This is not a case of ‘fitna’

Turki Aldakhil

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“Fitna” (or “strife”) generally means the mix up between right and wrong. Throughout history, this concept included wars in earlier centuries that historians, linguists and people of faith knew as the “years of strife.” It was historically categorized on this basis. There are books that specialized in strife among Prophet Mohammed’s companions in the earlier centuries of Islamic history.

However, this meaning does not always apply to the conflict between good and evil.

With every war that Saudi Arabia engages in against enemies, some people who perhaps sympathize in secret with the enemy begin promoting the concept of strife where it does not belong and ideologically involve it. This is the least suspicious tool used to defend enemies. They therefore defend the enemy by bringing up strife to spare themselves from publicizing their affiliations. This is the weakest degree of faith.

Standing by your country is not a case of strife but is at the core of religion and patriotism and is based on pure loyalty and allegiance.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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.

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