Home / News / Opinion / Shimr’s Following Manifested Today

Shimr’s Following Manifested Today

Qaddafi and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: two modern-day ShimrsThe irony is that the Muslim government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabic who has committed this horrifying act is also the guardians of the two holy sanctuaries: the Holy Ka’ba in Mecca and the Prophet’s Masjid in Medina! The Holy Ka’ba is supposed to be a safe haven and refuge for even the nonbeliever. Yet we can observe that this very same country has stepped over its boundaries to kill innocent believers in a distant land, disregarding the honor of the role which they have assumed in serving the pilgrims and safeguarding the holy sanctuaries!

Qaddafi and Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: two modern-day Shimrs

If we closely analyze the current events in the political arena with the latest uprisings taking place in the Middle East, we will notice quite a few striking resemblances with historical events and incidences which beg us to reflect on these similarities and to extract wisdom from it.

Just recently, the government of Bahrain decided to uproot and destroy the statue of “Pearl” which stands in the Pearl Roundabout, in order to destroy this icon so that protestors abandon this square which has become a symbol of resistance to oppression. Actually, this very act was practiced before in history, in the form of the illustrious incident of chopping down the tree of Bay’at al-Ridwan (the Pledge of Ridwan) took place. It is well-known that when the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) was at Hudaibiyyah, his companions gave him their oaths of allegiance under a special tree to fight the Quraysh ’til the end; this incident came to be known as Bay’at al-Ridwan. This took place when the Prophet traveled with 1,400 of his companions aiming to visit the Ka’ba in Mecca for worship. The tree became famous when Allah mentioned it in the Holy Qur’an (48:18) saying: “Verily, Allah is pleased with those believers who gave Bay’ah to you under the Tree”. In the time of the Second Caliph, people were going to this historical tree and praying there to receive the blessings of Prophet Muhammad, which proves the permissibility of sanctifying an object that is associated with the saints of Allah. Upon knowing this, the Second Caliph went there and chopped down the tree of Hudaibiyyah! In this case, the tree was a sign which represented the Prophet and the allegiance given to him which was destroyed. Destroying such symbols as the holy tree or Pearl icon will not prevent the Haqq from being manifested or the people from continuing their resistance!

Just recently, the Saudi government sent military support to attack the protestors in Bahrain, which was yet a second example that demonstrated their true position of deceit and hypocrisy after they had accepted to provide safe haven to the ousted Tunisian ruler. As Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah said in a recent speech, dated 3/19/11: “Here there is strange irony: the Arab League and the Arab peoples, faced with the situation in Libya, did not say a word and did not send any army to defend the people. Yet in Bahrain they sent armies to defend a regime that was not threatened with collapse!” This daring move by the Saudis not only manifested their disloyalty towards their neighboring countries and their readiness to take extreme measures by sending their troops abroad, but it also exposed their animosity towards the oppressed brethren. Surely, their evil step was supported by the US and its allies, but little did the US realize the extent of mass murder that the Saudis were going to commit. Thereafter, the US General Secretary vindicated itself from their acts and condemned it, but it was way too late.

Time and time again, we observe the same phenomenon occurring in which the Shaytan influences and supports its allies to commit evil, and when evil is committed and shame has engulfed the criminals, Shaytan dissociates himself from the evil-doers. Even Yazid, the killer of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him), tried to distance himself from the shame of spilling the blood of the grandson of the Prophet by shifting the blame onto his cronies. But the facts are clear and the actions manifest the true intentions of being.

The position which the Saudis have taken today raises the question: the Saudis and Bahrainis are Muslims, so where is the brotherhood of Islam in this case?

Furthermore, as the degree of aggression increases by the Shimr-like tyrant, Gaddafi, who – without hesitation – has eradicated human lives, even European countries and UN allies have promised to take action to bring this massacre to a halt. As a result of the abandonment of the Arab leaders – or of the majority of them – the door has been opened to foreign intervention in Libya and in every Arab country. They have taken this initiative due to moral responsibility and humanitarian conscience which dictates that when oppression has exceeded all boundaries and reached the state of transgression (Tughyaan), then action must be taken by all those who witness this injustice. That is why Allah ordered Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) to go to the Pharaoh and stand up against his injustice which had become unbearable: “Go to Fir’awn, surely he has exceeded all limits.” (Holy Qur’an, 20:24)

Now compare the response taken by some countries to declare a no-fly zone in Libya and prevent the government army from killing the innocent people there, even if they are from another religion. Now contrast it with the behavior of Saudis who, with all their audacity, intervened to cause more oppression and bloodshed with those of similar religion and culture! They have followed the Shimr-like way of thinking and disregarded the humanitarian aspect and sympathy for the victims abroad, just like Shimr abandoned his human aspect and dressed himself with shame by his atrocious and inhumane treatment of Imam Hussain and his family in Karbala!

