Fake Salafi Refutation
A Verdict Regarding the Saudi
by Shaykh Abu Baseer Mustafa Haleemah at-Tartoosee
I think it is not hidden from the likes of you what has happened and
is now happening in the Arabian Peninsula under the Saudi rule... If you
would may Allah preserve you direct the youths to what is obligatory
for them to do, especially since the government has begun to target the
people of Iman and Jihad, either by imprisoning them or killing them,
and what happened to Shaykh Yusuf al-'Uyayri is not far from us... So
groups of the youths have now decided to take revenge for what the Saudi
government has done or will do. So some of them have begun to buy
weapons. And other groups of the youths fear that there will be a repeat
in the Arabian Peninsula of that which occurred in Algeria, but at the
same time they see that a great Fitnah and killing is about to take
place, especially if the Saudi government continues to restrict the
people of knowledge and Jihad. So they view that it is necessary for
them to buy weapons, from handguns to explosives, and to train with them
in order to defend themselves and their families in the event of a civil
war or revolution or the like.
These youths have among those who answer their questions and share
their concerns 'Ulama' whom they trust in terms of their knowledge,
and who live in the Peninsula and witness the situation there and see it
around them. However, as you know may Allah bless you the houses of
these 'Ulama' have been besieged, and they have been led away to prison,
to remain there for an indefinite period. This is if they are convicted
And the government has even fabricated lies about these 'Ulama', for
when they arrested Shaykh 'Ali al-Khudhayr, Shaykh Nasir al-Fahd and
Shaykh Ahmad al-Khalidi, they broadcast that they found along with these
Mashayikh weapons and explosives! And before that, they accused them of
founding a group called "The Muwahhideen for the overthrow of the Saudi
government", and that they had a hand in the explosions that occurred in
Riyadh, even though the Mashayikh may Allah preserve them had denied
O Shaykh, the youths are confused and afraid at the same time. For
they fear for themselves to even ask about what is obligatory upon them
to do. And if they ask someone, the one who is asked will usually shy
away from the question, and will summarise and not give details. The
integrity of the Committee of Major Scholars (Hay'at Kibaril-'Ulama')
has fallen in the eyes of many of the youths, and they look at any
statement from the Committee of Major Scholars as if it is a statement
from the Interior Ministry or another Ministry... for this reason, we
hope that you will give us an explanation and advice.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
This is a big question... I wished that the Saudi regime would not push
the youths to the extent that they would be forced to send the like of
this question... and I have received many questions similar to it. I
wished from the Saudi regime in observance of the sacredness of the
two noble Haramayn, and its peaceful worshippers that it would not put
itself in this position, and that it would leave us alone as we have
left it alone, but it has insisted on brandishing the stick, and on
mistreating us, and being an open enemy, and being a helper to the
Tawagheet of the infidels in the world against the Muslim Muwahhideen
from the people of the Peninsula and outside of it, in the name of
"fighting terrorism"... even though they themselves are the masters of
terrorism and criminality.
In order to answer this question, it is necessary to mention the
 The Saudi regime is a mixture of Haqq (truth) and Batil
(falsehood). The Haqq aspect of it tends to be restricted to verbal
claims, such as the outward symbols of Tawhid on their flag, and their
claim that they are an Islamic, Salafi state, and that they implement
the Islamic Shari'ah, and other than that from the great claims that we
wish they were truthful in... and these continue to deceive many of the
As for their Batil, then it tends to manifest itself physically, in the
real world... and it is clearer proof of the reality of their regime
than what they claim with the tongue. And examples of this falsehood may
be found in the following:
[a] It is a regime that does not rule by what Allah has revealed
in every aspect of life, particular and general, rather it is a regime
that rules by what Allah revealed in certain cases to the exclusion of
other cases... it believes in part of the Book and disbelieves in
part... and this may be noticed easily by anyone who would like to
observe the Saudi legal system... and this contradicts many of the
Shar'i texts that obligate referring the judgement back to the Book and
the Sunnah in every aspects, as in the Saying of Allah (ta'ala)
"So if you differ in anything, then refer it back to Allah and the
Messenger, in you really believe in Allah and in the Last Day. That is
better, and more suitable for a final explanation."
