Al Salam Alikum: I thank Allah who administers justice and says their matters are shorA between them; and I pray to the messenger of Allah, who rules with shura and says that rulers should rule with Allah’s commands and rules; and I pray to his companions, who praised the shori ruling, and to their followers in every place and time.
This lecture is about the relationship between pressure and explosion as it pertains to the hereditary repression in the countries of the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf, meaning they are at a crossroads and can go one of two ways: either rising in a way that entwines the pledge of allegiance and the reigning of the nation, or exploding and collapsing. The hereditary repression in the countries of the Arab Peninsula and Gulf is a unique phenomenon in modern times that doesn’t have any equivalent throughout human history, and can’t continue in the modern times. It’s brain-dead, and its fate is to collapse and explode, even before the Arab wind blows, because it’s the biggest factory for pressure and tension in modern times for the following reasons:
1. It embodies a rude model for now-defunct totalitarian police rule, and the signs of this are the country’s widening areas of control over individuals. The country functions as in the old ages when its purposes were limited to three: protection of the interior security by the police, protection of the outer security by the army, and adjudication of conflicts between people; but the phenomenon of the modern country exceeds that role and makes the country responsible for education, health, and all services, such as agriculture, trade, and manufacturing; employing the unemployed and providing social care; establishing roads and municipal services; and caring for the economy. Therefore, its authority doubled and got bigger, and this is a risk if its power becomes absolute in making laws and rules that restrict people and groups and limit human rights, as Dr. Abdullah Al Nafisi mentioned in his book Al Haraka… It becomes the country’s duty to give their residents a better life in all aspects, and the country starts having external relations and many transportation and communication methods, and the population grows and the cities become larger, and the disadvantages of the hereditary model of ruling and rights and litigation and education are shown clearly. Let’s assume that the authorities in the old government united in establishing fair shori rule, because the essence of the government in the old ages wasn’t totalitarian. The function of the modern country has expanded, and the government now issues the birth certificate, it’s now the one to agree or disagree on the child’s name, and there are certificates for both birth and death and for marriage and for permission to travel—there are sometimes even barriers to passing between cities and suburbs—and everything starts to require permission; the government is the one that allows a visa, and it’s the one that decides the agricultural and industrial plans and dozens of big and small matters. Based on that any country tyranny will abnegate its functions, and concentrating the power in the hands of limited individuals will lead to the excessive use of power, and this is a principle that has no doubt. And if the country accounted for legislation and practice together in these things without the distribution of power to determine the government’s function as a part of the country that doesn’t have a substitute to it and no position for it and shouldn’t accept mixing between the two terms and between the function for both, then the citizens’ freedom will be violated as well as their rights, and the sanctity and management of “general money” (money which is not owned by any individual) will be corrupt, and it will use excess power and litigation and laws, which derive their legitimacy only from the ruler, who is the law itself.
2. The country controls both the education and social education. The countries in the Arab Peninsula and Gulf control the social education in general and education specifically, so nothing is studied in the schools or universities except the ideas and curriculum the country wants. So the teachers became only through school, its morning column (where students stand in a line in the morning school) by mentioning the ruler’s name as if it’s the morning flowers, and as if the nation is created for wandering around his statue; the school has duties but doesn’t have rights, and the education permissions for employing become with its sign so it writes history as it likes and writes the concept of citizenship as it wants, as well as management and religion and jurisdiction and political sciences. Therefore, if it also becomes able to corrupt the social education in houses and councils and clubs and entertainment, its methods raise the young people corruptly, making them a bad generation that doesn’t fight for religion and doesn’t defend anyone, like lazy “bad” plants in the cavities of caves.
3. The country controls the mosques and media channels and directing, so as expected, it falsifies facts and exercises total control of conscience, mind, and behavior in order to make people see the indefinite political known and political favor unknown, and consider oppression and humiliation good, and freedom and dignity evil, and the silence of political indefinites as wisdom and good citizenship. The people become unable to talk in schools or mosques or courts or blogs except with a license from the government, and the country’s hereditary repression is furthered under the supervision of the educators and scientists and thinkers and religious leaders by attracting, frightening, and misleading. Many of them seem to be spokesmen for the ruler in occasional sermons and official occasions, isolated from the people, and trapped in the necessary perspective and frustration of self-safety and monasticism.
