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ISIS Stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the goal is to have complete 100% sharia law in every country it infiltrates, world wide. By not standing up for our way of life and allowing sharia law in Australia or any western country, the war in Syria is completely hypocritical as we are then partially allowing the very thing we despise and fight against to flourish at home. We do nothing to prevent sharia law out of fear we are not being politically correct and this needs to change.

While Shari’a already has a foot in our door in the matter of minor disputes like inheritance and domestic violence, it should concern you that Shari’a:

• Commands that drinkers and gamblers should be whipped;
• Allows husbands to hit their wives;
• Allows an injured plaintiff to exact legal revenge – literally an eye for an eye;
• Commands that a thief must have a hand cut off;
• Commands that homosexuals must be executed;
• Orders unmarried fornicators to be whipped and adulterers to be stoned to death;
• Orders death for both Muslim and non-Muslim critics of Mohammad, the Qur’an and even Shari’a itself;
• Orders apostates to be killed;
• Commands offensive, aggressive and unjust Jihad.

As written in the Qur’an, Shari’a is the law of Allah. Any other form of government is a sin. It is the duty of every Muslim to keep striving until all governments have been converted to Shari’a law.

The video below explains what we are dealing with it in more detail

2. Free Pakistani political analyst Zaid Hamid

JEDDAH – The Saudi court sentenced Pakistani commentator Zaid Hamid to eight years and 1200 whips’ over criticizing Saudi government, reported by private TV channel.

According to reports, Zaid Hamid was arrested during a private tour of Saudi Arabia with his wife. Officials said that Zaid spoke against the Saudi government two weeks ago in a ceremony speech. Saudi court convicted Zaid Hamid sentenced to eight years in prison and a thousand lashes.

This is totally unacceptable & against freedom of expression.
Saudi Arabia cannot arrest Pakistani citizens.

3. Draw the line: Vote No to destruction of the Great Pyramids and the Prophet's tomb

One man.

One man is the most responsible for Islamic extremism.

Wikipedia describes him as the "most influential Wahhabi Muslim religious and legal authority in Saudi Arabia."

The Saudi King appointed this man Grand Mufti in 1999.

These men should not be called Muslims. They do not follow the traditional compassionate teachings of Islam.

They, and most Saudi, are best called Wahhabi.

"Wahhabism emerged only 250 years ago under the guidance of an obscure fanatic known as Muhammad Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab who later formed an alliance with a group of desert bandits, the Sauds."


Compassion has no room in the soul of the Wahhabi. They consider it a religious duty to convert everyone. It is also a duty to remove temptations that lure a current member away.

Other religions, and traditional Islamic teachings, are not tolerated. Anything supporting these is "rightly" destroyed. This includes churches, temples, and ancient cities. It includes the Great Pyramids and everything supporting traditional Islamic teachings.

"Sami Alawi, the founder and former director of Mecca’s Hajj Research Center and opponent of the destruction of Mecca’s historic sites, estimates that over 300 antiquity sites in Mecca and Medina have already been destroyed, such as the house of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, which was leveled to make room for the Mecca Hilton Hotel.

An ancient house belonging to the Prophet Mohammed was recently razed to make room for a public toilet facility."


An uncompleted task for the Wahhabi is the destruction of the Green Dome and Prophet's tomb. They claim 750 year old historic Islamic building and the tomb cause Muslims to stray from their (Wahhabi) beliefs. The Grand Mufti issued a fatwa and deemed its destruction an obligation.

It is important to notice where many requests for fatwa originate. They do not always come from Islamic teachings. Instead, these fatwa endorse a government position.

The fatwa against the Prophet's tomb can be traced to a 61 page justification first approved by the House of Saud.

When the House of Sauds called for the destruction of churches, the Grand Mufti supplied a matching fatwa. 15 March 2012

When members of the House needed to justify young girls as wives, the Grand Mufti declared 10 years old to be okay.

Other Grand Mufti in each country follow his example.

A fatwa now exists making it a religious duty to destroy everything from Christian churches, Catholic Cathedrals, Hindu Temples, ancient cities, sculptures, and graveyards.

Muslims now have a duty to kill every American, Brit, Frenchman, and Italian. Fatwa Philippines

It is okay to gang rape young girls, if they are not Muslims. Fatwa Iraq

The Great Pyramids should be leveled. Fatwa Kuwait

Proposed Change:
The Grand Mufti must withdraw the destructive fatwa he issued. He can defy his mega yacht masters. He can demonstrate he follows core Islamic teachings of compassion, love, and peace. He can condemn destruction and violence in the name of the House of Saud.

Please sign this petition and forward so all understand the root of Islamic extremism.

4. Saudi Arabia MUST Rescind Sentence Of 200 Lashes, Six Months In Prison For Rape Victim!

A woman who was violently gang raped in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail after being found guilty of indecency and talk to the media.

The 19-year-old was in a car with a student friend when two men got into the vehicle and drove them to a secluded area. She says she was raped by seven men, three of whom also attacked her friend.

The Shia Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating the Kingdom's religious diktats on segregation of the sexes.

After the sentences were handed down following the rape in 2006, the woman was sentenced to 90 lashes; however her lawyer appealed to the Saudi General Court. It then doubled her sentence. At the same time, they also doubled the prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping her, according to Saudi news outlets.

Abdul Rahman Al-Lahem, who defended the woman, reached out to the media after the sentences were handed down. The court has since banned him from further defending the woman, confiscating his license and summoning him to a disciplinary hearing later this month.

Saudi Arabia defended the controversial decision to punish the victim, saying that she was at fault for being out without a male family member, something which was met with international outcry.

"The Ministry of Justice welcomes constructive criticism, away from emotions," it said in a statement.

5. Free Saudi Women's Rights Activists Loujain al-Hathloul and Maysa al-Amoudi, Reffered To "Terrorism" Court For "Crime" Of Driving A Car!

December 25, 2014--Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month for defying a ban on females driving were referred to a court established to try terrorism cases on Thursday, according to friends of the defendants.

Activists said it was the first time female drivers have been referred to the specialised criminal court in Riyadh, and that their detention is the longest of female drivers in Saudi history.

Four people close to Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, said they are not being charged for defying the driving ban but for voicing opinions online. They declined to elaborate on the specific charges because of the sensitivity of the case and anonymously for fear of government reprisal.

They told the Associated Press the women’s defence lawyers had appealed against the judge’s decision to transfer their cases to the court, which was established to try terrorism cases but has also been used to try peaceful dissidents and activists. An appeals court in Dammam, the capital of Eastern Province, is expected to rule on the referral in the coming days, they said.

Human Rights Watch recently said Saudi authorities are expanding a crackdown on people who criticise the government online. It said judges and prosecutors are using a 2007 anti-cybercrime law to charge Saudi citizens for peaceful tweets and social media comments.”

At the time of their arrest, Hathloul and Amoudi had a combined Twitter following of more than 355,000. They were vocal supporters of a grassroots campaign launched last year to oppose the ban on women driving.

In 1990, 50 women were arrested for driving. They had their passports confiscated and lost their jobs. In 2011 a woman was sentenced to 10 lashes for driving, though the king overturned the sentence.


Supporters of the driving campaign delivered a petition to the royal court this month asking King Abdullah to pardon the two women.

Organisers of the campaign, which began in October 2013, say the ban on women driving underpins wider issues that give men powerful sway over women’s lives. An activist said the ban is also part of “a wider effort to quash any chances of raising the ceiling on civil liberties” in Saudi Arabia.

Though no laws ban women from driving in Saudi Arabia, authorities do not issue them licences and ultra-conservative Saudi clerics have issued religious edicts against it. No such ban exists anywhere else in the world, even in other conservative Gulf countries.

Thursday’s brief court session was the second time the women appeared before the judge in the eastern al-Ahsa region, where they have been detained after driving to Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates.

