Sudais with Arnoud Van Doorn, the Dutch Islamophobe who recently converted to Islam. I am sure Sudais comments will ‘secure’ his new faith…
Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais is the Wahhabi appointee for the Imam of Mecca mosque by the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs. This is Islam’s holiest site and it means that as well as his Quran recitations being coveted throughout the Muslim world and selling millions, he leads Muslims in prayer when they undertake their sacred pilgrimages to Mecca.
His Wikipedia page tells us that he has spoken out against extremism and suicide bombing. More on that later, but he clearly forgot when he said this about the assassination of Sheikh Ramadhan Al Bouti (along with around fifty other people) during a sermon in a mosque (of all places) by a suicide bomber:
The following are some of his comments (For those who can read Arabic, I have put the news agency below)
Every believer should rejoice as this is glad tidings وهذا مما يستبشر به كل مؤمن ويفرح
Sheikh al-buti was the head of ahli bid’a and dhalalah (deviance) فالبوطي كان من رؤوس أهل البدع والضلال
He is a mujahid in the name of The Devil فهو مجاهد في سبيل الشيطان بلسانه وبيانه
He is the imam of deviants and evil/deviance lessened due to his death من أئمة الضلال، الذين يخف الضلال والشر بموتهم
Now we Muslims, extremely unfairly, get a hard time for being ‘violent fanatics and terrorists’ and the BBC has lately even taken to talking about ‘Islamic terrorism’. It is also abundantly clear that both suicide and killing of non-combatants (and killing by fire) are expressly, comprehensively & irrevocably forbidden in Islam.
But Muslims have to expect criticism when no less than the Imam of Mecca says that it is the duty of every believer to rejoice in the fact that an 84 year – old man has been killed in a suicide attack along with fifty others. We will leave the stuff about speaking ill of the dead alone as that pales into insignificance next to the massive own – goal that his ‘rejoicing’ in the death of a pensioner in a terrorist attack represents (though here is a sample: “When a friend of yours (brother etc.) dies, leave him and do not backbite him, do not expose their secrets (belittle him e.g.do not say he was bad, and did such and such etc)“ (Abu Daud, 49, IV /275) .
Before people start saying that this is ‘justified'(!) since Al – Bouti was allegedly supporting Assad’s regime (he was not and even if he was, that does not justify suicide attacks), then they need to realise that they too have just supported suicidal terrorism, thus giving gravity to the worst caricatures of Islamophobes (as ‘Imam’ Sudais has done).
Unsurprisingly, the comments have not been widely reported: from the ‘Wahhabis’ for obvious reason and by the West due to the issue of Salafist support for the Syrian insurgency and their ambivalence towards an apparent supporter of the regime.
The incident also demonstrates how the ‘Dawah’ organisations in the U.K are in fact actually mostly directed towards making Muslims ‘feel good’ and not towards always towards clarifying & refuting misconceptions about Islam: Not one of them has spoken out explaining Sudais’ comments or tried exonerating Islam from his gaffe. Because, you know, the Imam of Mecca supporting a terrorist strike (and even the head of Syrian opposition called it thus and decried it) has no bearing on the perception of Islam does it!?
It is all the more embarrassing that the Dutch convert Arnoud Van Doorn, whose conversion resulted in much celebration in the Muslim world, regretted his prejudiced opinion of Muslims and on his pilgrimage received a copy of the Quran from Sudais (pictured above). I wonder how he will feel about his prejudices when he hears of Sudais’ outburst?
Sudais’ ‘Wikipedia’ page sheds more light on this disturbing and unhinged individual; it says ”Al-Sudais has called for efforts to combat terrorism, discussed ways to combat terrorism, and has preached Islam’s opposition to “explosions and terrorism”.
Yeah, combat it by ‘rejoicing’ in it’s outcome.
Interestingly, the article then contradicts itself and shames Sudais:
”Al-Sudais has been described as an antisemite for publicly praying to God to ‘terminate’ the Jews, and as a result has been barred from conferences in the United States and been refused entry to Canada…In a May 2003 interview with NBC‘s Tim Russert, the foreign policy adviser to the Saudi crown prince, Adel al-Jubeir, confirmed al-Sudais’s statements, agreed that they were “clearly not right”, and stated that he was reprimanded, but was still allowed to preach. He also said that “if he [Sudais] had a choice he would retract these words – he would not have said these words.” Al-Sudais not only attacked Jews, but other non-Muslims as well, such as Hindus and Christians…Ware pointed out the discrepancy between Sudais’s sermons to Saudis with his speech to Western audiences.”
With Imams like these, who needs enemies!?
If people now accuse the Wahhabis’ scholarly elites of advocating that the best way of dealing with ones’ dissenters is by killing them, they only have themselves, and Sudais, to blame.