The irony is that the Muslim government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabic who has committed this horrifying act is also the guardians of the two holy sanctuaries: the Holy Ka’ba in Mecca and the Prophet’s Masjid in Medina! The Holy Ka’ba is supposed to be a safe haven and refuge for even the nonbeliever. Yet we can observe that this very same country has stepped over its boundaries to kill innocent believers in a distant land, disregarding the honor of the role which they have assumed in serving the pilgrims and safeguarding the holy sanctuaries! One can only imagine how a Bahraini Muslim would feel if he had made the intention to go for Hajj next year and visit the sacred places in mecca and Medina, whose officials and guardians turned out to be the first to attack and kill the people in his country of Bahrain! This is such a self-contradicting and hypocritical situation that it begs everyone to question the legitimacy of the Saudis to assume the great and honorable role of “Guardianship of the Holy Places” in Hijaz. Surely, the least of their punishment in this world would be to fire them from this honorable position!

Reflecting upon the overall events of the region, it is interesting to note this subtle observation that when the Egyptian protestors were voicing their opposition to the government, one of the slogans they chanted was “Hay-haat minna zilla!” (which some translate to mean “disgrace is far from us!”). This rings a bell in our ears and reminds us of the famous vow which Imam Hussain declared before the tragedy of Karbala occurred. These few words which Imam Hussain uttered summarized the goal behind his mission and the policy which future generations ’til the end of time must adopt. Sure enough, almost 1,400 years later, a group of civilians who are not even familiar with the story of Imam Hussain have spontaneously repeated the same slogan! Most definitely, the message of Imam Hussain is universal and teaches a multitude of lessons for all of mankind!

About Jerrmein Abu Shahba

Jerrmein, originally from Egypt and guided by the grace of Allah (SWT) to the truth path of AhlulBayt (AS), obtained her bachelors degree in Biology and masters in Chemistry. She contributed as a writer in the past for the Islamic Insights, AIM, Muslims4peace, and Voice of Unity magazines. Jerrmein volunteers as an editor for the al-Islam.org website, and translates Islamic literature.

Check Also

Helping Our Children Handle Big Feelings

Sometimes it is hard to see that our children are indeed little human beings, essentially …

A Look at Ayatullah Bahjat’s (r) Daily Schedule

Though very little is known about the secrets of Ayatullah Bahjat’s (r) personality, he is …

  • Mustafa

    Sorry to be harsh but on other countrs the author has done some extremely stupid things!

    1.US knew hw much blood would be spilt and they couldnt care less about the loss of human life! They support Israel and they kil innocent people everywhee including millions of muslims! The US may have distanced themselves but only for show! Otherwise they fuly support the oppression!

    2. Ghadafi is much better than Mubarak, Saudi family, Ben Ali and others. Its because of him that billions of oil dollars are being used to help the people of Libya unlike our other muslim ”leaders’ (the exception being Ahmadinejad ofcourse:D) Yes Ghadafi is a dictator and sometimes been very repressive, but he is not as bad as people make him out to be. Also the reports that he is massacring his people were fabricated by Al Jazeera and the West. Unlike Egypt and Tunisia and Bahrain , majority of Libyan people are supportng Ghadafi and only few are against him.

    3. Unlike Tunisia and Egypt, Libya is not a peoples revolution led by the public, these people opposing Ghadafi are monarchists and islamic extremist rebels who kil and maim innocent people!

    4. This is the part where I get really angry at the authors words! Please dont do this! The EU and US are the worlds biggest oppressors and they kill mllions of innocent people and dont give a damn about humanity, thye have invaded Libya becuase of oil and becuase unlike our other leaders Ghadafi is not a US/Israel slave.

    AND NO COUNTRY HAS THE RIGHT TO INTERFERE IN ANOTHERS AFFAIRS!! This is against Islam! This is aganst humanity! To bomb a country to save its people is the biggest hoax and lie ever! Let the people decide! No way should foreign countries be allowed to invade another for so called humanitarian purposes, to suggest this is criminal!

    I hope the author is not offended but looks at this positively to change approach! Becuase some things were dangerously being suggested

    • Author

      S/A respected br.
      1) There is no question as to the evil intentions of the US and their allies and we all know it’s a political and puppet game that’s being played for their own interests which is very obvious in light of their selective aid to Libya vs Bahrain. If you read carefully, the article clearly states that “the SHAYTAN influences and supports its allies to commit evil.” The point was not to beautify the picture of the US, but rather to compare their evil with what’s more evil and disgraceful, like the stance of the Saudis with Bahrain.