Hathloul was stopped by border guards and her passport was confiscated for more than 24 hours when she attempted to cross the border on 30 November with a UAE driver’s licence in an act of defiance.

Amoudi, a UAE-based Saudi journalist, was stopped when she went to deliver food and a blanket to Hathloul at the border, activists and relatives say. They were formally arrested on 1 December.

There has been no official Saudi comment on the arrests.

Hathloul is in a correctional facility for juveniles and Amoudi is in a prison. Relatives say they have been allowed to see them for short supervised visits.

6. Australians Demand An End To Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Abuses and Terror Funding

The feudal regime ruling the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is notorious for human rights abuses within its own borders. Furthermore, the regime is sponsoring Islamic organisations engaging in the undermining of foreign governments and acts of terrorism.

The Dutch member of parliament Geert Wilders has sent a creative signal of protest to the feudal rulers of Saudi Arabia by publishing a persiflage of the KSA flag. In its original design the Saudi flag depicts a sword and the creed of Islam. The KSA regime is notoriously particular about the treatment of its flag.

In Mr Wilders' flag design the Islamic creed (shahada) is replaced by a statement reflecting what he himself, and many critics and victims of Islam, think is the actual nature of Islam.

The original reads in translation:

"There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah"

Mr Wilders' persiflaged version reads

"Islam is a lie, Muhammad a criminal, the Koran is poison".

Both versions are written in Thuluth Arabic script and look very similar to non-Arab readers.

As a retaliatory measure the KSA regime has now banned Dutch companies from conducting business in the Kingdom.

We the undersigned petitioners believe it is appropriate for governments and citizens of democratic nations to stand with our friends and allies in the Netherlands and send a clear signal to the feudal rulers of Saudi Arabia.

7. Free Saudi Human Rights Activst Fadhil Makki al-Manasif, Tortured and Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

Fadhil Makki al-Manasif, 26, is a photographer and a member of the Adala Center for Human Rights (Adala Center), a rights organization in the Eastern Province Fadhil city of Qatif. On April 17, 2014 al-Manasif received a harsh 15-year sentence from the Specialized Criminal Court, plus a 15-year travel ban after his prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 Saudi Riyals (US$26,666) – for charges that included “breaking allegiance with the king” and “being in contact with foreign news agencies in order to exaggerate news and harm the reputation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people.”

As a member of the Adala Center, al-Manasif played a leading role in documenting abuses against demonstrators in the Eastern Province in 2011. He organized educational workshops on human rights in Qatif and acted as an interlocutor between the families of detainees and authorities, on several occasions approaching police officials in the Eastern Province on behalf of families to ask about the whereabouts of missing family members.

Security forces arrested al-Manasif in his home town of Awammiyah on April 15, 2009 and detained him without charge for three months at the Dammam General Prison. Officials accused him and 20 others of participating in protests, which are banned by the Ministry of Interior, and released him in June after he signed a pledge not to take part in gatherings.[81]

Authorities arrested al-Manasif again in May 2011, two days after he disseminated information to international media outlets and human rights organizations on amendments to the press law and ongoing protests in the Eastern Province. In response to a summons, al-Manasif presented himself to the Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Investigation Department in Awammiyah, where security forces immediately took him into custody.[82]

On June 4, 2011, security forces transferred al-Manasif to solitary confinement in the General Investigation Directorate (al-Mabahith) prison in Dammam. On June 6, prosecutors charged him with a series of crimes related to his first arrest in 2009, including “sowing discord,” “inciting public opinion against the state,” “damaging public property by organizing and calling for protests,” and inviting the international media to demonstrations, as well as participating in gathering information about demonstrations. Security forces released him on August 22 2011, after he signed a declaration promising to refrain from participating in further demonstrations.

On the evening of October 2, 2011, al-Manasif approached the Awammiyah police station to speak to police about their detention of two elderly persons, whose sons were wanted for participation in protests. The authorities had detained the men in order to compel their sons to turn themselves in, according to the Adala Center for Human Rights. When one of the elderly men collapsed, al-Manasif followed by car the ambulance taking the man to the hospital and was stopped and arrested at a checkpoint. Security forces transferred him to the Mabahith prison in Dammam, and placed him in solitary confinement for four months, denying him any visits from his family until August 11, 2012, 314 days after his initial arrest. He remains in detention.

On May 12, 2011 several United Nations Special Procedures mandate holders released an urgent appeal on al-Manasif’s behalf, expressing concern that his arrest violated his right to freedom of expression. The UN Secretary General on July 21, 2011 also expressed concern that his situation “may be related to his work in the defense of human rights, in particular, his involvement in the documentation and dissemination of information on human rights violations, as well as his engagement with United Nations mechanisms and other international human rights organizations.”

According to the Adala Center, al-Manasif alleges that authorities have subjected him to various forms of torture during his detention including beatings on his hands and legs, blindfolding for extended periods of time, forced standing for extended periods of time, and electrocution.

During his interrogation sessions, a colleague of al-Manasif’s at the Adala Center told Human Rights Watch, officials questioned him about his rights activism and he acknowledged being in communication with international human rights organizations including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

8. Free Saudi Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair

An appeals court in Saudi Arabia has upheld a 15 year jail sentence for prominent human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abulkhair.

Abulkhair was convicted in July 2014, and tried under the new anti-terrorism law, where he was convicted on a series of charges including “inciting public opinion”. Activists previously confirmed to Middle East Eye that the law was intended to target activists and to silence any form of political dissent or calls for reform.

According to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Saudi’s Specialised Criminal Court of Appeal - which hears terrorism cases - confirmed the verdict on Sunday.

Five years of Abulkhair’s sentence were initially suspended. In January, another court ordered him to serve the full 15 years of his sentence. The following month, he was transferred from a prison in his home city of Jeddah to one in the capital Riyadh.

“It’s believed that his refusal to recognise the legitimacy of the trial court, in addition to not giving an apology to the court, were the reasons behind his recent transfer,” said the Gulf Centre for Human Rights on its website.

Abulkhair is the founding member of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA), an independent human rights organisation established in 2008. His outspokenness and activism resulted in Saudi authorities banning him from travelling outside the country since 2012.

In one of his first acts that challenged the Saudi authorities, Abulkhair along with other activists signed a reform petition in 2007 that requested the ruling government to transform from an absolute monarchy to a democratic system, where people would have the right to participate in free elections.

International human rights organisations like Amnesty have issued appeals and petitions demanding the release of Abulkhair.

“Authorities in Saudi Arabia are clearly punishing Waleed Abulkhair for his work protecting and defending human rights,” Said Boumedouha, the deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International said last year. “He is a prisoner of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally.”

Abulkhair has been on trial since 2013, where he was accused in October of that year by the Specialised Criminal Court of “breaking allegiance to and disobeying the ruler,” disrespecting the authorities,” “offending the judiciary,” “founding an unlicensed organisation,” and “inciting international organisations against the Kingdom”.

Amnesty International believes that the evidence for all of these charges were based on Abulkhair signing a petition that criticised the oppressiveness of the Saudi Arabian authorities in dealing with 16 reformists.

Abulkhair was the lawyer of a number of high profile cases that were victims of human rights violations, including his wife Samar Badawi. Samar was imprisoned for six months in 2010 under the charge of “disobedience under the Saudi Arabia male guardianship system.” She had sued her father for refusing to allow her to marry, and won her case with Abulkhair as her lawyer. The two later married.

Another well-known former client of Abulkhair is Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger who is serving a ten year sentence in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam. Badawi received the first 50 lashes on 9 January but subsequent weekly sessions have not been carried out. His case has sparked worldwide outrage.

A Norwegian parliamentarian nominated both Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
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UPDATE: July 2014--Saudi human rights activist Walid Abu al-Khair has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on sedition charges. He's the founder of Monitor Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi court in Jeddah also banned al-Khair on Sunday from travelling outside of the ultraconservative kingdom for an additional 15 years and slapped him with a 200,000 riyal ($53,300) fine. His websites were also shut down.

