Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Is Muslim Disunity the Enemy?

Director’s Comment: In a statement read on his behalf at the Muslim World League conference on July 31, 2010, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was quoted saying that disunity is Muslims’ greatest enemy. Two questions come to mind: Have Muslims ever been united, and if miraculously they can be, what would their unity accomplish for their mostly disenfranchised, impoverished, scientifically and technologically backward peoples? The answer is that nothing would come from Muslim unity except strengthening the hand of theocrats and their institutions that deny most Muslims their basic human rights. Most Muslim countries have done very little to advance their lagging societies individually, so things could only get worse with united theocracies.

The Saudi government and its domestic, regional and international Islamic charities and agents have been working on all fronts to unite and mobilize the faithful against non-Muslims, especially the West. It has been ubiquitously documented that the Saudi government has been paying for most Muslim institutions and groups throughout the world for decades and this financing has intensified since the 9/11 attack on the U.S. by mostly Saudi nationals.

The Saudi government has been investing handsomely in the economies of the 57 member states and entities of the Organization of Islamic Congress, including $400 billion in the Turkish economy over the coming four years. In short, the Saudi government is using its petrodollar revenues not to modernize its society, but instead to promote its austere brand of Islam, Wahhabism. The Saudi ruling family uses a variety of channels and methods, especially the Muslim World League among others, to spread Wahhabism throughout the world, including in the U.S. The Saudi government’s objective is to establish extremist and loyal Muslim communities throughout the world on which it could rely to promote the Saudi ruling elites’ interests. They have succeeded in achieving this goal in many Muslim and non-Muslim countries. The only beneficiaries of united Muslims would be the Saudi autocrats and theocrats.
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