Zindani reveals Yemeni poverty elimination program

Fatwa, posted 11.21.2013, from Yemen, in:
Zindani reveals Yemeni poverty elimination program

Sheikh Abdul Majid ibn Aziz al-Zindani, head of the Association of Yemeni Ulema, emphasized that external factors are influential in the Yemeni landscape while interiors ones are weak, pointing out that those who make decisions are the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the Security Council and the Gulf states, except Qatar.

Sheikh al-Zindani mentioned in an interview with the program “Riah al-Siasia”, broadcast on the national Maeen channel Friday evening, that sometimes you must learn that you have a limiting ceiling, and even if you have no ceiling, you can be useful to your religion and your country, referring by this to the decision-makers in Yemen.

He said, “This is foreign control; and the United Nations charter, which does not allow any country to impose its will, expresses that barefaced interference in the affairs of a country is a form of aggression.”

He said that the UN charter must be a charter which forbids interference of one country in the affairs of another, because every country seeks its own interests, and we likewise seek our interests, and it is foolishness to serve the interests of another.

He added, “This is a well-known right of ours, and no country has the right to interfere in our internal affairs, just as no capitalist country had the right to interfere in the affairs of a communist country.  For example, Israel is a Jewish religious country and the global powers cannot forbid this, for the interference of any country in another country’s affairs is not allowed.”

In order to oppose external interference, Zindani felt that the alternative is presented that we enjoy our rights and stand with our religion.

Sheikh al-Zindani opposed what he called the exclusion of the ulema from the National Dialogue meeting, pointing out that those who called for the dialogue conference and oversaw it did not acknowledge the ulema as one of the components of the Yemeni people.

Refusing the idea that exclusion of the ulema concerns clashes in positions, he said that this is not a clash, but rather this is an imposed stance.  He emphasized that he refused the impositions, saying, “I do not want to be a feather in the wind, but a steadfast tree.”

He said, “We feel that there is exclusion of those who adhere to Islam in Yemen, and so of the two greatest groups in the country, the sheikhs and the ulema.”

Sheikh al-Zindani revealed that their position toward the dialogue conference and their speaking of exclusion came after an invitation was extended to them to attend the National Dialogue conference in the number of thirty sheikhs, and that five ulema will be chosen from thirty.

He made clear that their invitation to the Dialogue came from two “unnamed” American sources belonging to the American government, and he said, “We felt like we were being invited to our own country, and we felt that we are under a protectorate and we were not filled with confidence, so we saw the matter more clearly and we convened a meeting of the Association of Yemeni Ulema and issued a statement.  In it, we asked the National Dialogue conference and its members, in case of disagreement, how can you turn to your religious leaders?”

Sheikh al-Zindani added, “Abdul Karim al-Iryani’s answers in the conference are without ceiling” meaning shameless, then the sayyid himself said of the conference that this is what is meant by “that we be slaves to the outside” and we say: “we and they are slaves to God.”

In replying to a question about the civil state, Sheikh al-Zindani stated that this form was founded in Europe as a reaction to the church.

He said: we know of no civil state in our Islamic history but rather the Islamic state.

As for the West, what they have done is logical in their view, according to Sheikh al-Zindani, because they did not dismantle the church but assign it the sacred domain.  Therefore, whatever the Westerners embarked upon in regards to the civil state was logical because the church had been greatly restricted and clashed with learning, persecuted the scholars and those who wished to call for learning.

And therefore, the call for a civil state which goes back traditionally to the European countries led to exclusion of religion and the companion of this exclusion in Yemen is the exclusion of religion from life according to Sheikh al-Zindani.

He ascribed the state of confusion which Yemen and other countries are living in now to our distance from religion, a statement which makes our need for religion and our return to it a fundamental pillar of ending our confusion, wandering the labyrinth, and being lost.

Sheikh al-Zindani touched on the role of the Association of Yemeni Ulema and its being accounted as truthful, for they left no chance unexploited to express their fear that they be “dogs…asses…damned”, referencing in this Quranic verses in which God threatens those who conceal what he taught them, but God enjoins upon the Yemeni and Muslim people to return to their ulema.

And he mentioned the place of the ulema in our religion and God’s command to us to return to them, for the ulema are the heirs to the prophets.

And in responding to a question about the situation in Dammaj, Sa’ada, and the war raging between the Houthis and the Salafis there, and the position of the ulema on the current events there, Sheikh al-Zindani said, “The Association of Yemeni Ulema has not been silent on any major position and so we issued a statement on this.  We stated in it that the blood of a Muslim is forbidden to other Muslims, and this cannot be taken lightly for either military or civilians.”

Sheikh al-Zindani emphasized that it is incumbent upon the government to fulfill its duty in Dammaj, explaining that in the case that the country is unable to stop the war and fulfill its role in what is going on there, this duty falls to the Yemeni people.