He was convicted on charges of breaking allegiance to King Abdullah, disrespecting authorities, and creating an unauthorized association. Al-Khair has been under house arrest since April 16.

"Walid does not recognize the legitimacy of this court, refuses to accept its verdict and has no intention to appeal," al-Khair's wife, Samar Badawi, told the AFP news agency.

According to Badawi, her husband faces other charges for setting up the group Monitor Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRS) without a permit. She says that al-Khair sought a permit, but received no response from the authorities. Afterward, he set up an MHRS Facebook page which has attracted thousands of followers.

The lawyer has been critical of Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism law, which critics say is used as a pretext to stiffle political dissent. Under the law, terrorism is defined as any act that "disturbs public order, shakes the security of society, or subjects its national unity to danger, or obstructs the primary system of rule or harms the reputation of state."

Saudi human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair is currently in Riyadh’s Malaz Prison awaiting the resumption of his "criminal" trial before Saudi Arabia’s terrorism tribunal, the Specialized Criminal Court, on charges that include “breaking allegiance with the king,” “making international organizations hostile to the kingdom,” and “setting up an unlicensed organization.” A judge jailed Abu al-Khair on April 15 without allowing him to notify his family, and until now authorities have not disclosed the basis of his detention.

Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention when he attended a hearing in his case on April 15, 2014. Since his arrest the authorities have not allowed him to contact family members, who had no knowledge of his whereabouts for 24 hours. Abu al-Khair faces charges based solely on his peaceful human rights work, including “breaking allegiance with the ruler” and “making international organizations hostile to the kingdom.”

“Saudi authorities have repeatedly harassed Abu al-Khair for his human rights work, and now they’ve suddenly jailed him without letting him notify his family,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should free Abu al-Khair immediately and drop the charges against him.”

On February 4, Abu al-Khair lost an appeal of a separate Jeddah Criminal Court conviction for signing statements critical of Saudi authorities, and received a prison sentence of three months. It is unclear whether his detention is connected with the Jeddah conviction. Police in Jeddah arrested Abu al-Khair on October 2, 2013 and held him for one night for hosting a weekly discussion group for reformists, but prosecutors have yet to file criminal charges in that case.

Abu al-Khair attended the fifth session of his trial before the Specialized Criminal Court on the morning of April 15, travelling from his home in Jeddah to Riyadh. A lawyer, Abu al-Khair is representing himself during the proceeding and did not bring family members or trial monitors to the hearing. After several hours, Abu al-Khair’s organization, the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, released a Facebook statement stating that Abu al-Khair had gone missing and could not be reached by his mobile phone, which was switched off.

On the morning of April 16, Samar Badawi, Abu al-Khair’s wife, travelled to Riyadh to search for him. She told Human Rights Watch that officials at the Specialized Criminal Court informed her that the court had ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention, and authorities had taken him to al-Ha`ir Prison south of Riyadh. Badawi travelled to the prison and confirmed with prison officials that Abu al-Khair was present, but was not allowed to speak with him. She told Human Rights Watch that neither court nor prison officials told her the basis of Abu al-Khair’s detention.

Later, Samar Badawi reported that authorities allowed him to speak to her by phone for one minute on April 17, 2014.

Abu al-Khair is known for his legal defense of other human rights activists, including Abd al-Rahman al-Shumairi, one of the so-called Jeddah reformers, a group of around a dozen men known for their public stances demanding human rights and political reform in Saudi Arabia. Authorities arrested them in February 2007, allegedly for gathering funds for terrorism.

Abu al-Khair is also the supervisor of the Facebook group “Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia,” whose website is blocked in the kingdom.

His detention comes amid an ongoing campaign to silence human rights defenders and civil society activists throughout the kingdom. In March 2013, a court sentenced Mohammed al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid, co-founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), to 10- and 11-year prison terms respectively on vague charges such as “harming public order” and “setting up an unlicensed organization.” A court in the central town of Buriada convicted and sentenced to prison ACPRA members Omar al-Sa`id and Abd al-Kareem al-Khodr on similar charges in 2013. ACPRA member Fowzan al-Harbi is currently on trial.

On April 8, authorities detained independent political activist Abdulaziz al-Ghamdi, who publicly supported ACPRA and helped the families of imprisoned ACPRA members.

Saudi authorities regularly pursue charges against human rights activists based on their peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, in violation of international human rights obligations. The Arab Charter on Human Rights, which Saudi Arabia has ratified, guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression under article 32. Under the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration on the Rights of Human Rights Defenders, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to “impart or disseminate to others views, information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

“The jailing of peaceful activists shows that Saudi Arabia has no tolerance for those even speaking about human rights and political reform,” Stork said.

9. Stop Inhuman 1200 Lashes for Female Migrant workers

1200 lashes and jail term for Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia


A Sri Lankan housemaid in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to a 12-year jail term and 1200 lashes after she was found guilty of a robbery, Foreign Employment Bureau media spokesman Mangala Randeniya said.

The woman had allegedly stolen from her employer.

Mr. Randeniya said Foreign Ministry officials of the Consular Division in Saudi Arabia will visit the imprisoned housemaid in jail and get her side of the story to see if there was a possibility of an appeal.

He said the housemaid has been punished according to the country’s rules. “She was proven guilty last year. The Saudi government has ordered the punishment that is given to any person guilty of such a crime,” he said, adding that women who seek employment in other countries are given training and made aware of the laws that govern those countries.
The woman from the Puttalam district had gone for employment in 2006.

10. Immediate release of Saudi blogger Raef Badawi

Immediate release of Saudi blogger Raef Badawi. This letter will be sent to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in United Kingdom.

You can add your signature to letter through this petition.

Sign and share widely! Thanks!

11. UM Humanitarian Supporter

STOP FINANCIAL SUPPORT of Islamic EXTREMISTS around the world. Don't let extremists kill YOUTH, FAMILIES and People with different ideology;

اعوذبالله من الشیطان الرجیم
وَقُلِ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّكُمْ ۖ فَمَن شَاءَ فَلْيُؤْمِن وَمَن شَاءَ فَلْيَكْفُرْ

Say: The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve.

Surah Al-Kahf 18:29

12. Cancel Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council candidacy

Dear UNGA, the Human Rights Council is assumed to be the guard of all human beings. We know that it stands with those who are suffering from human rights abuses in our Planet.

This organization was/ and is the hope for the all human beings. However, recently you listed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be candidate member. This is completely against the objective of the council.

KSA was and is against human right. They even do not allow their women to drive cars let alone accept other big human right issues. They are known for rape of their women, and foreigners. They are known for mass killings, torture and violence. Since everything about these issues is available in the net, we will not list all.

We kindly ask and urge you to cancel its candidacy for the HRC of UNGA.

13. Free Raif Badawi, Saudi Blogger Sentenced To Ten Years, 1000 Lashes!


January 19, 2015-- A blogger in Saudi Arabia who was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes received his first 50 lashes by cane in a public square a little more than a week ago. His second round of lashing, scheduled for last Friday, was postponed after a doctor found that he had yet to heal from the first.

The cruel, retrograde punishment of Raif Badawi has drawn worldwide condemnation, and Amnesty International has deemed him a prisoner of conscience and called for his release. Badawi's “crime” was operating a now defunct blog, the Free Saudi Liberal Network, which fostered political and social debate over Islam and liberalism.

Badawi wrote about whether those two concepts were compatible, critiqued the religious police and ran posts by others critical of Saudi institutions. That initially got him jailed and charged in 2012 with apostasy — renunciation of his religion — which is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. In 2013, he was found guilty of the lesser charges of insulting Islam and violating the information technology laws; on appeal, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes.

