As al-Quds burns, pro-MBS Saudi cleric focuses on… clean socks
This comes as Friday’s sermons in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia kept silent on Jerusalem even as “days of rage” were called across the Arab and Muslim worlds for the occupied city.
“Jerusalem is lost and you are talking about socks,” one commented on Sheikh Arifi’s socks tweet.
Others were upset because Arifi posted what appears to be woman’s stockings.Arifi himself is a prolific social media personality, posting on Facebook and tweeting on a daily basis to thousands of digital disciples. Apart from preaching the Salafist interpretation of Islam, he is known to regularly weigh in on the social and political issues du jour.
Saudi Arabia has ordered media outlets in the kingdom to not focus “too much attention” on Washington’s controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sources have said.
The Saudi royal court sent a “severe warning” to bosses of newspapers and television and radio stations this week about the issue which has sparked protests across the Arab world, sources told The New Arab on Thursday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, they added that the directive ordered media to instead “take aim at Iran and other regional countries” in its coverage.
US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday in a move that has outraged Palestinians and drawn near universal condemnation.
Trump also began the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Saudi royal court on Thursday slammed Trump’s “unjustified and irresponsible” decision, in a surprise move that will likely embarrass Riyadh’s leadership.
The Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars – the kingdom’s most senior religious body – also released a statement, “confirming the great status of Jerusalem” in the Muslim world.
But some commentators considered the council’s comments disappointing as it lacked clear criticism of Trump, a close ally of the kingdom’s ruling echelons, who authorised the move.