Saturday, August 13, 2005
Meet Sheikh Abd Al-Muhsin Al-'Abikan, advisor to the Saudi Justice Ministry and member of the Saudi Shura Council. Sheikh Al-'Abikan is one of those I referred to as "our hope" in my last post. He is one of those rare voices out of the religious establishment who were willing to stand up and declare that something is wrong. I don't know much about Sheikh Al-'Abikan and his relation visa vie the religious establishment in Saudi, but I know that the region and the world would be a much better place with more Abikans around.
Sheikh 'Abikan said: "the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood movement was the reason for the emergence of some of the armed terrorist groups in several Arab countries, among them Saudi Arabia. According to him, "the aim of most of the Islamist groups is political, not religiousÂ One of them is the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Their ideology was the reason for many of the explosions and civil wars, since [the movement's leaders] amuse themselves with the religious aspect while, in truth, they are interested in the political aspect."
Well said Sheikh.
Hats Up for Israel
I have been reading how the Israeli media reported the murder of 4 Israeli Arabs by a Jewish Israeli soldier. To tell you the truth, I was intrigued. The right wing Jerusalem Post, the relatively leftist Haaretz, Yediot Ahronot, all called the killer "a terrorist", some even called him "a Jewish terrorist." The guy did not even get buried in the army's cemeteries and his family had troubles finding a place to bury him in.
Oh, if only we can treat our own terrorists the same way.