The right to freedom of expression is not some peculiar American obsession. It is a universal human right, and those who exercise it should neither be killed by terrorists nor imprisoned by their governments. It's especially hypocritical for Saudi officials, who publicly condemned the acts of violence in Paris against the Charlie Hebdo staff, to condone the brutal beating of a citizen for freely expressing his opinions. (Of course, Saudi Arabia wasn't the only country to condemn the events in France despite a poor record on freedom of speech. Egypt, Turkey and Russia all sent officials to the Paris march.)

Not only is Badawi's punishment utterly disproportionate to his crime, but his crime shouldn't even be considered a crime. The Saudis should immediately end all plans to inflict physical torture upon Badawi.
--Los Angles Times Editorial


BBC-- January 9, 2015: A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say.

Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say.

Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012.

Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency.

On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case.

In addition to his sentence, Mr Badawi was ordered to pay a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,000; £175,000).

In 2013 he was cleared of apostasy, which could have carried a death sentence.

Last year Mr Badawi's lawyer was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of a range of offences in an anti-terrorism court, the Associated Press news agency reported.

'Act of cruelty'

The flogging took place outside a mosque in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after Friday prayers, witnesses said.

AFP news agency, quoting people at the scene, said Mr Badawi arrived at the mosque in a police car and had the charges read out to him in front of a crowd.

He was then made to stand with his back to onlookers and whipped, though he remained silent, the witnesses said.

The sentence was widely condemned by human rights groups.

"The flogging of Raif Badawi is a vicious act of cruelty which is prohibited under international law," said Said Boumedouha of Amnesty International.

"By ignoring international calls to cancel the flogging Saudi Arabia's authorities have demonstrated an abhorrent disregard for the most basic human rights principles."

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict version of Islamic law and does not tolerate political dissent. It has some of the highest social media usage rates in the region, and has cracked down on domestic online criticism, imposing harsh punishments.

UPDATE: May 7, 2014--The Jeddah Criminal Court has on this day, Wednesday May 7, 2014 upheld the conviction of liberal activist Raif Badawi. The court sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes for setting up a liberal website and allegedly insulting Islam


Raif Badawi, the founder of a liberal-minded website in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes after angering Islamic authorities in the ultraconservative kingdom, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Raif Badawi, through his website known as Free Saudi Liberals, had urged Saudis to share opinions about the role of religion in the country, which follows a strict form of Islam that includes harsh punishments for challenging customs.

A judge in the Red Sea port of Jiddah imposed the sentences but dropped charges of apostasy, which could have brought a death sentence, the Al-Watan newspaper reported. Badawi has been held since June 2012.

The newspaper did not name the judge who sentenced Badawi, nor did it say when the ruling was handed down. It was unclear Tuesday whether Badawi would receive any credit for the time he’s already served.

Jen Psaki, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said Tuesday that the U.S. was “deeply concerned” by the sentence given to Badawi.

“We believe that when public speech is deemed offensive, be it via social media or any other means, the issue is best addressed through open dialogue and honest debate,” Psaki said.

Hard-line Saudi clerics have raised repeated objections to social media, including one prominent Islamic scholar describing Twitter as a path to hell. He later withdrew the comment.

The charges against Badawi were based solely on his peaceful exercise of his right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said. Badawi established his online platform in 2008, to encourage debate on religious and political matters in Saudi Arabia. He has been detained in Jeddah’s Buraiman prison since his arrest on June 17, 2012. Criminal Court Judge Faris al-Harbi dropped a charge of apostasy, which carries the death penalty, after Badawi assured the court on July 24 that he is a Muslim.

“This incredibly harsh sentence for a peaceful blogger makes a mockery of Saudi Arabia’s claims that it supports reform and religious dialogue,” said Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “A man who wanted to discuss religion has already been locked up for a year and now faces 600 lashes and seven years in prison.”

Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu al-Khair, told Human Rights Watch that Judge al-Harbi read the verdict aloud during a trial session on July 29, and that the court will send Abu al-Khair a written notification by August 6, and give him 30 days to appeal.

Abu al-Khair said that the judge sentenced Badawi to five years in prison for insulting Islam and violating provisions of Saudi Arabia’s 2007 anti-cybercrime law through his liberal website, affirming that liberalism is akin to unbelief. The judge ordered the closure of the website and added two years to Badawi’s sentence for insulting both Islam and Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or religious police, in comments during television interviews.

Abu al-Khair also said the judge added three months to the sentence for `Uquq, or “parental disobedience,” apparently because of Badawi’s numerous public confrontations with his father over the years.

The judge dropped the apostasy charge after Badawi affirmed to the court that he is a Muslim and recited the Shehadeh, or Muslim declaration of faith, the lawyer said. The judge also threw out the evidence that Badawi had violated the anti-cybercrime law in comments on social media sites.

Prosecutors initially charged Badawi in 2011, alleging that his website “infringes on religious values.” According to the charge sheet, the prosecution’s evidence included five postings by Badawi and anonymous members of his site critical of Saudi religious authorities, and two postings regarding theological questions.

During a hearing on Badawi’s case at the Jeddah Criminal Court on December 17, 2012, Judge Muhammad al-Marsoom prevented Badawi’s lawyer from representing his client, the lawyer told Human Rights Watch. Judge al-Marsoom informed Badawi that he could face the death penalty if he did not “repent to God” and renounce his liberal beliefs. Badawi refused. Recommending a trial for apostasy, the judge referred the case to the Jeddah Public Court, which tries more serious crimes. In January, the Public Court refused to hear the case, and following a lengthy process to determine which court had jurisdiction, judicial authorities eventually transferred it back to the Criminal Court.

Saudi authorities have long harassed Badawi for debating religious issues. In March 2008, authorities arrested Badawi and questioned him about his website, but released him a day later. In May 2008, Badawi was formally charged with “setting up an electronic site that insults Islam” and he left the country. He returned when prosecutors apparently decided to drop the charges, he told Human Rights Watch. In 2009, the authorities barred Badawi from traveling abroad and froze his business interests, depriving him of a source of income, he told Human Rights Watch.

On March 18, 2012, the well-known cleric Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Barrak issued a religious ruling declaring Badawi an “unbeliever… and apostate who must be tried and sentenced according to what his words require.” Al-Barrak claimed that Badawi had said “that Muslims, Jews, Christians, and atheists are all equal,” and that even if these were not Badawi’s own opinions but “an account of the words of others, this is not allowed unless accompanied by a repudiation” of such words.

Badawi and other contributors to his website declared May 7, 2012, “A Day for Saudi Liberals,” hoping to spark an open discussion on distinctions between “popular” and “politicized” religion, Su’ad al-Shammar, the website’s director, told Human Rights Watch.

Badawi’s wife and children moved abroad in 2012, fearing repercussions.

International human rights law protects freedom of expression. International standards only allow content based restrictions on expression in extremely narrow circumstances, such as cases of slander or libel against private individuals, or speech that threatens national security. Restrictions must be clearly defined, specific, necessary, and proportionate to the threat to the interest protected.

The mere fact that forms of expression are considered to be insulting to a public figure is not sufficient to justify the imposition of penalties, the UN Human Rights Committee said in its 2011 General Comment No. 34 regarding permissible limits on freedom of expression. Regarding restrictions for the protection of public morals, the committee in its 1993 General Comment 22 on freedom of religion observed “that the concept of morals derives from many social, philosophical, and religious traditions; consequently, limitations... for the purpose of protecting morals must be based on principles not deriving exclusively from a single tradition.”

“King Abdullah has received praise for fostering dialogue and an exchange of ideas between religions, but it appears that Saudi authorities’ tolerance for open discussion stops at Saudi borders,” Houry said.

14. Recall & Dismissal Proceedings vs. PH envoy, Labor Attache in KSA

Immediate recall of PH envoy to Saudi Arabia Ezzadin Tago, Labor Attache Adam Musa, and Case Interpreter Abdullah Umpa

(July 6, 2013 Press Statement originally posted at

Philippine officials abroad, either belonging to diplomatic mission or those at the labor and welfare offices (POLO-OWWA), are not only expected to provide utmost assistance to overseas Filipino workers in deplorable situation but are also duty-bound to fulfill their respective offices mandate –that is providing assistance to OFWs especially in distress and deplorable situation.

