The video of a Saudi Imam getting arrested from the pulpit during the Friday sermon has gone viral, giving Saudiphobes a new bashing tool.
The descriptions say, ‘he was cursing Jews so was he arrested’, ‘he spoke against Government’s corruption so was he arrested’, ‘he spoke against Government’s decision on Cinema, so was he arrested’.
How do you even know what he was speaking?
Can you show me the duration spot in the video where he was cursing the Jews or speaking against the corruption of Government?
Official spokesperson of Ministry of Islamic Affairs of Madinah Abdulmajid bin Ghaleb bin Mohammedi said, “this is what happened at Al-Jabriya mosque in Yanbu Al-Bahr, the mosque administration in Yanbu governorate reported that at 12:35 pm, a mentally disabled person attempted to deliver the sermon at Al-Jabriya Mosque. Competent authorities immediately pulled him down, and then Friday prayers and sermons were held by the official Khatib of the mosque.”
GulfNews tweets reporting it to be a case of “Unauthorized” preaching.
al-Marsd.com reports, Police was called after preacher refused to step down. He was investigated if he held any ulterior motives. However he was released after finding him mentally unstable.
It’s a norm in Saudi that the preacher holds a Bataqa or permit to preach publicly. Unauthorized preachers are not allowed come hell or highwater to ascend the pulpit.
This law preserves the essence of religion to preach what abides by Quran and the Prophetic traditions, protects spreading of heresies, it bars the oppurtunist preachers from exploiting the position to spread sedition, dissent and extremism.
Next time when a fool forwards you this message, send him back the Ayat of Quran where Allah says:
وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ ۖ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَىٰ أُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنْبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ ۗ وَلَوْلَا فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَتُهُ لَاتَّبَعْتُمُ الشَّيْطَانَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا
When there comes to them some matter touching (public) safety or fear, they *SPREAD* it, if only they had referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have understood it from them (directly). Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah upon you, you would have followed Shaitan (Satan), save a few of you. (An-Nisa 4:83)