Grand Mosque Imam Al-Sudais calls for normalization with Israel in Friday sermon, twitterati call him ‘Rabbi’ , ‘Hypocrite’

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By Special Correspondent

New Delhi: Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca has courted controversy   after he gave a call for  normalization of Kingdom’s relationship with Israel.

In his controversial sermon on Friday that appeared to signal he spoke on the importance for Muslims to respect other faiths and highlighted several stories about interactions between Jewish people and the Prophet Mohammed.

Imam Sudais is a senior religious leader in Saudi Arabia. He is the imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca and the president of the General Presidency for the affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

In his sermon Imam Sudais spoke at length about the prophet’s early days in Mecca and his interactions with people of different faiths. He said the Isamic community needed to “correct and purify the Islamic faith from false and suspicious beliefs.

The imam’s remarks about peaceful coexistence with other faiths are not controversial in any way, but the timing of the sermon amid geopolitical changes in the region sparked online debate.

Users on social media furiously debated the imam’s speech. Many Israeli users saw the imam’s remarks as a sign of impending change in the Saudi position on Israel. Meanwhile, Israeli media reports suggested the sermon is a clear signal of an approaching normalization agreement with Israel.

However, that the sermon was well received in Israel made supporters of a free Palestine suspicious of its intent.

“A zionist tweets, loves and praises the Imam of Makkah,” commented one social media user. Even more sarcastic, another Twitter user posted a picture of Mecca’s Grand Imam with the caption: “I am a rabbi, not an imam.”

“Very sad to see Sudais go from making dua for the Palestinian cause & praise Sh Ahmed Yassin whom he refers to as Sheikh al-Mujahid, to now praise the tyrant rulers & their strengthening of ties with Israel” wrote Umar ibn Al Khattab.

Sheikh Muhammed al-Sagheer twitted “He is paving the way for normalisation and treason from the holy Meccan pulpit”

 “Biggest hypocrite of Muslim world is Imam e Kaaba. Sudais Sermon suggests Saudi Arabia on its way to normalizing ties with Israel – The Jerusalem Post” twitted Altaf Qadir

Notably in 2017 Abdul Rahman al-Sudais claimed “Donald Trump, the US and Saudi Arabia are steering the world to peace”, in comments during a visit to New York that sparked an outcry on social media.

36 thoughts on “Grand Mosque Imam Al-Sudais calls for normalization with Israel in Friday sermon, twitterati call him ‘Rabbi’ , ‘Hypocrite’

          1. Selling their faith for a small price. What a shame. I pray that the earth opens up a d swallow all these hypocrites in shaa Allah . Amin

    1. He has to repent and make Tawba for his hypocritical statement.
      May Allah guide him and us and tryely unite our hearts and increase love and affection to our fellow muslims around the world inshallah

  1. In every Ramdhan he curse to jews state becouse they stealing Palestinian land killing innocents so on did he fergot noble Hadish that time? What a Munafeek He is this guy lost all respect in Islamic world

  2. If Israel is ready to respond by open heart, it should be always welcome but be careful, if they will back stab it will be suicidal for whole community. Israelies has to first show their intension is right and they will not ditch in future’.

  3. THE PROPHET’S SAHABA RadhiAllanhu WERE NEVER AFRAID OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH AGAINST TYRANTS EVEN IF THEIR LIFE OR PROPERTY WAS AT STAKE!

    THAT IS WHY ALLAH SWT MADE THE SAHABA THE TORCH-BEARERS OF ISLAM.

    HYPOCRITES HAVE NO RESPECT IN ISLAM EVEN IF THEY ARE MAKING JUMUAH KHUTBAH IN HARAM MUSJID OF MECCA OR MEDINA.

  4. VERY SAD ON THE PART OF SUDAIS. HE HAS INJURED THE HEARTS OF MUSLIMS. THE SH. SHOULD APPOLOGISE FROM ALL THE MUSLIMS OF WORLD.

  5. Maybe they don’t realise that these so called muslim “authorities” and state sponsored “muftis” and 100 Grand(per year) Imams live in an echo chamber. No Muslim with an ounce of intellect gives a rat’s dropping for their sermons and injunctions.

    1. I think MBS is only digging his undignified grave. The whole Saudi dynasty’s days are numbered Insha Allah. Islam will survive and prosper despite their subterranean moves to destroy it.

  6. Al Sudais has been hobnobbing with tyrants and hypocrites. Instead of him preparing for his meeting with his Lord he is busy asslicking MBS’s ass! What a tragedy. His punishment will be multiplied for selling Islam and Muslims at a ridiculously low price for the purpose of pleasing one stupid Prince.

  7. We Muslims are not against of any religion or faith, but Allah clearly say in Quran that they can’t be yours , how good you are with them they will stab you. Misery is that Muslim rulers are now deaf dumb and blind thinking of themselves not for their country men or the Ummah.

  8. The Scholars cannot coincide with the rulers as they have their vested interest. ‘Sheikh’ sudais should fear the day of accountability in Allah’s Court. Should never misuse the Frieay sermons. May Allah guide him.

  9. ہی شیخ حرم ہے جو چُرا کر بیچ کھاتا ہے
    گلیمِ بوزر و دلقِ اویس و چادرِ زہرا

    The famous Poet of the East, Dr. Iqbal (RA) has said the above verse about Sheikhs like Al Sudais!
    These nonsenses have nothing to do with Islam. These munafiqin have a garb of Islam. He remembers the good treatment meted out to the Jews in general. But this nonsensse has forgotten the treatment meted out to Banu Nuzair and Banu Quraiza!
    Nonsense of the first water!

  10. ہی شیخ حرم ہے جو چُرا کر بیچ کھاتا ہے
    گلیمِ بوزر و دلقِ اویس و چادرِ زہرا

    The famous Poet of the East, Dr. Iqbal (RA) has said the above verse about Sheikhs like Al Sudais!
    These nonsenses have nothing to do with Islam. These munafiqin have a garb of Islam. He remembers the good treatment meted out to the Jews in general. But this nonsensse has forgotten the treatment meted out to Banu Nuzair and Banu Quraiza!
    Nonsense of the first water!

  11. All Saudi ruling elite, including their so called imams are TEMPLARS in disguise- shave their heads and you will see a tattooed cross

  12. Subhana llah how can imam from grand mosque spoke like he don’t know what Israel doing to our brothers and sisters in Palestine even if he said prophet was live with Jews in good nop bt when kafir kill Muslim prophet was never accepted so sudais and other imams in Mecca u have done big mistake becoz they afraid of king they can’t stand with haqq that why every day people are killed in Saudi in the house as a maid raped by their boss bt imams shut their mouth addunia mataaghul ghurur subhana llah.

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