So His Saying (ta'ala): "...in anything..." is a general
term that indicates anything and everything in which people might
It is an immature regime, convinced as it has been for a long time
that it is not capable of relying on itself or its people for
support,... So in the past, Al Sa'ud stretched out their hands to the
British in order to help them strengthen their kingdom and authority
against the Ikhwan movement, the followers of Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abdil-Wahhab
(rahimahullah) and others... to the extent that the founder of the Saudi
state used to receive a salary from the British, as one of his own
grandsons clearly stated.
And today at the hands of the sons of 'Abdul-'Aziz the regime throws
itself completely into the lap of America, going along with its
policies, responding to its every desire in exchange that it (America)
will protect and defend it (the Saudi regime), and not abandon it or
work to change it... even though the Saudi regime if it was sincere in
its claim to Islam, and that it is the protector of its territory
would be able, with the aid of its religious population, and with the
aid of the tremendous material resources it possesses, to organise one
of the mightiest armies in the world, able to strike fear into the heart
of America, an army possessing power and a firm 'Aqidah... however
unfortunately they have not done any of that.
Its position is that of any other Arab regime... it does no more than to
prepare an army to defend the ruling regime from its own people in the
event of any attempt to change or oppose it... upon the principle "a
lion against me, but an ostrich in war"!
[b][c] It is a racist, nationalist regime that allies or opposes on
the basis of relation with the nation. It divides rights and obligations
among the slaves of Allah on the basis of relation with the Saudi nation
and its borders, and not on the basis of relation with the 'Aqidah and
the religion... in the same manner as any other Arab regime.
And this is clear Kufr (Kufr Bawah) as the Saudi Permanent Committee
(al-Lajnah ad-Da'imah) for Ifta' have themselves said in one of their
Fatawa: "Whoever does not distinguish between the Jews and the
Christians and the other infidels and between the Muslims except by
nationality, and makes all of their rulings equal, then he is a Kafir."
And they were correct in that, however our question to these esteemed
ones is this: Is not the Saudi regime like this? Is it other than what
you have described? Is it not that the Kafir, Zindeeq (heretic) Saudi
because of his nationality and his connection with the Saudi state
enjoys certain rights, favours, and privileges that "Shaykhul-Islam"
from outside Sa'udiyyah does not?
The problem of single unmarried women has reached its peak, yet along
with that according to the law the Saudi woman is not allowed to be
married to a man with whose religion and character she is pleased if he
does not belong to the borders of the Saudi nation... and likewise, the
Saudi man is not allowed to marry outside Sa'udiyyah until he has
reached a certain advanced age, along with fulfilling certain
conditions, and after receiving special royal permission, for which
Allah has not sent down any authority... the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu
'alayhi wa-sallam) spoke truly when he said: "If you do not (marry),
there will be Fitnah and widespread evil in the earth."
[d] It is a regime which along with its army has not shown any
support whether real or pretended towards any of the important
issues facing the Muslims today... Show me a single Islamic Jihadi
movement that wished to establish an Islamic life in their countries and
lift the oppression of the Tawagheet, that the Saudi regime or its army
- not the Muslim Saudi population provided help or support?
Hundreds of massacres of the Muslims have occurred in their countries...
the lands usurped and the rights of the inhabitants violated... so what
was the stance of the Saudi regime and its army? Nothing! The most they
could do is to allow the Mashayikh to make Du'a' for the Muslims... or
to collect a few monetary donations to pacify the anger of the people,
and send them to the representative body of the state that is
slaughtering the Muslims, as occurred when they sent the donations of
the Saudi people to the Muslims in Chechnya via the murderous Russian
state, so that it used this money to increase the atrocities and
massacres that it was inflicting on the Muslims!
Tell me if only once that the Saudi regime and its army have ever
shown anger for the sake of Allah and the 'Aqidah... just once!
