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Deism versus Islam
Saudi Arabia's Export of Radical Islam
by Adrian Morgan
Part 1: Wahhabi Mosques and Schools Recruit Terrorists
Part 2: Saudis Funding Islamist Centers Of Hate
Part 3: What the Mosques Preach
Also see The only good infidel is a dead infidel
Over the last week [early January 2007], several items in the world
news have highlighted the problem of Saudi Arabia, a supposed ally in
the War on Terror, funding mosques which promote the same extremism
and calls for jihad which create terror.
There is a certain hypocrisy
about the Saudis exporting any form of Islam abroad, as the
undemocratic kingdom prohibits any symbols of other faiths from being
imported. Crucifixes, Bibles are forbidden. Guest workers proliferate
in the kingdom, but if any attempt to hold Christian prayer and
worship, they are jailed.
Saudi Arabia is listed by the US Commission on International Religious
Freedom as one of the "countries of particular concern", for its
violations. Under the terms of the 1998 International Religious
Freedom Act (IRFA), Saudi Arabia is placed on a watch list by the US
In September 2005, Eritrea became the first nation
to be given sanctions under the terms of the IRFA yet Saudi Arabia,
whose repression equals Eritrea, was given a 180 day "waiver", to
allow it time for "continuation of discussions leading to progress on
important religious freedom issues."
Even for Muslims in Saudi Arabia, strict Wahhabism denies people
basic rights. A Salafist doctrine, it was originated in 1744 by
Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-1792), who used violent enforcers
called muttawa, mutawi or mutawi'oon to ensure obedience. Nowadays
these muttawa, or religious policemen, enact the promotion of virtue
and prevention of vice.
The muttawa are draconian, causing 15
schoolgirls to die on Monday, March 11, 2002 when a fire broke out at
a girl's school dormitory. Several girls tried to escape the burning
building, but were met by members of the muttawa, who found the girls
not dressed in appropriate attire. They beat the girls to send them
back into the flames. The muttawa also prevented fireman from
approaching to deal with the conflagration
The muttawa's powers were slightly reduced in May 2006, but
their repression continues. On June 6, 2006 a 70-year old Saudi woman
was placed in jail because she went into a shop where only a male
shopkeeper was present. The elderly and disabled woman was arrested by
muttawa because she had been "in close proximity to a man"
The muttawa are involved in destroying national monuments
which had survived since the time of Mohammed, lest they become places
of pilgrimage. In 1998, the grave of Amina bint Wahb (Mohammed's
mother) was destroyed. The house of Khadija, Mohammed's first wife,
has been replaced with lavatories. Only 20 structures from the time of
Islam's prophet now remain. (picture).
Saudi Wahabbism evolved with the expansionist ambitions of the al-Saud tribe, who now comprise the Saudi "Royal" family, and hold all the important positions in the so-called government. Were in not for Saudi oil reserves, the kingdom would be written off as a tin-pot dictatorship of the worst order. Yet this repressive apology for a nation, where the victim of a gang-rape was subjected to a punishment of 90 lashes in November 2006, exports its backwards ideology throughout the world.
In southern Adelaide, Australia, construction of Park Holme mosque was
halted this month, because the foreign minister, Alexander Downer
ordered that the Saudi government should not be funding the building.
The mosque had been a haunt of immigrant Warya Kanie, who was captured
in Iraq last year, fighting against the coalition.
Downer said: "There has been concern internationally, not
specifically to Australia, about some elements in Saudi Arabia which
is the heartland of Wahhabism and Sufism... trying to spread that
particular extremist interpretation of Islam. Historically the Saudi
Arabian Government has provided funding (to overseas mosques), I'm not
saying there's anything illegitimate about that... but we can
obviously express a view to the Saudi Arabian government."
Downer appears to confuse Sufism, an apolitical form of Islam with Salafism, a rigid and orthodox expression of the faith.
(See Sufism: The Deviated (Muslim) Path.
This month, the government in Italy announced that it would be
introducing monitoring of foreign donations to Islamic schools and
mosques. Giuliana Amato, the interior minister said he had little
control over money entering the country, particularly from foreign
governments. He said: "There's something I don't like about it. In the
future, I want to understand who is financing what."
