The Rain in Yemen Fell Everywhere

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

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Beautiful, marvelous, lovely, exhilarating, refreshing – and that is only the beginning!  Yes, on the 13th of April, just about an hour or so after Dawn, which has now rolled back to 4:40 AM. as the celestial bodies rearranged our dimension of time on Earth, a thunderous lightning broke the still and silent acoustics of our surroundings and echoed the mighty Devine Command of “كن – Be” with a crackling roar that ended the crowing of the roosters and chirping of the birds in their various nesting abodes usually heard greeting the New Day.  Within seconds, the puffy and dark cumulus clouds released their frozen agglomerations of the source of all life.  God Al-Mighty brought down to Earth the anxiously awaited  water badly needed for the survival and continuation of all species of animal and plant life.  Yemen’s luck with rain over the past years of this Millennium has at best been scanty.

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As the skies ceaselessly issued their resounding Heavenly thunderous sounds, the sounds of heavy drops of frozen and molten falling water could be heard with Increasing momentum until the sound of their beat achieved a steady  rhythm.  The final  beat of ratat of rain and hale continuously bounced in our  ears from the glass and wood carpentry of our windows.   For over an hour then, and eventually for days, God’s mercy continued to be manifested in winding streams of runoff that gave all the terrain around us a far more invigorating sign that the Lord Al-Mighty has heard the beckoning of the Yemenis to God – Allah, as they have endured the most flagrant, cruel and sadistic aggression and senseless arrogant barbarity of man against fellow man for more than a year.  Surely their Lord will simply not allow the meek to suffer any longer and will harness His powers to let the Earth produce the nutritional needs heretofore deprived to the proud Yemeni people, who continue to be  subject to a merciless siege and blockade that denies the people of Yemen access to food staples and other life nourishing commodities, while the international community finds it more lucrative to offer silence at the highest price.

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The Yemenis know what their Earth could produce and saw this as a great omen that God’s mercy is far more powerful than all the facade of strength and power that faithless people  blinded by imaginary visions of grandeur tend to assume they possess, and thus gives the latter the power and right to disturb the peace and tranquility of their fellow men and to deny them the right to freedom, life and the pursuit of happiness.

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The rains are a blessing of the Creator with unbelievable powers of turning human spirit to an affinity of unbreakable bonds between humankind and the All Powerful Master of our universe and all universes beyond ours and the Author of the destiny of all – the meek and the strong – the rich and the poor.

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The recent abundant rains In Yemen have produced a great joy amongst most Yemenis, not so much because they will yield great produce, but rather because they are an unequivocal communication from God Al-Mighty that yes, I hear you and I am with you.

 

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This is how Yemenis understand the workings of the universe – a direct consequence of their faith and trust in Allah.

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War Losses and Damages: Saudi Led Coalition Aggression on Yemen

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

 

The following is a summary of the periodic report issued by the Yemeni Civil Coalition for Monitoring the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Saudi led Coalition in the aggression against the Republic of Yemen since March 22, 2015  Unfortunately, this wanton aggression on Yemen and against the Yemeni people is backed by the United States and some other western countries, which farcically claim to be combating terrorism and seeks to instill democracy and human rights worldwide. Yet these states are in fact supporting the state, which founded the sadistic ideology of Wahhabism and which also supports practically all the known terrorist mobs existing throughout the world from ISIS (So called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIL, with Levant instead of Syria), Al-Qaeda (all branches), Al-Nasra, Poco Haram, and all the other terrorist groups in the world, which adopt the Wahhabi ideology and bloody and often gruesome methodology in their modus operandi.

The data shown hereunder includes all war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Saudi regime in Yemen, which is the leading culprit in this illegal aggression on Yemen, as it mobilized the so called coalition, since March 22, 2015. These horrendous crimes include the use of illegal and prohibited weapons of mass destruction, killing of thousands of civilians (with substantially large numbers of women and children), which can only be construed as collective punishment against the Yemeni people for the latter’s rejection of Saudi interference in Yemeni affairs and the uncalled for violation of Yemeni sovereignty over Yemen’s territorial rights and airspace and marine rights. In addition the Yemeni people demand that they be allowed the right of self determination to map out their political, religious, social and economic destiny. Mind you, this aggression is without due cause and lacks any legal, political and economic rationale and has no international legitimate basis to support.

The following data lists all the crimes of the Saudi regime and their so called Saudi Led Coalition over the last 9 months up to November 16, 2015 as summarized by the authors of the report, in both Arabic and English, with some modifications by the blogger and completions of missing translations.

Overview of details in the periodic report issued on Monday, 11/16/2015 by the Civil Coalition for Monitoring Crimes committed by the Saudi led aggression on Yemen:

 

The number of civilian casualties reached to 23,553, including 7,495 fatalities and 16,058 wounded (women, children and men). Almost 15,000 now live with permanent disability. The report noted that the report is incomplete, because they cannot access all the areas attacked in a hysterical manner.

The material losses after 235 days in infrastructure and public and civil property amounts to:

408 roads and bridges

35 universities

149 fuel tankers,

131 cisterns and water grids

10 ports

224 fuel stations

123 communications network ]

223 hospitals and health units

336 markets

317, 985 destroyed and damaged houses

15 media establishments

146 plants and factories

14 airports

895 government facilities

106 chicken farms

583 mosques, 504 food stores

50 archaeological sites

478 schools and educational centers 370 food transport trucks

86 tourist facilities

3,750 non-operating schools

30 sport fields/stadiums and

7 grain silos

 

Ancillary results, in addition to those caused by missiles and bombs (many of which are illegal and banned by international law, agreements and conventions, such as using cluster bombs in schools and public areas, we have the empowerment of terrorist and militant groups, like Al-Qaeda and ISIS to operate as they like freely without any interference from coalition forces, even in areas under the control of these forces, not to mention that these groups are armed and financed by the Saudis.

 

In addition hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons are forced to relocate in already crowded and overstretched service facilities, especially from Sa’ada Governorate and the battle scarred areas, such as Aden and Ta’ez.

The Saudis also imposed a tight siege and blockade on Yemen, making it impossible for any civilian ships or airplanes to enter Yemeni seaports and airports until they have undergone thorough checks by coalition naval craft or force to land in Saudi airports for checking passengers and/or cargoes. This includes relief vessels sent from countries or organizations engaged in such philanthropic tasks.

 

Fuel supplies are limited due to blockade and a large percentage of the population are without basic nutritional requirements and medicines. There is also lack of power in most of the country on account of this blockade as fuels are not allowed to enter to power the power generating stations, which are already operating beyond capacity.

 

The report pointed out that the Saudi claim of defending legitimacy is a hoax and a misleading excuse for waging the war, which the UN Security Council refused to sanction, as all those who supposedly represent the so called Hadi regime and cabinet are all Saudi puppets operating out of hotels in Riyadh, but without any significant say in how the war is conducted.

 

Cluster bombs and internationally prohibited weapons are only targeting Yemeni people The report mentioned that Saudi Arabia and its alliance used in the war on Yemen destructive and severe blast bombs which were dropped over the heads of civilians in homes, neighborhoods and markets.

 

The Saudis committed large massacres that killed nearly 200 civilians in their residence complex, like that of the Mocha Power Station and another nearly 300 fatalities in 2 weddings in Mocha and Sanaban, as well the murder of nearly 200 fishermen near Kamaran Island and Zoqar.

 

The repport also noted that the Saudis used Severe blast and destructive bombs against civilian residential areas or public gathering squares and markets. They used two types of Cluster, such as Secondary Explosion Munition Bombs (BLU – 97) or Bunker Buster bombs and a more complex type called CBU – 105, which open up and disburse a large number of mini bombs over a large area. Some secondary bombs may not expolode upon hitting their targets, and thus become dangerous to anyone who may come in contact with it or touch with them. On two occasions Human Rights Watch noted that used missiles laden with cluster bombs in at least seven occasions in Hajjah Governorate, in which scores were killed and wounded. HRW alos reported and some of which repprted that on 31 May 2015 there were credible evidence that that Saudi Arabian led coalition used US manufactured illegal CBU.

 

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Saudi Criminal Bombing of Old City of Sana’a: WHY????

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

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I went to the Old City of Sana’a on September 24, just four days after the barbaric and absolutely criminal Saudi air raid on the UNESCO declared World Heritage City (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/385)

More than any other place in this world I dwelt in or visited in my life, Sana’a is perhaps the location that most infuenced my life. 

I was born in this fabulous city, when there was still no “new” to distinguish any of its parts with any of its surroundings.  In fact, Sana’a had telephones. and a modest electricity network, which were introduced in the early part of my life, before the September 26, 1962 Revoution.  Thus, the new was beginning to encroach and blend in (but still harmlessly) with the unique architecture of this amazingly well  designed city of urban – albeit medieval – planning.  I knew Sana’a then when the charming city was still pretty much a self sustaining metropolis, with all its sustenance needs met from internal domestic sources and the farms that surrounded the city’s historic wall:  water was provided by surface wells in the  houses or from various  streams eminating from  springs located around the city’s then picturesque suburban villages, or from the wells of the city’s numerous  gardens, attached to each of the  fabulous mosques dotting its urban expanse.  These gardens (“miqshamas”, as they were called – roughly meaning garden vegetable farms) were conveniently  irrigated from the waste water of their respective mosques, as well as the wastewater of the surrounding neatly arranged houses around these gardens (Bear in mind that human solid waste did not enter the wastewater drainage system, Such waste had a separrate disposal system that effectively allowed for such waste to be used as fuel to heat the public “Turkish” baths).  The wells of the mosques also provided supplemental irrigation for the miqshamas.  Poisonous detergents, soaps, shampoos and other consumables were not yet a source of pollution in these wastewaters.  These gardens supplied almost all the garden vegetable needs of the city’s population of about 40,000 in the first decade of my life.  Livestock meat and dairy needs of the city were provided by livestock and poultry maintained by Sana’ani residents or the families that had sharecropping leases to these miqshamas, or “endowment” gardens.  I remember we had a cow and chicken in our house, which took care of our dairy needs.  I also recall how as children we enjoyed going to any of the nearby gardens to our house to fetch anything from tomatoes to radishes to lettuce to potatoes.   Some of these gardens grew berries, almonds, walnuts, pears, prickly cactus fruit and other delicacies.  There were five such gardens within a five to ten minutes walk from our house situated in the Al-Alamy “neighborhood” at the center of the Old City (actually a long slightly wavy street with broken rows of attached houses) between Al-Fulaihy “neighborhood” and Wadi Al-Sayilah – a water runoff bed that harvested all the rainwater floodwater that flowed in the city after gathering from the roofs of Sana’a’s  seemingly packed together houses and winding streets. 
Al-Fulaihy Mosque is no more than 300 meters East of our house and even in my youth, this mosque was an important scholastic institution of learning of Islamic jurispruence and law, Arabic literature and history and other social studies and produced many of Yemen’s leaders, prominent jurists and  literary personalities during the Twentieth Century. 

