Going ‘miskeen’ in Saudi Arabia

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  1. ice_man

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    Brigadier (retd) Mehboob Qadir, who was Director General (SPAFO) of Pakistan Armed Forces deputationists to the Saudi Armed Forces from 1998 to 2002, noted in a recent article: “Pakistanis together with expatriates from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, etc, are called ‘miskeen’ by the Saudis”. He thought, quite correctly, that the word was used to mean ‘the poor wretch’. We use the word for the ‘down and out’ in Pakistan too.

    What hurts is that the Saudis address the white expats of Europe and America as ‘rafiq’ (friend). What of the concept of ‘ummah’, he asks, which means that all Muslims are one nation? He discovers that ‘ummah’ applies only to Saudis, Iraqis, Egyptians, Yemenis, Kuwaitis Bahrainis, Emiratis, etc., but not to others. Arabs only, it seems, qualify.

    The Saudis abolished slavery only recently in 1974. Then why are we ‘miskeen’? Is it really abolished though? Arabia of the Bedouins by Marcel Kurpershoek (Saqi Books 2004), records that Saudi Arabia was still tribal and big tribal families employed lavishly opulent slaves riding Land Cruisers who made Pakistanis and Bangladeshis till the fields of their masters.

    The dominant tribe is Oteiba that “accepted Islam at the hand of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), in 622 AD and remained fiercely faithful to him”. Lawrence of Arabia modelled himself on an Oteibi warrior.

    For the poor, the Holy Quran has two words: ‘faqir’ and ‘miskeen’. ‘Faqir’ is ‘a man in need’ but ‘miskeen’ is ‘completely down and out’. ‘Faqir’ has less than what he needs; ‘miskeen’ has nothing. ‘Miskeen’ literally means, ‘brought to a standstill in one place’.

    In Hebrew, the word for poor is ‘meesken’. The Arabic root ‘skn’ means that which has lost all movement. The Urdu word ‘saakin’ (static) is related. Hence, poor is someone who can hardly move.

    But the ‘skn’ root otherwise yields positive words, like peace and tranquillity (sakoon), including the Quranic word sakina (peace) that explains the feeling inside the Ark of the Covenant, expressed in the Judaeo-Christian doctrine of shekinah.

    ‘Faqir’ comes from the root ‘fqr’ which means ‘spinal vertebra’. Derivative word ‘Zulfiqar’ means that which ‘breaks the spine’ because it was originally the name of a sword. Etymologically, therefore, ‘Faqir’ means ‘broken-backed’.

    ‘Faqir’ has taken on more meaning. It means also someone who is contented in his need. One important element in mysticism is ‘faqr’: the need to be in need. Although it is an antonym of ‘ghani’ (one who is free of need), it has come to mean something close to ‘ghani’. It is, in this sense, that a famous family of Punjab called themselves ‘faqir’. My friend and well-known scholar Faqir Aijazuddin has a very firm spine.

    The third word for poor is extremely poignant. It is ‘ghareeb’. It means someone who has left home or is homeless. And leaving home in ancient times meant going west (gharb). The sun sets (‘gharub’) in the west (‘maghrib’). When we observe the ritual of ‘Sham-e-ghariban’ during Muharram, we actually mean the ‘nightfall of the homeless’.

    In Saudi Arabia, the Europeans are called ‘rafiq’. It comes from the root ‘rfq’, meaning ‘elbow’: one who is ‘by your elbow’. Friendship is ‘rafaqat’. Interestingly, ‘artafaq’ means leaning on something for support as if raising oneself on one’s elbow.

    More derived meanings include softness because friendship is such a soft thing. When the Holy Quran talks of Paradise it talks of softness (ease) in this sense. To conclude, the most accurate sense of ‘rafiq’ is companion.

    Pakistan is in the grip of honour. ‘Miskeen’ is not a good reminder these days.

    Published In The Express Tribune, June 6th, 2012.

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Saudis Don't respect us what a shocker :rofl:Teaching People in all countries to hate the'' Infidels''(white people) but at home they call them 'rafiq'.:woot:.


    Good news is More and More Pakistanis are starting to see Reality.
     
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    Arab use this word all the time with Arabs or non-Arabs. It means "a poor person that should be helped". So, it's actually not an insult. It's an Islamic term:
    Miskeen:
    A person is described as being miskeen if they are poor & needy, in need of certain necessities to stop them from going hungry and/or perishing.
    Prophet SAWS: Allah, make me amongst the miskeen…

    The Prophet SAWS said, ‘O Allah, have me live like miskinan (like a poor person) and have me die miskinan and gather me [in the Hereafter] in the company of the miskin. [Ibn Majah].

    Regarding what is meant by al-maskanah, Ibn al-Athir said: ‘He meant by its lowliness and humility before Allah, and lest one should become one of the oppressors and the arrogant.’

    That is how the Prophet SAWS lived – far from the life of the arrogant ones, whether in look or form: he dressed as the slaves and the poor dressed; and he ate what they ate; and when a stranger came he (the stranger) did not distinguish him from his Companions for he was with them as one of them; and at home he mended his shoe with his own hands; and he patched his cloak; and he milked his sheep; and he turned the millstone to grind grains alongside the woman neighbor and the slave.

    When a man entered upon him and, being in awe, was trembling, the Prophet SAWS said: ‘Be at ease, for I am not a king. rather, I am the son of a woman of the Quraysh who used to eat dried meat in Makkah.’

    Approaching the Sunnah, Qaradawi, p 33.
     
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    We have to admit that Saudis have many flaws and imperfections, just like any other group of people in this world. People think of Saudis as angels since Islam was born in their land and their ancestors were the ones who defended Islam and spread it all over the world. That's not true, they are human beings who have flaws, there are bad Saudis as well as good ones. I hope you think of it in this way.
     
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    There is no such thing as Ummah. Period. "Long live the Ummah..... The Ummah is dead". Now lets get down and plan how to take care of the scourge that is A-rabs :)
     
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    He is a scum, just like any twisted person on earth. But, plz guys don't generalize this disgusting act on all Saudi or Arabs, we aren't like that, those are very few.:confused:
     
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    Wow, I cant believe the Bengali driver kissed the foot of the Saudi after getting so much abuse:

     
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    Actually, after seeing this video, I am starting to excuse you guys for bashing Saudis and Arabs. I understand that this scum doesn't represent Arabs or Saudi, but it's unbearable. I have no words for this.
     
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    Most of the Bengalis who go to KSA are actually farmers... They think KSA, UAE are land of golds..... So they sell their land and house in order to go to KSA, All these Takas (minimum 5 lakhs) are most of time taken by middle man, after going to KSA its hard life. Note that they have nothing left in BD... Its like do or die in KSA. He probably kissed to save his job.
     
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    No brother he does not represent all Arabs, you have to be human first. There are evil people everywhere.
     
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    We will respond to these Saudi Racisms, show them our blood fights, he clearly learn lesson.
     
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    Obviously you're too young, hence naive. These ill feelings take time to ferment, they just don't appear out of the blue, do they? I've personally dealt with literally thousands of Arabs abroad (not any Arab country, btw) And their arrogance and techniques are noteworthy. .....
    I just hope the new generation of Pakistani's and the ones who are already established abroad, and are in decision making and power-wielding places where it matter, understand that there is no such thing as "islamic / muslim brotherhood" and reorient their minds. Trust me, I am doing my part for the past decade to derail their education (failed them multiple times), careers (gave horrible reports and followed up till I was sure they were posted to shittiest jobs) and finances (well leave this one alone). And this is the least I could do individually!
     
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    Famous Pakistani writer Hasan Nisar regularly says that Arab don't treat Pakistanis as equal and they make fun of pakistanis who believe in Ummah.

    He says USA/UK allows their women to marry pakistan, USA/UK provides their citizenship to Pakistanis, USA/UK provideds equal treatment and legal rights to a US/UK citizen of pakistani origin.


    On the other hand:

    - Arabs don't allows their women to marry a pakistani

    - Saudis don't provides their citizenship to a pakistani

    - Arabs don't treat equally and don't provide equal legal rights to the pakistanis.

    Still we Pakistanis abuse USA/UK and don't leave a chance to curse them while we sing praise for Arabs.
     
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