Saudi Arabia Imprisons Renowned Female Scholar For Teaching Qur’an At Home

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Image result for quranThe authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have arrested well-known religious scholar Aisha Al-Muhajiri.

The scholar was arrested because she has continued to preach and teach the Qur’an at her home in the holy city of Makkah Al Mukarramah.

The 65-year-old was said to have been detained by “20 members of the Saudi General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).”

According to the Prisoners of Conscience, which reports on the kingdom’s arrest and suppression of public figures and activists, two other women were arrested alongside Al-Muhajiri.

“One of the two women is around 80 years old, while the family of the other woman declined to reveal any information about her,” the group said.

Following their arrests, it was alleged that anyone who asks about the detentions or charges also faces arrest, including Al-Muhajiri’s children.

“We confirm that the sons of the renowned preacher Aisha Al-Muhajiri were threatened with imprisonment when they asked about her after she was imprisoned,” said the Prisoners of Conscience.

The authorities are alleged to have said, “We’ll arrest anyone asking about her.”

The group has disclosed that Al-Muhajiri is being held in Dhahban Central Prison near the coastal city of Jeddah.

Several scholars, activists, and critics of the Saudi regime have been arrested over the past few years.

Even highly-regarded and well-known clerics have been detained simply for commenting on current affairs or government policy, including Aid Al-Qarni, Ali Al-Omari, Salman al-Ouda, Safar Al-Hawali, and Omar Al-Muqbil.

Many are known as reformists and are thus seen as a threat by the Saudi Crown Prince and de facto sovereign, Mohammed Bin Salman (MbS).

His crackdown on Islamic scholars who have long been a major voice in the kingdom represents efforts to curb their influence.

MbS’s foreign policy initiatives and his strenuous efforts to modernize Saudi Arabia have been specific targets for critics.

Even overseas scholars have not escaped under the crackdown.

The Saudi authorities arrested Aimidoula Waili from China’s persecuted Muslim Uyghur minority in November at the Chinese government’s request.

Having already been detained in Xinjiang years ago before escaping to Turkey, Waili is reported to be at risk of being deported to China.

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