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  1. Alhamdulilah, I was granted an opportunity to study in the West (in Canada specifically) and it will be the first time I will be on my own for an extended period. So I have been reading up on the region I will be staying in,especially on how Muslims are treated there and if there is any xenophobia or islamophobia(I will be a visible minority since I wear a hijab and I found myself falling down in the rabbit hole and reading horror stories on violent attacks, murders,assaults and prejudice in the street and in the work environment. This search was not limited to my future area but encompassed almost every western country. From my uneducated opinion based on reading articles on the incidents I found three major types of incidents: The first is when a crazy psychopathic terrorist attacks a mosque or a gathering of Muslims (yes I decided to label them terrorists because for me a terrorist is someone who wants to kill you and torture you and justifies and rationalizes it by whatever "code" or "reason" he follows). I noticed in almost every case that that was the last straw in a long line of verbal and minor (compared to a mass shooting) attacks on the same community. For example a week before the attack on the Canadian mosque the same terrorist left a pig's head and blood on their doorstep. Think about it, violence is a process especially extreme violence. It does not start from nowhere. Its build up bit by bit. It starts by racist and islamophobic posts on social media (In every incident I read about the terrorist was quite open and unapologetic about his islamophobic views on social media )which are encouraged by the media and his own community. And then the next time he meets an identifiable acceptable target i.e most likely a woman wearing a hijab he will permit himself more leeway and overstep his bounds. Which brings us to the second type of incident :Where the terrorist knows an "identifiable acceptable target"/potential victim in his daily life. For example a neighbor or a colleague at work.The gradual attacks are even more evident in these cases since before the most likely lethal final outcome there will be an almost constant harassment and bullying. And then I found the third type of incident :where the victim doesn't know the perpetrator and is blindsided by the attack. According to one article and my own humble opinion (I resorted to articles because I havent found a survey or statistics on the attack's pattern from the muslim community) the attacker is most likely but not always a young adult white male and the victim is a young woman wearing a hijab.Also the attacks most likely happens in a fringe zone i.e a place of transit like a public transportation station or a parking space or a less frequented side street. As for the time I am sure there is a direct correlation between a surge of attacks on Muslims of the west and terrorist attacks by daesh in the west. Now logically speaking I realize I was being a little paranoid and that there wasn't a witch hunt going on unbeknownst to the rest of the Muslim world but there must be a basis of truth in this phenomenon. If so dear Muslims of the west if you would be so kind to answer my questions (also any feedback and criticism is welcome as I said this is my uneducated humble opinion) Jazekha Allah: -How does it affect you in your daily life ? Are you being prejudiced against in your work environment (especially if you wear a hijab)? Is the issue being addressed in the shia community of the west ? Have they found out a way to teach you on how to disengage or even better how to avoid and prevent it from happening as in schooling you on how to be vigilant and the telltale signs and the ideal situation for attacks to happen? Is there something specific for our kid's safety ? Is there a legal framework by Muslims and for Muslims to deal with prejudice and the aftermath of attacks ? Also Do you have any advice for someone in my situation and any feedback is welcome. Rahmatou Allah for all those who lost their lives in these incidents and I do believe we should honor them by working toward preventing them.
  2. Some time ago I argued that with the passing of time and the growth of Muslim communities in the West there would appear a different and distinct strain of Islam which might be dubbed "Western Islam." What it would mean and how it would look like is a debate that is still in its infancy, so it remains to be seen as what shape and form it would eventually take. There was a counterargument that there wouldn't be such a thing as Western Islam and that Muslims would either be religious in the traditional sense or they would abandon religion altogether. The number of atheists or agnostics is growing if personal experience is anything to go by, but at the same time many more people are trying to find that precarious balance that makes them be an integrated Western Muslim as well as a practicing one.
