In an unprecedented move and in protest against the crimes and violations of the UAE in a number of Arab and Islamic countries, dozens of Islamic scholars a joint statement issued a call to boycott Abu Dhabi politically and economically.
The statement was signed by 87 Muslim scholars who called on Arab and Muslim peoples to boycott the UAE politically and economically; against the background of what they called “conspiracy and disregard” with the blood of Muslims in Yemen and Libya.
The scholars based their call on a number of legitimate arguments from Quranic verses and prophetic sayings, “in the door that the enemy must be weakened economically in order to stop spreading destruction and corruption in the land.”
The scholars urged UAE-based businessmen to “turn away from them and to boycott their ports because they are one of the important sources of financing the economy of this country.”
The scholars said that the UAE buys “money, weapons, equipment, aircraft and mercenaries, and send Muslims to death and cities to destruction.”
He called on Arab and Muslim scholars, “in all the countries of Islam; governments and peoples, to boycott the UAE, boycott its goods, and refrain from buying them.”
The UAE is involved in plots and interventions in several Arab and Islamic countries, with the aim of undermining existing governments or supporting one party at the expense of another, such as in Libya and Yemen, in order to serve its ambitions of influence and expansion.
The UAE is also adopting policies based on ideological evangelization, fighting Salafi groups in some countries and embracing other Salafi groups in others.
Abu Dhabi has also sought to make Al-Azhar with Sufism a religious reference for Arabs and Muslims rather than Saudi Salafi momentum, as part of the competition between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi in this regard.
In the first track: the ideological path, it was represented by inciting Muslims on the one hand, and the introduction of a version of Islam for the region as an alternative to the existing version.
At the second Abu Dhabi Strategic Forum in November 2015, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “The UAE is working closely with two key pillars in the Arab world, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt to address challenges, contradictions and chaos, and together we will rebuild the Arab system.”
At the same forum, Gargash explained that the UAE government has a vision for the region, through which it strives to promote the agenda of moderation, along with large and continuous efforts to support a vibrant and stable region, not similar to Arab nationalism in the 1950s.
The UAE’s ambassador to Washington, Yusuf Al Otaiba, was more specific when he wrote in an article on Foreign Policy in December 2015 that Abu Dhabi “is experiencing a new vision for the region of an alternative, future-oriented ideology that is guided by genuine principles of Islam, centered on participation, peace, women’s empowerment, and encouragement. Diversity, innovation and participation.