SHAFAQNA – Under order of the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia government closed down the Twitter account of Mecca’s highest religious authority: Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, imam in the Grand Mosque AlKhaleejonline.com confirmed.
Al-Shuraim openly criticised royals for what he viewed as religious infringements on Islam.
The Imam was born in Riyadh in 1964. He has held several senior academic positions, including the Dean and Specialist Professor at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca. He is also a judge at the High Court in the Holy City.
His fellow Imam at the Grand Mosque, which houses the Sacred Ka’aba, is Sheikh Abdul Rahman As-Sudais, who is loyal to the policies of the Saudi royal family. While Al-Shuraim has been praised by Muslims within and beyond the Kingdom over his courageous stances, Al-Sudais has been criticised for his “blind” support for the ruling House of Saud, which is regarded by many as irreligious.
A growing divide has formed of late in between Saudi Arabia’s deep religious state and Muhammad bin Salman’s rule.