(Video): Mecca or Las Vegas? Why Saudis destroyed Islam’s holiest sites – English Subtitles

The destruction of sites associated with early Islam is an ongoing phenomenon that has occurred mainly in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia, particularly around the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The demolition has focused on mosques, burial sites, homes and historical locations associated with the Islamic prophet Muhammad and many of the founding personalities of early Islamic history. In Saudi Arabia, many of the demolitions have officially been part of the continued expansion of the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina and their auxiliary service facilities in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people performing the pilgrimage.

Concerns are growing among Muslims as Saudi authorities plan to destroy the birthplace of Prophet Mohammad in the holy city of Mecca. Reports say under the plan, the historic site will be destroyed and replaced with a royal palace for King Abdullah for his visits to Mecca. The work is part of a multibillion-dollar construction project in the holy city which has already resulted in the destruction of hundreds of historic monuments. Saudi Officials claim that the plan aims to expand al-Masjid al-Haram, or the Grand Mosque to host more pilgrims. Riyadh is under fire for mass destruction of historic buildings in Mecca. Some reports say up to 95 percent of Mecca’s millennium-old buildings have been destroyed to be replaced with luxury hotels and shopping malls.

 

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(Video): How British Empire & America gave rise to Kings of Saudi Arabia – English subtitles

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Senior Arab political analyst and writer Anees Naqqash recounts how the British Empire played a decisive role in the creation and regional rise of the modern state of Saudi Arabia, and how the Americans later provided protection in exchange for control over Saudi oil.

According to Naqqash, who is a prominent feature on Lebanese and Arab media, the Saudi royal family has for decades been used by the British and Americans due to their political and economic expediency.

Naqqash was speaking at an event promoting his new book ‘A look at the course of future transformations to the Gulf’.

Source: Al-Wafa’a Islamic Party (YouTube)

Date: 6 October, 2018

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Saudi Arabia tries to gain information for a military action in Qatar السعودية تجسّ النبض لعمل عسكري في قطر

Saudi Arabia tries to gain information for a military action in Qatar

أغسطس 8, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The Saudis intended to insult Qatar and to deal with it as a non- sovereign country, when they refused to organize Qatari pilgrimage campaign to Saudi Arabia, and when they decided to open the door individually to the Qataris who want to send an application for performing Hajj through the website, and thus they will have a temporary passport at the airport once they arrive in exchange of handing over their Qatari passports to be received again at departure. This procedure has intelligence intentions by opening the way to recruit the Qatari opposition on the occasion of Hajj, so it is difficult to trace them as traitors by their governments under the pretext of the participation in the religious rites. So those who are recruited by Saudi Arabia will be lost among the lists of pilgrims, in addition, there are not any easy means to know who have met the invitation but only by recruiting informants among their ranks, as long as the traveling must be from a third country since the Qatari passports will not get an entry visa to Saudi Arabia.

The Qataris responded by booking on the website and disconnecting it from inside Qatar, they considered that the Saudi procedure is a political exploitation of the Hajj season, they suggested to send a complaint to the International Court of Justice under this title, but the Saudi response came quickly accompanied with a solidarity of the boycotting countries which participate in the crisis with Qatar. The response considers that the doubtful Qatari position of the Saudi administration of Hajj season is a call to internationalize the religious rites, and thus it is as “an announcement of war” according to the declaration of the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. He added that his government will reserve the right to reply to this position according to what is considered by a declaration of war.

The Saudi position was not a reaction to the Qatari position. In the Qatari responses there was an indication to the accusation of Qatar of being subordinated to Iran in the call to internationalize Hajj season, knowing that the internationalization was not a clear demand in the Qatari response as much as it is a Saudi interpretation of the Qatari legal complaint in front of the International Court which may ignore the cause, or will render a judgment to oblige Saudi Arabia to coordinate with the Qatari government in organizing the participation of its citizens away from the political relations between the two governments, but the linkage to Iran is due to the fact that Iran has called publicly for the internationalization of hajj seasons and managing them towards the permanent administration of the holy sites, it identified a formula which it tried to promote on the Islamic countries regarding this administration. But Riyadh did not issue any comment that considers the Iranian position as a declaration of war, so this means that the accusation of the declaration of war is addressed to Qatar not to the one who is proposing the administration of Hajj season by Saudi into circulation whether totally or partially.