      2) It’s surprising to hear the claim that Ghadafi is better than so and so when Ghadafi has created a much bigger bloodbath using armed forces in Libya compared to Mubarak! One of the biggest type of oppression is causing the loss of human lives. Tyrants all come from the same school of thought which they inherit from their spiritual leaders Yazid and Shimr (LA). Their policies are similar, they are united in their disregard to human life, and they sell the people for their own interests. Their methods may be different and their degree of oppression may vary, but they are all oppressors in this case executing the US/Israel agenda. In fact, our leader Seyyid Hasan Nasrullah appropriately posed this question to the public on 3/19: “What is the difference between the Al-Khalifa regime and the regimes of Mubarak and Gaddafi?”

  • Author-continued

    3) Not sure how one can conclude that the Libyan rev is not a people’s one, check out the daily news and the latest updates to find for yourself and listen to what the people have to say! Even if we were to assume that this was an extremist movement, does that give justification for the Libyan gov to kill thousands of civilian (not extremists) by armed forces? Where in the human code of laws is that condoned?

    4) It is true that no country has the right to invade a country or impose their own jurisdictions for their own benefit and for an unjust cause. What is important to realize is that when the level of oppression exceeds a limit to the point of Toghyaan like that of Fir’oon such that a blood bath has colored the country in red, then we cannot just sit back and say “let the people decide” when they have already decided to oust the existing regime! Where is our human conscience to our fellow brethren suffering across the globe when we obviously see that they have exhausted most all their resources and efforts to achieve their goal? It is our responsibility has human citizens to engage (not intrude) and stand up against all oppression in the neighboring countries in a sincere and non-prejudice manner for the sake of bringing this blood-bath to a halt.

  • Mustafa

    @Author: Diasgree with your points, let me address them:

    1.BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera (surprisingly), MSNBC, FOX, SKY etc are all hdiing the truth because they are all controlled by international zaionism. These stations are complete liars , they say Iran tortures and kills its own poeple when they do not. They call Hamas and Hezbulllah terrorists targeting civilans when they do not. Simalarly, Russian intellegence and Chinese intellegence and independant analysts proved that these stories of Ghadafi killing his own people are false. Where are the pictures and bodies of those kiled? They made a spectacular show of Bahrain and Egypt killing thier own people, but what bout Ghadafi? Why no pictures? Why no evidence?

    2. FYI do you knw Ghadafi supports, Iran, Hezbullah and Shia? He cals all muslims shia, he says the Ahlul Bayt are the ones who have right to rule not the kings and monarchs. He is being demonized because he said some reallty bad words including ”’ISlamic unity”. United States of Islam, United States of Africa, respect for black people etc. He gave millions of dollars to pro african and pro muslim movements

    3. This does nt mean Ghadafi is an angel, I condemn him for all the wrong he has done but he is not the same as Mubarak!

    4. Again media are the biggest liars, Ghadaf is killing armed rebels in posession of Airjets, tanks and US/Israeli/UK weaponry. He is not killing innocent people like Bahrain and Yemen and Mubarak, these are all media lies. Again I dont like him but I donr hate him either.

    5. IF the 4th point you are making is correct, then the entire western wolrd would have to invade China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrin etc and start a World War 3 becuase 99% of regimes have oppression. Your point justifies other countries going in and making things worse.

  • Mustafa

    6. So according to you , you save villages by destroying them? Missilies and bombs dont kill innocent poeple and only oppressors? The wars in Iraq and the comig one in Libya will kill 110 times more people than they claim the dictators have killed. Sorry not buying it!
    Dont mean to be offensive but your point is against history , Islam and logic. Yes you can have a Muslim peacekeeping force if things get too bad, or you can make some other arrangements but invasion and bombs and missiles is ridiculous.

    • Author

      Where in my statements did I imply to invade or kill or bomb anyone? In fact if you reviewmy comment, I said, “It is our responsiblity as humans to engage (not invade) to stand up against all oppression”. Standing up equal to killing, there are other means which one can condemn the oppression in a legitimate and civilized manner. Yes it is true that oppression has dominated many countries in our region and it may not be possible to tackle every case. May Allah (SWT) hasten the Faraj of our Imam (AFS) who will eradicate injustice altogether! However, I stressed that “it is important to realize that when the level of oppression exceeds the limit to the point of Toghyan like that of Fir’oon such that a bloodbath is taking place” leading to mass murder, then that oppression takes priority to give full support to the oppressed.

