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Bharat Ek Khoj

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Saudi Arabia's crown prince promises to lead his country 'back to moderate Islam'

"We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions :biggrin2: and to the world," the 32-year-old prince said.


Saudi Arabia’s ambitious young crown prince has said he will lead his country back to “moderate Islam” as he announced plans for a vast new £380 billion economic development zone.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman told investors gathered in Riyadh that his economic modernisation plans would go hand-in-hand with with political reforms to guide the conservative kingdom away from severe Wahhabi Islam.

"We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world," the 32-year-old prince said.

"We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today," he added. "We will end extremism very soon."

The prince's pledge is a challenge to Saudi's conservative clerics and came as he announced plans for NEOM, a new economic zone that will stretch across Saudi’s borders into neighboring Egypt and Jordan.

The zone will be 26,500km square, making it bigger than Wales and significantly larger than neighbouring Middle Eastern states like Israel, Lebanon or Kuwait.

He laid out a vision of a futuristic economic zone where robots may outnumber humans, drones will carry passengers and omnipresent high-speed internet will be known as “digital air”.

Saudi has announced a string of reforms in recent months, including plans to allow women to drive, but it remains one of the world’s most socially conservative societies.

Prince Mohammed’s modernising plans have been applauded by many western leaders but some analysts are sceptical that he will be able to push through economic and political changes on the scale he is talking about.

Earlier this year, the royal family backed away from plans to cut benefits for state employees in the face of public anger - a sign of how difficult it may be to reform Saudi Arabia’s oil-based economy.

Last week, Saudi authorities said they were forming a council of Islamic scholars who would counter violent interpretations of the Koran and the hadith - a set of lessons learned from the life of the prophet Mohammed.

The government has also eased restrictions on the use of video messaging applications like Skype and Whatsapp.

The investment conference itself was intended as a symbol of modernity and dubbed by some observers as “Davos in the Desert”. Men and women sat together at the event and it was attended high-profile figures like Tony Blair and Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund.

“This initiative is something you couldn’t have imagined happening in Saudi Arabia even a few years back,” said Mr Blair, who praised the direction of Prince Mohammed’s reforms.

His comments were criticised by Reprieve, a British human rights group, which called Mr Blair’s praise “spectacularly tone deaf” in light of Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record. “The Saudi government has executed hundreds of people in the past few years – including protesters and children,” said Maya Foa, Reprieve’s director.

Prince Mohammed became heir to the throne in June at the expense of his older cousin, the powerful interior minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayaf, who was stripped of his title as crown prince.

His father, King Salman, is 81 and in poor health and Prince Mohammed is widely seen as the effective ruler of Saudi Arabia. He serves as the country’s defence minister and has wide powers to manage its economy.

The prince has led the country’s war in neighboring Yemen, which has seen more than 10,000 people killed. The UN recently blacklisted the Saudi-led military coalition for killing and injuring hundreds of children in the conflict.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/24/saudi-prince-promises-lead-country-back-moderate-islam/
 

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If even 5% his claim is followed , pakistanis will train mullas bombers in to saudi.

Hope he really not meant that.

If that is the case, time to introduce zoroastrism in afganistan, iran simultaneously.

If its real I well come it, but no hope only taqiyya with tequila prevail.
 

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What is measurement of this declaration as per Taquiyya-Scale ?

this is not Taqiya .........the conspiracy theory of " one world Government " is correct .............this is why world leaders are promoting feminism , liberalism , atheism , Globalization etc .

this is the Reason why they are accepting millions of Muslims in Europe & promoting diversity .
 

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He is joking,right?????

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No he is not @aditya10r the House Of saud is dealing with pressures that it has not faced in 300 years of its existence
We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions :biggrin2: and to the world," the 32-year-old prince said
he is being forced by the times to change the policy of his Grand father Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal ibn Turki ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al Saud the first monarch of what we now know as Saudi Arabia
there is also another factor at play here the Crown Prince's father the current Monarch HH
Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the last of sons of Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al Saud

the crown prince on the other hand is your typical technocrat and have seen the world so to speak
he has seen the metoric rise of neigbours like the UAE who moved away from the oil dominated economy in the late 1990's

"We will not spend the next 30 years of our lives dealing with destructive ideas. We will destroy them today," he added. "We will end extremism very soon."
he has set up a tough task for himself as one of the conner stones of the Saudi state was the pact between Muhammad bin Saud, founder of the dynasty, joined forces with the religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab the founder of the wahabism This alliance formed in the 18th century provided the ideological impetus to Saudi expansion and remains the basis of Saudi Arabian dynastic rule today

a major step in this direction is the sepration of the title of the King of Saudi arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
it is surely interesting times to be in Saudi arabia
 

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The prince's pledge is a challenge to Saudi's conservative clerics and came as he announced plans for NEOM, a new economic zone that will stretch across Saudi’s borders into neighboring Egypt and Jordan.

The zone will be 26,500km square, making it bigger than Wales and significantly larger than neighbouring Middle Eastern states like Israel, Lebanon or Kuwait.
Realistically, saudi wahabism, ISIS and pakistani extremism cant fill so much of economic zone with camels and mullahs and it will require the expertise of sane international community to fill it up for Wahabi Arabia.

Wahabi Arabia is looking for technocrat slaves from all walks of life to build the economic zone for them as arabs dont have the brains nor think constructively with it. So naturally they will have to open the borders to the rest of the world.
Its the wahabi Arabia's helplessness and nothing more :D


pakistan will be very upset as it cant sell the islamic bomb any more.
 

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It is all desperation.. The oil market is depleting..
Dubai was the first to liberalize and now it's Saudi

Sab paise ka chakkar hai :blah:
 

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Looking at international politics, I don't think he is alone. If oil money is actually dying then change is needed, otherwise back to camel riding.
 

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Looking at international politics, I don't think he is alone. If oil money is actually dying then change is needed, otherwise back to camel riding.
Oil is not the only thing that can make a region rich and ME has had its rich and poor periods before oil also.
 

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Oil is not the only thing that can make a region rich and ME has had its rich and poor periods before oil also.
Dubai (an emirate of UAE) has no oil and is mostly dependent on people living & doing business there plus a huge tourism. So there are Hindu temples and sikh gurudwara in Dubai.
The name change of Burj Dubai to Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper, just before the inauguration has roots in dubai's money problem.

"Originally called Burj Dubai, it was renamed Burj Khalifa Monday in a tribute to Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, head of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Abu Dhabi, which came to debt-laden Dubai's financial rescue last month."
https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/re...pulence-named-for-its-saviour/article1208413/
 

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