4. The country controls transportation and communication methods, like telephones and Internet, and can make from them terrorism tools that assassinate eyes and hearts through mostly hidden and secret methods. It can use them to listen in houses and councils and mosques and universities and parks and hotels, so the communication system turns from personal humanity into a technical inevitability, and people become limited by these repressive systems from the cradle to the grave.
5. The country’s methods of control include the development of dangerous, smart military and police technical devices and weapons, armed with machine guns and armored vehicles and tanks; it’s awful that these weapons are all centered in the ruler’s hands—devices that the people can’t know the names of, let alone their location or uses. These devices strengthen the tyranny, so how will the country return to its mind when it’s deviating from the law, as Dr. Yahya Al Jamal said in his book Al Anthima Al Syasyeh: If the country has absolute tyranny, and the community in it becomes isolated and is not allowed to make the simplest resistance against the most egregious injustice, then groups and individuals can’t have salvation; otherwise the country will crush them and terminate them materially and financially.
6. The government manipulated the nation’s wealth and destroyed the economy, and its followers dominated the people’s money and lands and depleted the natural wealth in maneuvers that especially affect the coming generations. As the country’s technologies evolved to invest in the natural wealth today, so it became possible to extract water and minerals from the sea and land, and the government controlled the current nation’s and the coming generation’s wealth from water and minerals and the environment. In fair countries like England and America, that wealth becomes a ladder for strength and pride, while in the retarded Arabic Gulf countries it goes to extravagance and looting, or becomes a ladder for deterioration in “Dahis and Al Ghabra`” wars. So the repressive country becomes able to pollute the atmosphere with bombs and machines of destruction and pellish the crops and offspring and destroy the environment and turn the green gardens into arid deserts, and it makes the next generations prisoners of hereditary diseases—in the Gulf wars we see the clearest example.
7. The generations’ future is dependent on the international debts, which may burden them, because the authoritative states are dragged to borrow large amounts. The states spend the money without balance or taking into account the priorities; they are more interested in irrelevant matters, such as building stadiums and other demonstrations of civilization, or palaces and pleasures, as many governments have. The result is that the state is pledged to its lenders, which means the next generations will bear its sins, and the will of the country and the people will be mortgaged to the creditors and international observers, as happened with the Khedive Ismail in Egypt; he opened the way for the British to colonize Egypt, and they colonized it under the pretext of inability to repay their debts—leaving the future generations in the swamps of poverty and humiliation in the markets of beggars and slavers.
8. There’s the possibility of mortgaging the country to the interests of the ruling royal families. The basis of the problem is that the absolute hereditary rule led to the weakness of the Islamic state in the era of Frankish hegemony. The ancient authoritarian, unfair Arab Islamic countries were dominant with a strong free will, and the unjust authoritative Abbasid rulers such as Harun Al-Rashid and Al-Moatassim embodied the pride of the Islamic world in their time, maintaining the prestige of the nation. Once Al-Moatassim heard the words “Wa Moatassimah” (a plea for help by calling Moatassim’s name) in the heart of the aggressor’s country, so he invaded the country and rescued whoever asked for his help. Because of that people such as Imam Ahmad Ibno Hanbal had been patient with his injustice, and launched some particular words restricted by the time and occasion in patience. Today, the Arab and Islamic countries in the new denominations in the authoritarian era are quite helpless, and domination is possessed only by non-Muslim nations. And if the three authorities in the grip of the unjust authoritative governor of the defeated Arab state allowed the greatest countries to exploit it, or involve it in methods that are contained in secret intelligence and espionage books and documents published in Western books (if they are not kept highly classified), and that leads the governor of the country to behave as if the country is his own property with no one else included, then it’s as if he inherited the land from his ancestors, and he can mistreat people like some sheep he bought from the auction—and the Gulf Wars are a witness to this era. If the government is tyrannical, it links the state with either foreign secret treaties or public treaties—which are cooperation in public but complacency in the interior, if not compromising sovereignty and stomping on the nation’s dignity and so on—and the humiliation isn’t known by people until colonists authorize it to be published fifty years later; that is, if it isn’t too serious. So, the authoritative governor mortgages the future of the Arab and Muslim countries to some brute states that don’t care about those countries and don’t respect their covenant with them, as Mustafa Kemal did in the humiliating treaty of Lausanne, and as many Gulf governments did. And if the governor of a weak country tyrannizes and only his voice can be heard, the biggest foreign countries trick him, and it becomes easy for his enemies to hunt him, and it becomes easy for them to catch him in a trap, which is what the West did with Abdel Nasser when it drove him to the Straits of Tiran, and what it did to the Arab Gulf and Iraq when it led them to the first trap—the war in Iran—which crumbled in tragedies and humiliations.