The Hindus have been slaughtering the Muslims in India and Kashmir for
years... yet along with that, the Saudi regime maintains perfect
diplomatic and non-diplomatic ties with India!
The Muslims in Chechnya have been slaughtered at the hands of the
Russian crusaders for years... yet along with that, the Saudi regime
maintains perfect diplomatic ties with Russia!
The Muslims in the Philippines have been slaughtered for years at the
hands of the Philippine crusaders... yet along with that, the Saudi
regime maintains perfect diplomatic ties with the Philippines! And it
seeks a helping hand from them, as if there was nothing wrong!
America invaded Afghanistan, and lately they invaded Iraq, and it is
behind every massacre that is perpetrated at the hands of the Zionist
Jews in Palestine... yet along with that, the Saudi regime maintains
perfect diplomatic, economic, military and brotherly ties with America!
And it gives away its petrol to America and to other countries, all of
whom supply the Zionist occupation of Palestine... and today the Saudi
regime is leading the Arabs with all its pomp and arrogance in a
process of total surrender to the Zionist state of the Jews!
Even communist China... the Saudi regime has good diplomatic ties and
friendship with it!
The list is extensive... Bring me a single state that wages war against
Islam and the Muslims and how many of them there are from which the
Saudi regime ever cut relations with because of its waging war against
Islam and the Muslims... you will not find a single one!
A regime that shows no anger for the sake of Allah, not even once... and
does not show alliance and enmity for Allah's sake, not even once... how
can it be called Islamic? How?
How is it possible to harmonise between these facts and their claim that
they rule by the Book and the Sunnah?
[e] It is a regime that does not hide its clear allegiance to the
enemies of the Ummah in any battle that the enemy wages against the
Ummah, and against Islam and the Muslims... Here is America, waging a
vicious war against Islam and the Muslims, claiming that it is fighting
"terrorism"... invading and occupying the Muslim lands... yet along with
that it receives nothing from the Saudi regime except for concessions,
and all types of support and aid... until it has even prevented the
Muslims from even making Du'a' against America in their Masajid! And the
news of the American military bases in the Arabian Peninsula is not far
off from us!
[f] It is a regime that has abolished Jihad in the Way of Allah,
indeed erased it from its vocabulary and thinking, it has waged war
against its people and hunted them down, imprisoned their 'Ulama', and
put together an army that has no other purpose but to protect the Saudi
throne and the Saudi regime!
[g] The Saudi regime has entered into treaties, alliances,
constitutions and organisations stemming from the United Nations and
others... all of which oppose and contradict the Shari'ah of Allah (ta'ala).
[h] It is a regime that funds and hosts many TV channels that
propagate immorality and Kufr, and likewise it funds and hosts many
newspapers and magazines national, international, and local that
propagate Kufr, atheism and secularism, and their names are well-known
among the people... and it follows that it is responsible for them all,
and everything that is propagated and broadcast therein!
It is a regime that when the king is insulted, or his high status
called into question, the one who did so will be identified and dragged
out from his hiding place, and subjected to the severest kinds of
torture and imprisonment and penalties, and may even be killed... yet
when Allah is insulted openly in broad daylight as in the worthless
story "al-Karadeeb" written by the Saudi Zindeeq, Turki al-Hamd, in
which he said: "So Allah and the Shaytan are two faces of a single
invention"!! he is left without any objection or account, free to roam
throughout the land as he wishes... and indeed, his books and stories
full of Kufr and heresy are allowed to be printed by the Saudi state
with complete freedom!!
Do you not see that if it was said: "Fahd or the crown prince and the
Shaytan are two faces of a single invention" that the writer would be
able to sleep a single night in his home? Or that his books would be
allowed to be printed and distributed?!!
Is this how the "State of Tawhid" as they claim should be? The
ruling king is greater and higher in status than Allah (ta'ala) may He
be Exalted and Glorified?!!
And if it is said: Maybe the king or the crown prince does not know all
I say: So how is it then that they know about everyone who speaks about
their king and their ruler, or one of their princes, even if his speech
is in secret on the telephone... yet they are unaware of what is
written, printed, and distributed among the people?!!