      • Author-contin

        * Standing up is NOT equal to killing…

        • Ahmad

          @ Mustafa, Salaam, I wonder which TV station do you get the news updates? Haven’t you heard the very speeches of Gadafi which clearly shows his tyrant-like demeanor and disregard to his own people by threatening to eradicate them house by house, and every nick and corner?
          Sr. Jerrmein, good points made, there’s no implication in the article to use violence or missiles to use oppression whatsoever.

  • Mustafa

    @Ahmad: The TV Stations you are watching are zionist liars.

    Here is the real story


    The lies against Ghadafi in bottom link




    The real speakers of truth are here

  • Mustafa

    @ Ahmad: I dont like Ghadafi, but I hate the rebels and US even more! Wahabi Salafi monarchist rebels are not a good alternative to Ghadafi

    @Author: I think we should peacefully protest all bad things, any oppression needs protest and action if it goes to extreme. That you are right , however 2 questions:

    1. Where is the proof of Ghadafi’s ”horrific” crimes?
    2. Who ever said that news told you the truth! Did they not lie when they said Iraq has WMD? Or when Palestinians are terrosits?
    3. You still havent defined clearly, what u mean by standing up? Is it limited military action? Protests? What do you mean by standing up?

    @Ahmad: Oh yes I forgot to tell you who I listen to, I listen to the real news channels:

    1. Iran Press TV
    2. Russia Today English

    The rest are liars and zionist thieves including Al Jazeerah!

    I hope nobody is offended, I admire both of your stances against injustice but you guyz have the wrong idea!

  • Mustafa

    Go listen to Alex Jones as well, he has the truth and so does Mark Glenn, go to the real websites and independant news sites to get the real news. Dont listen to CNN and FOX.

    Again I dont like Ghadafi, but his people do! And I hate the rebels(who are not from the public, but are killing public!) and US/NATO. Also the public is standing wiht ghadafi not agains thim, this is not tunisia or egypt!

  • Mustafa
    • Ali Syed

      I think it is understood that standing up against oppression can take place in many ways and the methods can vary depending on the situation and the capabilities of the person. Protesting, boycotting, public condemnation, petitions, financial support to the oppressed and the victims of families, power of prayer, etc etc Engaging military would be from the last of resorts and would depend on the specific situation at hand. I recall a hadeeth in which Prophet (saw) said that if you’re not able to act by the hand, then by the voice, if not then by your heart, etc etc Every person can make that judgment on their own..

  • Mustafa

    @Ali Syed: Exactly, but the Prophet SAWW also said that if you hear a rumor or news, then confirm it with your eyes! Also Action should mean attacking specifically the enemy with your sword, not bombing him and killing more civilians than he himslef slew!

  • Asad

    @ Mustafa
    Very Very well said. The Authors article reads like a propaganda piece for the policies of the latest puppet to occupy the seat of US president.
    This Libya invasion is like deja-vu. Anyone remember the words “We are liberators, not invaders”, some liberation of Iraq, more than a million dead innocent Iraqis since the “mission accomplished” photo-op. The country ruined and the peoples’ back broken. I didn’t like Saddam and I don’t like Ghaddafi, but I wasn’t born yesterday. This Libya situation is a clear case of using unrest (whether contrived or genuine) for your own nefarious purposes. I can’t believe that anyone can take seriously the claim that the invasion of Libya is for “Humanitarian Purposes”.
    You can’t drink yourself sober, you can’t borrow yourself out of debt, and you can’t bomb a people in to freedom.


    • sm

      WHAT?? Did you read the article?! Where does it say that the invasion is justified?? The article is obviously talking about standing up for the Libyan people through nonviolent means and through grassroots activism, not by invasion! There is absolutely NOTHING in the article that supports the West’s military intervention, so please don’t make unsubstantiated claims and put words in other people’s mouths.

  • Mustafa

    Thnx Asad, appreciate it! Thing is its amazing how many people get drawn into the same narrative over and over again! This is like Iraq! Also unfortunately in the interests of ”assimilating” into Western society , and also to prove that we are moderates and not ”terrorists” we go too far and even approve of what the US government does, which is wrong.

  • Mustafa

    @Sm: WHAT? Did you read the authors response? He said when zulm, verified or unverified , reaches a certain point, ”action” must be taken, and its good Europe and US are taking action. This is what can be sensed from the authors response! This is exactly what he was implying which is wrong! ,Please re-read the article, and then the responses, so that you can get an idea of what is being said!