The Saudis feel with agony whenever they remember that the crisis with Qatar lasts more than the expectation, and whenever they notice that the international and the regional situations are surrounding the crisis through a stable static, while they feel that Doha is comforted to its position in the light of the American position, which its ceiling is a media support of the Saudi position and a real dealing with how to employ the crisis in favor of US gains with each of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, on the other hand there were European and Russian positions that stick not to allow the escalation of the crisis on one hand, and the Saudi control on Qatar on the other hand in the light of the Turkish-Iranian positions that support Qatar implicitly

Saudi Arabia tries to gain information under a religious pretext for the escalation militarily through the vocabulary of ” a declaration of war” in order to impose new dynamism for the crisis, whether through the escalation of war,  so this opens a negotiation on a hot skate that achieves some gains and justifies the end of the crisis from a superior Saudi position or through a military process that is desired by the Saudis from the first day, if they ensure that the process will not turn into a confrontation with Turkey or Iran on one hand, and if they ensure the quickness of the operational success. But the two matters are questionable, so trying to gain information is not the first shot in the war.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

السعودية تجسّ النبض لعمل عسكري في قطر

ناصر قنديل

يوليو 31, 2017

– تقصّد السعوديون إهانة قطر ومعاملتها كدولة فاقدة للسيادة عندما رفضوا تنظيم بعثة حجّ قطرية إلى السعودية، وقرّروا فتح الباب فردياً للقطريين الراغبين بالحجّ للتقدّم بطلباتهم عبر موقع إلكتروني والحصول على جواز سفر مؤقت على المطار حين وصولهم مقابل تسليم جوازاتهم القطرية لاستردادها في طريق العودة، ويحمل التدبير في ما يحمل نيات استخبارية بفتح المجال لتجنيد المعارضين القطريين بمناسبة موسم الحج، فيصعب تقفي أثرهم كعملاء من قبل حكومتهم، لأنّ الذريعة هي المشاركة في شعائر دينية، والمجنّدين مع السعودية يضيعون بين لوائح الحجاج. هذا إضافة لعدم توفر وسائل سهلة لمعرفة مَن هم الذين استجابوا للدعوة إلا عن طريق دسّ مخبرين بين صفوفهم، طالما السفر يجب أن يتمّ من بلد ثالث والجوازات القطرية لن تحصُل على سمة دخول للسعودية.

– ردّ القطريون بالحجز على الموقع وقطع التواصل معه من داخل قطر، واعتبروا الإجراء السعودي استغلالاً سياسياً لإدارة موسم الحج، ولوّحت بالتوجه لمحكمة العدل الدولية بشكوى على السعودية تحت هذا العنوان ليأتي الردّ السعودي سريعاً مصحوباً بتضامن دول المقاطعة المشاركة في الأزمة مع قطر. والردّ يعتبر الموقف القطري المشكك في الإدارة السعودية لموسم الحج دعوة لتدويل الشعائر الدينية، وبالتالي هو بمثابة «إعلان حرب»، وفقاً لتصريح وزير الخارجية السعودي عادل الجبير، مضيفاً أنّ حكومته ستحتفظ بحق الردّ على هذا الموقف بما يتناسب مع اعتباره إعلان حرب.

– الموقف السعودي ليس رداً على الموقف القطري، ولا بحجمه أصلاً، وقد ورد في الردود السعودية اتهام لقطر بالتبعية لإيران في الدعوة لتدويل موسم الحجّ، علماً أنّ التدويل ليس مطلباً واضحاً في الردّ القطري بقدر ما هو تأويل سعودي للتلويح القطري بالشكوى القانونية أمام محكمة دولية قد تردّ القضية، أو تُصدر حكماً بإلزام السعودية بالتنسيق مع الحكومة القطرية بأحسن حال في تنظيم مشاركة مواطنيها بمعزل عن العلاقات السياسية بين الحكومتين، لكن الربط بإيران يستحضر حقيقة أنّ إيران دعت علناً لتدويل مواسم الحج وإدارتها وصولاً للإدارة الدائمة للأماكن المقدسة، وحدّدت صيغة حاولت تسويقها لدى الدول الإسلامية لهذه الإدارة، ولم يخرج عن الرياض تعليق يعتبر الموقف الإيراني إعلان حرب، ما يعني أنّ الاتهام بإعلان حرب موجّه لقطر وليس لكلّ من يذهب تلميحاً أو تصريحاً، كلياً أو جزئياً لطرح إدارة السعودية لموسم الحج في التداول.

– يشعر السعوديون بالضيق كلما تذكّروا أنّ الأزمة مع قطر تطول أكثر مما توقعوا، وكلما انتبهوا إلى أنّ الوضعين الدولي والإقليمي يحيطان الأزمة بستاتيكو لا يتيح تحريكها إلى الأمام. وهم يستشعرون أنّ الدوحة مرتاحة لوضعها في ظلّ موقف أميركي سقفه تأييد إعلامي للموقف السعودي وتعامل واقعي مع كيفية توظيف الأزمة لمكاسب أميركية من كلّ من قطر والسعودية، وفي المقابل مواقف أوروبية وروسية متمسّكة بعدم السماح بتصعيد الأزمة من جهة، وبسيطرة السعودية على قطر من جهة أخرى، في ظلّ موقفين تركي وإيراني داعمين ضمناً لقطر.

