By Latheef Farook –
Stoning to death a Sri Lankan woman in Saudi is not in accordance with Islamic Shariah; says a Sri Lankan Muslim scholar
As the birthplace of Islam and the site of Islam’s two holiest cities, Makka and Madina, Saudi Arabia have been dear to the hearts of a billion and half Muslims worldwide. However the autocratic tribal racist family regime there was installed by Britain, France and Zionist Jews, in the aftermath of World War 1.
The concept of tribalism, monarch, royal family and family rule are contrary to Islamic teachings which uphold equality of men and women and the entire humanity without any barrier such as caste, race or colour.
Thus the question whether a regime which is not based on the teachings of Holy Quran and has become a proven threat to Islam and Muslims can selectively enforce Islamic laws. Commenting on this Sri Lankan Islamic scholar M Mifly had this to state;
“This punishment is not in accordance with Shariah law even though it is mentioned in the sayings of the Prophet which is the integral part of Shariah. On the contrary it is the domestic law of Saudi Arabia (KSA) which is binding on every person entering that country to follow it as per the international law. Any country has freedom to call its law in any name be it Shariah, Western or anything else. However Shariah is not a brand name or monopoly of any person. It is a principle and code of life.
Any punishment purportedly given under the Shariah law needs to be in complete compliance with not only letters of Shariah but with spirit of it also.
Shariah is a divine law of which primary objectives are protection of one’s life, wealth, dignity and gene. The distinctive feature of Shariah is that it takes the side of the victim not of the perpetrator.
The Shariah does not impose its law blindly on anyone for the sake of law. The basic prerequisite principle of imposition of any Shariah law especially criminal law is the creation of conducive environment so that all the avenues to possible commission of such crime would have been blocked. (This is called in Shariah as “Sadduz Zareeah”).
When we analyze the Sri Lankan maid’s case, the conducive environment of blocking the avenues to such crimes (Sadduz Zareeah) were not created by several stakeholders including Governments of KSA, Sri Lanka, her family and her community.
Allowing a young lady without being accompanied by her husband or close relative to enter KSA and creation of an atmosphere that prevented her from fulfilling her sexual needs are few crimes committed by KSA in terms of Shariah.
The Government of Sri Lanka, her family including her husband and her community are too accountable to this remorseful plight that this innocent lady fallen in. We compelled her to go there away from her loved ones by not discharging our social responsibilities towards these poor and destitute ones.
Under these similar circumstances, Shariah does not impose its law on the offenders of the law, simply because the offender is not one and only guilty the others too directly or indirectly become accomplice in the commission of the crime. Under these circumstances, Shariah imposes the lesser punishment (which is called in Shariah as “Tha’zeer”).
The classic example is that during the rule of Great Caliph Umar, there was unexpected widespread poverty. Therefore, the Ruler Caliph Umar suspended the sentences for theft as the people would be compelled to steal the goods under these compelling circumstances.
Therefore, I am of the firm belief that this poor housemaid can be saved from capital punishment in terms of Shariah provided Saudi Arabia strictly follows the Shariah law.Thus concluded Mifly.
Saudi regime was created by European colonial powers to serve their interests.
For example the founder of Saudi regime Abdul Aziz Ibn Al Saud, a tribal leader who established his control over Nejd with the capture of Riyadh early in the last century, supported Britain, France and Zionist Jews to defeat Turkey’s Ottoman Empire. In return British and the Zionist Jews plotting to destroy the Muslim Ottoman Empire, its caliphate and to weaken Muslim world, concluded a Treaty of Friendship with Al Saud in 1916.
During World War I, the Ottomans lost Makka, Jeddah and Madina in 1919. Ottoman governor Shareef Hussein declared himself the Caliph of Makka on 7 March 1924, four days after the abolition of the caliphate on 3 March 1924.
Britain and the Zionists provided weapons, bribed with money and got Al Saud to attack Shareef Hussein. Shareef was defeated and Al Saud established his rule over Makka and Madina and introduced the Wahhabi rule, which was hostile to the system of caliphate.
Thus the caliphate system, which has been the rallying point for Muslims all over the world, was wiped out and the British and Jewish control over the region was strengthened with Abdel Aziz in the helm. This situation continues to date.
