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Protest outside Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles – by Ali Taj

Just came back from protesting outside Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles. It was a small protest comprising my 8 year old son, by 12 year old niece, my loving wife and my brother. I thank the Almighty for such a loving and supporting family. Just  five of us,  caused so much of commotion at the Saudi Arabian consulate, that they had to call the police to remove us.

The Saudi Consulate is indeed mighty, it is built like castle art decor style and painted green and Silver. It has giant green metal doors that seem very well armored. It has cameras and security systems galore. It gives a clear impression of a fortress.

What was a family of five  doing that caused such a mighty uproar at the mighty Saudi Consulate? We were demanding the release of Shaikh Nimr, the Saudi dissident shot in the leg and taken to jail, release of a frail old man who maybe severely injured. We were not shouting. We were not insulting or abusing anyone. We were simply submitting a polite petition to the King of Saudi Arabia, to respect the universal declaration of human rights and let this man go.

We just wanted to respectfully present this petition to the Saudi consulate, addressed to the King of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis, however, showed their true colors, they were having none of it. They sent out two security teams telling us to go away.  We explained to them we were on city property exercising our First Amendment right to protest, we were not blocking anyone’s way and we were not causing a nuisance.  Next two LAPD officers showed up, they were very nice and told us of the Form we needed to fill out to protest next time. So that is exactly what we are going to do. The officers gave us their cards and all of us went peacefully on our way. They officers were also kind enough to make sure that the Saudis formally accepted our petition in exchange for (the 5 of us) leaving today.

All of this happened in less than half an hour before our supporters had a chance to even join us. While we were there four people stopped by to give us their emails, they wanted to part of future protests. We also had a Saudi curse at us but that was his problem.

Lastly I want to extend a special thank you my very good friend Faqir-e-Pakistan who was kind enough to film us.

World Shia Forum Condemns the brutal shooting and arrest of Shaikh Nimr

‎”If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge Hath come to thee, say: “Come! let us gather together,- our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray, and invoke the curse of Allah on those who lie!”
“Have you not considered how your Lord dealt with the possessors of the elephant?Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray?And He sent against them Flights of Birds, Casting against them stones of baked clay, So He rendered them like straw eaten up?”

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41 comments on “Protest outside Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles – by Ali Taj

  1. Sabah Hasan
    July 14, 2012

    If any one disputes in this matter with thee, now after (full) knowledge Hath come to thee, say: “Come! let us gather together,- our sons and your sons, our women and your women, ourselves and yourselves: Then let us earnestly pray, and invoke the curse of Allah on those who lie!”

    “Have you not considered how your Lord dealt with the possessors of the elephant?

    Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray?

    And He sent against them Flights of Birds,

    Casting against them stones of baked clay,

    So He rendered them like straw eaten up?”

  2. Sabah Hasan
    July 14, 2012

    Sunnah of the Ahlebait (a.s) of the Holy Prophet (sawas) from Mubahila to Karbala: stand up for what is right, even if you are apparently alone. He shall be with you.

  3. Shoaib
    July 14, 2012

    God Bless you Ali Abbas Taj.

  4. M Baloch
    July 14, 2012

    You made me cry Abbass bhai. My hats off to each of you five for your courage and boldness. Not many of us have the resoluteness to leave our comforts and come out against this tyrannical regime. You are really an inspiration. May Moula Imam Zaman protect you and your family. Aameen

  5. Muntazir
    July 14, 2012

    Salute to all of you 5 respected and bold personalities, we all (from PAK) are with you for the protest by our heartiest. May ALLAH o CHARDA MASOOMEEN make you safe n active in such regard in future also. Thanks

  6. Iqrar Shah
    July 14, 2012

    Well done Ali Taj bhai. Great Job.

  7. Kashan Abbas
    July 14, 2012

    MashaAllah, the real followers of Imam Hussain(as)! Ali Taj sahib and your family has followed the path of Syeda Zainab(sa).

    May Allah(swt) bless all of you and listen to our prayers of Shikh Nimir being released by the right of Masoomeen (as)!

  8. Hussain
    July 14, 2012

    True followers of Ahlul Bait (A.s). Solute you Ali bhua and ur famiily…..

  9. Leeqa
    July 14, 2012

    Great Job;

    Let me to say, People like Ali Taj becomes the source of big inspiration leading to revolutions.

    Khuda Aap ko ajar azeem ata farmay.

  10. Raza
    July 14, 2012

    Jazak Allah… You did the Great Job.. Good work Bro…

  11. Qaiser
    July 14, 2012

    Jazak Allah khairan brother. May Allah swt reward you abundantly.

  12. Abis
    July 14, 2012

    jazak Allah.khair…. May Allah swt bless you more courage…

  13. Farhan Rizvi
    July 14, 2012

    Great work Ali Taj Sahid.

  14. Syed Akhtar
    July 14, 2012

    May Allah swt reward you for Amr Bil ma’ruf and nahi anal munkar

  15. Ahsan Shah
    July 15, 2012

    Mashallah brother Ali Taj and family

    Well done

    Allah bless you

  16. ziad mohamed
    July 15, 2012

    May the Almighty answer your prayers, in this Holy Month.

