A part of Saudi community has acted quite aggressively towards the steps taken by Saudi heir Prince Suleman. Back to back, the previously conservative society’s transition into a more flexible form has created a storm across the Internet. Luxury beaches where women are allowed to wear bikinis, DJ nights and allowing women to dress as they like without forcing Hijab on them has met critical response especially from a rigid segment of the clergy.
One of them is Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, one of the Imams in the Grand Mosque Makkah. Al Shuraim is known for raising voice against Saudi royal family’s policies that he feels are repugnant to Islam. The new modifications and steps towards modernization concerned him and he was using his Twitter influence to raise voice against them.
Al-Shuraim has had some prominent positions in the past as well and is perceived as a highly qualified and reliable asset. He has held several senior academic positions and has served as Dean and specialist professor at Makkah Umm Al-Qura University. Due to his extensive knowledge in the field of Islamic Jurisprudence, he is also a judge at High Court in the holy city.
Contrary to him, his fellow Imam at Grand Mosque that houses the sacred Kaaba, Sheikh Abdul Rehman As-Sudais is quite loyal to the royal family. He supports their policies and is denounced for his blind support, while Al-Shuraim is praised by the Muslim community inside Saudi and across the world for his rigid stance and fearless resistance against Anti-Islam rules by the royals. The new development has sparked a contrasting reaction while the majority is calling out Saudi royals for their changed priority.
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