Allah (ta'ala) spoke the truth about them when He said [meaning]:
[i]"And from the people are those who take rivals besides Allah,
loving them as they love Allah. And those who believe have more love for
Allah. And if the oppressors could see when they witness the torment,
that all power belongs to Allah, and that Allah is Severe in torment."
And He (ta'ala) said [meaning]:
"What is wrong with you, that you give no reverence to Allah, when
He has created you in stages?"
[j] The Saudi regime, represented by its rulers and princes, is
instrumental in usurping the wealth and resources of the Ummah. So a
part of it is poured into the pockets and the bellies of the rulers and
princes, so that they can spend it on satisfying their desires and lusts
as they pleases... and they are above being questioned or brought to
account, no matter how much one of them might spend... and they are
above being asked: "Where did you get that?"...
And a bigger part of that is poured into the pockets and the interests
of the enemies of the Ummah... As for the helpless and oppressed people
who cannot do anything, they are left to feed of the scraps that fall
from the tables of these wasteful, oppressive Tawagheet!
So all of these faces together and there are many more that we have
not mentioned bring us to the certain conclusion that the Saudi regime
is an un-Islamic, Kafir regime... Islam is in one valley, and the regime
of Al Sa'ud is in another valley. Likewise, everyone who supports,
protects, and defends this regime from among the kings, princes and
other than them from their associates who carry out their will, they are
all Kuffar and apostates. And it is not befitting for anyone who knows
the religion of Allah and who knows the reality of this regime and its
supporters to doubt this fact.
And what we say regarding the Saudi regime, we likewise say the same
regarding its oppressive army, for it is an army just like any of the
other Arab armies, put together for the sole purpose of aiding the
Tawagheet and defending their thrones and their interests. So it is an
army that turns along with the desires of the ruling Taghut, with its
allegiance and enmity based on that... making peace with whoever the
Taghut makes peace, even if he is a Kafir at war against Islam and the
Muslims, and making war with whoever the Taghut makes war, even if he is
one of the best people on the earth.
It is unknown that it has ever waged a single battle in the Way of
Allah, despite the abundance of battlefields... So it is impossible that
an army of this description can be considered an Islamic army, even if
most of its troops and commanders establish the Prayer, for this might
save an individual among them, however it is impossible for us to
describe or the army as a whole, with its organisation and purposes, as
Islamic or to rule it as Islamic, or that it is the army that wages
Jihad in the Way of Allah to make the Word of Allah superior!
 The foregoing ruling on the regime is a general one, and it
does not imply by necessity the Kufr of everyone who argues on behalf of
the regime or enters into its supporters; and this is due to the many
misconceptions and illusions that people have regarding this regime,
which are propagated by the Mashayikh and agents of the Sultan...
Therefore, in order to apply this ruling to individuals it is necessary
for the conditions of Takfeer to be fulfilled, along with the absence of
any nullifying factors.
For many of those who argue of behalf of this regime are unaware of the
realities that we have previously mentioned... and many of those who are
aware of them do not believe them... and many of those who do believe
them are unaware that they are Mukaffirah (i.e. take a person out of
Islam and make him a Kafir)... and many of those who know that they are
Mukaffirah will say to you: "I follow our great Mashayikh, they know
more than me or you, and they have given me a Fatwa different to what
you have given and explained"... and all of this needs to be taken into
account when applying a ruling to individuals from among the people who
argue on behalf of this regime and on behalf of the Tawagheet ruling
 It is not allowed to take the foregoing ruling on the regime
and apply it to the whole Saudi society or its organisations, for the
Saudi society is a Muslim society, and its people are predominantly
religious and they establish the Prayer, and to Allah belongs all
 Some of the mistakes of the people of knowledge regarding
this regime are due to a number of matters:
[a] One of them is that many of the Mashayikh and Du'at see only
the good side of the regime, and they do not want to see from it other
than this side, neither to hear from it except from this side...
