People who have been following me for some years will know I’m not particularly a fan of Saudi Arabia. I therefore have mixed feelings on the passing of King Abdullah. Nevertheless, it is not my way to think ill of the dead…
Without doubt, Saudi Arabia has many problems. How many of these the late king is responsible for, is not easy to say. While Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, in practice this does not mean the king really has absolute power, there are many other forces at play.
To be honest, my main gripe is with the Wahabi “religious” establishment who were empowered by King Abdullah’s father, but not King Abdullah himself. Credible sources inform me that privately the king had issues with them himself. King Abdullah even made ziyarat to the mazar of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
When King Abdullah visited Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, seeking forgiveness and guidance, who are we to judge? May Allah SWT forgive him and grant him jannah.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.