[Host:] During the Crown Prince’s (Mohammed Bin Salman) visit to Pakistan, he expressed hopes of striking deals for cooperation between the two countries. According to media reports, these deals that MBS intends to ink are worth over $20 billion. Observers said that this visit is an attempt to break the isolation that Mohammed Bin Salman experienced after that he was explicitly accused by international parties of being implicated in the assassination of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
[Host:] The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, paid a visit to the Holy Mosque in Mecca, and took a walk on the roof of the Noble Ka’bah together with a number of his entourage, after that the courtyard and surrounding areas of the Ka’bah were cleared of Umrah pilgrims and prayer attendees. Saudi media reported that the crown prince’s visit to the Holy Mosque today was to oversee the expansion projects and the services offered to Umrah pilgrims. He performed circumabulation (Tawaf) of the Ka’bah and climbed on its rooftop.
[Dr. Saad Al-Faqih:] A lot of people have commented on Turkey’s statements about Khashoggi, but the beautiful thing about this, which I would like to add is that when Erdogan stated that the Crown Prince (of Saudi Arabia) and the Foreign Minister and the Saudi officials are all lying, and that they never told anything true at all, and that all their statements are lies, this is a provocation. True, it has not reached the level of incriminating Mohammed Bin Salman, but just this statement is a provocation towards MBS, and not a mild provocation. It’s a major provocation.
[Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid:] It’s a fact that one of the hurdles standing in the way of our Arab and Muslim worlds is the deeply-entrenched political and societal innovations (Bid’ah) and heresies that have been enabled by a perverted religious discourse.
The other issue is the changing of the Islamic pledge of allegiance (Bay’ah) to obey the Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) from a pledge out of one’s free will to a pledge under coercion and thus denying the social contract. In this country (Saudi Arabia), our culture is still a desert culture, and there’s still the belief that the sword is the way to solve problems. The main hurdle in the Saudi regime is that it’s a despotic system, under which it’s impossible to have independence of the judiciary. Despotic rule, absolute monarchy, cannot have an independent judiciary.
[Dr. Saad Al-Faqih:] We’re talking about the ways and means used by tyrants, in the example of Pharaoh, and the description of him given in the Quran, and his way of ruling, and his way of dealing with his people, and his way of dealing with his opponents, in which case it is the Prophet of Allah, Moses, [pbuh]. Then, we will compare this case as described by the Quran with today’s tyrants, particularly the Al-Sauds. Perhaps, you will come to the conclusion that Pharaoh’s case, despite all his tyranny and the Quran’s rebuke of him, is much better than our rulers in particular, in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques (Saudi Arabia). This may baffle you, but stick with me and see the comparison for yourself, and you might become convinced of that. Generally, tyrants who have the ability to rule with an iron fist and impose a totalitarian rule, also have the ability to boast of their power.