Spread of Wahhabism was done at request of West during Cold War – Saudi crown prince

Spread of Wahhabism was done at request of West during Cold War – Saudi crown prince
The Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism began as a result of Western countries asking Riyadh to help counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Washington Post.

Speaking to the paper, bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia’s Western allies urged the country to invest in mosques and madrassas overseas during the Cold War, in an effort to prevent encroachment in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.

He added that successive Saudi governments had lost track of that effort, saying “we have to get it all back.” Bin Salman also said that funding now comes mostly from Saudi-based “foundations,” rather than from the government.

The crown prince’s 75-minute interview with the Washington Post took place on March 22. Another topic of discussion included a previous claim by US media that bin Salman had said that he had White House senior adviser Jared Kushner “in his pocket.”

Bin Salman denied reports that when he and Kushner – who is also Donald Trump’s son-in-law – met in Riyadh in October, he had sought or received a greenlight from Kushner for the massive crackdown on alleged corruption which led to widespread arrests in the kingdom shortly afterwards. According to bin Salman, the arrests were a domestic issue and had been in the works for years.

He said it would be “really insane” for him to trade classified information with Kushner, or to try to use him to advance Saudi interests within the Trump administration. He stated that their relationship was within a normal governmental context, but did acknowledge that he and Kushner “work together as friends, more than partners.” He stated that he also had good relationships with Vice President Mike Pence and others within the White House.

The crown prince also spoke about the war in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition continues to launch a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in an attempt to reinstate ousted Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi as president. The conflict has killed thousands, displaced many more, driven the country to the brink of famine, and led to a major cholera outbreak.

Although the coalition has been accused of a large number of civilian deaths and disregard for civilian lives – an accusation which Riyadh denies – the crown prince said his country has not passed up “any opportunity” to improve the humanitarian situation in the country. “There are not good options and bad options. The options are between bad and worse,” he said.

The interview with the crown prince was initially held off the record. However, the Saudi embassy later agreed to led the Washington Post publish specific portions of the meeting.



5 replies

  1. Very sad indeed— we are facing a crazy world to day.

    — killing innocent people still continue in Afghanistan—Iraq—-Syria—Libya—Sudan -/ Negeria—and Gaza too.

    No day without killing innocent people by terrorist Muslim after 9/11 2001.
    UN cannot stop killing innicent people in the world. Why?

    All love ❤️

    • Interesting question: Why cannot the UN stop the killing? The answer is actually simple: The UN is subject to the directions / orders of the UN Security Council. In the UN Security Council the permanent members have a veto right and therefore are ‘the boss’. Consequently it is clear that ‘the bosses’ do not want the killing to stop, actually they are behind the killings. Obvious to me. Should be obvious to you too by now (after following my comments for a while).

  2. Dear Rafiq—you believe and trust on what you see and what you hear to much—but you do not realize that what you see and heart NOT ALWAYS TRUE. You do not know what you do not see and hear beyond that— only Allah knows it. I seems to me that you are pround with your experiences, but you do not know that you has been deceieved by your eyes and ears.

    That is Allah command Muslim to believe in His guidance namely His Books. His books are a true guidance, NO MISTAKE.

    If we refer to His books. Allah say:
    UN cannot change God’s plan. UN cannot stop killing innocent people because God do not allow UN to stop it.

    I assume Allah want to remind all Arab Muslim and others to believe in Allah alone instead of believe in IDOL—! If not — Allah say;

    That is due to what your hands sent ahead, and that Allah is not cruel to (His) servants.” QS 8;(51)—Allah has Promised.
    Verily Allah helpeth one who helpeth Him. Lo! Allah is Strong, Almighty – (Q.22:41
    When ye sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): I will help you with a thousand of the angels, rank on rank. Q.8:(9)( to defeat your enemy).

    MUST be something wrong of Arab’s struggle! Need to be corrected!!!

    That is my thought Rafiq. What do you think?

    All love ❤️
    Hopefully do not erase and put my comment in awaiting moderation please be fair and respectful. Thank Rafiq.

  3. Oyaaa, how is your house, family and ahmadiyya community in Lombok?
    Hopefully Allah will protect you, family and Ahmadiyya community.

    Have you received some help ( money) from Government or HQ Ahmadiyyah?

    All love ❤️

    • Ahmadiyya community in Lombok is ok. They are assisting the victims with a Humanity First Medical Station and some relief supplies. My house is severely damaged. All the roof collapsed. As there are many after-shocks no one had the courage yet to go up the roof to remove loose tiles. The top floor needs to be reconstructed. No help yet. Small help came from some family and friends, not enough for our house, so my wife bought food and distributed it to the neighbors.

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