The thing about Western-backed Arab tyrants is they’re always looking for good ways to crack down on their Muslim populations. Most of the time, they’re too stupid to think of original ways to do this. They need to look for inspiration from other countries. Case in point:
Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared to defend China’s use of internment camps to restrict members of the country’s Muslim minority, ignoring earlier calls for him to speak out on the plight of the Uighurs.
Without identifying the Uighurs specifically, the Saudi leader told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China “has the right to take anti-terrorism and de-extremisation measures to safeguard national security,” the country’s state-run CCTV said, as reported by AFP.
“Saudi Arabia respects and supports it and is willing to strengthen cooperation with China,” said bin Salman, also known as MBS.
This is all for financial gain, of course:
MBS’s comments came at the end of a two-day trip to Beijing that concluded with Saudi Arabia signing a $10bn deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in the country.
Here is the real kicker:
Meeting the crown prince earlier on Friday, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng also said the two countries should enhance exchanges on their experiences in de-radicalisation, China’s official Xinhua news agency said in a separate report.
The Gulf kingdom also pledged to cooperate with China on matters of counter-terrorism, while signing 35 economic cooperation agreements with China worth a total of $28bn, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
China has faced widespread international criticism for its human rights record, and in particular, for its abuses of members of the Uighur Muslim minority.
Numbering about 10 million in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang province, a million Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps, dubbed “re-education camps” by Beijing.
Literally admits they are exchanging notes on how to repress Muslims. Such repression is always justified as “anti-terrorism” and “de-radicalization.” This is not new. Since the beginning of colonialism in the Muslim world, any Muslim resistance to the colonial mission was branded “terrorism” and “extremism,” which justified the most brutal crackdowns. And any Muslims from the outside who speak out against such repression are deemed “terrorist sympathizers” who are “providing material support to terrorists.” This is how many innocent Muslim brothers in the US were locked up on trumped up charges because they dared to say that Muslims shouldn’t be bombed to oblivion in places like Palestine, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Because China is a geopolitical rival to the US, the US media machine is quick to point out the plight of our Muslim Uighur brothers. But they won’t show, much less denounce, the same Muslim oppression from US agents and allies. In fact, they try their best to cover it up or justify it.
Still, despite widespread concern from human rights groups about the plight of the Uighurs, very few Muslim-majority countries have spoken out about what’s going on in China, apparently out of fear that upsetting Beijing could spoil fruitful economic relations with the Chinese government.
Earlier this month, Turkey ended that silence, condemning China’s treatment of the Uighurs as “a great embarrassment for humanity”.
Props to Turkey for standing up to China. Where are Turkey’s regional allies in this, particularly Iran? Iran wants to pretend like they stand strong against oppression when it comes to Palestine. But that’s convenient when their oppressor is your worst enemy. Of course, the US is quick to criticize Iran for being silent on Chinese repression, too.
Innocent Muslims around the world are just pawns being used by these world powers for their own geopolitical maneuvering.
We need to rededicate ourselves to dua and praying sincerely to Allah to save us from the tyrants and help ease the suffering of our brothers. The dua of the oppressed is always answered, as our beloved Messenger, peace be upon him, tells us.
Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for there is no barrier between it and Allah. [Bukhari and Muslim]
The supplications of three are never turned away: a fasting person until he breaks his fast, a just ruler, and the supplication of the oppressed which is raised by Allah above the clouds, the gates of heaven are opened for it, and the Lord says: By my might, I will help you in due time. [Tirmidhi]