  3. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah In the name of Allah, all praise be to Him, the most High! May Allah send his blessings upon His messenger Muhammad and His messenger's, Muhammad's family, and hasten their reappearance and withdraw His mercy from their enemies! I'm writing this post in order to refute the accusations against Sheikh Hassan Allahyari (ha) and Sheikh Yasser Habib (ha), portraying them as western agents (I seek refuge in Allah). 1. "US funds Sheikh Hassan Allahyari and his TV channel." I will try to present reasonable arguments why such claims against Sheikh Hassan Allahyari are irrational. If Sheikh Hassan Allahyari has been sponsored by the US government, why is his channel not working (for about 8 to 9 months) due to some financial problems of his? The absence of topics cannot be argued because he has opened a channel in YouTube and has been very active discussing various topics, why does he have financial problems when he can get his money directly from US government (if he was funded by US in the first place)? Most importantly, why has he asked for donations if he can manage to get his money from US or any other NATO country for that matter? Therefore, suggesting that Sheikh Hassan Allahyari serves US's interests, while all his work is supported by the narrations of our Imams, prophet and the clear verses of the Noble Qur'an, is irrational. 2. "Sheikh Yasser Habib and his TV channel are funded by the British, thus he is a "British agent"." The same argument can be addressed regarding Sheikh Habib's TV channel. As far as we are concerned, Sheikh Yasser Habib has asked for donations in order to make a movie in his Fadak TV (about Lady Fatimah sa), by using reason and logic, we will come to know that an unbiased mind will confidently tell, that the (non evident) accusations thrown here and there without proof portraying Sheikh Habib as a Western agent (I seek refuge in Allah) don't make any sense. Some try to use West Funded magazines and newspapers to prove that Sheikh Habib had collected a very big amount of money, which seems ironic because why would West Funded newspapers expose their agent. Even if Sheikh Habib has had a lot of money, how is that proof for his money to come from the government while donations could as well be the case? Furthermore, would the same people accuse Ayatollah Sayed Ali Sistani for an agent (I seek refuge in Allah) when he owns a lot of money (which a result of khums)? 3. "But they live in the west." It is very laughable for someone to use this argument, because this doesn't mean anything at all. Very simple, the oppressive governments don't allow them to speak the truth therefore they stay in countries (don't misunderstand, I don't support any country except that I enjoy some of their rights) that offer them this right (which is daily restricting). What about Khomeini,(since most accusers are Khomeini/Khamenei followers and supporters) this question can be applied in regards to him as well, was he a French agent according to you? Khomeini went to France because the Shah had limited his "freedom" of preaching Absolute Wilayatul Faqih, simple as that. Conclusion Finally I present the conclusion of my topic. Through the information presented and arguments cited above, I state and conclude that Sheikh Hassan Allahyari and Sheikh Yasser Habib are not western agents. For all those who want to have a debate, please message me on my PM, I will most surely respond in sha Allah when I have time. For those who are ready to criticize and respond to my arguments let me know and we will discuss all your points in this topic in sha Allah. Glory be to Allah, we are thankful to Him and praise Him for His mercy and guidance He bestowed upon us! May Allah send His blessings upon His last messenger, and upon His last messenger's family, and hasten their reappearance, and withdraw His mercy from their enemies! May Allah guide the ones who are obedient to Him and open to His guidance! Ameen!
  4. Assalamu alaikum As many are aware, there are many conspiracy theories that the Revolution in Iran was a Western made up conflict because the shah was becoming more nationalist and getting "out of their hands". So they destroyed the regime and made it appear as it was anti-West (just like they are thought to have done with ISIS). I only want Revolution defenders' response to such accusations... I would appreciate if you don't get out of the topic and please reply through rational thinking.
  5. Any country that is not under the American government regime, is either under attack, framed, or in a war. Any country that is under the dictatorship may have an artificial boost of economy, and may have some sort of security(which is ironic as they make global terror and terrorists) - but all in exchange of a psychological & soft warfare declared on its citizens, by the billions of dollars governments spend, on order to keep citizens weak and asleep to the reality of the world. The way they achieved all these puppets through almost every government in the world is through colonialism. They did not split and divide the world for nothing - then leave it like that. They instilled corrupt governments for every place to inject their propaganda by the engineers - that seek how to change and shape the world and the people as they like with bad intentions. But of course they plan and Allah Swt plans and Allah Swt is the best of planners - as the Holy Quran al Kareem says. This is just one of the many reasons why Sayed Ali Khamenei (Ha) calls America "the great satan". ‏اللهم صل على محمد وال محمد Thank God we have a good leader like Ayatullah Khamenei (Ha).