I walked from Al-Sayilah eastward to our house and could  not avoid sighing pitifully  as I saw all the houses on my left and right showing the obvious damage from the horrific air raid that hit Al-Fulaihy Garden and the house of its tenant farmer, Hifdh-Allah Al-Ainy, killing all the 11 members of his immediate family just 4 days earlier.  Almost all the windows and stained glass or alabaster glass arches of the houses I was passing through were broken, some with their holding frames pushed in or out of the walls that contained them.  Some of these houses were two to four centuries old, but their walls were either cracked or pushed to lean in or out of their once erect standing.  Some houses had been wrecked and rendered unsafe for habitation.  When I reached the house I was born in and in which I lived my early years before going to the United States and in intermittent periods of my life when I returned to Yemen, I was saddened by all the broken windows and the stainedglass arches over them.   For me each window had its own story in my life and to see it a mere hole now was tragic.
Luckily, aside from repairs to all the windows and stained. glass arches – nevertheless at a significant cost – at this stage, structural damage to our house could not yet be ascertained.   The glass and dirt debris of our house filled two empty 50 kg. flour sacks. 

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I walked East towards Al-Fulaihy and as I got closer to the site of the destructive missile explosions, at the Miqshamat Al-Fulaihy, the impact of the explosions got more noticeable and more structurally damaging or destructive. 

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୸As I walked, I could not help asking to.  myself continuously the question, “Why?  Why would anyone do such horrible destruction?”  I knew every nook and cranny within a 2 km. radius of the Al-Fulaihy Mosque and there is simply not even one halfway decent reason to suggest that any military objective or logic warrants thsenseless destruction of such treasure of historical culture and unique architectural splendor.  The considerable substantive material damage is awesome for the current residents of the Old City of Sana’a, who and in many cases would require  expensive careful repair work, most residents could hardly afford in these very difficult economic circumstances for the majority of  Yemenis and not just the people of Sana’a.
When I reached the Al-Ainy family house, the human tragedy unfolded before my eyes and was almost unbearable to watch. 
The four story house had turned to a heap of stones, dirt, cinderblocks, wood, torn funiture, ripped clothing, scattered utensils, which had no evidence of architectural form or standing.

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Rubble of Al-Ainy 4 story house

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Al-Ainy House Rubble

When a relative of the deceased occupants of the house appeared the trauma of the loss was quite evident.  As the lady was wailing and screaming beyond control:  “My uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers!  What did they do to you, Salman? Curses to you and your stooge, Abdu Rabbo  Hadi and all the traitorous croanies!”  Another women tried to control her shouting.  It was melodramatic beyond belief. 

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Al-Ainy House Rubble

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Relative screaming: What did this gardener do to you Salman?"

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I continued walking through the mixture of debris and household belongings.  They were now indistinguishable in terms of ownership and purpose.  Lingerie was mixed with prayer clothes.  A Holy Quran sat stubbornly on a shelf of the only standing remains of what used to be a green painted room wall. 

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The only standing wall of the 4 story Al-Ainy House

It was unbelievable to picture that 11 people once lived and walked in this mumble jumble of debris, furnishings and personal belongings. 
As I walked through the ups and downs of the mound of debris, I looked at all the houses around the garden, which Al-Ainy farmed almost all his life.  Almost all the houses had lost their windows and stained glass arches.  Some houses were damaged beyond repair. 

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Then another female wailing relative showed up screaming and shouting:  “What could my uncle do to you Salman?  What could a seller of lettuce and radishes do to you, Salman? How could you call yourself the Protector of the Holy Sites, when the souls of Moslems are targets of your planes, while the owners of such souls are in deep slumber?”   She went down and kept mumbling prayers  asking revenge from the Al-Mighty for the big loss of so many unarmed petty folk, earning. their honest living by the sweat of their toil. 

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Other females and children relatives after failing to quiet the screaming lady then joined in the wailing.

The unforgivable attack on  the Old City of Sana’a clearly showed a total disregard for cultural heritage and the historical legacy of generations of Yemenis who created and built this marvelous relic of man’s abiity to respect nature and the enviroment.  Why did the Saudis do it?  Looking at the narrow streets of the city and the fragile structural framework of its buildings, even the most astute and gungho war maniac would regard an attack like the one that hit the Al-Ainy home stupid, hateful and incompatible with sound military logic.

