Houthi criminality with the imams' fatwas

English - Thursday 16 March 2023 الساعة 08:41 am
Aden, NewsYemen, Ammar Ali Ahmed:

 In its latest report, the Committee of Experts of the UN Security Council referred to the large revenues obtained by the Houthi militia from real estate through the confiscation and looting of vast areas of lands and buildings worth billions of riyals, under the pretext that they are endowments.

 The report mentions the burglary of the Houthi militia on an area of 3,000 Ma’ad (Ma’ad = 100 bricks) in the Al-Qasra area of the Beit Al-Faqih District in Al-Hodeidah Governorate, with a value of 15 billion riyals, and another land in the Tuhayat District, worth 80 billion riyals, under the pretext that it is an endowment, despite the residents’ confirmation  locals own it.

While the Committee of Experts points out that there are other reports of the seizure of land and buildings in other regions that led to the expulsion of hundreds of civilian families and the loss of their livelihoods, the militias have embarked, during the past days, on a new attempt to loot the lands of hundreds of Yemenis in the Asr region, west of Sana'a, under the same pretext of "waqf land."

To reinforce this pretext, the militia's security media broadcasted at the beginning of the week a video report in which a militia scholar called "Abdul Fattah al-Kibsi" appeared.  In it, it is alleged that the region of Asr was "endowed" by one of the princes of the Zaidi dynasty, Al-Hassan bin Hamzah, in the seventh century AH in favor of the Great Mosque in Sana'a.

Al-Kibsi, who claimed that they had found a document in this regard after the coup of September 21, 2014 AD, said that the endowment document for the village of Asr at the time determined the revenues of this endowment with three banks, including “the poor Hashemites of the descendants of Hassan and Hussein bin Ali bin Abi Talib,” as he claimed.

Al-Kibsi’s allegations of legitimizing the plundering of Yemeni lands under the pretext that they are waqf lands, recall the crimes of plunder and plunder that Yemenis have been subjected to at the hands of Zaidi imams since the emergence of the first imam in the land of Yemen called Al-Hadi Al-Rasi Yahya bin Al-Hussein in the late third century AH.

Since that date, the imams adopted the approach of blasphemy against the Yemenis who oppose their rule, and considered the cities and villages that defy them as "dar al-harb" or dar al-kufr that it is permissible to plunder and confiscate from their owners after their defeat in favor of the imam, the princes, and the army commanders.  With the displacement of its people, and in some cases killing the males among them and turning their women into slave girls

This is what happened with the Zaydi "Al-Matarfiya" sect in the sixth century AH at the hands of Imam Abdullah bin Hamzah, due to the jurisprudential opinion of their sheikhs about the invalid belief in the preference of "lineage" over work, which is the basis on which the idea of limiting religious and political jurisdiction to the descendants of Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein is based.

With the first disagreement between the sheikhs of Al-Matarfiya and Imam Abdullah bin Hamzah, the latter issued a fatwa declaring them to be infidels and directed the launch of military campaigns to invade the Yemeni villages that were strongholds of Al-Tarfiyya or what is known as "abandonment", and consider them a house of war, and that incident represented one of the most heinous crimes of the imams in Yemen.

In light of the Houthi coup and its control of the north, it seems that the group is working to revive the legacy of the imams' crimes against the Yemenis, and to plunder their money and lands under the pretext of endowments, based on fatwas and orders issued by imams and princes hundreds of years ago.  This is revealed by the statement of the so-called Abdullah Amer, who was appointed by the group as director of the Sana'a Endowments.

Amer, in the report broadcast by the security media, where he claimed that the endowment properties currently do not exceed 10% of the endowments recorded in the drafts and documents, indicating that there is a plan by the Endowment Authority to recover them and that they have now begun to restore vast places and places of an investment and commercial nature, including the area of Asr.