The Al Saudi family’s relations with the United States began as early as 1930 when the US began manoeuvring to exploit the Arabs to promote Jewish interests. President Roosevelt offered a bribe of US$50 million to Ibn Saud in 1943 to use his influence to get other Arab leaders to support the plan to create a Jewish state of Israel.
In the subsequent years the Saudi regime’s role in the military conflicts triggered by the Zionists which destabilised the Middle East was shameful treachery.
For example, alarmed at the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 ,Saudi regime, with Israel and its western masters, got Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to declare war on Iran causing the eight year Iran-Iraq war which killed more than a million Muslims besides destroying oil rich Iraq and Iran.
The war ended and Israel felt threatened by battle hardened Iraqi armed forces. US tricked Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait and precipitated the Kuwaiti crisis .Under the pretext of liberating Kuwait, US led coalition destroyed Iraq besides killings hundreds of thousands innocent Iraqis. Saudi regime spent an unbudgeted US$62 billion in 1990 and 1991 to finance this US led war to destabilise the Middle East to the benefit of the West and Israel.
Many Saudis openly defied and criticised their regime. As expected, a number of imams, preachers and Muslim scholars were arrested for expressing their views during the Gulf crisis. Perhaps they are still in underground prisons.
Then came the 2003 US led invasion of Iraq, an almost developed country, turned into a killing field. Saudis provided all assistance for US and British aircrafts which bombed destroyed and killed Iraqis.
Saudi regime sided with Israel every time Israel invaded Gaza causing death and destruction to suffering Palestinians.
Saudi regime also crushed all democracy movements in the Middle East.
Saudi regime played a decisive role in toppling democratic governments in Algeria and in the occupied West Bank and Gaza following the free and fair elections there in 2006 .Saudi, together with UAE and Kuwait, spent eleven billion dollars to topple the first ever elected Egypt’s democratic government of Mohamed Morsi and kill more than 2500 innocent Muslims.
The list of Saudi war crimes continues and now Saudi is busy slaughtering poverty stricken Yemenis since March this year.
Meanwhile the lifestyle of the Saudi’s ruling family members has been in total contradiction to Islamic teachings and shameful to Muslims worldwide. For example in Islam rulers were entitled to a salary as it happened during the rule of great Caliph Omar and others unlike in Saudi Arabia where the nation’s entire wealth is in the hands of the ruler and the ruling family.
Few have penetrated the closed world of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, with its enormous wealth, the lavish lifestyles of its princes and their private passions. Those who do know the truth are usually well rewarded to hold their tongues. And it certainly is a big family. So today a legion of 8,000 Saudi princes occupies the most important and high-paying jobs and keep the economy in a chokehold of nepotism.
Ill-treatment of people of Middle Eastern, Asian and African origins has been a common topic of discussions.
They allow no freedom of speech or press. Every non-Saudi knows that if he gets caught saying something unflattering about a member of the royal family, he could even vanish. Political parties are not permitted. Activists are arrested and tortured, including electric shock and flogging. Judges are influenced by the royal family and they can be overruled by the king.
Human Rights Records
Saudi Arabia has also been under severe criticism from several rights organisations over its human rights records.
Condemning the Saudi criminal justice system and the strict punishments, many accused the regime of following one law for the Westerners and another for poor Asian and African workers, who were outraged when two British nurses convicted of murder in 1997, were allowed to go home following a visit to the country by British war criminal Tony Blair
Unfortunately for the poor and the oppressed, Saudi Arabia, the most oppressive regime in the planet, is big business for so called champions of human rights in the West as it is the largest oil producer in the world and a huge buyer of arms and other equipment besides providing jobs for tens of thousands of Western expatriates. As long as that equation continues, calls for any probe into the Saudi justice system, supposed to be reflecting Islamic Shania, are likely to remain muted from Western governments.
For all its wealth and desperate double-dealing to stay in power Saudi Arabia is an extremely vulnerable nation. The Saudi monarchs live in constant fear of their own disgruntled people. They fear an implosion from within their family, army and National Guard. They live in apprehension that the US or even Israel might seize their oil fields. And they dread that time may be running out for their kingdom built on sand, that may be expunged by the tide of a people’s uprising.
Over the years today Saudi Arabia and Israel have become two sides of the same anti Muslim coin. Under the circumstance it is highly unlikely that the Sri Lankan Muslim woman who is due to be stoned to death will be spared of her life.