But over the past six months and the continuous massacres of Yemeni civiians, the last being the coldblooded murder of 135 people attending a wedding in Mocha, of whom most were women and chidren, military logic seems to be the last thing in the minds of Saudi military strategists.

These attacks seem to show a clear case of man’s inhumanity to man – a clear case of unadulterated unforgivable arrogance, uncultred chauvinism and contemptuous barbarity.

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Saudi Criminal Bombing of Old City of Sana’a: WHY????

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

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I went to the Old City of Sana’a on September 24, just four days after the barbaric and absolutely criminal Saudi air raid on the UNESCO declared World Heritage City (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/385)

More than any other place in this world I dwelt in or visited in my life, Sana’a is perhaps the location that most infuenced my life. 

I was born in this fabulous city, when there was still no “new” to distinguish any of its parts with any of its surroundings.  In fact, Sana’a had telephones. and a modest electricity network, which were introduced in the early part of my life, before the September 26, 1962 Revoution.  Thus, the new was beginning to encroach and blend in (but still harmlessly) with the unique architecture of this amazingly well  designed city of urban – albeit medieval – planning.  I knew Sana’a then when the charming city was still pretty much a self sustaining metropolis, with all its sustenance needs met from internal domestic sources and the farms that surrounded the city’s historic wall:  water was provided by surface wells in the  houses or from various  streams eminating from  springs located around the city’s then picturesque suburban villages, or from the wells of the city’s numerous  gardens, attached to each of the  fabulous mosques dotting its urban expanse.  These gardens (“miqshamas”, as they were called – roughly meaning garden vegetable farms) were conveniently  irrigated from the waste water of their respective mosques, as well as the wastewater of the surrounding neatly arranged houses around these gardens (Bear in mind that human solid waste did not enter the wastewater drainage system, Such waste had a separrate disposal system that effectively allowed for such waste to be used as fuel to heat the piblic “Turkish” baths).  The wells of the mosques also provided supplemental irrigation foryhe miqshamas.  Poisonous detergents, soaps, shampoos and other consumables were not yet a source of pollution in these wastewaters.  These gardens supplied almost all the garden vegetable needs of the city’s population of about 40,000 in the first decade of my life.  Livestock meat and dairy needs of the city were provided by livestock and poultrh maintained by Sana’ani residents or the families that had sharecropping leases to these miqshamas, or “endowment” gardens.  I remember we had a cow and chicken in our house, which took care of our dairy needs.  I also recall how as children we enjoyed going to any of the nearby gardens to our house to fetch anything from tomatoes to radishes to lettuce to potatoes.   Some of these gardens grew berries, almonds, walnuts, pears, prickly cactus fruit and other delicacies.  There were five such gardens within a five to ten minutes walk from our house situated in the Al-Alamy “neighborhood” at the center of the Old City (actually a long slightly wavy street with broken rows of attached houses) between Al-Fulaihy “neighborhood” and Wadi Al-Sayilah – a water runoff bed that harvested all the rainwater floodwater that flowed in the city after gathering from the roofs of Sana’a’s  seemingly packed together houses and winding streets. 
Al-Fulaihy Mosque is no more than 300 meters East of our house and even in my youth, this mosque was an important scholastic institution of learning of Islamic jurispruence and law, Arabic literature and history and other social studies and produced many of Yemen’s leaders, prominent jurists and  literary prrsonalities during the Twentieth Century. 

I walked from Al-Sayilah eastward to our house and could  not avoid sighing pitifully  as I saw all the houses on my left and right showing the obvious damage from the horrific air raid that hit Al-Fulaihy Garden and the house of its tenant farmer, Hifdh-Allah Al-Ainy, killing all the 11 members of his immediate family just 4 days earlier.  Almost all the windows and stained glass or alabaster glass arches of the houses I was passing through were broken, some with their holding frames pushed in or out of the walls that contained them.  Some of these houses were two to four centuries old, but their walls were either cracked or pushed to lean in or out of their once erect standing.  Some houses had been wrecked and rendered unsafe for habitation.  When I reached the house I was born in and in which I lived my early years before going to the United States and in intermittent periods of my life when I returned to Yemen, I was saddened by all the broken windows and the stainedglass arches over them.   For me each window had its own story in my life and to see it a mere hole now was tragic.
Luckily, aside from repairs to all the windows and stained. glass arches – nevertheless at a significant cost – at this stage, structural damage to ourhouse could not yet be ascertained.   The glass and dirt debris of our house filled two empty 50 kg. flour sacks. 

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I walked East towards Al-Fulaihy and as I got closer to the site of the destructive missile explosions, at the Miqshamat Al-Fulaihy, the impact of the explosions got more noticeable and more structurally damaging or destructive. 

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୸As I walked, I could not help asking to.  myself continuously the question, “Why?  Why would anyone do such horrible destruction?”  I knew every nook and cranny within a 2 km. radius of the Al-Fulaihy Mosque and there is simply not even one halfway decent reason to suggest that any military objective or logic warrants thsenseless destruction of such treasure of historical culture and unique architectural splendor.  The considerable substantive material damage is awesome for the current residents of the Old City of Sana’a, who and in many cases would require  expensive careful repair work, most residents could hardly afford in these very difficult economic circumstances for the majority of  Yemenis and not just the people of Sana’a.
When I reached the Al-Ainy family house, the human tragedy unfolded before y eyes and was almost unbearable to watch. 
The four story house had turned to a heap of stones, dirt, cinderblocks, wood, torn funiture, ripped clothing, scattered utensils, which had no evidence of architectural form or standing.