  17. FJ
    July 15, 2012

    Excellent job! May Allah reward you and your family for this brave and right struggle for the justice, Ameen.

  18. Husain Jan
    July 15, 2012

    Well done …very good indeed. Please keep it up. God is with you.

  19. Ali
    July 15, 2012

    Well done …..

  20. Syed Ali Sher Shah
    July 15, 2012

    Respected Sir, very well done

  21. Sarfaraz
    July 15, 2012

    Speaking your mind in Saudi Arabia ? come on, you must be joking.I wonder how Sheikh Nimr is still alive.Had the Saudi Home minister,Prince Nife been alive, the Sheikh would ‘nt have had his head on his shoulders.Remember what this 80 years old crown Prince did to the Iranian Hajis right in the Haram. They too, were trying to speak their mind against US and Israel at the occasion of Hajj ?Their crime was that as per teaching of Holy Prophet ( SAWAW) they were trying to apprise the Muslim ummah which gathers every year for Hajj ,the cruel sufferings of the Muslims in general and Palestinians in particular in the hands of US and Zionism

  22. Sabir Hussain
    July 16, 2012

    Jazakallah brother!!

    MAy allah bless you and your family

    July 16, 2012

    Asalamoalaikum wa Rehmat Allah:

    Allah apki ibadat ko qabool furmay! Ameen Suma Ameen

  24. Aarif Abdulla
    July 16, 2012

    An eye opening practical present day example of:
    Every Land is KERBALA, Every Day is AASHOORA!
    And, ‘Hal min naasirin yansoroona, Hal min yughheesin yughsoona’
    May Allah reward you and your family, here and in the hereafter!
    And to all who read this, let us join in and DO our own bit to secure the release of all ‘political’ people held in detention without a fair trial anywhere in the world.

  25. Sammar Abbas
    July 16, 2012

    Great Job ,Bravo ,Tell us more about Sheikh.

  26. Ali Raza Shariff
    July 16, 2012

    Imagine the so called kingdom of saudis scared by The True Muslims with only their placards, No words, No shouting and No arms display. This is the Victory of Imam Hussain a.s. and defeat of the Ale e Yazid. A replica of the 72 against the thousands in Karbala. I wish we can do this in all the yazidis consulates all over the World.

  27. Zuhair Nathani
    July 16, 2012

    Jazakallah. From the depths of our hearts and souls we salute you. May Allah Bless you and with the help of our Imam-e-Zaman you go from strength to strength.

    For all those who join you in action or prayer from near and afar, our salutations.

    And for all those who keep silent in the face of tyrrany, who acquiesce with the tyrants in their silence, our everlasting cures and damnation.

    Labbaik Ya Hussein, Labbaik

  28. Asad Abbas
    July 16, 2012

    Bravo, thousands of Salutes to Ali Taj, May Almighty bless you

  29. Mujeeb from Islambad Pakistan
    July 16, 2012

    GOD Bless you Ali Taj …………

  30. The Jalill family of Wattala, Sri Lanka
    July 16, 2012

    May the Blessings of Allah (SWT), our Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAL) and the Ahl-ul-Bayt (a.s.) always be with you and your family for being so brave (Aameen).

  31. T S
    July 17, 2012

    No sense can prevail …………… divide Muslims …… divide the Umah ……. this is the call of the day ………… the irony is that we are all on right path……….. at least this is what all Muslims believe ……. may it be Saudis, iranis, Pakistani Afghani ……. Recent visit to Iraq was an eye opener ………….. shias can not enter Sunni neighbor hood and Sunni folks can not enter in shias areas ……… Bravo …….. every day Muslims are religiously killing other Muslims ………. If you are really Muslim go back to your country and fight intolerance amongst people of your sect …… We in Pakistan find ourselves victims of atrocities being committed by KSA and Iran …… we feel they are fighting war on our lands by killing innocent Muslims ………. Let us all pray that almighty provide patience, tolerance and bless us with love, love for all who believe in Allah and Mohammad (SAW) and love for entire humanity and save us from mullahs, sheikhs, allamas and all those who believe in religion of hate ……….. Ameen

  32. janbaz khan
    July 17, 2012

    Hats off to you five……………….

  33. abbas khaku
    July 17, 2012

    Mashalah well done.if only all muslims think and do like what u did!
    God bless u n ur family.ameen.

  34. mohsin
    July 18, 2012

    Inspirational, wish we could all be like you, make small difference in this world and it goes long way

  35. Abu Muhammad
    July 18, 2012


  36. turabi
    July 18, 2012

    Thats a very noble and brave act for Freedom and Human rights !

  37. Hadi
    July 21, 2012

    MashAllah good work…. We need to stand up and protest peacefully like this….

  38. deepshah
    July 22, 2012

    his protest is genuine and Saudi govt has violated the human rights. Dictatorship must be thrown out of saudi arabia.

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