In 2005 the Saudi royal family approved plans to construct 4,500
Islamic seminaries or madrassas in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri
Lanka. The cost of this operation is an estimated $35 million. The aim
of these madrassas is to promote "modern and liberal education with
An examination of Saudi Arabia's "modern and liberal" education was
published in Spring, 2006 by Freedom House, entitled Saudi Arabia's
Curriculum of Intolerance. This report analyzed textbooks in Saudi
schools which maintained that "Jews and the Christians are enemies of
the believer" and that the "clash between the two realms is
Students were told not to greet, befriend, imitate or
respect unbelievers. Spreading Islam through jihad was said to be a
"religious duty". These textbooks are employed in the education of 5
million children in 25,000 schools in Saudi Arabia, and at hundreds of
Earlier, another report was published by Freedom House in the
winter of 2004-5, entitled Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill
American Mosques. Volunteer researchers were sent to 15 US
mosques, and gathered more than 200 books and publications. The
majority of these tracts were written in Arabic. These told
worshippers to reject Christianity, as "churches are houses of God and
that God is worshiped therein is an infidel."
The publications also told people to hate their non-Muslim servants, demanded that women be shrouded in veils, and forbade Muslims from being employed in the service of an unbeliever. The mosques where such materials were gathered were in California, Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and Washington DC.
A report by terror analyst Jean-Charles Brisard, compiled for the UN Security Council in December 2002, stated that between 1992 and 2002, al-Qaeda received between $300 million and $500 million from Saudi businessmen and banks. This represented 20% of Saudi GNP.
According to Brisard, Abdullah Bin Abul Moshin al Turki, the secretary general of the Muslim World League (founded in Mecca in 1962), entered into business negotiations in Spain with Muhammad Zouaydi in 1999. Zouaydi was al-Qaida's main fundraiser in Europe. Abdullah al Turki was an adviser to the late King Fahd. In November 2003, Turki was awarded a prize by King Abdullah for his missionary work.
The Saudis have long encouraged almsgiving, or zakat, but even when
these charity donations helped to fund terror, they seemed unwilling
to take responsibility. In November 2002, Prince Salman, governor of
Riyadh Province and brother of King Fahd, said: "If beneficiaries had
used assistance for evil acts, that is not our responsibility at all."
Such attitudes have only helped to fog the issues of Saudi funding and influence in relation to extremism and terrorism. On December 22, 2003 a letter from the Senate Finance Committee was sent to the IRS, requesting information on 25 organizations operating on US soil, which were suspected of funding terrorism.
Among these were two Saudi-based charities, Al Haramain and the
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO). The latter charity's
funds were strictly controlled by Prince Salman, who in 2002 claimed
not to care about the ultimate destinations of zakat. Documents
recovered in Palestinian territories in 2002-3 under Israel's
Operation Defensive Shield found that $280,000 had been sent by
IIRO to charities run by the terrorist group Hamas. Prince Sultan,
Saudi's defense minister, is a major contributor to IIRO funding.
The US Treasury has designated international branches of Al-Haramain and IIRO. Philippines IIRO (headed by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law) and Indonesia IIRO were designated on August 3, 2006, but perhaps for diplomatic reasons, the Saudi branches have not been designated. IIRO has links with the Muslim World League. In December 2005, the head of the Virginia branch of MWL, Abdullah Alnoshan was deported. He had been arrested in July by immigration and FBI officials from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, accused of utilizing fake employment documents.
On Wednesday, July 13, 2005, US Treasury undersecretary Stuart Levey claimed that rich Saudi individuals were a "significant source" of global Islamist terror funding. Levey told a Senate committee hearing on terror financing that the Muslim World League and other Saudi charities "continue to cause us concern". The claims were denied by the secretary general of the Muslim World League. Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki has frequently condemned terrorism, but the MWL has a strong Wahhabist agenda.
According to the Jamestown Foundation, the MWL spreads "radical and
vehemently anti-American" propaganda, and also has an agenda
specifically targeting Europe. The Saudis began a policy of globally
disseminating their brand of Sunni Islam during the 1980s, as a
reaction to the Iranian (Shia) revolution. According to former CIA
director R. James Woolsey, the Saudis have spent nearly $90 billion
spreading their ideology around the globe since the 1970s.
One individual who was religiously educated for several years in
Saudi Arabia was Abdullah al-Faisal. Faisal arrived in Britain in
1991, sponsored by Saudi religious authorities. For 12 years he
preached up and down the country, preaching at mosques and Islamic
centers. During this time he never did a day's honest work, and
claimed welfare benefits.
The costs of his extensive travel around
Britain would not have been covered by state benefits alone. A friend
of Abu Hamza, the hook-handed Islamist who preached war against Jews
and infidels, Faisal's sermons were no less inflammatory.
Faisal was born in Jamaica as Trevor William Forest, to devout
Christian parents. He had left Jamaica aged 16, gone to South America
and finally arrived in Saudi Arabia. He studied Islam at university in
Riyadh. On he was finally jailed on charges of "soliciting murder" and
These were the same charges with which Hamza was
convicted on February 7, 2006. Outside the Old Bailey courtroom where
he was convicted, Muslims denounced the sentence of nine years imposed
upon Faisal. This sentence was later reduced to seven years.