  6. Salams This is the second time I have witnessed a Muslim playing the Azaan alarm on his mobile phone on public transport in Sydney. This is rude and unacceptable in my humble opinion. As the peak-hour commuters turned around and looked at the guy hoping that he will show courtesy of turning it off, the 'Muslim mujahid' probably thought that he was inspiring the white man and other non-Muslims. Forcing a sacred recitation in the heads of others not only adds to the hate from the outside but it also causes embarrassment and dissociation from the inside. :End: Rant of the Day.
  7. Salam az man! I know I'm not the first Muslim to have these thoughts but in this thread I'd like to explore in depth the reasons why the Islamic world as a whole, whether Sunni, Shia or Wahabi, Sufi or non-Sufi, is so far the Western or developed countries of the world by almost every possible measure of success. When did this rot set in if you consider that at one time the Muslim world were world-leaders in almost every measure of success -- albeit many centuries ago now! So what and when did it all go wrong? Please don't let this become a thread about sectarianism, Sunni vs. Shia etc. unless you feel it is really relevant to the topic! Also can we please avoid the typically bland Muslim answers to this question, "We're not good Muslims anymore -- when we become good Muslims again Allah will grant us victory!" I do think that the fact we've been divided internally for so long is one reason for our lack of success. Isn't it interesting that the most developed Muslim countries with the highest quality of life such as Turkey and Malaysia are also the most secular? Some say it was, in the Sunni world at least, when we closed the doors of ijtihad in the 12th century. Others go back further and say that it was with the rejection of rationalism and the Mutazilites that this problem first started... Also is it a coincidence that almost all of the famous "Muslim" scientists we are so proud of such as Ibn Sina, al Farabi, Ibn Rushd, mathematicians like Khayyam, etc. were considered heretics in their own time by most of the orthodox? I think all this is related. These are just some areas of possible discussion.
  8. Alsalamu Alaikum Im a 25-year old women born, raised and living in Denmark. I newly graduated and until a couple of month ago worked in a pharmacy in a rural area in Denmark. I started encountering racism (or at least that's when I became aware of it) when I was 16. Every time since then it has been because of my hijab who seems to trigger these ignorant rusty mostly old wrinkly godless people. It got really bad when I started working at the pharmacy and every other day I had to listen to people muttering about me to my collegues, staring at me like Im disgusting, refusing to be helped/served by me and even yelling at me and calling me disgusting and sexistic names regarding my ethnicity and hijab. And every single time - to avoid the drama - I was the one who had to go hide in the back of the pharmacy until the stupid customer was gone. My boss never asked me If I was okay or what happend - I felt like I should just be happy that I could work there and that since the hijab is my choice I should live with the consequences. Only one single time my collegues asked the customer to leave but that was because he was yelling at them too - for having me there of course. I felt terrible and sometimes so scared I would cry. It interferred with my ability to get my work done. I studied 5 years at uni to help people stay alive giving them their stupid medicine and this is what I get. As a result I feel completely demotivated and exhausted, when before graduating I felt I had so much knowledge to give and I could not wait to get out in the big world to show everyone what I learned and what I was capable of. Now I dont even feel like I want to work anymore. Denmark is generally a very racist country (I say generally, because I've also met the most amazing people here), Im tired of reading awefull facebook threads about muslims and islam. I cant breathe anymore. Here we even have politicians encouraging this racist behaviour by being racist themselves. I know Allah swt is with me and that I must be rewarded for my patience, but it just really really hurts. I feel depressed and unsuccesful which is killing me. I catch myself just waiting for the next racist episode to happen when Im outside. Since my parents dont work and have not been subjected to very much racism they dont fully understand the extent of what I experience. I have only one hijabi friend, but she lives in the capitol city where it's much more natural to see muslims. All my other friends are non-hijabis - they dont get it either. Giving up my hijab would be on my dead body. I would never do that and specially not because of some old stupid racist degenerating toads. Im sorry about my bad English - Im too tired to google translate every word. I need advice - not to stop it - because that's impossible - but to deal with it. I thought I could deal with it by feeling sorry for them being so ignorant or by viewing it in a humorous way but I keep getting this lump in my throat and my face blushes every time it happens. I have no one to support me in this.