However, this had not been the case -and on several similar previous incidents- on the reported brutal dispersal and arrest of around 40 undocumented and stranded OFWs in Riyadh, Saudi’s capital. The stranded OFWs alleged that no less than the PH envoy, the labor attache and the welfare officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia reported and asked the Saudi police to come and take over that eventually led to brutal dispersal, arrest, and alleged torture of some of the stranded OFWs.

PH envoy to Saudi Arabia Ezzadin Tago, Labor attache Adam Musa, and Welfare officer Abdullah Umpa were tagged by the victims, the stranded OFWs, who reported and requested the Saudi police in their vain attempt to disperse the 40 stranded OFWs peacefully sit-in at POLO-OWWA compound premises. (See attached written complaints of the 7 stranded OFWs sent to the undersigned along the list of stranded OFWs awaiting repatriation in Riyadh, KSA.)

By their act, clearly PH ambassador Tago, Labor attache Musa, and Welfare officer Umpa are likened to ‘Makapili’ of recent time, hence they’re the ‘modern Makapili’.

‘Makapili’ is a person during the Japanese occupation who wears a bayong (woven bag) with two holes to see over his head to avoid recognition and point at anybody in the lineup of people caught by the Japanese soldiers as member or sympathizers of the Huk (Hukbo ng Bayan laban sa Hapon or Hukbalahap).

We see no violation of Saudi laws as the sit-in demonstration by the 40 stranded OFWs was peacefully done. They were at the POLO compound premises to air a legitimate grievance as they see that embassy and labor officials are not properly giving them assistance and are only dilly-dallying of their repatriation.

It is very understandable that the stranded OFWs decided to collectively and voluntarily stage a peaceful sit-in demonstration inside the POLO compound on Tuesday out of their desperation to be repatriated. They believed that embassy and labor officials are not properly attending their repatriation formalities despite coming forth and back with their accomplished documentation to embassy and labor officials for several times.

PH embassy and labor officials in Riyadh should have faced and talked to the stranded OFWs to explain to them the repatriation formalities and assure them of their assistance. Instead, PH officials reported and asked the Saudi police to disperse the 40 stranded OFWs who are inside the POLO compound.

It was actually Amb. Tago, Labor attache Musa, and Welfare officer Umpa who placed the stranded OFWs in jeopardy by reporting and asking the Saudi police to disperse the 40 stranded OFWs inside the POLO compound who were only there to peacefully air their grievances and demand prompt assistance from the PH officials who are in fact duty-bound to assist undocumented OFWs longing to be home.

The act of using terror to coerce the stranded OFWs highlighted PH embassy and labor officials’ incompetence to handle situation like this.

15. Saudi Arabia: Free 7 Convicted for Facebook Postings About Protests

Saudi Arabia court jails seven Facebook cyber activists

BBC 30 June 2013

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced seven cyber activists to between five to 10 years in prison for inciting protests, mainly by using Facebook.

The men were arrested in September last year, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), and their trial began in April.

They were charged with posting online messages to encourage protests, although they were not accused of directly taking part in demonstrations.

It is seen as the country's latest move against online political dissent.

Popular revolt

The New York-based rights group HRW said the case was heard in an anti-terrorism court.

The longest sentence of 10 years was reportedly given to an activist who set up two Facebook groups allegedly explaining the best protest techniques.

“Sending people off to years in prison for peaceful Facebook posts sends a strong message that there's no safe way to speak out in Saudi Arabia”

Joe Stork
Human Rights Watch

The rights group said the men had all admitted contributing to Facebook pages supporting the leading Shia cleric Tawfiq al-Amer, who was held in February 2011 after calling for a constitutional monarchy.

His arrest provoked anti-government rallies inspired by a wave of popular revolt in the country's Eastern Region, where much of its crude oil is sourced.

The seven men were sentenced on 24 June for "allegedly inciting protests and harming public order, largely by using Facebook", HRW said.

The court also barred them from travelling for additional periods.

Several of the defendants said they had been tortured into signing confessions, according to HRW.

The case contained two elements that the Saudi authorities are particularly sensitive about, the BBC World Service's Middle East editor Sebastian Usher reports - political criticism expressed online and protests staged by the Shia minority in the east of the country.

Several Saudi human rights campaigners have recently been imprisoned. Two women were jailed earlier in June for allegedly inciting a woman against her husband, after they tried to help a Canadian who had complained of abuse by her Saudi husband.

HRW urged European Union officials to condemn the latest convictions ahead of a meeting with Gulf leaders on Sunday.

"Sending people off to years in prison for peaceful Facebook posts sends a strong message that there's no safe way to speak out in Saudi Arabia, even on online social networks," Joe Stork, HRW's deputy Middle East director, said.

Source : BBC
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Saudi Arabia: 7 Convicted for Facebook Postings About Protests

HRW JUNE 30, 2013

Men Convicted for Inciting Protests through Facebook

* Saleh bin Abd al-Muhsin bin Ali al-Shaya`:
5 years in prison and 5-year travel ban;

* Hussein bin Salman bin Yasin al-Sulayman:
7 years and 7-year travel ban;

* Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Abd a-Hadi al-Khalifa:
8 years and 8-year travel ban;

* Mostafa bin Haji bin Hussein al-Mujahad:
6 years and 6-year travel ban;

* Hussein bin Ali bin bin Mohammed al-Bathir:
5 years and 5-year travel ban;

* Ali bin Hassan bin Ali al-Hadlaq:
7 years and 7-year travel ban;

* Abd al-Hamid bin Abd al-Muhsin bin Abdullah al-Amer: 10 years and 10-year travel ban.

Source : HRW


Je commence par le Nom de Allâh, Le tout Miséricordieux, Le Miséricordieux
الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على سیدنا محمد رسول الله

Louange à Allâh, et que davantage et sans cesse, les honneurs et élévations divins soient accordés à notre maître Mouhammad le Messager de Allâh.

LETTRE OUVERTE ET PETITION ADRESSEE A SA MAJESTE LE ROI DE L’ARABIE SAOUDITE, LE SERVITEUR DES DEUX HARAM CHARIF Sir ! Qu’Allâh vous accorde le meilleur sort dans cette vie et dans l’Au-delà ! Vous êtes le serviteur et le garant de la sûreté des lieux saints –les deux Haram Charif- ! Vous êtes en charge des lieux les plus hautement symboliques et sacrés au coeur de tous les Croyants Musulmans du monde ! Les deux Haram charif, ne sont pas la propriété d’individus ou d’un pouvoir !

Majesté, vous êtes mieux placé que quiconque pour savoir qu’il s’agit du patrimoine de l’Islam et de sa mémoire, de la Foi et de son Histoire, et qu’ils n’appartiennent ni aux entrepreneurs ni aux hommes d’affaire. Les nouvelles effroyables des démolitions massives des vestiges du saint Prophète , des Compagnons et de la mémoire de plusieurs dizaines de siècles de la Oummah islamique nous secouent et nous indignent jour après jour ! Nous savons que les différentes étapes des élargissements dans les deux grands Masjid Charif : Al-Masjid Al-Haram et Al-Masjid An-Nabawiy, ont connu au travers de l’Histoire des destructions de maisons de certains Compagnons et même de Oummahaatou l-Mou’minin رضي الله عنھن , mais lorsque les alternatives permettent aisément la sauvegarde du patrimoine hautement sacré de notre saint Prophète , il va alors sans dire que le choix de la démolition et de l’effacement du patrimoine de la Foi, de l’Islam et de la Oummah est alors un crime ! La Maison de Oummou l-Mou’minin As-Sayyidah Khadidjah رضي الله عنھا où elle a vécu avec le saint Prophète ne gênait ni les Hajjis ni les riverains, et pourtant elle fut rasée pour laisser place à des toilettes publiques !

