بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء والمرسلين
وعلى اهل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين المظلومين
ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم
Tyranny and injustice continues unabated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This time, the Saudi regime executed thirty seven mostly Shi'a men. Undoubtedly, these men were innocent of the charge of terrorism levelled against them. Their confessions were coerced after a brutal regiment of torture. The Saudi persecution of the Shi'a community is blatant. In January 2016, they executed a Shi'i cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, who had merely engaged in non-violent protest against the oppression of the Saudi government. The Saudi king, Salman, and his diabolical son MBS have surpassed their predecessors in the unabashed murder of innocents. Aside from the oppression of the Shi'a community, the Saudi regime has cracked down on all other peaceful dissent. It has imprisoned a throng of Sunni Ulama, including those who have expressed even the slightest degree of criticism or regret at the evil actions of the Saudi regime, such as its inhumane war on Yemen, its inexcusable blockade of Qatar, and the establishment of cinemas, concerts and other sinful activities in the sacred land of Hijaz. As I have stated several times before, the intensification of the tyranny of the Saudis in Arabia is a sure sign of the proximity of the promised Mahdi's advent. Whether or not the Saudi rulers are aware of their unenviable fate, we can rest assured that if the Imam al-Mahdi does indeed appear while the Saudi regime is still in power he shall overcome them and subject them to the retribution they have merited. It is widely expected that when the aged Salman dies, his wicked and satanic son, MBS, will become king. At that point there will be nothing to hold him back from unleashing the full throttle of his tyranny and cruelty against his domestic enemies, both real and imagined. I suspect that when the individual whom Allah shall make into our Mahdi flees Madina and seeks refuge in Masjid al-Haram it will be due to the fact that the Saudi ruler of that time will have issued orders to capture him. It is quite possible that this future Mahdi shall start out as a political dissident who raises his voice against the injustice of the Saudi government. Now to be sure, I too am critical of some of the elements that have been subjected to Saudi oppression, such as the Shi'a, feminists and women's rights activists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and certain activist clerics like Salman al-Awda and Safar al-Hawali who represent the Sahwa Movement in that country. Nevertheless, it is my religious and moral duty to speak out against oppression, even if those who are suffering from that oppression are primarily groups and individuals that I am strongly critical of on an ideological level. The execution of innocent people is an enormity in the Eyes of Allah Most High. In 1979, Juhayman al-Utaybi and his followers, motivated by apocalyptic zeal, seized control of Masjid al-Haram and announced the arrival of the Mahdi. That incident foreshadowed what is yet to come when the real and genuine Mahdi emerges and is given the pledge of allegiance in the shade of the Ka'ba. This time, however, there will be no smuggling of weapons into the precinct of the Sacred Mosque, and the regime's forces which will attack from the direction of the north shall be decimated through a natural catastrophe in a plain somewhere between the two sacred towns of Makka and Madina. Like Juhayman's uprising, the subtext animating the Mahdi's emergence is the widespread injustice of the Arab regimes, particularly the one that rules from Riyadh. In several Hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam) warned about the evil that comes from the land east of Madina, the Najd, where the sun appears to rise "between the two horns of Satan". Another fact which makes me believe these prophesied events are about to transpire quite soon are the parallel expectations of religious Jews and Christians. They too are expecting the coming of the Messiah or return of Christ respectively. That the world is heading to an era of crisis is undeniable. Climate change including due to irresponsible human activity and the drying up of rivers and lakes leading to a shortage of drinking water means great famines and droughts are in store for us. Generally speaking, prophecy in the Abrahamic tradition points to a period in the latter days of great famine and great wars among the nations the like of which has never been witnessed before. The present geopolitical situation has set the stage for an immanent clash among the superpowers and regional powers (United States, Russia, China, Israel, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, North Korea). I happen to believe that we are about to witness an extremely massive war, which may even be termed World War 3. This will be an armed conflict involving the United States and its allies against Russia or China and their allies. It may even be sparked by a smaller regional conflict that drags in these larger military powers, similar to how the First World War broke out with the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand by a Serbian nationalist. Now returning to Saudi Arabia, it will soon unveil its true, ugly face in the coming months by openly siding with the State of Israel which will seek to unilaterally impose its own settlement in the ongoing issue of Palestine. Though the Palestinian people and perhaps even their leadership, despite the latter's corruption, will naturally reject this so called peace plan which will require them to compromise immensely, Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states will accept it on their behalf. This will be the great betrayal which will embolden the State of Israel to intensify its colonization of the West Bank and ethnically cleanse the Holy Land of the Palestinians that remain. Israel is also on a collision course with Iran, and very, very soon we are going to witness a full scale war between these two which will likely result in the end of the Islamic Republic.