  9. Salam, Mut'ah marriages (Islamic "pleasure" marriages) are wajib (obligatory) for most Shia Muslim youth who attend undergraduate college in the West. This is because most Muslim youth in such situations will be sexually frustrated unless they relieve themselves in three ways: masturbation, permanent marriage, or mut'ah. The first way is haram, the second way is highly impractical and unfeasible for most such youth in their freshman/sophomore/junior years of college (of course it shouldn't be this way, but unfortunately this is the way things often are and we should now see what a youth should do if permanent marriage in these years is indeed not possible for him - while we should also try to change the way society is, but that takes time, so what should youth do right now?), and therefore the third way is the only way a youth must take nowadays. Considering that most Muslim youth have normal youthful human libidos, most of them cannot survive years of time without sexual release. It would be seriously delusional to think otherwise. Most normal, healthy, normal-libido-possessing youth cannot go for years without neither masturbation nor sex. Heck, I don't think even an adult can go that long. Of course there will be the rare and exceptional cases where a youth either has no libido or possesses extreme self-control (which may be superhuman or even unhealthy), but for the most part, youth generally cannot go for years with absolutely no form of sexual release. And that is why for most youth, mut'ah will not only be mustahab - it will be wajib. If I found a Shia Muslim youth who was in his junior year of college, and he wasn't permanently married, and he hadn't ever done mut'ah in his life either, I think I can be reasonable in my assumption that this guy has been masturbating (committing haram). Of course, Islamically, I shouldn't assume negative things about a fellow Muslim brother, but from a secular/realistic/statistic perspective, such an assumption would not be irrational. It's time that more Shia college boys are encouraged to get girlfriends in college by doing mut'ah. Whoever encourages another Shia Muslim brother to get a girlfriend using mut'ah will have done a very good deed by preventing him from committing haram (masturbation). P.S. I follow Ayatollah Khamenei, and according to him it is obligatory precaution to seek the father's permission when doing mut'ah. But my next-in-line scholar is Ayatollah Mahdi Hadavi Tehrani, and according to him, such permission isn't necessary. So mut'ah is very feasible for me and others who follow these two scholars. There are plenty of Christian and Jewish females in college whom us youth could take as partners.
  10. Salam Alaikom! Marhaba! Hej på er! Hi all! I've encountered some nationality problems! I'm fine with being mixed but what I'm not fine with is how people react because of it. Here are few examples:: 2 months ago I went to an arabic speaking husseiniye close to my home and alhamdollilah was met with much respect. Although I told people there I was mixed but they refused to believe me. They said (la inti mo 3ajmiyeh!!!! Stop saying that! You speak Arabic perfectly, you look like us, you're 100% Arab and you should be proud of your origin... come here more often....) Well, I thought I should try another husseiniye! Because I like meeting people from all around the world. This time I went to a Farsi/Persian speaking one, and to my surprise they told me exactly the same thing. (Baba to ke Irani hasti! Arabaro vel kon, hamishe beya inja.... Hamvatane aziz) After those events I started 3 weeks practice in the largest hospital in my town and most patients (muslim and non-muslim) kept asking me the same question.... Dr, where are u originally from? Even my mentor said (on the 1st day):: When I read your name I thought this is another foreign doctor who can't speak Swedish well! But to my surprise you speak it fluently... next time don't highlight in your CV that you're a mix. If you want to become successful, talk only in Swedish and no other language..... you're after all a swede who happened to have a multi-national background. But honestly, why is it so important where I'm originally from? I don't feel like I belong to a certain nationality. All that really matters for me is that I'm a good Muslim and I respect people from all different nationalities, racial backgrounds, religions. Why don't they approve when I say I'm proud about being mixed.
  11. I just finished watching part one, and I honestly dont know what to say. You hear and know about these issues, but once you see them, it just crushes your heart. You just ask, why? How did this happen? IS their a solution? What would we muslims do for such cases, if it were to happen? This is just a tiny part of the bigger problem that is constantly happening.. Then I think about the middle east and what is happening their.... All I can say is, WE MUST MAKE THE CHANGE, FIRST TO OURSELVES AND THAN THE WORLD! Al Ajal Ya Imam Mahdi A.S! *There is some vulgar language, and may or may not include non-hijab women. edit: I was looking at part two's youtube comments and someone said something very interesting. Why would they bunch all these people together? It makes you think, honestly they are not at fault. (wasalam) Part two hurts even more :no:
  12. Al salam alycom, I live in a western country, in which there are many products that is made of real leather, and many of the products states that is "made in Italy" or "made in France" for instance. However most of the leather that is used in for instance car seats and bags have been gone through machines and have been "treated" by for instance colors and other products. As the leather is treated it will be coated and treated. In this case, due to the procedures that the leather has undergone such as coloring and other chemical procedures will this not prevent the leather from getting wet, as it is only the surface that is getting wet and thus for instance rain/water and sweat will not reach the leather itself? And for instance will this not make the leather as istihala? (As There are also many leather products that does not smell nor looks like leather because of the color used). I hope my question was clear. Wa salam.
