Statements released for a specific political purpose have always been used for political ends. They are used to inflame public anger and sometimes to blackmail the society and government.
They are sometimes released coinciding with certain events and sometimes without any specific event.
A similar statement was made when a petition was signed calling for the support of Iraqis in the American war in 2003. As a result, a group of Saudis went to help and sacrificed their lives in a war that had nothing to do with them.
Let us remember the number of victims that have been claimed by statements made on the basis of ideology calling for support, revolt and resistanceTurki Aldakhil
Such statements have been excessively used to protest against any civil action, warlike situations and even, recreational and civil phenomena.
During the conference – Ideological Trends between Freedom of Expression and The Rullings Of Sharia – organized by the Muslim World League in the presence of experts, the League advised an end to “speeches, appeals and statements issued by supporters of scientific approach and advocacy (Daawa) from time to time. This is usually done to elicit Islamic approach to a particular decision, fact or opinion.
To sum it up, ideological opinions differ with political mobilization and party activities. Let us remember the number of victims that have been claimed by statements made on the basis of ideology calling for support, revolt and resistance.
This article was first published in Okaz on April 3.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.