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Rubble of Al-Ainy 4 story house

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Al-Ainy House Rubble

When a relative of the deceased occupants of the house appeared the trauma of the loss was quite evident.  As the the young lady was wailing and screaming beyond control:  “My uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers!  What did they do to you, Salman? Curses to you and your stooge, ARH and all the traitorous croanies!”  Another women tried to control her shouting.  It was melodramatic beyond belief. 
I continued walking through the mixture of debris and household belongings.  They were now indistinguishable in terms of ownership and purpose.  Lingerie was mixed with prayer clothes.  A Holy Quran sat stubbornly on a shelf of the only standing remains of what used to be a green painted room wall.  It was unbelievable to. picture that 11 people once lived and walked in this mumble jumble of debris, furnishings and personal belongings. 
As I walked through the ups and  downs of the mound of debris, I looked at all the houses around the garden, which Al-Ainy farmed almost all his life.  Almost all the houses had lost their windows and stained glass arches.  Some houses were damaged beyond repair. 
Then another much older female wailing relative showed up screaming and shouting:  “What could my uncle do to you Salman?  What could a seller of lettuce and radishes do to you, Salman? How could you call yourself the Protector of the Holy Sites, when the souls of Moslems are targets of your planes, while the owners of such souls are in deep slumber?”   She went down and kept mumbling prayers  asking revenge from the Al-Mighty for the big loss of so many unarmed petty folk, earning. their honest living by the sweat of their toil. 
This was a clear case of man’s inhumanity to man – a clear case of unadulterated unforgivable arrogance.

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This is How Islam Deals with Christians and Background on Wahhabi Extremism of the ISIS Genre

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

The Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him – PBAUH) set out many important principles that deal with governing the relationship between the Moslem State/Moslems and other states and/or other religious communities or peoples.  One of the most important documents in this context is the Ordinances Governing Relationship between Moslems and Christians.  This was believed to have been issued when the delegation of Christians from the town of Najran, then a part of Yemen, which had a predominantly Christian community then. 

Surely what is going on in the Mosul of Iraq today, and the gross violations of ISIS to the articles of this document are not at all part and parcel to Islam.  On the contrary, the Prophet Mohammed compelled Moslems to adhere strictly to this document and any violations of the principles laid out in the document render the perpetrator in breach of an important covenant between the Prophet and the Christians and is viewed as disobedient to the dictates of the Prophet and thus disobedient to the Faith.  Therefore all people should realize that ISIS in no way represents the manifestation of Islamic rules and teachings by its gross mistreatment of Christians as well as other minorities. 

It is unfortunate that ISIS, which is also an offshoot of Wahhabi religious deviations of true Islam, just like Al-Qaeda, Nasrah, Shabab, Paco Haram (Nigeria), have been allowed to display such gross misrepresentations of true Islam, and people in the world must be informed that these are practically heresies to authentic Islamic teachings, 

Wahhabism began to appear in the Arabian Peninsula in the Mid Eighteenth Century, when the Saudi family (Al Saud) joined with the Al Al-Sheikh to spread their extremist form of what they purport to be Islam.  Because of their extremist dogma and their bloody nature, especially which allows them to wage war on all Moslems who do not agree with them, the Ottomans had checked the spread of Wahhabism and attacked them in their stronghold in Dir’iya, south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  They captured the head of the Saudi family and the head of the Al Al-Sheikh and hanged them in Istanbul in the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, because they were spreading mobs of pilferage, which attacked Moslem pilgrim caravans and trade caravans, as well as Moslem cities in Iraq and Yemen, mercilessly killing anyone and everyone in these caravans or cities, on the grounds that they did not adopt Wahhabi doctrine. 

The rest of the Wahhabis escaped to Kuwait,. They continued to be sent back to the Peninsula by the British from Kuwait, which then was controlled by the British as a “protectorate”, only to be repelled by the Ottomans and their allies the Al-Rashid Family, which then controlled Nejd, the birthplace of the Wahhabi Movement.   Heretofore to the advent of Wahhabism, all Moslems regarded senseless killing as sacrosanct to Islamic teachings and Moslems of different sects lived together in peace for centuries, until Wahhabis introduced their heretical dogma that it is right to kill Moslems and others who do not adopt their extremism.  When the Ottomans became weaker in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the British armed the remaining Wahhabis in Kuwait and sent them in to drive the Al Rashid clan from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabis continued their drive to control the whole Arabian Peninsula eventually ending up with what is now Saudi Arabia.  With the immense oil wealth, the Saudis propagated the Wahhabi creed throughout the world and supported all the extremist groups like Al-Qaeda, Nasrah and now ISIS with funds and personnel, with many Saudis at the forefront of the memberships in these groups.  Thus the Saudi official position on “terrorism”, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, leaves a lot to be desired in translating such policy to real action.  The Saudi clan shares the rule of Saudi Arabia with the Al Al-Sheikh clan, who are the descendants of “Sheikh”  Mohammed Bin Abdul-Wahhab, the self declared founder of the Wahhabi creed and have a substantial share of the oil revenues, from which the Wahhabi religious establishment in Saudi Arabia funds all these extremist movements, like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, etc.  Thus the declared position of the Saudi Government on these renegade mobs leaves a lot of room for doubt. 

