Never mind how that would paralyze the Saudi economy, dependent as it is on what often amounts to slave labor, as demonstrated by so many horror stories, and the denial of freedom of religion and worship to non-Muslim foreign workers.
But what kind of intolerant person would demand the expulsion of other religions from his territory? Not just al-Qaeda’s Ibrahim al-Rubeish, but Muhammad himself:
“I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.” – Sahih Muslim 19.4366.
“Qaeda chief tells Saudi prince to expel non-Muslims,” from Agence France-Presse, August 29 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A senior Saudi member of Al-Qaeda warned the interior minister that he should expel non-Muslims from the kingdom, among other demands to stop considering him a target, in an online audio message.
Ibrahim al-Rubeish, a former Guantanamo detainee, addressed Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz with seven measures which he considered essential for “reform” in the ultra-conservative Gulf state and for the prince’s own safety, SITE Intelligence reported on Monday.
The measures included expelling non-Muslims from the Arabian Peninsula, repealing all man-made laws and instituting (Islamic) sharia-based governance, the US-based monitoring service said.
Saudi Arabia certainly brought enough Sharia for the rest of the class, but this just goes to demonstrate again: Since Sharia governs all areas of Muslim life, there can always be more of it to enforce on people. Someone will always want more Sharia — or the “right” Sharia — and be willing to kill and overthrow governments for it.
They also included releasing prisoners, allowing preachers to speak with impunity and removing themselves as obstacles to those who wish to support Muslims in Iraq and the Palestinian territories, it added.
“This is the path if you wish to survive. If you do this, I will guarantee that the mujahedeen will not prepare another trap for you and that you will sleep safely in your bed and you will go as you please without fearing anyone,” Rubeish said.
He was alluding to an incident earlier this month when a gunman fired at Prince Nayef’s palace near the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia witnessed a wave of deadly attacks by Al-Qaeda between 2003 and 2006, which prompted Prince Nayef to launch a security force crackdown on the local branch of the jihadist network founded by Saudi-born Osama bin Laden.
Al-Qaeda remains very active in neighbouring Yemen, where the Saudi and Yemeni franchises of Al-Qaeda joined forces under the banner of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
A suicide bomber from the group blew himself up in August 2009 in an abortive attempt on the life of Prince Nayef’s son, Prince Mohammed, who leads the campaign against Islamist militants in the kingdom.
In comments published by Saudi daily Al-Eqtissadiya on Monday, Prince Nayef said that terrorism would remain a threat to the kingdom.
“We will continue to be a target for terrorists, who will continue attempting to attack us, supported by other parties,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.