- OPINION / FIKRAD - by: Dr. M. Omar Hashi – To understand the worldview of the ideological and racially-motivated terrorist movement of AlQaeda, it is important to listen to the voices of its core adherents. While visiting a London mosque in 2005 I encountered a group of Arabs known as Salaaf (the Inheritors) who for all intents and purposes form the activist core of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization destroying Somalia, Afghanistan, and the Muslim world. The Salaaf who originated in Arab religious nationalism in the late 19th century believe that they have a divinely sanctioned mission to revive the “true Caliphate” (not the Ottoman Turkish state which the Salaaf despised and fought in the 1920s alongside the British). After the establishment of this glorious Arab Caliphate, the Salaaf intend to annihilate all non-Arab cultures and languages in the Middle East and North Africa, including the extermination of Israel and Jews everywhere. As for Kurds, Turks, Berbers, Iranians, Pakistanis, Somalis and Blacks they will be put in their rightful place as foot soldiers and auxiliaries for a Holy War (Jihaad) of conquest on the Christian West. The Caliph will without question be an Arab. While the Salaaf I met were not honest enough to be clear, they much rather preferred vagueness through such euphemisms as “the Khalifa” (Arab Dominion), “the Brotherhood” ( subservience of non-Arab Muslims to Arab rule), the “the glorious Arab language and culture” (cultural genocide of others languages and customs) their answers said it all.
Yet, what was really interesting that afternoon about this assortment of breaded Egyptians, Palestinians, and Gulf Arabs milling around inside the mosque was not just the righteous conviction that each held, but the vocal statement that the Ummah ( Muslim countries and peoples) were in need of thorough cleansing. The Salaaf said repeatedly the Ummah had to be cleansed from all forms of Western education, ethnic nationalism, non-Islamic history and cultural expressions. Other than Arab societies, everyone else was in need of deep cleansing. Since the Salaaf believed these contradicting points, it was obvious that there was a distinct fusing of Arab nationalism, chauvinism and outright racism toward others.
Engaging them in a discussion about diversity within the Ummah ( past and present) was futile. They were not interested that non-Arabs had ruled in the past; they were dismissive that many of the early Islamic scholars such as Al-Bukhari and Ibn Battatuta were for Africa and Asia. Instead, it was clear that the Salaafi Arabs deeply held that all non-Arabs, especially blacks were not only essentially “lost” and “inferior” due to retaining “backward” traditional cultures, languages, and customs— but were in desperate need to be taught “the right way”. Therefore, it was the self-appointed duty of the Arab Salaaf “Inheritors” to make sure Somalis, Nigerians, and all Africans ( but interestingly not Arabs) prayed correctly, behaved properly and adopted true Arab culture. When speaking of Somalis in particular, the Salaaf had only contempt for them. For them Somalis were not only odd, but insolent for retaining distinct language and culture. In their hatred of Somali, the Salaaf showed that there is no pluralism or tolerance of other Muslims, races and cultures in their worldview. In the world of the Salaaf and AlQaeda, the Arab is the saviour, sovereign and preserver of true Islam.
In fact, a person is either an Arab and thereby racially blessed or an outsider and thereby an enemy. The non-Arab Muslim is inherently inferior despite being “saved”. Perversely, Arab Christians are deemed to be closer to the Salaaf than Somalis due to racial and cultural affinity. What of the blacks among them? The young Somalis and Sudanese I saw in London among the Arab Salaaf had been made thorough to despise and hate their own peoples and cultures to the point of disassociation.
So is it any surprise to see what Alqaeda is doing in Somalia now? In light of this fact, is it really any wonder today that many young Somalis are butchered and brainwashed by the Arab Salaafi terrorists inside Somalia and in Western countries? The Arab Salaafi I met in London in 2005 who hated non-Arabs and their cultures are now able to orchestrate the massacre of thousands of innocent Somalis under the name of Islam. Unfortunately, history shows it is only black peoples who have always been made to sacrifice for Arab dominion from Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania , Morocco, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen to Somalia we are all paying for the search of Arab dominion!
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