Et maintenant, alors que les énormes buildings rasent tout sur leur passage à Makkah Al- Moukarramah et rien n’y résiste, même pas les célèbres montagnes de la ville sainte ni la mémoire du Prophète et de l’Islam, les démolitions de Madinah nous émeuvent, nous secouent et nous indignent encore davantage, surtout lorsque nous apprenons avec stupeur que les Masjid de Abou Bakr As-Siddiq, de Sayyidounà Oumar Al-Faarouq et celui de l-Ghamaamah sont prévus à la démolition ! Et plus effroyable encore que tout le reste, ce qu’ont révélé les médias internationaux affirmant que le projet vise aussi à démolir la coupole verte qui est le toit de la sainte tombe prophétique ! Sir ! Nous, Musulmans au travers le monde, Musulmans de tous les peuples de la Terre, la Oummah de l’Islam, et surtout de l’Ile Maurice –Mauritius- de l’Océan Indien, vous conjurons au Nom de Allâh, au nom de la fidélité à notre saint Prophète , et au nom des liens sacrés de la Foi et de la cohésion de notre Oummah, et nous vous en supplions, ordonnez que ces démolitions éhontées cessent ! Sir ! En terre d’Arabie où vous êtes le Roi, vous êtes l’homme qui peut rétablir le cours normal et tant attendu sur le sort de nos vestiges !

Il est de votre devoir de le faire alors que vous êtes le serviteur des deux Haram ! Nous procédons à la suite de cette lettre ouverte à la pétition comportant les signatures de tous ceux, qui se joignent à nous pour vous adresser cette lettre et notre demande solennelle pour que cessent ces démolitions ! Nous commençons par les Masjid de l’Ile Maurice et ses institutions Islamiques. Et nous en adresserons une copie aux autorités de notre pays, mais aussi à toutes les représentations officielles et diplomatiques des pays musulmans s’y trouvant. Nous avons espoir que notre lettre-pétition que nous vous adressons ait les effets souhaités auprès de vous. Et enfin, veuillez acceptez Sir, nos sentiments sincères envers vous, envers votre peuple dont nous sommes les frères, et envers votre pays, qui est notre pays de coeur et dont nous sommes les fidèles ! Wa s-Salaamou alaykoum wa rahmatou-Llâhi ta ala wa barakaatouhou.


 Et la coupole, elle y fut construite la première fois à l’époque du Sultan Qalàwoun le Mamlouk en l’an 678 de l’Hégire (1280 G) : carrée à sa base et octogonale par-dessus 678 H / 1280 G
 Avant cela, il n’y avait pas de coupole mais une enceinte de briques de pierres cuites pour distinguer la Houdjrah du reste du Plafond du Masjid
 Le Sultant Qalàwoun lui donna la couleur du bois
 Ensuite elle fut blanche, ensuite bleue et enfin en :
1253 H 1837 G, à l’époque du Sultan Ottoman Mahmoud bin cAbd Al-Hamid Khân 1er, le 30ième Sultan Ottoman.
 En 678 H, leur gourou Ibn Taymiyah (661-728) était bel et bien vivant et son disciple fidèle Ibn Al-Qayyim (691-751), et aussi Dhahabiy (673-748) et Ibn CAbd Al-Hàdi (705-744) et Ibn Kathir (700-774)… et aucun d’eux n’y manifesta la moindre désapprobation !

Et portant, Les Qabr ont intégré le Masdjid Nabawiy depuis l'an 88 H
C'était ^Oumar bin ^Abd Al-^Aziz, gouverneur de Madinah de l'époque, sous le Califat de Al-Walid bin ^Abd Al-Malik bin Marwàn, qui dirigea les travaux...
À Madinah, vivaient les grands Fouqahà' de Madinah de l'époque, Ôurwah bin Az-Zoubayr, Sàlim bin ^Abdi-Llàn bin ^Oumar, Al-Qâcim bin Mouhammad bin Abi Bakr...
Il y avait aussi Zayn-oul-^Àbidin ^Aliy bin Al-Houçayn...
Aucun n'a considéré cet acte CHIRK ou en désaccord avec le Hadith Nabawiy charif interdisant de "prendre les Qabr comme ''Masdjid'' "
Car en effet, ce n'est pas cela le sens du Hadith !
Le Hadith n'interdit pas qu'il y ait Qabr dans un Masjid, sinon ses grands, même les plus grands ^Oulamà' de l'époque et des époques suivantes l'aurait dénoncé !
Le Hadith interdisant de prendre les Qabr comme masdjid est au même sens que l'autre Hadith où notre Prophète Sallà-Llâhou ^alayhi wa sallam a fait Dou^ouà' implorant Allâh Ta^àlà que sa tombe ne devienne pas un WATHAN YOU^BAD (une idôle qui se fait adoré) !
Autrement dit, l'interdiction de prendre le Qabr comme Masdjid veut dire l'interdiction de faire soudjoud devant le Qabr, pour le Qabr. C'est-à-dire pour adorer et vénérer le Qabr !
Ici : Masdjid ne veut pas dire Mosquée, mais lieu de soudjoud....
D'autre part, les Chrétiens et les Juifs dénoncés dans ce même hadih charif, ne constrisent pas de Masdjid -Mosquée- !
Depuis quand les Juifs et les Chrétiens construisaient des Masdjid ?
Jamais !!!
Donc notre Prophète sallà-Llâhou ^alyhi wa sallam n'a pas blâmé dans ce hadith une soi-disant construction de Mosquée au-dessus des Qabr, chose irréelle, et chose incohérente et ne correspondant en rien à la compréhension de la Oummah dans son UNANIMITE depuis l'époque des Tàbi^in, depuis l'an 88 H


Subject : Innocent Indian Umrah Pilgrims Looted inside Holy Masjid E Haram , Mecca, Saudi Arabia & Holy Masjid E Nabvi , Madinah, Saudi Arabia

We hereby appeal to your respected office, for your kind consideration about incidents of Theft, looting in Masjid E Nabvi ( Holy Prophet’s Mosque) in Madinah, Saudi Arabia and inside Masjid E Haram , Mecca

Facts of the Case: Innocent Indian Pilgrims being victimized and Looted

Innocent Indian Pilgrims , who visit Madinah, Saudi Arabia during Haj carry Cash Money with them to cover the expense of their Journey are being looted inside Masjid E Nabvi, ( Holy Prophets Mosque), Every year thousands of Muslims from all over India visit Madinah , the Highest visitors are during Haj and Ramzan Umrah. Most of the Pilgrims are first time visitors and also most of the pilgrims are Non Arabic Speaking , these Non Arabic Speaking pilgrims are being Victimized and looted inside Masjid E NabvI. These Victims are inhumanly treated by the Saudi Authorities, their complains are not recorded and they are not given justice. Their Biggest weakness is that they are unknow to Arabic language. There is a Gross Violation of Human Rights done to Indian Nationals who are visiting Saudi Arabia for Pilgrimage, Saudi Authorities (specifically inside Masjid E Nabvi) do not assist Non Arabic Speaking Visitors, specially Indians, There is No Assistance provided to these Innocent Victims. Also According to the Details of these incidents know to us and My Personal Experience, There are some Saudi police and Saudi Security personal who are involved in this Racket of Looting Pilgrims, More details are given below. I myself and my family am also the Victim of this Looting. I was looted in Ramzan 2011.

Year wise list of Indians Looted in Saudi Arabia During Haj ( Source, Ministry of External Affairs, Gov. of India)
YEAR 2007 2008 2009 2010
RTI Reply from Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Enclosed

We States As Follows:

1. Victims are being looted and Pick Pocketed inside Masjid E Nabvi, Specially during Visiting the Holy Grave of Holy Prophet.

