• Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Saudi Arabia: An Apartheid State

E-mail Print PDF

I showed in my earlier "Islamic gender apartheid creates sexually dysfunctional societies" article that how Saudi gender apartheid is likely to make otherwise heterosexual people desperate enough to turn to lesbian and gay sex.

Gender is not the only apartheid exercised in Saudi Arabia. The other major apartheid exercised in Saudi Arabia is the exclusion of non-Muslim from Mecca and Medina, the holy cities of Islam.

You can see here in this article about a Sri Lankan Christian, who was arrested for being in Mecca, and sent to a Sharia law court to be tried. You can also see the bizarre "Muslims only" road sign, warning non-Muslims to stay away from Mecca and Medina.

Even during the apartheid-era South Africa, black people could go to white areas with written permission, because many of them worked there as factory workers, servants, and gardeners. But non-Muslims are strictly barred from visiting parts of Saudi Arabia. Continued Saudi apartheid is, thus, worse than South Africa's racial apartheid in some respects.

For example, gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia forces women to walk around like mobile post-boxes, they are banned from driving cars, and are legally classified as the property of male guardians (their father or husband). Such horrible oppression of the women, whether Black or White, never occurred in apartheid-era South Africa.

Saudi gender apartheid is as bad as South Africa's racial apartheid in another respect that Saudi women must get the permission of male guardians to leave the country. In apartheid-era South Africa, non-whites needed government permission to go abroad (Nelson Mandela was jailed in 1962 for travelling to London without a permit).

If the US President John F. Kennedy had not pressurised Saudi Arabia to abolish slavery in 1962, slavery will continue to be practised there and black people will continue to be enslaved. This is because, as I explained in an earlier article, Islamic law approves slavery, Prophet Muhammad owned many slaves, including black Africans, and the Sharia-guided Muslim governments of Northern Sudan, Mauritania, and Niger unofficially continue to practise back slavery.

And one must mind the fact that the Arab occupiers of Africa, who had been in the profession of enslaving and selling black people for making a living from the early days of Islam, were extremely angry against the British for forcing them to ban slavery in the 19th century, as this BBC article explains. Like some apartheid-era servants were not paid at all by the whites, the situation is just as bad in today’s apartheid state of Saudi Arabia, as this Guardian article says: "Asian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia face routine human rights abuses that in some cases amount to slavery..."

Note the word "routine" in this quotation, which suggests that Saudi employers of Asian maids and servants are nearly as racist as the apartheid-era South African white employers of non-white servants.

So, it’s ridiculous that Malcolm X – the deputy leader until March 1964 of the racist black American Muslims, the Ku Klux Klan of black America, who famously made a deal with the KKK to divide the US into all-white and all-black areas and amusingly believed that white people were a "race of devils" that was created by a black African scientist, named Yakub – upon visiting Mecca on Hajj pilgrimage in April 1964 assumed that Saudi Arabia was the centre of a civilisation that was not racist towards black people. He was certainly lucky that one of those "white devils", John F. Kennedy, had ensured only two years earlier that Malcolm would not have to see shackled black Africans being sold in the slave-markets of Mecca.

Similarly lucky was legendary boxer and Black American Muslim Muhammad Ali – who called white people devils, and made other racist remarks in a December 1968 ITV interview (available in "Frost on Friday" DVD of old David Frost interviews) – that when he made a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1972, he was deprived, thanks to white devil JF Kennedy, of seeing his black African brethren being sold in Saudi slave-markets.

Even until recently, black Africans – Muslim, Christian, and animist – in Southern Sudan or Darfur were captured and enslaved by Arab soldiers of the Sudanese government and government-supported Arab militia, and sold them to slavery.

Comments (10)Add Comment
Mecca sweet Mecca...
written by duh_swami , February 02, 2012
Several years ago, I read a news article about a household slave that escaped her master...She was arrested and raped by 46 men including the policeman that arrested her...Where did that happen? New York? Chicago, San Francisco maybe? Nope it happened in Mecca, right under Allahs nose, and Allah did not lift one hairy finger to stop it...
written by fineliving56 , February 02, 2012
Where do we find the worst people on earth…
Most Muslims from all over the Muslim countries will say, in Saudi Arabia
The most Alcohol sold in any Muslim countries is in Saudi … [notice the hypocrisy]
The most atrocities committed against women and servants is in Saudi
The most obnoxious people we could find in one concentrated in one part of the word is Saudi
But that where Islam was born … if that does not give any kind a hint of something bad, I do not know what will .
Go to consang.net
written by Tanstaafl jw , February 02, 2012
Look at the maps. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan lead the world in incest. Sort of explains some things, doesn't it?
apartheid saudi arabia
written by shahid-kafir , February 02, 2012
ISLAM is the basis of aparthied of all kinds
In all moslem countries you will find - religious apartheid, racial apartheid , gender apartheid
PAKISATAN is prime example along with saudi arabia . SHIA s , ahmadis, bohras, ismailees are hunted down in pakisatan. only sunni ism rules. like wahabism in sodi arabia
Islamic Paradise!
written by Gnostic , February 03, 2012
Saudi Arabia is the Islamic Disneyland with beheading, chopping of hands and feet, wife-beating and and all separated with women here and men there! So nice!

Here you have the choice: Praying and chanting or chasing women in shoppin malls! So many adventures. A country were many people never work because they have foreigners from Pakistan who do the dirty things while Philppinos do work on fridays and islamic holidays and during ramadan!

They succeed in achieving to realise this paradise by selling their dirty oil with western technology and pollute our atmosphere, our environment and our air, contributing to the climate change more than any other countriy causing damage to our planet and all its people and animals and plants!

Truly, a holy country! Where people are praying every day, five times a day and sometimes even fpr rain. Wha not for a better climate? Or for freedom or equality? Or how about a healthy environment? Or for human rights?

Because all this is forbidden in the Holy Lands of Saudi Arabia!
An essay on Saudi Barbaria paractices
written by Mozlem , February 04, 2012
Silent revolution in the making
written by Mozlem , February 04, 2012
Change is coming to Saudi barbaria
Siege of Mecca
written by dead or alive , February 04, 2012
The Saudi government called in the CIA to get adviice on how to get the gunmen out of the mosque.But first,the men from the CIA had to convert to Islam before entering Mecca.Only to tell the Saudis to use tear-gas to drive out the gunmen.
looks haj in arab saudi makkah
written by then lie , February 12, 2012
haj in Makkah all people over the world come.they are same come for haj closed besides Allah..positif thinking gentelmen!

written by then lie , February 12, 2012


Write comment
This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.


About the book || Reviews by: Steven Simpson | Abul Kasem | Prof Sami Alrabaa | Ibn Kammuna


'Islamic Jihad' in Bangla
Aasma Riaz: "Thank you so much for your book "Islamic Jihad" and showing me the "Big Picture". For 7-8 days, I was glued to your book, absorbing so much information that I did not know existed. You have crisply covered so much in your book and quoted historical references extensively. I am just overwhelmed with different emotions after reading your book..., a priceless tome."

Editor: M A Khan | Site design: Dan Zaremba
Founded on 20 November 2005


* Aisha and Muhammad, the movie:

Bill Maher: 'Islam is the worst'
• Bill Maher on "72 Virgins"