He said, “If the government failed but is capable, then it is sinful and remiss to its people, but the duty extends to others who are capable, for it is upon all the people of the region to intervene to stop this aggression, and they all toil in this.”

And as to his personal view of what is happening in Dammaj, Sheikh al-Zindani said that everyone who sits and does not rise up to do their duty is considered negligent.

Sheikh al-Zindani mentioned that Yemen is part of the world and has many resources, revealing a project of the Association of Yemeni Ulema which has been working for two years to address the problem of poverty in Yemen after a study conducted to find out about the disposal of resources, and our view is that much of them are wasted as they should not be.

He added that there is a well-formed plan to end the state of poverty in Yemen, and he promised the people that they will present and issue the program soon, and if the government is repaired and the people rally around it, and the spirit of understanding is found among the people, and any conflict is resolved in court through a state of love, then this will be the arbiter in any conflict.

أكد الشيخ عبد المجيد بن عزيز الزنداني – رئيس هيئة علماء اليمن – أن العامل الخارجي هو المؤثر في المشهد اليمني أما الداخلي فضعيف ، لافتا إلى أن من يتخذ القرارات هم سفراء الدول الخمس دائمة العضوية في مجلس الأمن والدول الخليجية ، عدا دولة قطر.

ونوه الشيخ الزنداني في حوار لبرنامج ” رياح السياسية” الذي بث على قناة معين الاهلية مساء الجمعة أنه وفي بعض الأحيان يجب أن تعلم أن لك سقفا محدودا ولو كنت بدون سقف ستكون نافعا لدينك وبلادك، في إشارة منه إلى صناع القرار في اليمن.

قائلاً: «هذه هي الهيمنة الأجنبية ؛ وميثاق الأمم المتحدة التي لا تسمح لأي دولة فرض إرادتها ، معتبرا أن التدخل السافر في شؤون الدول نوع من العدوان».

وقال يجب ان يكون ميثاق الامم المتحدة ميثاق يمنع يمنع تدخل دول في شؤون دول اخرى، لان كل دولة من الدول تبحث عن مصلحتها ، ونحن كذلك نبحث عن مصلحتنا ومن الغباء ان تكون خادم لمصالح الغير .

وأردف قائلاً: ” هذا الامر معروف حق لنا ولا يحق لأي دولة ان تتدخل في شؤوننا الداخلية مثلما لا يحق للدول الرأسمالية ان تتدخل في الدول الشيوعية ، وعلى سبيل المثال اسرائيل دولة دينية يهودية ولا تملك القوى العالمية ان تمنعها من ذلك فكل دولة لا تسمح بتدخل أي دولة في شؤونها”

ولكي نواجه التدخل الخارجي رأى الزنداني أن البديل يتمثل في أن نتمتع بحقنا ونقف مع ديننا.

وأعترض الشيخ الزنداني على ما قال انه إقصاء لعلماء اليمن من مؤتمر الحوار الوطني، موضحا أن الذين دعوا الى مؤتمر الحوار واشرفوا عليه لم يعترفوا بالعلماء، كمكون من مكونات الشعب اليمني .

رافضا أن تكون عملية أقصاء العلماء تعود إلى تحنب المصادمة في المواقف ، وقال هذه ليست مصادمة ، بل هذا موقف فيه املاء.
مؤكدا أنه يرفض الإملاءات بقوله: ” لا اريد ان اكون ريشة في مهب الريح لكن شجرة ثابتة”.

وقال : نحن نشعر ان هناك اقصاء للفئة المتمسكة بالاسلام ، في اليمن ، وتم اقصاء الفئتين الكبيريتين في البلاد “المشائخ والعلماء” .

وكشف الشيخ الزنداني أن موقفهم من مؤتمر الحوار وحديثهم عن الاقصاء جاء بعد ان وجهت لهم دعوة لحضور مؤتمر الحوار الوطني بعدد قوامه 30 شيخا، وسيتم إختيار خمسة علماء فقط من الثلاثين.

واوضح أن دعوتهم للحوار جاءت من جهتين أمريكيتين ” لم يسميهما” تابعتان للحكومة الامريكية ، وقال : أحسسنا أننا نُدعى في بلادنا، وأحسننا أننا تحت الوصاية ولم نطمئن، فرأينا توضيح الامر وعقدنا مؤتمر لهئية علماء اليمن واصدرنا بيانا ، طلبنا فيه من مؤتمر الحوار الوطني وأعضائه ، مفاده إذا اختلفتم إلى أين سترجعون “مرجعيتكم” .

وتابع الشيخ الزنداني ” أجاب عبدالكريم الإرياني المؤتمر لا سقف له” يعني مكشوف، ثم قال المؤتمر سيد نفسه” وهو مايعني بحسب الشيخ الزنداني ” أن نكون عبيداً للخارج” ونحن نقول: ” نحن وهم عبيداً لله ”.