At 3:26 Princess Sahar says “This is 21st century, Jahiliya committed right in front of the world”…. Princess Jawaher “The world is also responsible and complicit…”
Muslims would consider Jahiliya either a thing of the past Mekkan tradition or referring to idol worship and non-Islamic practise. I am writing this as an appeal to fair minded people who follow a path they regard as the only truth and humbly ask them to search in their heart.
Is it true, Jahiliya today in #Saudi. How many of you tolerate it and why?
I’ve heard of Jahiliya before but never paid any attention, flippantly dismissing it as “Oh Yeah! Things they did in days of yore” It was only while watching a video [linked below] when I heard it in a context that just did not sit comfortably. The only way I can describe it – like a grain of sand in your shoe.
This video is part of a story in itself. About the four adult daughters of the King of Saudi Arabia, the custodian of the holiest place for global Islam. In case you are not aware of Jahiliya I’ve copied a little from HubPages [link]
What is Jahiliyya?
The Tribes of Pre-Islamic Arabia
Jahiliyya- The Days of Ignorance
Jahiliyya is the Arabic term used to refer to the period of time before Muhammad received his first revelation of the Qur’an. It literally means the Days of Ignorance since Makkan society in pre-Islamic Arabia was morally bankrupt and ignorant of the one true god Allah.
The Main Features of Jahiliyya
The period of Jahiliyya was marked by a distinct lack of morals- people practised polytheism and worshipped idols and statues housed in the Kab’ah. The status of women was very poor and women were treated as second class citizens. Unlimited polygamy was practised as well as female infanticide. Gambling, the charging of interest (usury) and the consumption of alcohol was also commonplace………
At 3:26 Princess Sahar says “This is 21st century, Jahiliya committed right in front of the world”
Why would she use the word Jahiliya? When she describes her father the King of Saudi Arabia and the male guardians of her family. [Please also familiarise yourself on Male Guardianship] or here [jump to link] sorry it’s only wikipedia.
In case you are wondering why on earth am I writing about one tiny little word. Please read on, but first, may I suggest that you watch this video. They need help and who knows, you, might be the person that unlocks this conundrum.
Islamic Insights has this to say on Jahiliya [please read the full article linked here]
The era preceding the message of Islam was one of the most important eras to study. It is that era that Islam fought first and aimed to change. That era is known as the Age of Jahiliyya (Ignorance).
At first look, one might say that Islam fought and changed the people during Jahiliyya, but given our current technological and scientific era, things are different. Upon examining Jahiliyya deeper, it will be very evident how our world today is very different from the world back then on the surface, but at their cores they are exactly the same. Understanding these similarities is key if we are to follow the right path, enjoin the good, and forbid the evil.
Tribalism and Nationalism
During Jahiliyya, people used to take pride in belonging to a specific tribe. This strong sense of belonging was translated into belittling those who belonged to other tribes. Each tribe started seeing itself as the best for whatever reason. These reasons can include pedigree, wealth, power, army force, trade, recognition, and so on.