Leaving Islam



Is Saudi Arabia Against the Terrorists?


By  Khaleed Waleed



audi Arabia always claims to be fighting against the Islamist terrorists. It also claims to be a moderate Muslim country which supports the ‘moderate’ version of Islam. The gullible infidels in general and the west in particular, erroneously trust this hypocritical stand of Saudi Arabia with regard to Islam and Islamist terrorists. Being a native of Saudi Arabia I shall explain why this is so 

To expose this hypocrisy and the double-standard of Saudi Arabia, I am going to write, explaining what is really going on with the education system of this country. Once you comprehend the duplicity and pretensions of Saudi policy vis-à-vis Islam and its dissemination of unbound hatred for anything un-Islamic, you will certainly come to terms with the realities of Saudi Arabia. Please bear in mind that the Saudi education system, in particular its religious education system, is in the heart of all the terrorism we are experiencing in to today’s world. 

The first aspect of the religious education system (Wahabe) in the schools of Saudi Arabia is the teaching and propagation of intense hatred towards the non-Muslims. This unbound abhorrence for the infidels is the prime reason for the isolation of the students and the people of Saudi Arabia from the rest of the world. This is the truth, I must write, firstly. 

Though, I must admit that all schools in Saudi Arabia, especially those in the non-Wahabi Area, might not be exactly what I wrote above, but I am certain the majority of the schools will be the mimicry of the type of hate-schools I described above. I am not an inhabitant of the Wahabi area, such as Riyadh and Qasem (land of the terrorists), but I am definite that the people in those areas have their own stories of sufferings in the hands of the religious bigots,—surely more than other areas of Saudi Arabia. 

I vividly remember that during our school days we were forced to attend classes wearing those uncomfortable cassocks of the religious preachers. This utterly clumsy and distasteful apparel contains ‘Thoub’ with ‘Gutra’ (head covering) without black head rings. Everyone in Saudi Arabia very easily recognizes this peculiar dress as the gear of the religious people. The difference between this religious uniform and the Saudi garb for the ordinary people is that the religious dress is a little short and without the black rings on the head-covering, whereas the ordinary Saudi dress is flowing and contains the black rings on the head-covering. All students in Saudi Arabia must wear the religious dress—it is compulsory, presumably, first to force the students to accept this mode of dressing and, secondly, to surrender to the might of Saudi religious authority. To add more teeth to the authoritative power of the clerics, a student is not allowed to walk around in the school compound if he is not fully attired in the religious garb mandated by the Religious Education Department. We used to be expelled, many times, for the slightest deviation from this regimentation. This could be as minor as forgetting the head-cover (gutra). Such is the absolute power and authority the clerics in Saudi Arabia wield on the school children.  

Needless to say—pants, shirts, trousers and T-shirts are absolutely haram (forbidden). They are the apparels of the infidels—we were told in no uncertain terms. If any students dared to attend school wearing any such dresses of the Kafirs (non-Muslims), he was immediately branded as an infidel and leered at, identifying him to be disloyal to the country and religion. 

In class-rooms, our preceptors told us that saluting our national flag was haram. We must not show any deference whatsoever to the government or to any human being—the respect is reserved exclusively for Allah only—they told us bluntly. Strangely though, everyday we always started our school time with the national anthem and with saluting the national flag. The clerics had to keep their mouth shut because these rituals were mandated by the government. They could only grumble, and that was all. 

Those rituals finished, we would start our morning program with the recitation of the holy Qur’an and Hadis. They were compulsory daily studies, without any exception. Then we would be bombarded with short poems deriding the Kafirs and extending support for the Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, the Philippines and such places where Muslims were presumably oppressed–we were let to believe. Then more poems would be recited eulogizing the acts of the mujahedens (read Islamic terrorists) around the world and in support of them. Our teachers would let us memorize the names of those Muslim countries (where Muslims were reportedly tormented) and we would go out to collect charity for the jihad those mujahedens were fighting against the infidels. We were exhorted that the jihad is compulsory to protect Islam from its enemies. 

