Last month in Saudi Arabia, flash floods in Jeddah killed 120 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Unprecedented criticism is breaking out there now directed at government incompetence and negligence for not building a functioning sewer system despite the country’s wealth.
A Saudi opposition group called for elections in the Gulf monarchy and criticized royal family members after heavy flooding devastated the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah.
The level of open criticism is unusual in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy established in 1932 by King Abdul Aziz, where political dissent isn’t tolerated by the royal family.
This blogger, a medical student based in Jeddah, is imploring against those who have argued that the flood may have been a punishment or signs from Allah (swt), and are thereby dilluting the campaign to hold officials accountable for negligence.
What happened could and might be a result of our sins. It could be a wake up call to return to Allah. It could be hidden messages to guide some people or whatever. But we mostly forget that it was the result of negligence coming out from people who had powers and trust to fix things in this city.
…please, stop saying we deserved Allah’s punishment and just sit there as if you’re an Imam or something. Allah’s punishment it is, but it doesn’t mean that there are people we shouldn’t draw our attention to sue!!!