  13. Salam, Humble Bundle has chosen to put Rushdie's "Satanic Verses" in their latest collection of audio books that they sell for a cheap price. A comment has been made on their Facebook-page and it would be great if you could support and answer the comment, especially considering that it is done at the same time as it is the birthday of our beloved Prophet!! https://www.facebook.com/humblebundle/posts/657211527655488 Please spread this so we all who love our Prophet(S) can make a stance!
  14. Asalaamu alaikum, I just wanted to announce for anyone that's interested, I recently started up a blog for talking about different subjects related to Islam, social issues facing Muslims, issues of Muslims in the West, and convert related issues. The blog can be found at http://kadhimontreal.com . As in, my pen-name is kadhim, and I'm in Montreal. Only one "m" in the middle though and all one word. I have about six posts up so far, but I can promise a steady stream of a few posts a week over at least the next few months, as I've got an archive of about 60 other articles from a previous website project that I plan to review, repurpose, and republish. And hopefully some brand new material as the spirit moves me ;) Anyhow, feel free to take a look, to read, to comment, to subscribe. Enjoy! Fee iman illah "kadhim"
  15. Is it haram for girls to play sports in high school events? for example soccor. basketball etc. And also Is it haram to go out with 10 friends to lunch, that are a mixture of girls and guys? (which all of them are muslims)
  16. Sisters do you realise that women in general act different during wearing a hijab in the east in comparison to the West.... Can ony one with the experience of waering a hijab in both east and west entertain us with her experience, emotions, feelings, reflections on wearing the hijab in both east and west ....Can she underline the main differences between both hijabs in terms of emotional status, feelings, social status, politics, etc
  17. Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi [HA] - [ENG Video] Advice for people living in the west
  18. Taxation or closure of Strait of Hormuz? The West, including the US are using the logic of war, terrorism and force/sanctions on Iran. Iran could either impose a good amount of taxes on all goods including oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz or simply block it. The West had already declared a war on Iran. Sanctions are part of a cold war, and Strait of Hormuz is part of Iran's strategy to respond to any acts of war; no sweet is distributed during any war. _______________________________________ Iran to 'block' Gulf oil if sanctions proceed Vice-president threatens to cut off shipments at Strait of Hormuz if West sanctions Iran's vital oil exports. No oil will be allowed to pass through the Strait of Hormuz if the West applies sanctions on Iran's oil exports, Iranian Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has warned. The threat was reported on Tuesday by the state news agency IRNA as Iran conducted its fourth day of naval drills near the Strait of Hormuz, at the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf. "If sanctions are adopted against Iranian oil, not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz," Rahimi was quoted as saying. "We have no desire for hostilities or violence ... but the West doesn't want to go back on its plan" to impose sanctions, he said. "The enemies will only drop their plots when we put them back in their place." The threat underlined Iran's readiness to target the narrow stretch of water along its Gulf coast if it is attacked or economically strangled by Western sanctions. War games Iranian ships and aircraft dropped mines in the sea on Tuesday as part of the drill, according to a navy spokesman. Although Iranian war games occur periodically, the timing of these is seen as a show of strength as the US and Europe prepare to impose further sanctions on Iran's oil and financial sectors. The last round of sanctions, announced in November, triggered a pro-government protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran during which Basij militia members overran the mission and ransacked it. London closed the embassy as a result and ordered Iran's mission in Britain shut as well. An Iranian legislator's comments last week that the navy exercises would block the Strait of Hormuz briefly sent oil prices soaring before that was denied by the government. While the foreign ministry said such drastic action was "not on the agenda", it reiterated Iran's threat of "reactions" if the current tensions with the West spilled over into open confrontation. Saudi steps in Industry sources said on Tuesday that top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and other Gulf OPEC states were ready to replace Iranian oil if further sanctions halt Iranian crude exports to Europe. Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi had said that Saudi Arabia had promised not to replace Iranian crude if sanctions were imposed. "No promise was made to Iran, its very unlikely that Saudi Arabia would not fill a demand gap if sanctions are placed," an industry source familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency. "If the sanctions take place, the price of oil in Europe would increase and Saudi and other Gulf countries would start selling there to fill the gap and also benefit from the higher price," said a second industry source. Brent crude oil futures jumped nearly a dollar to over $109 a barrel after the Iranian threat, but a Gulf OPEC delegate said the effect could be temporary. Aljazeera
