On September 4th, a sermon delivered by Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca appears to be interpreted as a sort of interlude towards normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
In his sermon, Sudais said that Islam requires Muslims to respect non-Muslims and treat them well.
He pointed out that Prophet Mohammed “performed ablution from a polytheistic water bottle and died while his shield was mortgaged to a Jew.”
السديس تحدث في خطبته عن أهمية التطبيع مستشهداً بأدلة بعيدة عن معناها و مضللة ولم يتحدث عن حرق المساجد و المصاحف و إساءة لنبينا الكريم في أوروبا قلنا لكم و لا زلنا نقول أنتم مجرد دمى أمريكية صهيونية لعنكم الله و حشركم معهم #السديس #التطبيع_خيانة #إلا_رسول_الله pic.twitter.com/lWfNWCGwab
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The photograph’s caption reads “I am a Rabbi, not an Imam.”
According to Sudais, the prophet was so good to his Jewish neighbor that the latter converted to Islam.
Sudais also talked about the need to “correct and purify the Islamic faith from false and suspicious beliefs.”
He had previously urged for peaceful inter-faith dialogue and preached Islam’s opposition to “explosions and terrorism.”
US President Donald Trump, when the UAE and Israel signed a normalization deal, predicted that other Arab states would soon follow suit.
The Emirates became only the third Arab country in history to recognize Israel, after Egypt and Jordan.
Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner said that Jerusalem (since it recognizes it as Israel’s capital) and Riyadh will ‘do great things together,’ despite silence from Saudis on the normalization between the UAE and Israel.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Israeli flights into its airspace. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan recently said the kingdom was open to establishing relations with Israel on condition that a peace agreement is reached between Israel and the Palestinians.
Reportedly, during an American delegation’s visit at Riyadh on September 2nd, headed by special White House advisor Jared Kushner, a proposal for a triangle accord between Israel, Saudi and the US was suggested, similar in fashion to the recent Kosovo-Israel announcement.
Sudais’s words sparked a wave of protests on social media, where many Arabs and Muslims claimed he was paving the way for Saudi Arabia to follow suit with the United Arab Emirates and establish relations with Israel.
Egyptian Islamic scholar Mohammed al-Sagheer accused the Saudi cleric of hypocrisy.
“He is paving the way for normalization and treason,” Sagheer commented.
Islamic cleric Muhammad al-Shinqiti of Mauritania accused Sudais of exploiting the podium of the Grand Mosque in Mecca to promote normalization with Israel.
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