Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan: Betraying Al-Aqṣā, betraying the Ummah

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. Editorial credit: Tamim Hayyal Abazid

Blogger Abdullah Noorudeen profiles the de facto ruler of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ), who has emerged as one of the biggest modern day traitors in the Islamic world.

Throughout Islamic history, treachery in the Ummah has caused more damage than any external factor.

During the Caliphate in Baghdad, the Caliph Musta’ṣim (d. 656 AH) appointed Muwayyad al-Dīn Muhammad bin al-‘Alqamī as the Prime Minister. Ibn al-‘Alqamī, who had secretly allied with the Mongols, led changes that weakened the army and reduced Islam and the Muslims to a token, helpless status.

When the Mongols descended, Tāj al-Dīn al-Subkī records that Hulagu received the Caliph in his tent whilst Ibn al-‘Alqamī arranged for the Islamic scholars and dignitaries to be in attendance to witness a purported agreement between the two. All were put to the sword.

Ibn al-‘Alqamī, along with other traitors, facilitated the destruction of the Islamic world.

This history is not just mere storytelling – it has relevance to what is taking place in Palestine. The attacks on Gaza, the ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, and the repeated attacks on Masjid Al-Aqṣā rightly led to responses of shock and consternation amongst Muslims around the world.

Mohammed bin Zayed. Editorial credit: Ali A Suliman /

Despite the protests, however, the Zionist entity has persisted in the ethnic cleansing. Not only this, but the Israelis have also clearly made Islam the target of their campaigns.

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Jewish settlers have been calling for the death of Arabs, shouting insults at the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during their marches in Al-Quds Al-Sharīf, and graffitiing insulting slogans directed at the Prophet (peace be upon him).

As if the raids and insults were not enough, Zionist forces even allegedly sprayed sewage water at the gates of the sacred masjid to prevent Palestinians from worshipping inside it. Such disgusting behaviour disturbs the sane mind. Not so in the case of the psychotic Zionists.

Whilst it easy to direct our ire at Israel, the more pressing question is: why are the Zionists so emboldened that they feel they can shred the hearts over 1.8 billion Muslim repeatedly and with impunity?

To begin to answer this question, I believe we need to shine a light on the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ), and his relationship with Israel.

MBZ and Israel

MBZ’s concerns and interests have been aligning with Israel for some time.

According to a 2009 Wikileaks cable from Israeli Foreign Ministry official Yacov Hadas to the Gulf States (including UAE), the “Gulf Arabs believe in Israel’s role because of their perception of Israel’s close relationship with the U.S. but also due to their sense that they can count on Israel against Iran.” It was suggested that the Palestine-Israel issue “should not be the sum total of Israel’s relations with the Arab World.”

The UAE has since developed its relations with Israel through a series of “under the table” trade and security deals, including the implementation of an Israeli “internet of things”-based mass surveillance system in Abu Dhabi, which was approved by MBZ.

The diversification of interests governing relations with Israel, as suggested by Hadas, was already happening under MBZ.

By late 2015, MBZ had posited the “outside-in-plan” on Palestine to American diplomats: The UAE, combined with a “new Saudi leadership” could bring the Palestinians around to some new agreement. This, as it turns, would become Trump’s “Deal of the Century”.

The sell-out of the century

MBZ’s “outside-in” approach to Palestine emerged fully in January 2020, with the Trump administration touting their Middle East “peace plan” as the “Deal of the Century.” Jared Kushner’s proposal received full financial support and backing from MBZ.

The deal, which only demonstrated Kushner’s Likudnik thinking, was roundly rejected as a farce.

According to the plan, the unarmed “Palestinian state” was to be left in shards, and subjected to Israeli oversight and security operations. 87% of the West Bank territory currently stolen by the Israelis would be annexed to the Zionist state and Palestinian communities living in Israel would be transferred into the Palestinian State territories. Palestinian refugees would have to abdicate their right of return.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Credit: RM /

To cap off the stupidity, the plan further proposed that Palestinians could make up their own capital in the eastern part of Shuafat and Abu Dis, 1.6km east of the Old City of Jerusalem, and name it “Al-Quds.”

This was no peace plan. The was religious, territorial, and cultural cleansing.

The fact of the matter is that the UAE has already been on the ground doing what it can to surreptitiously facilitate Kushner’s plan.

In 2018, the veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Ereket said that the so-called “deal” was already being implemented. This seemed to be affirmed by a 2019 Al-Jazeera investigation. It found that the UAE, with help from corrupt Palestinian Authority officials, was aiding the theft of Palestinian land by acting as a middleman to sell Palestinians homes to Jewish settlers.

If this is not treachery of the highest order, then nothing is.

“Abraham Accords”

The rather misleadingly named Abraham Accords formalised the tight relationship that had been groomed by Israel and secretly delivered by MBZ.

The so-called Abraham Accords have been largely promoted as “normalisation” of relations, and in the words of UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, a “Peace Accord.” The distractive ruse to sell the Accords was that the Zionist entity would halt its colonialist expansions.

However, it is clear this accord has only benefited Israel and weakened the Palestinian position. This was publicly acknowledged as an achievement for Israel by Netanyahu, much to the disgrace of Arab leaders:

“[The] Abraham Accords enabled us to get out of the equation of land for peace to peace for peace, and we did not give up a span.”

More importantly, the accord has established a portal for Zionist influence into the rest of the Arab world and South Asia.

Make no mistake; in exchange for fortifying his own temporary world and consequently strengthening Israel, MBZ has handed the transcendentally sacred Masjid Al-Aqṣā and the Palestinian people to a gloating enemy that is perpetuating their destruction.

However, MBZ’s betrayal does not end here. As the next part will show, it spans the Middle East region and, through collusions with the haters of Islam, envelopes the Muslim diaspora in the West.

Abdullah Noorudeen runs the Coolness of Hind blog. This is part 1 of his series on MBZ.

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