  19. Saudi Arabia Under West’s Microscope - Part I Nedal Hamadeh The French Foreign Ministry has requested researchers for five studies on one question: Why has not the Saudi street moved yet? Nowadays, busy circles in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France are unprecedentedly and actively pursuing the fast moving events in the Arab world, especially in the Middle East. Paris, stumbling since the beginning of the events and the Arab revolutions, is trying to gingerly work over these days. This is what is shown in dealing with the Syrian affair despite some statements here and there most of which are connected with internal squabbles in the house of the French decision making over what is going on in the Arab world. It seems that the French have decided to adopt a new policy namely the principle of reading what may happen or to prognosticate events that might be useful and beneficial for the role that France is considering to play in the " the evolving new Arab world, " as it was called by one of the diplomats working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. This French stand has induced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France to request researchers at five different research centers and French universities to put forward five studies about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia examining one question:" Why have not the Saudi masses moved out till today?" This question was reported by a researcher in the Middle East affairs at one of the French universities, who will participate in finalizing one of those studies which are urgently requested to be ready soon. The intensified logic of the events in the Arab region has induced the French politicians to question the real reason preventing the Saudi masses from moving out in the streets till now; mainly, first, because of the economic importance of this country, as it is known for all; second, its being the only Arab ally on whom the West depends in annoying Iran, the target of the Western countries and Israel which endeavor to prevent it from completing and developing its nuclear program; third, because of Saudi Arabia's commitment not to incite against Israel and refraining from using oil as a weapon in particular. Simultaneously, in connection with the Saudi affairs, and contrary to declared statements, major concern prevails in the French political circles about Saudi military intervention in Bahrain, which the French foreign policy stakeholders consider a reckless Saudi measure which will eventually serve the interest of Iran. They also consider such a measure will make Iran conceive of the Saudi Royal family feet sinking in the quicksand of the region, and that Iran is waiting for the opportunity and appropriate time to make Saudi Arabia pay for what it has done, according to an academic French source concerned about the affairs in the region. The French evaluation for the Saudi error in Bahrain, though it is not public, is not far from that of Iran's, which once described that intervention in Bahrain as a strategic awful error committed by Saudi Arabia. In addition, the conviction of the French says that the Saudi American relations as well as those of the Saudi European ones cannot go on with changes arising in the Arab region in case the Saudi regime remained on its current structure. France has also disagreement and reproach for Saudi Arabia resulting from the American - British veto on the sale of the French weapons; this makes France "Sarkozy", which relied heavily on Saudi Arabia in the marketing of aircraft Rafale, the French fighter in the Gulf, frustrated by the unlimited dependence and pledge of Saudi officials to everything America says, especially the weapons issue. "Saudi Arabia will not remain safe from the drastic changes despite its preemptive offensive in Bahrain and its intensive attempts to maintain, Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen." Thus say the majority of the French who have a direct relationship with the files of the Arab region; However, the timing of the movement, how it will spread, and where it is going to start remain the subject of the question. Because all of this could determine the outcome of any change both internally and externally, noting the surge in the transfer of funds from Saudi Arabia to abroad since the crisis in Bahrain, and this surge in money transfers according to French sources, includes dozens of princes in the Saudi royal family. Saudi Arabia under the West’s Microscope - Part II Nidal Hamadeh Part Two: The Reasons Why the Western Empathy and Interest Are Wearing off No sooner do you talk of Saudi Arabia in France than will the arguer think of Qatar. The echo of the invisible war between the two regimes has gone out of the ruling palaces and has reached the parlors of the Decision makers in the West. Although Saudi Arabia's officials have always underestimated Qatar and their Qatari peers before the West, the westerners have, simultaneously, always been following with interest everything released by Al-Jazeera Channel particularly that this channel has exclusively broadcast Osama Bin Laden statements, and it has placed Iraq as a priority in its coverage of the events supported by numerous work teams and