fear, unremitting hate (for the non-Muslims) and an undying penchant to be a martyr made many Saudis to think that why should they not participate in the fight against the infidels. Look at the number of Saudis killed in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and other places around the globe. These diehard Islamists consider education as a waste of time. Their preferred method to go straight to Paradise is death in Allah's path. 

Having been highly motivated to forsake the meaningless temporal lives in the way of Allah, many of us sought the opinions of our flippant religious teachers. The answer from them differed. Some of them said we must make proper preparations before setting out for fighting (we were not ready, according to them). Some teachers opined that we must seek permission from the muffitee), the religious expert. And when the muffitee permits us we must embark on the war path to kill the infidels. They told us there was no need to carry guns or any other weapons, because, according to them, we will be the winner-come what may. If we are killed then we are headed straight to Paradise, and if we win then this is the victory of Islam. Both ways, we are the victorious. There is no way Muslims could lose a war-we were convinced by our teachers. 

I remember how we were tortured in school with prayers- above the required prayers. I wrote before that we had to offer the zohir prayer before the school hours ended for the day. But this was not the last ritual we were forced to perform. In addition to the hateful zohir prayer, we were required to offer the distasteful Sunni prayer every day. This was done, under compulsion by our teachers, as a demonstration of our extra love and devotion for Muhammad, our Prophet and for his companions. 

All those school activities made us to live in the distant past-during Muhammad's time. When I reminisce those fearful school days, I really think we were on a time-travel, retrogress, of course. We were living in the seventh century, not in the current period. Even our teachers used to tell us that the modern time is Taleban and nothing else. Time did not exist except for the Taleban time, which was nothing but the re-emergence of Muhammad's period, the Islamic Period. This is nothing but the incredible Islamic Time Machine, we must admit. 

All those incidents I described above dates to my school days. With the end of Afghan war and with the departure of the infidels (the Russians) from the Islamic land of Afghanistan, I was expecting the passionate fervor for jhad  and martyrdom to die. After 9/11, and after all the troubles that took place in Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of this horrible event, I was under the impression that Islamist will lie low, at least for a time. But I am totally wrong. 

It is sad to say that nothing has really changed, so far as the Islamic zeal is concerned. My younger brother who attends the same school as I did decades ago informed me that many of my classmates have become teachers in the school, propagating with unbound fervor whatever they had learned during their school days. In a true sense, these teachers of religious schools have turned into Islamist terrorists, so much so, that even the government is scared of these teachers. This is definitely a victory for them (the Islamist terrorists). They got what they wanted. They are now fully satisfied that they have no serious threat from any source. They (these Wahabi terrorists) are now so bold and powerful that they openly declare their intention to control the education system. Recently they got what they wanted. The new minister of education is from Qasem (land of Wahabi). See the attached photo of the new education minister.

What about the Universities?

Saudi Arabian universities are not immune from Islamic zealotry. All Saudis attending universities must study the compulsory religious subjects to graduate. Obviously, the extent of Islamic studies is not as comprehensive as in schools, but never the less, the university students also have to endure the religious torment perpetrated by the religious department. As it stands now, to graduate, every university student must study at least four subjects on Islamic culture. In an Islamic university a student must complete 'preserve' of the Qur'an, or at least one part of the Qur'an (jouza). Needless to say, all such mindless and brainless provisions at the highest level of learning are nothing but the perpetuation of inhuman religious ordeal which had started at schools.  

A few years ago, at Muhammad bin Saad Islamic University in Riyadh, the students were ordered to offer their daily morning prayers in the congregation at the university mosque. This meant that every student must travel to the university mosque very early in the morning to offer his prayer in a group. Individual prayer at room was not acceptable. To enforce this vicious and mindless provision, the Imam of the mosque was empowered to check the attendance after the prayer was over (not before the prayer commenced). If any student was found absent, on three consecutive occasions, without any legal reasons, he was liable to be expelled out of the university accommodation. After a short period, this compulsory provision was withdrawn. This was not due to the mercy of the religious people. It was because, soon after the enforcement of such draconian rule, most accommodations in the university went empty. This became so rampant-the student vacating their university accommodations due to the harsh rule that the university authority had to close down the accommodation facilities. Now, except for smaller universities, the government has closed down all student accommodation facilities. 

But the Wahabis do not care. They are still dominant in many places and are getting what they want. They are absolutely adamant in establishing Islamic Colleges and Islamic Universities for boys and girls everywhere. In a branch campus of the University of Medina, an intending student must execute a written bond pledging not to trim his beard while he remains a student in the university. If the student reneges on this pledge, the university has the right to expel him. On top of all these imbecile rules, in Islamic Universities, students are not allowed to wear infidel's attire, i.e. jeans and T-shirts. If any student attends a class wearing such infidel's dress, the teacher is obliged to exclude him from the class. 

