I will be discussing the ideas of Shaykh Abdalqadir as-Sufi with one of his fans, Abdullah Champeon, on my radio show today. Listen live, 3 to 5 pm Central, on AmericanFreedomRadio.com, or wait till tomorrow and listen to the archive here.
An 83-year-old shaykh, the notable Muslim intellectual Abdalqadir as-Sufi has issued…well, it isn’t exactly a fatwa…more like a recommendation…to the people of Egypt. He says they need to kick back and rock out to some rhythm and blues.
But not just any rhythm and blues.
Shaykh Abdalqadir has commanded Egyptians to “jump start their hearts” by rocking out to “Jack White and the Voodoo Experience – full concert.”
Shaykh Abdalqadir’s counsel is contained in his recent screed “Jack White – A Medicine for Egypt.” Here is an excerpt:
The oligarchic Army and Ikhwan had subdued the masses into either an anarchy to be crushed by the Army or a slave population of that same Oligarchy.
What was to be done? Already the masses had proved too weak and divided to act. Freedom – Freiheit – was cut off.
It was then that I reflected on what medically was needed was the pulse of life to re-awaken the spirit.
In America, the helpless slave population of that early capitalism – all freedom denied – knew their first act was to stay alive. To do that – in that mixture of despair and desperation – they sang the blues.
My remedy for the Egyptian masses is to inject them with the wild life-impulse of the blues.
What I am proposing is that revitalising shock that is used for cardiac resuscitation when the patient’s heart has stopped.
In the land of Guantanamo, legal torture, rendition, drones on unseen enemies, murdering schoolchildren and bankers’ totalitarian mastery – standing uniquely against it – is the old pulse of slave blues.
My remedy is – for the Egyptian young to sweep away the misery and stasis of the Ikhwan – the band of Jack White. One night in Tahrir Square and the Ikhwan will collapse.
Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi has long been an acerbic critic of all of the dominant power centers and thought-currents in today’s Muslim world. (He esteems the Ottoman caliphate, which he would like to see restored.) The Shaykh is especially vocal in his criticism of Muslim leaders who participate in the usurious fiat currency system. The Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to accept loans from the Rothschild-gang-dominated IMF has earned the ire of Shaykh Abdalqadir as well as many other Muslims and currency reform activists.
But…rocking out to rhythm and blues? What kind of Shaykh would advocate such a thing?
A rockin’ Moroccan Sufi shaykh, that’s what kind.
Though born in Scotland, Dr. Abdalqadir as-Sufi is a “rockin’ Moroccan Sufi” of the Darqawi-Shadhili-Qadiri persuasion. He regularly rocks out not only to the Jack White rhythm and blues band, but also to the inimitable sounds of the Holy Qur’an and traditional Sufi dhikr chants. Ecstatic trance-dancing while chanting sacred sounds is known as hadra:
While not exactly a Jack White concert, hadra can induce intense states of ineffable bliss – without the use of toxic chemicals!
Thanks to the power of Rothschild-Saudi money, and the wahhabi-salafi propaganda it buys, Sufism is currently a controversial practice in much of the Islamic world. If Shaykh Abdalqadir tried to hold a hadra in Tahrir Square, salafi baltagis (“bulldogs” i.e. thugs) would probably trample him and his followers beneath the hooves of their war camels.
Will we ever see Shaykh Abdalqadir opening for Jack White and the Voodoo Experience, live in Tahrir Square?
Or better yet, Jack White opening for Shaykh Abdalqadir?
Hey, whatever it takes to jump-start the hearts of Egyptians, Muslims, and humans in general would be better than what we’ve got now.
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