‘You, slaves of United States’: Man Questions Saudi Imam Lecturing on Peace in Geneva

Published July 3rd, 2018 - 11:59 GMT
The Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman Sudais had been under attack several times for his support to the Saudi government policies, including war on Yemen. (AFP/File Photo)
The Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman Sudais had been under attack several times for his support to the Saudi government policies, including war on Yemen. (AFP/File Photo)

A video went viral on social media for the Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman Sudais being confronted by an Algerian lawyer and activist at the Islamic Center in Geneva during a lecture on peace and Saudi Arabia’s efforts on achieving peace alongside the United States.

The Algerian man who was later identified as Yakhlef Salah Eddin, called out the Imam saying: “How do you lecture us on peace and security while you are causing hunger to our brothers in Yemen and Qatar?” 

The man continued shouting while raising his voice trying to make sure the imam can hear him. “He comes to lecture us on peace while he is giving fatwas on the allowance of killing our people in Yemen, exactly as Iranians did.”

“You, slaves of the US. We won’t obey you from this moment. You are the preachers of falsehood.”

The man added: “How come Saudi Arabia and US are leading world countries toward peace? While the US is occupying every country?”

Last September the same Imam claimed that the US President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia were “steering the world to peace” during a visit he made to New York. He also said that his country and the US are the “poles of influence in the world”.

Many people gather around the questioner urging him to stop, but he refused to stay silent over the injustice of those who “glorify kings over their people”, as he said.

The video was shared hundreds of times on social media with mixed reactions, yet mostly were supporting the man views saluting his courage to express the truth.

Hassan tweeted expressing his support to the Algerian man’s views.

Another account based in Bangladesh tweeted by criticizing how many imams use their position to become pawns to their governments.

Another video was shared on social media showing a close camera to the imam while trying to leave the place amid turmoil and security protection.

However, there were people claiming conspiracies behind the video, suggesting it was arranged earlier.

Translation: “This man had his speech prepared earlier, the video recording is also in high resolution. He is supported [by anonymous parties], and then he claims he is not from the brotherhood, come on man!”


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