– تجسّ السعودية النبض بذريعة دينية لفرصة تصعيد تريده عسكرياً عبر مفردة «إعلان حرب» لفرض دينامية جديدة للأزمة، سواء عبر تصعيد يلوّح بالحرب فيفتح تفاوضاً على نار حامية يحقق سقفاً من المكاسب يبرّر إنهاء الأزمة، من موقع سعودي متفوّق، أو يأخذ الأمور إلى عملية عسكرية يرغبها السعوديون من اليوم الأول، إذا ضمنوا عدم تحوّل العملية إلى مواجهة مع تركيا أو إيران، من جهة، وضمنوا سرعة النجاح العملياتي من جهة أخرى، والأمران مشكوك فيهما، ولهذا جسّ النبض ليس طلقة أولى في الحرب.

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The death toll from last month’s hajj stampede has topped 2,200, according to tallies given by foreign officials, making it by far the deadliest disaster in the pilgrimage’s history.

Hajj stampedeSaudi Arabia has yet to provide an updated death toll after saying 769 people died in the tragedy near Mecca, home of Islam’s holiest sites.

But figures given by more than 30 governments around the world show that at least 2,223 foreign pilgrims died, according to an AFP tally.

Saudi authorities have not given a toll for any deaths among their own nationals.

The loss of life in the September 24 disaster far exceeds the 1,426 pilgrims who died in the hajj’s worst previous incident — a tunnel stampede in July 1990.

Here is a breakdown of the dead from foreign governments:

– Iran: 464 dead

– Mali 282

– Nigeria: 199 dead

– Egypt: 182 dead

– Bangladesh: 137

– Indonesia: 129 dead

– India: 116 dead

– Pakistan: 89 dead

– Cameroon: 76 dead

– Niger: 72 dead

– Senegal: 62 dead

– Ethiopia: 53 dead

– Chad: 52 dead

– Ivory Coast: 52 dead

– Benin: 52 dead

– Morocco: 36 dead

– Sudan: 30 dead

– Algeria: 28 dead

– Burkina Faso: 22 dead

– Tanzania: 22 dead

– Ghana: 17 dead

– Libya: 10 dead

– Somalia: 8 dead

– Kenya: 8 dead

– Tunisia: 7 dead

– Mauritius: 5 dead

– China: 4 dead

– Afghanistan: 3 dead

– Burundi: 1 dead

– Iraq: 1 dead

– Jordan: 1 dead

– Netherlands: 1 dead

– Oman: 1 dead

– Malaysia: 1 dead

 

Source: AFP

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An image grab taken from Lebanon's al-Manar TV on October 14, 2015 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address commemorating the first night of the holy month of Muharram. (AFP)

An image grab taken from Lebanon’s al-Manar TV on October 14, 2015 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, giving a televised address commemorating the first night of the holy month of Muharram. (AFP)

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has reiterated support for the cause of the Palestinian people and their uprising against Israeli regime, saying that Palestine is the “central battle” in the region.

“The region witnesses active and popular movement to defend al-Aqsa in what seems like a Third Intifada,” Nasrallah said during a speech on Wednesday addressing people commemorating the first night of the holy month of Muharram in Sayyed Shihada Complex in Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon’s al-Manar news website reported.

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“Palestinian people have no choice but resistance, they are the leaders of this battlefield, let them decide their form of resistance,” he said, adding that they have the “full” support of Hezbollah and further called for a worldwide support against the Israeli occupation.

He also hailed the Palestinian people for their courageous confrontations against the Israeli enemy in al-Quds, Gaza, and different areas across the occupied West Bank.

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Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah lashed out at Saudi Arabia for its “incompetence in handling the Hajj pilgrimage for this year”, in which a deadly crush occurred during the rituals in Mina, near the city of Mecca.

He said the tragedy reflected the extent of Saudi officials’ disregard for Muslims’ holy sites and the Hajj pilgrimage.

Riyadh even “did not apologize for the incident, but it released a statement in which it hailed the managing of Hajj for this year,” he said, adding that “this tragedy in the holy country, in the holy month shows Saudi’s ultimate disrespect to Muslims and Islam rituals.”

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“The only loud voice against the Saudi performance was by Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei,” the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, he added.

The crush occurred on September 24 after two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads in Mina during the symbolic ceremony of the stoning of Satan in Jamarat.

Saudi Arabia claims nearly 770 people were killed in the tragic crush in Mina, but officials at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization say over 4,500 people, including 464 Iranian pilgrims, lost their lives in the tragedy. However, some sources put the death toll at 1,674.

Nasrallah also briefly tackled the status quo in three Middle Eastern countries, namely Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain. He hailed the Yemenis’ bravery and steadfastness against the Saudi aggression on the impoverished country and called the current war in Syria a “universal” war. The Hezbollah leader also slammed the crackdown carried out by the Al Khalifa regime against the Bahraini people in the Persian Gulf Island.

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