Ali al-Bakhiti and the adventure of Philip Petit


Philip Petti did it by walking and balancing with his hands since the seventies of the last century, and Ali Al-Bakhiti did it by walking with his heart and balancing with his mind. Philip Petty, for those who do not know him, is the most famous and most talented person who walked the tightrope between tall buildings in the world, the most important of which was walking in 1974 on a tight wire between the ceilings of the World Trade Center towers in New York. Philip Petit is still alive, over seventy years old, and we hope that Abi Toujan reaches the edge of his intellectual and political journey in full health, for the sake of a more beautiful, tolerant and humane Arab world.Is Ali Al-Bakhiti a good or bad phenomenon? The objective rational answer to this question is that there is neither a bad nor a good phenomenon, rather it is a very natural phenomenon for a Yemeni citizen who lived his stable childhood within a Zaidi family, bearing the burdens of its tribal leadership within its narrow scope, but believing in pluralism and intellectual tolerance in an innate way, which appears in the slips of the tongue of Ali al-Bakhiti’s father (Sheikh al-Qibli/Nasir al-Bakhiti), who calls himself “the father of the whole family,” as he named his ten sons from “Muhammad and Ali” to “Aisha and Halima” with Arab nationalism and national pride. That is why we can say that he grew up in a free childhood on the family level, accepting difference and pluralism, but on the religious level, she suffered in her childhood manifestations of “sectarian bullying” against his family and his tribe of Zayd, and this bullying was claimed by the “Muslim Brotherhood” as a political/sectarian party.

Ali Al-Bakhiti grew up in this atmosphere with “innate leftist” preparations, not deeply rooted in Marxism, but with a deep and very sensitive sense of “human justice,” and this explains his beginning with the Socialist Party, then his “affiliation with the Houthis” when he was oppressed, and his turning against him when he became He is unjust, with his clear sympathy with his countrymen from the Jews of Yemen in the diaspora, in addition to his political belief until this moment that the “Houthis” is an authentic Yemeni component, which has the same rights as all Yemeni components of “citizenship” rights without auctions in the name of dynasty and lineage, or other such rights. Ruminations that some of the Yemeni left have overlooked, because they see in them an appropriate and objective alternative to resisting any strict ideological expansion that corrupts the traditional components of a “pluralistic” Yemen – according to their opinion. Since the days of the Zaydi Imamiyyah, in which Imam Muhammad bin Ali al-Shawkani (born in 1173 AH and died in Sana’a 1250 AH) lived as one of the greatest scholars of the Sunnis and the Community in the Islamic East at the time, combining his appreciation of those who took knowledge from them among the senior scholars of Zaydism with his appreciation of “Ibn Taymiyyah” In support of this paradox, which explains the Yemeni character, which some consider contradictory and vacillating, we will find that Mr. Ibrahim bin Abdullah al-Houthi (born in 1187 AH and died in 1223 AH) mentioned Imam al-Shawkani in his book “Nafahat al-Amber fi Biography of Notables of the Twelfth Century” with praise and appreciation. According to this ancient harmony, the complexity and overlapping of the “Yemeni file” appears, socially, sectarian and political, nearly two centuries ago, so how about the current Yemen, which exceeds thirty million people?!

Some of the Yemeni elite may see that the “Houthi movement,” according to their point of view, is an objective equivalent to any external penetration in the ideological sense first, or the military one second. “Mr. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi” is to spend the rest of his life, as “His Eminence Sayyid Hassan” does in Lebanon, hiding in disguise, fearing assassination in every whisper of a voice that he imagines as a sniper’s bullet, or a postal envelope that he imagines as a booby-trapped letter. He did not live a normal political life like any “political leader.” Respected,” recognized around the world, meeting presidents and ambassadors under the sun, nor did he live as an “intelligence agent for some party,” hiding from view, justifying himself with a comfortable retirement in a beautiful part of the world, not fit for a wise political or religious leadership in the twenty-first century And twenty to spend her life with traditional characteristics similar to the life of “Hassan Al-Sabah” in “Alamut Castle”, or modern specifications similar to the life of “Pablo Escobar”, which ended with murder.

A review of Ali Al-Bakhiti’s “dialectical” life needs some focus, to discover that it is practicing “political surfing” at all levels, suggesting to the “unfair” that it is a “shaken – obsessive – sick – who can easily be bought…etc.” But a deep view confirms that Ali al-Bakhiti throughout his life lived and lived breathing “Yemen” as a national constant, fully believing in it, no matter how its sects and forms of clothing fluctuated. Saudi Arabia, as a neighboring country, respects it and its geopolitical space, which is why it is one of the most important “politically mature” figures that can be dealt with in the “Yemeni file.”

The author of the article visited Yemen two decades ago, for family reasons / Ahmed Abdo Abdul-Muta’ali, over eighty years old, heart disease and diabetes, member of the Socialist Party, retired from the Development Department of the Yemeni Ministry of Defense with the rank of brigadier general, and the writer’s visit was accompanied by “the real expert on Yemeni affairs.” / Muhammad Zayed Al-Alma’i”, through whom the writer got acquainted with some well-known names in the Yemeni scene, the most famous of which is the Assistant Secretary-General of the Socialist Party, the martyr Jarallah Omar – may God have mercy on him – who hosted Muhammad Zayed Al-Alla’i and the writer accompanied him in his house for the night. He received a call at night, in the presence of “Al-Lamai” and “Al-Muta’ali”, to warn him of the possibility of an assassination attempt, which the martyr received with a phrase he always repeats: “It is a word that if you do not say it, you will die, and if you say it, then say it and die” with spiritual stability, spreading reassurance those around him. At the dawn of the next day, the two (Muhammad Al-Ma’i and Mujahid Abdul-Muta’ali) asked their host’s permission, thanking him for their hospitality, and headed to the Haradh port on December 28, 2002 towards their homeland, “Saudi Arabia”, to receive the tragic news of his assassination by two bullets to the chest in front of a mass party, after Delivering his speech against corruption of all kinds at the General Conference of the Islamic Reform Party, which constituted a real tragedy for the author of the article, who had been away from Yemen for nearly two years, then returned to it, meeting with the honorable Abdulaziz Al-Maqaleh as a cultural advisor to the Presidency of the Republic. He asked him: Why did you leave us? And when the writer told him what happened, and that he was “a cowardly fear”, and he had never experienced anything like this in his life, al-Maqaleh told him: “The fearful will not return.” He added, “You are not a coward, but you are very careful.” The writer met many names that “Mohammed Zayed Al-Alma’i” knows more than some Yemenis themselves, especially that Al-Alma’i’s wife (Umm Zayed), Dr. Ibtisam Al-Mutawakil, is one of the intellectual leaders in Yemen, and the possibility of investing all of this has been lost because of the “patriotism” who are unable to Looking beyond their noses, they demanded that Muhammad Zayed Al-Almai (on social media) divorce his wife, because her decision was linked to the necessity of staying in Sanaa, as a position similar to that of “Ali Al-Bakhiti” six years ago. These “nationalists” were seen by King Abdulaziz with his eyesight nearly a hundred years ago, when he told one of his advisors: We only want the right opinion. As for those who tell us “the sheikhs are the most cynical,” we have many of them. That is why the faithful counselor answered by saying: Kings do not need those who have many enemies, but you, Your Majesty, have to accompany those who are hostile to you, until I remove the reasons for their enmity, so that they return to you as an ally and a friend.


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