Important excerpts of this document, regulating relations with Christians, as translated by this blogger, are contained below (Please share this throughout the social media and press media of the world, lest people continue to be deceived by these misconceptions of Islamic teachings practiced by these Wahhabi deviates of true Islam:

Excerpts of the Covenant issued by the Prophet Mohammed (PBAUH) regulating relations between Moslems and Christians

Excerpts of the Covenant issued by the Prophet Mohammed (PBAUH) regulating relations between Moslems and Christians

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Amnesty International: Yemeni authorities must investigate killings and restore justice and accountability

Abdul-Karim Jadban was assassinated about three months ago

Dr. Abdul-Karim Jadban was assassinated about three months ago

Dr. Ahmed Sharafeddine:  Murdered on the 21 January 2014

Dr. Ahmed Sharafeddine: Murdered on the 21 January 2014

By Hassan Al-Haifi

Amnesty International issued a public statement calling for an independent and impartial investigation on the killing of Dr. Ahmed Sharafeddine, the well known legal expert and member of the National Dialogue which was to put Yemen on a new course following the peaceful youth revolution of February 15, 2011. Dr. Sharafeddine was mowed down by eight gunmen who came in two cars: a Mercedes Bens and a Toyota Hilux. Dr. Sharafeddine was unarmed and was heading for the National Dialogue Conference now in its ninth month meeting in Movenpick Hotel in Sana’a.
Dr. Sharafeddine received several shots in his body as it was reported that all eight men shot at him in the car. At least four bullets landed in his head.
Dr. Sharafeddine was representing Ansar Allah (otherwise known as the Houthis in the National Dialogue Conference. About three months another Houthi representative was murdered as he was leaving a mosque by armed murderers riding a motorcycle. In both cases the murderers escaped, although the murders took place within yards from security outposts and a nearby police precincts.
The Islah Party claimed that the son of a leading Islah Party Official Abdul-Wahab Al-Anisy was the victim of an attack and they showed a car that showed some damage in the rear. Yesterday it was discovered that the car shown was actually a car that was attacked in Shabwa in December and did not even belong to Al-Anisy. It is not clear why the Islah would claim the incident of Al-Anisy’s son, and as it is likely to be untrue, apparently the Islah leaders may have known about the intended murder of Dr. Sharafeddine and thus wanted to elicit sympathy for their officials as well in a clear case of intended cover up and distortion of the fact. The walls of the residence of the Sharafeddine were found to be written with graffiti that contained well known rhetoric used to damn followers of Shia sects and this also raises questions about Islah involvement in the killing.
The Wahhabi followers of the Salafis and Islah political parties and their tribal allies led by the sons of the late Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Ahmar and General Ali Mohasen Al-Ahmar, an ally of the Wahhabis in Yemen, have been waging a war against the Houthis in Sa’ada for the last three or four months. The Houthis have driven out the Salafis that were purported to be studying “traditions of the Prophet Mohammed” in both Kitaf and Dammaj. The Houthis claim that these are mostly foreign settlers brought in to drive the Zeidis from being too proximate to the Saudi border. The Houthis claimed that these centers were no more than training grounds for terrorists of the Al-Qaeda genre. There are no institutions, schools or libraries that contained or taught “traditions of the Prophet Mohammed” in either Wahhabi centers or their surroundings. The Houthis have shown repeatedly that these centers had Wahhabi “students” imported from all over the world and had shown on their TV channel “Al-Maseerah” documents and witnesses that attested to significant terrorist activities including materials for making bombs and other ordnances uses in terrorist attacks. The Houthis finally besieged the Wahhabi Salafis and drove them out of the centers, after mediation committees assigned by President Abdurrabbo Hadi relocated some 3000 to 5000 of these mostly foreign followers of the Wahhabi Salafi creed, which is the national religion of the Government of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has been funding both of these centers through various covert operations that have been used to spread the Wahhabi creed throughout the world. It is reported that Saudi Arabia has spent around US $ 200 Billion to spread Wahhabism throughout the world since the late 1970s. The Salafis of Dammaj were relocated in Sana’a after the people of Hodeida refused to accept them there.
Dr. Sharafeddine was a significant contributor to the political solutions devised by the National Dialogue to solve the political problem left after Ali Abdullah Saleh was deposed as President of Yemen, and replaced temporarily by his Vice President, Abdu-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, under a political settlement mapped out in the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative signed in November 2011.
Here is the public statement issued by Amnesty International, which has yet to be published in AI’s website (Click the following file name):

Ahmed Sharafeddine

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Yemeni Government Heavy Military Equipment Illegally Being Deployed In War Between Houthis and Al-Ahmars in Yemen

Armored cars and tanks belonging to Yemeni Armed Forces Being Deployed Illegally to Al-Ahmars against the Houthis

Armored cars and tanks belonging to Yemeni Armed Forces Being Deployed Illegally to Al-Ahmars against the Houthis

Yemeni Tanks

Tanks belonging to Yemeni Armed Forces Being Deployed Illegally to Al-Ahmars against the Houthis in Sa’ada current fighting.