Therefore, you see one of them when he speaks, saying: "The Waliyyul-Amr
may Allah preserve him! ordered the building of the Masajid... and
printing the Masahif... and building schools for memorising the
Qur'an... and he ordered the printing of such-and-such book at his own
personal expense..." And he will say more than once: "We rule by the
Book and the Sunnah... and all praise is due to Allah that He has
granted us an Imam and a king like this!"
And it has escaped these unaware ones, who have strayed and caused
others to stray, that the regime is incapable of doing more than the
aforementioned things... and what they have mentioned about their regime
is also done and claimed by many of the secularist, infidel Arab
regimes, maybe moreso!
Another of them is that many of the Saudi Mashayikh and Du'at compare
the situation of the other Arab regimes, and how their people suffer
from religious persecution, with the Saudi regime... and one of them
comes to the conclusion that the Saudi regime is a thousand times better
than those regimes... and from there he begins to be happy with the
regime, and maybe he might increase in his attachment to it, so he goes
astray and leads others astray!
And we admit that the Saudi regime, despite its faults that we mentioned
before, is better than many of the other Arab regimes... but this does
not allow us to attach ourselves to or be happy with a Kafir regime,
even if it the least in Kufr compared to the other regimes... So the
issue in truth is a comparison between Kufr and a greater Kufr, or
between greater Kufr and a Kufr even greater that it... and the issue
does not go beyond this.
[b][c] Another of them is that there are those from among the
Mashayikh and Du'at who live outside Sa'udiyyah, due to their need to
perform the obligation of Hajj, and their affection for visiting the
noble Haramayn, so you see them preferring to keep silent regarding the
crimes of the regime and its acts of Kufr... and maybe they will
compromise and exaggerate... so they go astray and lead others astray...
and there is no strength or power except with Allah.
 So if it is said: Does the Kufr of the regime necessitate
going out (Khuruj) against it? (i.e. fighting it and overthrowing it)
I say: Yes, from the Shar'i perspective it is Wajib (obligatory) to go
out against it, however from the practical perspective, this has certain
conditions, stages, and necessary preparations, and I do not see that it
should be done before the fulfillment of these conditions, stages and
necessary preparations. And one of them is that the idea of going out
against the Kufr regimes should be the dominant idea among the majority
of the Muslims.
And until the time that these are fulfilled, there is no objection
according to the Shari'ah if you find the ability and are safe from a
greater evil occurring to acting on this, by eliminating on an
individual basis those whose Fitnah is threatening the lands and the
people, from among the ruling Tawagheet of Kufr and injustice, and
putting the people and the land to rest from them... for eliminating one
of the ruling Tawagheet of Kufr and injustice and removing him from the
path of the people is easier than effecting a rebellion and overthrowing
the entire regime along with all of its special organisations!
 So if it is said: What about the Mabahith (the intelligence
services), the security services, the Mukhabarat, the agents of the
regime... what is the stance towards them?
I say: The Mabahith and the agents of the Mukhabarat are the guard dogs
of the Taghut who stay up to protect the Taghut and his rule and his
oppression... I do not advise dealing with them nor with other than
them from the guard dogs of the rulers, except one whose Fitnah has
grievously afflicted the land and the people especially in lands such
as the Arabian Peninsula, for fear of widening the circle of the
conflict, falling into what is forbidden, frightening the peaceful
people except in the case of self-defence... So if they catch up with
you, O brother Mujahid, and seek to kill you or imprison you and
persecute you away from your religion, then by all means deal with
them... fight them with a clear heart, facing them and not retreating,
and if they kill you while you are defending yourself and your
religion and your honour then you will be from the people of
Paradise... and if you kill them while they are implementing the
orders of the Taghut by killing you or arresting you or persecuting you
away from your religion then they are in the Hell-fire, as is
mentioned in the authentic Hadeeth.
With this I answer your question and the question of all of the other
brothers who asked questions similar to yours...
And all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
Holy Quran Quotes
O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah and give up what remains (due to you) from Ribaa (from now onward) if you are (really) believers