These are the first Gulf State attributes from the concept of totalitarianism. Now we will see also, or be reminded, because this is something known to you but it’s useful to remind people, the Gulf States switched from a totalitarian government to a government of racial discrimination, and the manifestation of this in social matters is the Equality Act and its imbalance in the rights and duties; the royal families are not treated on an equal footing with other segments of society, particularly in regard to penalties, as we see from the suspects in the disaster. The sinking of Jeddah is an example, and then the acquisition by the princes and their retinue of most of the civilians’ money and the lands; then infanticide interpolated Speech and pluralism more than what is reflected in the speeches of mosques completely controlled by the Ministries of Awqaf, until cursing of Shiites became part of the condition for the validity of the sermon. These are systems that are killing the political rights of their people. It is natural that any country that does not achieve social justice and has systems that are killing the political rights of their people—and it is natural that any country that doesn’t achieve social justice and is just based on a coercive unit—will lose the spirit of social justice and will not have a spirit of citizenship, because citizens can’t achieve social or economic justice.T he violation of political justice is the most egregious type of violation of a nation’s rights, and any system that doesn’t derive its power from the stewardship of the nation is a police state; and there are a few signs and evidence that the political system practiced by Gulf countries produces major systematic violations of political rights, including the following:
The Gulf political system masquerades as the principle of the mandate for the nation’s governors, the principle that the allegiance legitimacy is a social contract that is appropriate. The fact is that the nation has the power, and the allegiance is an approval of the governor as a proxy for the nation, not the opposite. Actually, his decisions and regulations and biggest projects are issued by princes, which without a popular mandate is unconstitutional, and there hasn’t been any particular important law issued by authorized people, because the political system has not emerged from the concept of allegiance legitimacy, and the social contract has not been based on satisfaction and choice. Instead it violated the principle of the inadmissibility of violence as a means of preserving or accessing power, and it doesn’t begin with the principle of resolving political conflict peacefully to gain power or keep it. And because the political system of the GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) doesn’t believe the mandate of the nation—because it exists outside of civilization and the city and therefore doesn’t believe in a parliament that represents the will of the nation, and surveillance and accountability—it rejected the work of associations that untied popular power from the tutelage of the state, and didn’t believe in the independence of the judicature harshness according to more than twenty international standards of judicial independence, which is like sanctioning false interpretations and pronouns. And it doesn’t believe in the separation of powers, so the royal family became the reference and source of authority, in which the executive takes over the role of both the parliamentary and judicial authority, and the political system (GCC) criminalizes the political opposition and doesn’t allow political parties or any trading of power. Therefore it deals with the advocates of the constitution and the civil society as the other face of terrorism; it even considers demonstrations a breach of security and may enter them in the box of high treason. And from that stems the absence of popular oversight and accountability on all the organs of the state, as well as the supervision of the people in the repressive security services. There are no high constitutional courts in the Gulf regimes to be a legitimate source of independent reviews to determine the criteria for the legitimacy of laws and regulations, decisions and orders, which are based on legitimacy and declared to be “the best sword.” However, it condemns the political violence and considers it illegal to access power by using violence for its legitimacy, which is a strange contrast between what is invoked and what is protested. So the Gulf systems aren’t just totalitarian regimes, but also embody the features of racial discrimination. And if some of these features had been in a country governed by a party, it would be a police system; and if some of them were in a system governed by an individual, it would be an imperial system; but with all of them combined, it suggests a likeness between the apartheid regime in South Africa and the prevailing Gulf regime: there is a minority called royal families, Royal Highnesses, or Amiri Highnesses, which controls the country and the people and constitutes a closed system that depends on the tribe and their brothers-in-law. Some features of that are also found in the following:
The Gulf political system is an administrative octopus; the prince gets the highest ranks and gives his foot soldiers and friends the best jobs without giving people equal opportunities, and he is the unique holder of power and fortune due to his family and tribe, not to his political party. And a prince get the government’s highest positions, and neither the king nor a prince nor anyone else can accuse him, let along sue him, or judge him, or ‘fire’ him. And despite being accused of torture and anti-humanity and anti-Islam crimes, no one, not even the king, can form a comity that investigates these violations or asks him about his doings, let alone accuses him or fires him. He represents a governmental system described as dinosaurian that creates problems and every sort of corruption. Members of the royal families— even the children—have titles, prince or “his majesty,” and these Gulf royal families enjoy protection and facilities due to the fact that they are of royal blood, not because of their jobs or responsibilities. And the royal families live in luxurious places and go to the greatest schools, hospitals, and facilities. Moreover, they are excluded from the public systems, such as customs and inspection in airports or amends… and royal families can’t be controlled or judged or punished; some members even have their own courts. And the Gulf political systems, especially in Saudi Arabia, support a strict religious school similar to the French or Dutch churches in South Africa that said that black people were an inferior race that should submit. To whom? To God’s chosen people—to your torturers. And it uses religious speech to pass its ideas and to protect the political deterioration. It’s a speech that denies the core of Islam and the power of the people, and declares that popular power is not part of Islam or the sunnahs: these are the causes of the pressure or congestion, but we also need to talk about some aspects of this congestion, like the issues related to women:
The increase of jobless and unmarried women. What have the countries done to solve the problem of hundreds of thousands of unmarried girls?
The educational corruption and the low level of education. Even our universities are at the bottom among international universities.
The low level of non-university education is due to imitation, one of the consequences of political oppression. And because of this low level, families are forced to turn to private education, despite its high cost. Then there is the low level of health-care services; people suffer from the prices of private clinics, whereas high-quality facilities are devoted to the princes only. And the diseases related to oppression and crisis, like diabetes, cancers, ulcers, and strokes, have spread in the population with uncommon numbers. Diabetes is almost an epidemic now, at 28 percent. If it gets to 30 percent, it becomes an epidemic. Why did our percentage surpass the U.S.? Isn’t that related to political oppression? The increase of psychiatric diseases in this country, which is said to surpass international levels, is because of the political oppression. Depression is a lethal disease increasing in this society; its numbers are unimaginable. Isn’t depression related to oppression and crisis? It’s the political oppression. Harmony, in any country, produces happiness and contentment, and oppression results in anxiety, depression, frustration, and craziness. These are scientific facts, not fantasies. The uncommon number of suicides—why do they increase in a religious society? It’s the political oppression. Signs of moral corruption are increasing inside and outside the country—fornication, homosexuality, drinking, kidnapping, and rape—in a religious society full of mosques and Quran teachers. Isn’t this related to political oppression? Drug consumption levels are increasing in these countries—why do they increase in the most religious countries in the world? The increase of theft: cars, houses, stores, and cattle; what do these thefts indicate? Is there a country in this world, besides the Gulf countries, where people have iron windows on their second floors? There’s an increasing level of foreign workers; whereas the natural percentage is 7 percent. There has never been a country that depends on foreigners for services, jobs, and crafts, where the natives live like lords. People who live in such a society must explode in the end, like the ancient Greek society did, and this is one of the aspects of corruption. The percentage of unemployed people can exceed 30 percent, and it exceeds the acceptable average of 9 percent for any poor country, so what is there to say of an oil country! Why are there so many poor people in one of the richest countries in the world?
And one of the most important factors in the “explosion” of the hereditary government in the Gulf is that it eradicates peaceful movements, which spread society’s morals and the mechanisms of peaceful change; and it strikes the freedom of opinion, assembly, and expression; and it oppresses any manifestations of peaceful assemblies that protest against these political and social transgressions; and it imprisons law students and human rights advocates; and therefore it suffers from the spread of violence. And one of its consequences are the military movements that strike the world from East to West, because marginalized power—when it is oppressed and then tries to express itself within a police political system that doesn’t allow opposition—converts its work to the underground. And then when it does try to show itself, the political system overuses power and pushes it to the violence it wrongly thinks is self-defense, and then they both fall into the absurdity of violence and counterviolence.
The guaranteed path to a reconciled government that prevents the duality of oppression and explosion is peaceful opposition, and there are numerous ways of doing it, especially through demonstrations and human rights associations.