Then, we had to listen to the harangue about Islam and its ostensible glorious past. This was done solely to enthuse and imbibe our tender, impressionable minds to bring back the lost glory of Islam. The religious abbot then would lecture us on the evils of bad behavior in young people, such as: smoking, cutting hair in western style, dressing in western costumes, wearing women’s dress (effeminate men), listening to music—especially western music and watching television. By the way, watching television was the greatest sin—we were led to digest this thesis. In fact, there is a fatwa which says that anyone possessing a satellite antenna will not go to Paradise! Grooming hair in western style is considered an absolutely insolent behavior. Believe me; to guarantee that none of us were following western hair–style and to ensure that our hair was cut in front and back, the headmaster of our religious school would inspect individually the head of every student. Anyone found guilty of flouting the rule on hair–style would have his haircut done, forcibly, in the school saloon—in many cases this meant trimming the hair to zero—the crew–cut, so to speak. This would make us look like young soldiers in the army and not like the students in a seminary.

We were continuously reminded about death. Death is one of the most important aspects of Islam, and remembering death is a very pious act, we were lectured. Then we had the description of the procedures of burial of dead bodies and other obsequies associated with bereavement. In reality, our religious education system is obsessed with eschatology (the doctrine of death), caring very little about our young age. Sometimes, I wondered why, in the first place, Allah sent me in this world if death is to be the only goal towards which I must direct all my attention. To further instill this fear, we were provided with a vivid picture of the torture in grave. Thus we would be absolutely reluctant to do anything to avoid this dreadful torture in grave. 

Ruminating those days of my religious school, I am now convinced that the teachers made up those fibs just to implant fear in our young minds—to frighten us to stick to Islam at all cost. I could still recollect the story of a black snake. The story runs thus: a man died and when his family took his dead body to a grave they discovered a snake waiting for him. So they took him to another grave but with the same result—another snake was waiting for him. They continued but with the same consequence. Tired and desperate, they buried the dead body ignoring the snake standing nearby. But, when they were about to leave, they heard a commotion inside the grave. When they opened the burial chamber they noticed that the snake had slithered the man and had broken his bones. So they asked the father of the dead man, “What wrong did your son do?” The father replied, “He did nothing wrong, except that he did not pray regularly.” 

I shall vouch that the religious teachers narrated to us many such dreadful stories, which, of course, now I find to be total lies. Now that I have grown to maturity I could never believe in such Islamic movies—the cock–and–bull stories of the Mullahs. How laughable is it when I recall that during those formative years of my life, I did indeed believe in those horrific tales, especially when they emanated from the mouths of our all-powerful religious teachers? I could never ever imagine our religious teachers told us utter lies. We believed in every word they uttered and we were totally engulfed with intense fear and horror. We used to see terror, panic and trepidation everywhere. We were utterly afraid of death, of the torture in grave, the torture on the judgment day, the anger of Allah, the west, the Kafir, Israel and so on. It was fear, fear and fear—everywhere, we saw nothing but fear. We were desperately frightened that the west and Israel was scheming to destroy us with their atom bombs. Please do not laugh if I tell you that the son of a friend of mine cries every time he hears the roaring sound of an airplane. To him it is the start of a war. All these morbid fear of unknown has been ingrained in us from our very childhood, to say the least. We are born with fear, live with fear and die with fear. This is the policy of the government—to subjugate people in a state of permanent fear.  

Our religious teachers are not convinced that the proper teaching of the English language would be of any benefit to Saudi students. They are completely misguided and live with false pride and pretentious vaunt. The rudimentary English which is taught in our schools is just a sham. The truth is: the examination of the English language is terribly infected with rampant cheating. I had plenty of discussions with the teachers on this massive cheating in our examination system. But these teachers are adamant that English is not essential, that we are to be proud of our language—the language of the Qur’an.


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