2. After being looted, Victims face difficulty in reporting the matter to Security Guards in Holy Prophet’s Mosque, because most of the pilgrims are Non Arabic speaking. Gross injustice is done to these people, they are not having any money, they cannot afford to say in hotel or even buy food , they have no knowledge or resources to report the matter to Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia, and even if the matter is reported then the Respective embassy replies that they have no control over this issue of pick pocketing and this matter can be handled by Saudi authorities alone, Al Madinah Police , does not write the complain of the victim .

3. Most Incidents are reported during Ramzhan Umrah .Number of Pilgrims in Ramzhan Umrah is more that Pilgrims in Haj.

4. The Victims are unable to contact the Nearest Embassy, because they have no money. Thousands of Such cases remain unregistered. Even if he Case is registered the Saudi authorities have do nothing to solve this problem permanently. Even after having so many CCTV Cameras, how can Saudi Authorities fail to stop this mess of Pick Pocketing? Also Saudi Authorities have not installed CCTV Camers in Women Section in Masjid E Nabvi, hence most of the Thefts are reported form womens section.

5. The Victims are in a Very Helpless condition, many of the pilgrims are over 60yrs of age, most of the pilgrims are unaware of the embassy Location, even the Embassy cannot solve this problem, and The Victims are forced to beg for food. These Pilgrims, who come to Makkah and Madinah with big dreams, by spending their live long savings, are made to beg!!! in the city of Holy Prophet, the Guest of Allah are made to beg for food. This is shame on Humanity and Saudi Arabian Government, who does not take proper care of Pilgrims.

6. There is a Gang of Robbers who Pick Pocket and Loot the Pilgrims in broad day light. The Saudi Security Guards and Saudi Police are not co operative to the Victims.

7. We believe that some of the Saudi Security Guards of the Holy Prophets Mosques ( Masjid E Nabvi) are involved in assisting the robbers, Among so many pilgrims it is very difficult for the robbers to identify targets , specifically which person has hidden money on where, some female pilgrims make hidden pockets underneath their dress, now I ask how can these robbers come to know , that which women pilgrim has hidden money where , and that too so specifically that within seconds the pick pocketer uses a Blade and tears open the Hidden pocket takes the money and gets away between Black veil clad women. The Answer to this is that in the women’s section, the female security guards at the enterence of holy Prophets Mosque are checking women pilgrims with bare hands, here these security officers get an opportunity to know that which pilgrim has hidden money where, even the purse of the pilgrims are being checked, and these security officers are having knowledge that which person is carrying how much cash. This information is passed by these Security officers to the Thieves and Robbers, who now can target only specific persons and loot them. . Most of the Looting happens in the Womens section, because there are only limited specific timings when women pilgrims are allowed for visit the Grave of Holy Prophet, and this is the time when the Looting takes place the most, I further ask why have Saudi authorities made such a limited timings for the Women pilgrims, this acts as a breeding ground for looting and pick pocketing innocent pilgrims, these pilgrims who cannot trust any in the foreign country ( Saudi Arabia) and are unknown to arabic language carry their all cash with them , and they are being looted while they are waiting in line to visit the Holy Prophets grave, the Reason is because no Complains are taken by these Guards, Where Saudi Flaunts about the Arrangement done by them for Haj and Umrah Pilgrims, then why have Saudi Government failed to solve this issue, we have alone sent many letters to the Saudi King, Saudi Embassy in India, but the Saudi Government has shown no response, they have not even given a reply.

Appeal for Justice

In the Name of Almighty Allah, we request you to take this matter with the Saudi Government and make a policy to protect Indian citizens and the Human Beings as a whole, visiting Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah. The matter needs to be take seriously because as per our information every day thousands of pilgrims are being looted, these pilgrims are helpless and are forced to beg for their living, the Pilgrims are in a very bad situation . This is the Biggest Volition of Human Rights done on an International Level, Further citizens represent country , you can imagine how shameful it is that Indian citizens are being also victimized and forced to beg for food. This is Insult and Disrespect of Islam, Prophet Muhammad and Human Beings as Whole. We have framed some suggestion for your kind consideration for protection of Haj and Umrah Pilgrims. We appeal to you to kindly take appropriate measure and action to protect all Indian pilgrims.


1. Reporting the matter to the Saudi Government and Requesting the Saudi Government to solve issue. We have Written Dozens of Letters to H.M. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and to Saudi Embassy in India, but we have not even received a single reply.

2. Framing of Policy for Protection of Indian Hajj as well as Umarh Pilgrims.

3. Arrangement of temporary Banking Facility for Indians in Mecca and Madinah, so that the Pilgrims can Deposit their Valuables safely in bank. This is the real solution to the problem; the Pilgrims carry cash with them because they have no proper facility to store the valuables and cash.A temporary Banking Facility or a Debit card facility will help the Pilgrims.

4. Introduction of Help Cell for Assistance of Indian Pilgrims during Hajj as well as Ramdhan Umrah, the Help cell ideally should be stationed in Mecca and Madinah near the Haram Sharif. These help cells should have someone who can assist your citizens for translation. Facilities of Translators and interpreter to solve the Language problem.

5. Same treatment to be give to Indians Travelling for Pilgrims during Ramzan Umrah

6. Introduction of Security Checking instruments, as same as used in Airports to check the pilgrims, inside Masjid E Nabvi and Masjid E Haram, By Saudi Government.

7. Requesting Saudi Government to increase the timings of women pilgrims for visiting the Holy Prophets grave be made 24 hours just as for men, so that there is no opportunity for the thieves to take undue advantage to pick pocket during rush gathering to visit Holy Prophets grave .

8. A 24 hours Helpline number for assisting the Victims. Creating a Victims Re habitation Fund or some kind of Insurance cover to help the Victims. This Fund be made for both Hajj as well as Umrah Pilgrims.

9. Complusory Insurance Policy for All Indians travelling for Hajj and Umrah, to cover up losses by theft.

10. Providing same Protection facilities to Pilgrims in Ramdhan Umrah, as being provided during Haj.

11. And Any other matter related to the issue, for the protection of the Haj and umrah pilgrims.

In the name of Almighty, we request you to take appropriate measures.

We pray to Almighty to help us together to stop this menace of pick pocketing and protect all Pilgrims.

18. Free Saudi Human Rights Activist Mohammed al-Bajadi Sentenced To Ten Years

URGENT UPDATE: MOHAMMED AJ-BAJADI HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON! March 12, 2015--A founding member of one of the few independent human rights groups in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, a regional rights group has said.

Mohammed al-Bajadi was sentenced last Thursday by the specialised criminal court in Riyadh, whose jurisdiction is related to terrorism, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

ajadi is a founder of the Association for Civil and Political Rights (ACPRA), said the GCHR, which has offices in Beirut and Copenhagen.

“The court ordered him to serve the first five years of the sentence and suspended the last five years,” it said, adding that he was tried without prior notification or access to his lawyers.

Bajadi, in his 30s, faced various accusations including acquiring banned books, organising a protest by the families of prisoners and publishing material that “would prejudice public order”, the group said.

According to a report by Amnesty International in October, Saudi authorities “have targeted the founding members of ACPRA one by one, in a relentless effort to dismantle the organisation and silence its members, as part of a broader crackdown on independent activism and freedom of expression since 2011”.

Bajadi was one of three members of the group awaiting retrial. Two others were detained without trial, while three were serving prison terms of up to 15 years, Amnesty said in October.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia hit out at criticism of its judiciary and said it does not accept “any form of interference in its internal affairs”.

The comments came in response to worldwide outrage over the sentence of 1,000 lashes handed to another activist, Raif Badawi, for “insulting Islam”.

The foreign ministry said the country’s constitution “is based on sharia (Islamic law) that guarantees human rights”.

Sweden announced on Tuesday that it would not be renewing a military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia, in effect ending defence ties, due to mounting concerns over human rights issues.

In January, the Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallström, condemned the kingdom’s treatment of Badawi as “nearly medieval”.

Badawi received his first 50 lashes in January but there have been no more since.