General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar,  Military Counsellor to the President - Unrelenting supporter for Wahhabi Groups in Yemen

General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, Military Counsellor to the President – Unrelenting supporter for Wahhabi Groups in Yemen

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

The current War in Sa’ada Governorate, Yemen, which started as a war between the followers of the people of Sa’ada led by the  Zeidi leader Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi and the suspicious hard-line Wahhabi settlers in Dammaj, who are a hodgepodge of foreign and local Wahhabis gathered there to supposedly study the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed and seem to eventually settle there permanently (Some “students” have been there for 2 decaedes, which would make them candidates for two Ph.Ds at least.  This is just another camp to train Al-Qaeda type terrorists to carry out attacks in Yemen and elsewhere, as many residents of Sa’ada continuously insist.  The truth of the matter is that there are no libraries or archives in Dammaj for keeping the sayings and doings of the Prophet Mohammed, but rather there is a closed complex of terrorist training facilities, fortifications and tunnels used to make sure that no one enters the complex and to set out launching sites for expansion of the encampment to absorb other adjoining lands and houses taken from the indigenous people of Sa’ada.  The methods used to establish these so called “Salafi” settlements remind one of how the Israeli kibbutzim were set up in Palestine, in the early days of the Zionist encroachment into the Holy Land.  The religious school in Dammaj was set up with Saudi Arabian funding by the late Moqbil Al-Wadi’I, a hard-line Salafi “Imam” and teacher, who regarded all Shia’a Moslems as infidels, who deserve to be killed and looted of all their possessions.  The indigenous population of Sa’ada are Zeidis, a small but enduring Moslem sect, which is more Sunni than it is Shi’ah, but nevertheless strongly despised by the Saudi Wahhabi religious establishment.  About a year ago the Salafis in Dammaj started to attack neighboring villages of indigenous Sa’ada residents.  The followers and supporters of the Wahhabi sect in Yemen (Salafis, Islah Party, Hashid Tribal leaders led by the offspring of the late Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Ahmar, especially Hussein, not to mention some Yemeni military brass, led by General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, former Commander of the First Armored Division and the Northwest Military Axis) all decided to advance the cause of these Dammaj settlers.  The Dammaj settlers are recruited from Wahhabi schools throughout the world from Europe, Russia, Africa and other centers of Wahhabi nurturing.  All these are in essence fighting a proxy war on behalf of the Saudis, who are staunch enemies of the Houthis, especially after the military setbacks of Saudi forces during the Sixth War of Sa’ada in 2011/2012, in which the Saudis directly involved their forces to create a buffer between the Saudi border and “push back the Houthis” ten kilometers, even if at the expense of destroying all the means of livelihood for the people of Sa’ada.  The Saudis claim that Hizb-Allah of Lebanon and the Houthis represent a dangerous vice that could be used by Iran to crush Saudi Arabia.  Realistically, however, the Houthis are far from enjoying the Iranian support given to Hizb-Allah.  The Houthis seem to manage well with substantial quantities of military gear and ammunition taken from Yemeni and Saudi forces in the last war and the previous five wars waged against them by the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh from 2004 to 2012.  Many foreign settlers in Dammaj have been killed and many governments have warned their citizens from joining in a far away struggle that does not have anything to do with them.  Although there is strong propaganda to try to picture the Zeidis of Yemen as “Shi’ahs” like the Iranians and Iraqis, the truth of the matter is that there are substantial differences.   In either case, because of the Wahhabi inclination to regard anyone not belonging to their following as infidels, the Wahhabis regard the Zeidis as sanctified for the taking in terms of blood and belongings.

In looking back at Islamic history, it is worth noting that despite the existence of some sectarian associations among Moslems, it goes without saying that followers of the different sectarian orientations have never waged wars between the different followers of Islamic sects, nor have any followers of Islam sanctified the blood of other Moslems of different sects, until the teachings of Mohammed Bin Abdul Wahhab were propagated about two and a half centuries from Najd, Saudi Arabia.  The Ottomans put an end to Wahhabi assaults against people throughout Arabia, the Fertile Crescent and Pilgrims coming to Mecca and literally drove them and their Saudi leaders and Wahhabi clerics out of their stronghold in Dir’iya, a closed citadel of Wahhabi clerics and institutions, south of Riyadh, thus ending the First Saudi State.  British intelligence rearmed the exiled Wahhabis, who had settled in Kuwait for almost a century, and sent them back to Nejd and the current Saudi regime became established in Riyadh.  The Saud family and the Al Al-Sheikh clan (descendants of Mohammed Abdul Wahhab) jointly rule Saudi Arabia and share its abundant oil revenue wealth.  The Saudi regime expended well over US $ 200 Billion to propagate the Wahhabi creed throughout the world and support extremist institutions and terrorist activities over the last forty years or so.  This was done under various clandestine and covert operations, including “philanthropic and charity” organizations like the Moslem World League and Saudi intelligence or hired intelligence (Pakistani, Egyptian and other countries, including the Central Intelligence Agency, during the Afghani war against the Soviets).  The Jihadist groups are given exaggerated credit for ending the occupation of Afghanistan, a feat, which really goes to the credit of the Azbuki fighters led by Ahmed  Shah Masoud (killed by the Wahhabis on the eve of 9/11!) and General Abdul-Rashid Dustum) and other non-Wahhabi Jihadists, rather than the Jihadists of the Wahhabi genre.  Saudi heavily financed propaganda helped to spread this misleading misreading of the Afghan War.

