A video of a man criticizing the Imam of Mecca's Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, went viral on social media last week, as the imam was questioned on his views on Yemen and Qatar.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A video of a man criticizing the Imam of Mecca's Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, went viral on social media last week, as the imam was questioned on his views on Yemen and Qatar.
The Saudi Imam was bombarded with questions from an audience member, who asked him: “How can you lecture us about peace while you boycott and starve your brothers in Yemen and Qatar?”
The audience member starts by saying “may God be with you,” before adding, “I have a question.”
Sudais, who had been giving a talk on security at the Swiss mosque, can be seen trying to leave without responding to the criticizer, while listeners gather around the questioner.
The man also had questions for Sudais on his support for coups in Algeria, Egypt and Turkey, calling him a “preacher of falsehood”. Social media users were quick to support the heckling as the video quickly spread amongst users.
While Sudais ignored the audience member, this is not the first time his views have caused controversy.
He sparked outrage in September last year, after claiming that US President Donald Trump, the US and Saudi Arabia were “steering the world to peace”, in comments during a visit to New York that sparked outrage on social media.
He said in a TV interview with Saudi channel Al Ekhbariya that Saudi Arabia and the United States are the "poles of influence in the world".
They are "steering the world and humanity to the ports of security, peace and prosperity," he added, claiming that the two countries should unite to "combat terrorism" and to "realise security and international peace".
The criticizer questioned Sudais on these comments, asking: “How can America and the Saudi Arabia lead the nations of the world towards peace and stand over people in peace?”
Since 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has conducted an aerial bombing campaign over Yemen, aimed at countering the Houthi fighters and supporting the government of fugitive President Abd Mansour Hadi.
More than 9,200 civilians have been killed in Yemen since March 2015, when the Saudi-led military coalition intervened in the war.