Mohammed al-Bajadi, leader of Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), was detained in March 2011 for supporting families gathering outside the interior ministry in Riyadh to demand the release of detained relatives.

His trial on various charges, including the tarnishing of the state's reputation, has been suspended as he refused to recognize the court. Judges have prohibited Mr Bajadi's lawyers from attending his trial at the Specialised Criminal Court, a state security tribunal for terrorism cases.

On the weekend, ACPRA published a letter from Mr Bajadi which was smuggled out of his prison by someone who visited another inmate.

"I inform you that I am still continuing with my hunger strike," he wrote.

"On Tuesday 20 March I was taken to the prison hospital for a check-up and force fed in the presence of five soldiers and the ward officer."

He added: "I have lost around 10kg (22lb) and my blood sugar level, according to them, has dropped to a dangerous level."

Activists tried unsuccessfully to visit Mr Bajadi in prison on 2 April.

"The interior ministry... carries full responsibility over the deteriorating health condition of the prominent rights activist and member of the association, Mohammed bin Saleh al-Bajadi," ACPRA said in a statement.

Mr Bajadi "stopped drinking water early Saturday... fainting four times in a row, which proves that his life is in danger and his death inevitable."

But on Tuesday evening, the interior ministry rejected the claim.

"Mohammed al-Bajadi did not go on hunger strike and he is in good health, consuming food on a regular basis and in the company of other inmates," Mr Turki told the Reuters news agency.

19. Free Manal Al Sharif

Saudi authorities have arrested an activist who launched a campaign to challenge a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom and posted a video on the internet of her behind the wheel, activists said.

"Police arrested her at 3am this morning," said Maha Taher, another activist who launched her own campaign for women driving four months ago to spread awareness of the issue.

Women are not allowed to drive and must have written approval from a designated guardian - a father, husband, brother or son - to leave the country, work or travel abroad.

"When the police stopped her they told her she violated the 'norms'. There is no law that says women can't drive in Saudi Arabia and this arrest is unjust. She is a role model for a lot of people and the arrest will provoke her supporters. Now more women want to drive," Taher said.

20. Stop Human Rights Violations in Bahrain CONTROLLED by the Government

We were all born with rights and freedom which we are entitled to; this is the basic definition for Human Rights. The concept falls under basic privileges and entitlements endowed to every human being simply for being one, which is why Human rights was conceived as a universal protector of the rights of man, if not by justified moral norms or natural rights, then by legal rights on a national or international level.

Bahrain has witnessed a new kind of exploitation to Human Rights, one that should be uncovered to point out the many violations the protestors of my beloved country have breached. Amongst the universally known human right infringement by the violent protestors in Bahrain will be presented below.

However, before human rights law can be effective, there is a national safety law that is even more important to implement then that of Human Rights which is:
10. 2 Human Rights in Times of Emergency – United Nations
The enjoyment of some human rights may be restricted during times of war or public emergency. The international instruments on human rights define a state of emergency as a “..public emergency which threatens the life of a nation.”

Source: UN Times of Emergency Law

Thus, it is without a doubt that the United Nations recognizes that human rights can be limited or even pushed aside during times of national emergency as it is a legal matter of basic human rights vs. national security, giving the upper hand to national security and in a circumstance known as peremptory norms or jus cogens, making the law revocable based on the binding obligations by the United Nations Character.

21. Stop the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen

Houthis or in general Zaidi Shias form about 40 to 45% of the Yemen population. They are a majority in the Northern Yemen province of Sa'ada, bordering with Saudi Arabia. Since 2004, the Yemeni government has launched 5 military campaigns against them. The most recent ongoing assault, (the sixth one), “Operation Scorched Earth” by the Yemeni government started in August 2009.

“Scorched earth” policy according to Wikipedia is “A military strategy which involves destroying anything that might be useful for the enemy while advancing through or withdrawing from an area. Its modern usage includes the destruction of infrastructure such as shelters, transportation, communications and industrial resources. This practice may be carried out in enemy territory or its own home territory”. Similar tactic was used by Israeli Armed Forces on Gaza, when its military destroyed vast portions of Gaza.

The Saudi Arabian Armed Forces also joined the offensive against the Northern Yemen in November 2009, accusing Houthis of attacking one of the Saudi check points near the border. The Houthis deny the allegations by stating that they cannot afford to provoke another army. Saudis have since been attacking them by missiles but also using unconventional chemical weapons such as phosphorus bombs which are banned under the Geneva Convention.

This conflict has resulted in numerous civilian casualties and has displaced thousands of people. The laws of war require the parties in an armed conflict to take all feasible precautions to spare the civilian population and their properties. Aid agencies have been trying to get permission to reach and help all civilians in need of assistance. But security problems and restrictive Yemeni government policies have prevented the agencies from doing so. To make matters worse, Riyadh continues to forcibly return Yemenis who have fled to Saudi Arabia, according to press TV sources.


The Zaidi Shias are a majority in Sa'ada province, have faced many years of repression at the hands of Yemeni government who is trying to impose Wahabi Beliefs on them. This province is one of the poorest in Yemen, which is already facing many economic challenges.

Houthis lost their Zaidi Imamate rule in 1962 in Sa'ada province. In 2004, one of the Zaidi leaders Hussein Badreddin Al-Houthi was killed by the Yemeni Government. The Houthis leader who was against theYemeni government ties with US, was accused of fighting for Shia rights and organizing anti-US protests.
Since 2004 there have been intermittent assaults on the Houthis by the Yemeni Military. In August 2009 the government accused the Houthis of violating a ceasefire by taking foreigners hostage earlier in the year. Yemeni Government used these allegations as a premise for launching this recent war. While the government claims that it is targeting Houthi positions, the Houthi fighters argue that the forces led by Sana'a are engaging in the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians.

There are no clear estimates available about the casualties in the province of Sa'ada since 2004 or in the recent wave of violence as Yemen Government prevents the presence of independent news agencies in the area. According to UN estimates, however, during the past five years, up to 175,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in Sa'ada to take refuge in overcrowded camps set up by the international body. The two governments have also blocked the shipment of humanitarian aid into the under-siege territory.

It is now up to the international community to make concerted efforts to defuse the situation and prevent the further loss of innocent Yemenis in a conflict that seems to have no end in sight. There is a great need for all voices of conscience to rise to the occasion and raise awareness about this humanitarian crisis.

22. Revoke Harsh Sentence imposed on Saudi Rape Victim

19 November 2007

A Saudi teenage girl has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in prison after she was the victim of gang rape.

A 19-year-old girl from Qatif, who was reportedly gang raped 14 times a year-and-a-half ago, has been sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail. She was charged for being in the car of an unrelated man, shortly after which they both were reportedly abducted by a group of seven men and were gang raped.

All of the perpetrators were sentenced to between two and nine years in prison with lashes. The girl and the man she was meeting were initially sentenced to 90 lashes each by the Qatif General Court, however, the sentence of the girl was increased after she appealed against her sentence but lost the hearing in the Higher Court of Justice. According to a quote by an official in Arab News, the judges increased her sentence because she had used the influence of the media to put pressure on the judiciary. The sentence of the rapists was also doubled.

The victim’s lawyer, Abdel Rahman Al-Lahem, stated, “My client is the victim of this abhorrent crime. I believe her sentence contravenes the Islamic Sharia law and violates the pertinent international conventions.” Mr Al-Lahem also faced disciplinary action after he spoke to the media about the original sentence. His license to practice law was recently revoked by the Qatif General Court. According to Arab News, his license was suspended because the court alleges that he raised his voice at the judge, which the lawyer denies. He was not allowed to be present in the second hearing of the case, when the victim was handed down the harsher sentence.

The victim’s legal guardian, her husband, is scheduled to receive a copy of the verdict on Saturday, 24 November 2007 from the Qatif General Court, after which the defendant will have 30 days to file an appeal with the Court of Cassation. She has decided to appeal against the verdict but faces an increase in the sentence if her appeal is rejected.