Please know that a few years ago, in the Islamic University I mentioned above (i.e. Muhammad bin Saad Islamic University), a post-graduate student received his Ph.D for his dissertation on the infidelity of one hundred scholars and thinkers in the Arabic world. According to this Ph.D holder, many journalists, actors, singers and those people who call themselves as moderate (Muslims, of course) are infidels; so they deserve death sentences.  

Whatever I wrote about our education system dealt with boys or adult men. Now, can you imagine what could be the situation of the girls' and women's education in Saudi Arabia? To the civilized world it is simply unimaginable what the religious people do to our girl or women students. Words fail to describe the plight of these wretched Arab women. Here are some examples of how Saudi women (and girls) are routinely harassed by the religious department's enforcement officers.

  • They have the authority to check any a women's accommodation, without any permission or notice. They have the power to ban any Televisions, magazines or mobile phones in a woman's quarter.
  • Girls have to hide many simple items needed for their daily requirements to prevent being caught from the vultures' eyes of the religious department. This might be for the simple fact that the religious officer attached to the girls' accommodation does not like those items.
  • Girls are not allowed to go out of their dormitory under any circumstances. They must stay in their rooms, virtually as prisoners. The only person who could take them out is their mahrams (the owners or the guardians) or the university guardian.
  • Girls from remote areas or whose mahram cares very little about her must remain in the university accommodation for the complete term of the academic session. This is akin to life-sentence. There life is s round circle:-boarding the bus-attending university-boarding the bus-returning to dormitory-eating and sleeping-that is all they have for their lives. When they need something they must handover the money to her appointed mahram and totally depend on him for whatever he brings.
  • During the term break the girl must board a bus (exclusively for females).  When the bus arrives at the destination she cannot walk on her own to travel to her family house. She must wait for her mahram to arrive at the bus stop and take her home. The girl students have to undergo such mindless ordeals just to ensure that she has no chance to meet or talk to a male person.
When it comes to higher education, it is amazing to note that every Saudi student simply wants to get out of Saudi Arabia. Before he sets out in his overseas trip he usually undergoes a two-week familiarization program to guide him to the depraved life of the infidels. This orientation program is usually organized by the university in which he enrolls for his study. These are what he is grilled about when he is in the infidels' land. 
  • How to avoid infidels and keep a far distance from them
  • What good answer he must provide if any infidels asks him about Islam
  • The probable embarrassing questions he might face and how to provide good answers to them
  • What should he do if he is asked to convert to their religion
  • What he must do if any infidels invite him to a party
  • What should he do if he is offered a drink by the infidels
  • What he should do if offered non-halal food
  • How he can complete his education successfully without being polluted by their culture.
In essence, all these tactics are designed for one purpose only-to keep away the Saudi students from non-Muslim students 

At the end of this article, I am attaching a report from a Saudi newspaper (Arab news), which talks about the tolerance of Islam and at the same time shows the efforts of Saudi Arabia against the terrorists. 

 Tuesday, February 14, 2006, (a flower shop owner closed his stores for three days in order to avoid harassment from the moral police. Al-watan daily reported. valentine's day is favorite target of the committee for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, viewed by the religious police as a holiday that promotes immoral behavior. Red roses often disappear from stores before, during and after the holiday in order to avoid attracting the attention of the police patrols, specially in the kingdom's capital . 

I personally had witnessed many flower shops remain closed on the Valentine's Day, because they were fined last year for opening their doors on this day. They must remain closed even when they do not sell any roses at all. The religious police forces this closure because they do not want students and young people to emulate the infidels. These religious zealots are afraid that these young people might fall in love with the infidels. The religious authority does not tolerate any reason to love a non-Muslim. They must promote hatred towards the non-Muslims to erase from the minds of young Saudi any trace of love or compassion for them (non-Muslims. The saddest reality is that they (religious police) are very successful in creating fear and utter disdain for the non-Muslims through coercion, intimidation, terror and through sheer brute force-the almighty force of Islam. 

In summary, I can say that signs of love are a great sin in Saudi Arabia. Music is "Satan's sound" and loving a non-Muslim is a serious crime, sometimes punishable with severe punishment. All these depravity and inhuman acts are perpetrated right in front of government's eye. It is, in fact fully supported by the state through money and infrastructure. Please note that all Islamic organizations in Saudi Arabia are supported by the government. The government is a silent supporter of all religious extremism in Saudi Arabia. This silent support for the Islamist bigots is to ensure that no one dares to criticize the royal family. The Saudi royal policy to wards the Islamist terrorists can be summed up in these few words: Burn the whole world if you (the Islamist terrorists) want, but do not say or do anything against us.

Therefore, who could really believe that Saudi Arabia is against the terrorists? Please do think this over.


Khaled Waleed is a Saudi ex-Muslim.

 
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