Yemen also became a fertile ground for spreading Wahhabi culture and out of this propagation of Wahhabi inclinations, which began in the Seventies of the last century. came the Islah Party and several splinter Al-Qaeda groups (Ansar Al-Sharia’ah, Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, etc.).  The Saudis continue to strongly support these groups and all activities against the Houthis with substantial financial grants to some high ranking military and political officials “for opposing the Rejectionist Zeidis”.  The Wahhabis call all Shi’ah followers as “Rejectionists of the followers of the Sunnah”.  The Saudis continued to foment conflict in the area by prodding Salafis [settled in Dammaj and Kitaf (Northeast of Sa’ada)] to encroach upon Sa’ada residents near them and obviously this was bound to trigger a Houthi intervention to defend the Sa’ada residents, since the Yemeni Government refused or was unable to bring a halt to Salafi aggression and intimidation.  The Saudis then recruited the Al-Ahmar family, led by Hameed Abdullah Al-Ahmar (billionaire businessman and warlord  and the younger Hussein Al-Ahmar to join the fight with the Salafis.  On the Government side, the Saudis prodded their high ranking military and political (Islah) officials to join the fight to save the “helpless peaceful families of Dammaj, who were facing a massacre” by the Houthis.  The Houthis did not attempt to assault any of the two Salafi settlements, but rather besieged them to avoid any military supplies from reaching the two camps.  But the Wahhabis worked night and day to picture the Dammaj residents as helpless unarmed “students” studying the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed and other corny manifestations of humanitarian sentiment.  Hussein Al-Ahmar began to recruit tribal and non-tribal fighters to fight under his command against the Houthis.  As the anti Houthi campaign got more military in nature and as the Al-Ahmar mercenaries imposed an indiscriminate  siege against Sa’ada Governorate, and some of Amran Governorate, where there are Houthi followers, the Houthis decided to take the initiative and it was not long before the Houthis inflicted substantial defeats against the Salafis and the Al-Ahmar militias.  The President of Yemen, Abdu-Rabbo Mansour Hadi set up a committee to disengage the fighters, which became activated every time the Houthis made critical advances against this hodgepodge mixture of mercenaries and misled military elements of the Islah Party.  The Houthis responded favorably with every intermediation efforts.  Once the Al-Ahmars and Salafis were able to cut loose and reinforce their positions, they went back again to their old aggressive activities, cutting roads and harassing and intimidating Sa’ada residents and Houthi followers wherever they found them.  The Houthis finally took over the Kitaf Settlement and completely destroyed all the fortifications and tunnels built by the peaceful “students of Hadith, or Prophetic Traditions” and captured substantial arms and weapons, including homemade bombs and other ordnances used in terrorist attacks.  The settlers were relocated by their Wahhabi supporters elsewhere in Yemen.  When the Houthis finally attacked the Wadi Khaiwan fortifications built by the Al-Ahmars against them and cleaned all the valley from Ahmars and Wahhabis, the Al-Ahmars accepted a truce and not soon after that, reinforcements and weapons began to be rushed to the Al-Ahmars including tanks and armored vehicles illegally taken out of Yemeni military warehouses.  The heavy military hardware (at least 10 tanks, and 10 armored personnel carriers and other vehicles and military personnel were reported turned over to the Al-Ahmars and their allies).  This could not have been consummated unless it was with the orders of General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, long time backer of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh turned “dissenter” during the Yemeni peaceful revolution of 2011.  The General (well beyond retirement age) still wields considerable influence in the military, despite having been removed from his former command positions.  The latter is also giving orders to military commanders in Al-Jouf Governorate to facilitate and establish camps for Al-Qaeda and Salafi militants moved over from foreign Wahhabi centers, from Shabwa and other Southern Governorates.

How long will the recent truce last will be rapidly determined by the disloyal efforts of the not so “dismissed” General and the Al-Ahmars to spread the conflict to other Governorates and involving more foreign and local mercenaries.  The Saudis must be paying substantial amounts to fund this needless and senseless war, which is not doing any good for Yemen’s already very dismal and disorderly conditions in all political, military, administrative, economic and social fronts.  With  a weak government and a helpless President, brought to power by an almost useless Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, there is no light yet at the end of the tunnel for the Yemeni people. With no power centers to rely on to back President Hadi’s positions or moves, it is impossible to picture what this political formula can achieve to bring Yemen out of its largely chaotic situation, while embezzlers, killers and blackmailers (most of who are holdovers from the Saleh regime) continue to sell their lucrative but destructive schemes to anyone here or overseas paying the highest price.

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