gigantic capacities. Thus, due to Al-Jazeera success, there has been an influence on the view of the West toward the Gulf Arab countries particularly toward Saudi Arabia which is not considered anymore the only weighty force in the order of the emirates and the Gulf Sheikdoms. Subsequently, the role of Qatar has started to surface because of Al-Jazeera needed by the West, particularly, the U.S.A. to dampen, on one hand, the occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and to gradually allow the incursions of the American political motives, on the other hand. This has been what evoked the Saudi wrath against Qatar; as a result, the Saudi officials have never attenuated instigating their peers in the West against Qatar. Such an act occurred several times in a private conversation with President Jacques Chirac of France as mentioned in the book "Dans le Secret des President" or " The Secrets of Presidents" by the French writer and journalist Mr. Vincent Nouzille; also, as Richard Lapavier the author of " The Secret Story of 1559 Resolution." In this context, the instigation triggered by the Saudis has extended to the U.S.A. and Britain. However, the western decision making circles, which have been working on making of Saudi Arabia a deterring force against Iran in the region after the Turks had refused negotiating the idea, have started to seriously consider and talk over the advantages of the Saudi model in the Arab region particularly after the Saudi military interference in Yemen which has shown the limitation of the Saudi military and political force in spite of the gigantic financial capacities. In this context, Fatiha Dazi, Senior Analyst Arabian Peninsula, Doctor in Political Science, Middle East Desk, Delegation of Strategic Affairs, Political Department, Dr. Fatiha Dazi-Heni Ministry of Defence, Paris, and author of the book " The Kingdoms of the Gulf" wrote that Saudi Arabia is a very affluent country, nevertheless, abundant affluence alone can never produce a strategic and significant role for such countries. Such fallback in the importance of the Saudi ruling regime was not limited to what was mentioned earlier, yet it reached the point of the conviction of the elite political figures in the West that the Saudi royal family has been the origin of extremism and its nurturing in the Islamic regions, in addition to its being based on a non-viable model of governance for long. This has been indicated by French Secret Service Head Alan Chouet of the (DGSE) who in turn lashed out an offense against the Saud royal family and the ruling regime in the Saudi Arab Kingdom accusing them of patronizing violence and that THEY are the country of extremism and Islamic fanaticism, not Iran or Iraq. He added at a conference held at the French Senate House and attended by several French, European, and American experts and titled "The Middle East during the Nuclear Time," one of whose lecturers was Mr. Khafier Solana, the previous General Secretary of NATO and the previous Commissioner of the European Diplomacy, along with several Arab and foreign diplomats in Paris, and in the presence of the ex-Secretary of State Mrs. Madeleine Albright: "This family has ruled since 1926 and has relied on the legitimacy of the sacred shrines and on escalating Islamic extremism and fanaticism in its governance after it had removed the Hashemites, the historically legal rulers and administrators for the sacred shrine affairs." The truth is that this Saudi family is the foundation of violence in the Islamic regions because it has relied on its continuity in ruling on the logic of extremism and auctioneering over others in every Islamic issue; all of this has been done in the hope of subduing any internal protesting movement and encountering others externally such as Iran or Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime. In the light of lacking the human resources and because of the absence of an industrial infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi family has relied in its political administration on paying funds, by funding societies and groups holding violent and extremist beliefs all over the world. However, the real reason for stability in Saudi Arabia and for the stable Saudi family regime originates from the agreement made in 1945 between the King( Abdel A'ziz Al Saud) and the American president (Franklin Roosevelt), which stated American protection for the Saudi regime in exchange of a guarantee by the ruling family to keep the oil flowing to America." Here Choeut words end. Now and after the Arab revolutions encompassing the Arab region, there is a geo-political redesign for the map both regionally and internationally according to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Alain Juppé. The features of this aggressive map, as seen by the elite in the West, does not fit with the continuity of the regime in Saudi Arabia in its present form, because the Arab changes due would make the western countries' support for this regime a heavy burden on them, which subsequently would mean more hostility against the Arab nations, which in turn never fear their regimes anymore. "Undoubtedly, the changes are going to extend to Saudi Arabia," a French academic expert in the Arab affairs says adding, " The new concepts and the current variables must collide on with the Saudi hard regime and they will topple it."
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