Bizarrely, setting an uncomfortable precedent in British law, no
Jews or Hindus were allowed to serve as jury members. It was also
revealed that during the trial of the officially "poor" cleric, the
judge, Peter Beaumont, had received a letter from Scotland, offering a
£50,000 ($98,000) bribe.
Faisal's sermons took the Saudi Wahhabist ideology to extremes. The materials which appear shocking in Saudi textbooks and mosque guidebooks seem tame, compared to Faisal's utterances. He taught mothers not to bring up their sons as "wimps", but to prime for jihad by buying them toy guns and weaponry.
He claimed that it was acceptable for Muslims to kill Jews, Hindus
or Americans. These are a few of his statements:
- "You all have to strike against America anywhere in the
world you are. Is that clear? You have to learn how to shoot, to fly
planes, to drive tanks and you have to learn how to load your guns and
to use missiles."
- "You can use chemical weapons to exterminate the non-believer. If
you have cockroaches in your house you can spray them, yes with
chemicals, chemicals. Who has more dignity, the cockroach or the
unbeliever? If you spray the cockroach, spray the Hindu."
- "Liberty can never be achieved by democracy. The way forward can
never be the ballot; the way forward is the bullet. Islam was spread
by the sword, today it has got to be spread by the Kalashnikov."
- "When you have a legitimate target you strike at it. If women and children die they are collateral damage"
- "Christians and Jews will never accept you until you follow
their evil and corrupted way of life."
One statement he made ominously suggested that the Saudi royal
family sponsored terror. He said: "Do you, like many, cry because you
are poor? If so, wage jihad! Look at all the money stashed away in
Swiss banks. There's bank in Brunei where King Fahd has deposited 30
million dollars. If you are suffering from poverty, wage jihad and see
the money pour into your hands."
Faisal said that Princess Diana and Prince Philip would be "tossed
into the hellfire to abide forever". He claimed that British law was
"put together by the henchmen of Satan, people who are gays and devil
worshippers." He even suggested that power stations should be fueled
with the bodies of slaughtered Hindus.
After Faisal's conviction, his veiled Pakistani-born wife Zubaida
tried to justify her husband's statements. She said: "When he said,
'If you see a Hindu walking down the road you are allowed to kill him
and take his money', he was talking about a war-like situation such as
the problems between Muslims and Hindus in Kashmir." She continued:
"When he said, 'How wonderful it is to kill a kaffir, he was quoting
from holy scriptures. He is a man of God, a good father, and a very
good husband. If he were a terrorist, he would not have chosen to
speak in public."
Though he may not have been a terrorist, Faisal's preachings were
disseminated on audio cassettes and DVDs and his sermons were, like
those of Abu Hamza, heard by people who went on to commit terror. He
was also a friend of James Ujaama. Jermaine Lindsay, one of the 7/7
bombers, had a collection of Faisal's tapes at his home, which were
found after he blew himself up. The leader of the four-man cell which
killed 52 people on London Transport was Mohammed Sidique Khan.
Khan, and also Shehzad Tanweer, another 7/7 bomber, had worshipped
at the Al-Madina Masjid mosque in Tunstall Road, Beeston. Abdullah
al-Faisal had preached at this mosque, and Khan had been in
attendance. The senior imam at this mosque, Hamid Ali, has called the
four bombers Faisal's "children". The imam recalled that when Abdullah
al-Faisal preached, Mohammed Sidique Khan asked him several questions.
Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's anti-terrorism unit, said
after Faisal's conviction: "We will never know how many of those
young, impressionable people whom El-Faisal spoke to then went abroad
to areas of conflict or training camps and have never returned. We
have very good grounds for believing that some people actually did go
abroad as a result of listening to him."
Whether Faisal continued to be funded by Saudi Arabia after he was
paid to journey to Britain is unknown. But it is plain that it was in
Saudi Arabia, exposed to the Wahhabist doctrines taught at the Imam
Ibn Saud University in Riyadh, that Faisal became radicalized.
Adrian Morgan is a British based writer and artist who has written for
Western Resistance since its inception. He also writes for Spero News.
He has previously contributed to various publications, including the
Guardian and New Scientist and is a former Fellow of the Royal
This series appeared in Family Security Matters, beginning with
Part 1: January 15, 2007, www.familysecuritymatters.org/terrorism.php?id=600205:
Part 2: January 16, 2007, www.familysecuritymatters.org/terrorism.php?id=609192
Part 3: January 17, 2007, www.familysecuritymatters.org/index.php?id=615881
Excerpts from Will Durant's The Age of Faith Pages 162-186 Pub. 1950
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