While the Muslims around the world prepare to celebrate Eid, Israel may persist in its military operations in Rafah. Despite this fact, the Muslim leaders in the Middle East have largely remained passive observers, likely to continue offering only superficial gestures of support. Their failure to recognise the true adversary and take meaningful action has contributed to the ongoing onslaught and lack of peace in Gaza.

The profound rift among Muslim leaders and power-hungry dictators in the Middle East has contributed to the grave circumstances endured by Muslims in Gaza.

Instead of solely blaming Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu, it’s crucial to recognise the significant responsibility borne by authoritarian leaders in Muslim countries.

These leaders prioritize maintaining power at all costs, aligning themselves with Western policies, primarily those of the United States. As a result, the suffering of Muslims in Gaza persists due to the ineffectiveness of these authoritarian regimes.

It is worth mentioning that we are on the verge of forgetting or perhaps unaware that Saudi Arabia, using US arms and weaponry purchased at a cost of billions of dollars, has been responsible for bombing and killing thousands of Yemenis during the last decade.

This collaboration between the United States and Saudi Arabia is emblematic of a broader trend, as evidenced by data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) indicating that US allies such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Egypt are among the world’s top arms importers, collectively accounting for approximately 30% of global arms sales in the last five years.

This raises pertinent questions about the motives behind such extensive weapon procurement. Do genuine security concerns drive these nations, or are they inadvertently contributing to the US economy, given that a significant portion of these arms purchases are sourced from the the United States?  Over the past five years, the United States has accounted for 42% of the total global arms sales.

Contributing to the US economy is in turn contributing to Israel’s war machinery to kill people in Gaza. The purported aim of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is to lobby for Zionism, advocating for Israel’s military and economic support. It focuses on securing backing for Israel in terms of arms, weapons, and economic assistance.

Considering the longstanding feud with Iran, one might question whether these countries are motivated by fear of Iran. While Ayatollah Khomeini’s influence suggests a growing leadership role in the Muslim world, it does not necessarily indicate a direct threat from Iran to other Muslim nations in the Middle East.

One significant consideration could be the current state of global affairs, with ongoing conflicts and the potential for a larger-scale war in the near future.

Arriving at a definitive conclusion is challenging, with various factors at play. Evaluating these complex dynamics is essential for understanding the motivations behind significant arms sales and regional geopolitical relationships.

Allegedly, Middle Eastern countries find themselves compelled to procure weapons from the United States, historically indicating a pattern of dependence on American arms and weapons.

This trend persists due to the United States’ cunning foreign policy in the region over the decades, contributing to ongoing division among Muslim leaders and hindering cohesive decision-making.

Similarly, EU nations face pressure from the United States to meet NATO spending targets, resulting in increased arms purchases, particularly following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

EU countries are now suspicious as to whether the United States would come to their rescue if they were to be attacked. So, the time is ripe to know your friend and foe.

Power-hungry Muslim leaders in the Middle East appear disillusioned as they struggle to identify their adversaries amidst geopolitical complexities.

Leaders are accustomed to facing US sanctions; however, united Muslim leaders could potentially impose impactful sanctions against the West, a feat they may not have realised due to their significant division.

Without a cohesive and unified stance among Muslim countries in the Middle East, the global Muslim community will persist in facing hardships. It is imperative for these nations to collectively define and pursue a clear and common Muslim agenda to alleviate the suffering of Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere.