[Dr. Saad Al Faqih]: Historically, what is the political system that resembles Saudi Arabia? The Umayyad state, the Abbasid state, the Ottomans, the Mamluks, the Almoravids, the Idrisids, the Fatimids, non-Muslim states? In fact, there’s no regime that resembles that of the Al-Sauds. If we take the Umayyad and Abbasid states in their early phases, they were strong states and superpowers that were independent. Quite the contrary. They were the ones engaging in conquests.
[Dr. Saad Al-Faqih]: How should we characterize the Saudi regime? Unbelieving? Unjust? Degenerate? Just? Righteous? Of course, to characterize it as just and righteous is something no one has done. Even those that defend the regime say that it’s trying to be right, It’s not a just regime, and it’s not based on Shura (consultation). They acknowledge that it’s a monarchical and autocratic regime, but it’s better for us than other systems. Even those defending the regime say this. So, it’s not just nor righteous. Instead, it’s degenerate and unjust. That much is undeniable.
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih]: Are Iran and Israel truly enemies? This conspiracy theory that Israel and Iran and the US are all in agreement with each other, and that Russia and the US are in agreement, and that China is part of that game, and that the whole world is a stage, I ask of you to please let go of that idea. These powers are in a real struggle against each other. However, most of them take into consideration the international forces at play, unlike some of the jihadi movements that don’t believe in taking into consideration the international forces at play. They believe in taking into consideration the international forces at play, and they believe in pragmatism, and so, they prioritize their interests over their principles in many cases.
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih]: What will be the repercussions on us of a strike against Iran? I’ve spoken about this numerous times. The Houthis will invade us from the south. The Iraqi Shiite ‘Al-Hashd Al-Sha’bi’ (Popular Mobilization Forces) will invade from the north. The pro-Iran sleeper cells based in our country (Saudi Arabia) and who are estimated at 15,000-20,000 trained and armed personnel, will immediate launch an organized and coordinated military attack. 20,000 missiles will rain down on the oil rigs throughout the Arabian Gulf, from Kuwait down to the UAE.
[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih]: Were Ibn Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen ‘palace scholars’? Ibn Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen and many of the previous scholars who have passed away were aligned with the (Saudi) regime, of course. There’s no doubt about this. They were giving fatwas (religious decrees) in line with what the regime wanted. All the statements issued by the ‘Council of Senior Scholars’ were in favor of the regime. They always gave fatwas against those that criticized the regime. That’s for sure.