Bigotry and ignorance in the name of God

Shaikh Saleh Al-Fawzan

By Dr. Aslam Abdullah

Shaikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, who would turn 90 in 2023, is an Islamic scholar associated with several high religious bodies in Saudi Arabia. He is an iconic figure in the Salafi movement in Saudi Arabia. His influence on Muslims, especially in the United States and India, is immense. Many Muslims consider him a towering Islamic scholar in the image of Ibn Taymiyah or Imam Ahmed Hanbal.


His followers uploaded one of his sermons on youtube, condemning protest rallies and demonstrations of any kind and describing them sinful and haram (not permitted in the faith of Islam). The ideas presented were in response to the Arab Spring and the Arab movements for democracy.

He described demonstrations haram in Islam as “from the deen (faith) of Kuffar and not from the faith of Islam.” He explained that enemies of Islam enter the ranks of Muslims to destroy their unity through demonstrations and hold them responsible for the chaos, bloodshed, violence, and destruction in the Muslim world. He said that non-Muslims and delusional Muslim youth are responsible for organizing these unIslamic demonstrations.  He urged the Muslim youth to appeal to the rulers and the court to bring about changes in society. He also asked Muslims to shun the evil machine (internet) to save their families.

The Salafi movement in the US used his views to condemn Black Lives Matter rallies and India’s demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act.  In the US, they argued that communists, lesbians, and gays were behind the movement, and in India, they argued that Saudi Arabia is supportive of Modi.  In both countries, they condemned Muslims participating in demonstrations and protest rallies.

Al-Fawzan is a controversial figure because of his ideas. He is a defender of slavery. In 2003, he said, “slavery is a part of Islam … Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long as Islam.”  He dismissed its exponents, saying, “They are ignorant, not scholars. … Whoever says such things is an infidel.”

In May 2016,  he said,  “Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity – not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything.”

Saleh al-Fawzan is like a father figure by MbS. A month before the Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, al-Fawzan put out a fatwa calling for the killing of critics of the Saudi state.

Al-Fawzan calls  Shias “unbelievers” who “lie about God, his prophet, and the consensus of Muslims”.

None of what Al-Fawza says originates from either the Quran or the authentic lifestyle of the Prophet, the two fundamental sources of Islam. Neither God nor the Prophet ever condemned demonstration or protests. They did not defend slavery, and they did not declare taking pictures prohibited. They also did not denounce the supporters of Ali, the son-in-law of the Prophet.

His ideas are rooted in his tribalism and submission to the Saudi monarchs.

Islam calls for action against injustice. Prophet Muhammad advises Muslims to stand against it based on their ability to oppose. The Prophet often stood for justice along with his companions against its violators.

The Quran says: “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it is against yourselves, parents, and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be fair. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. (4:135)

It is an obligation upon every believing man and woman to stand against injustice. Discrimination against people based on their race, religion, color, caste, and staus is injustice. Blacks are the victims of biases and discrimination in all cultures and religious communities. Anyone who prevents people from joining movements for justice support racism and bigotry. Al-Fawzan’s supporters are preventing people from participating in rallies for human dignity. They are defying God and his messenger, and they dare to claim that they are the faithful.


  1. Only exposing these hypocrite not enough, how deeply their unholy existence penetrated in the muslim population of the world. Example lacs of people offered prayers in Assam, Turkman gate, madrasa sanabuli.
    This coupling can’t be broken by your single article though.
    How sad ! Iman madina Jasim and Sudais visited Asia and Far East just after bringing down democratically elected Egyptian Government by Saudi sponsored Alsisi.
    The visit was motivated and arranged by Deoband and Salafist Ahle Hadees of India. Why Zakir Naik still busy in Saudization of Islam even after denial of shelter by KSA. How Ahle Hadees and small Dawa groups in India is run by dirty money flowing through KSA. How Deoband harmed Musllims during Congress rule All these parasites should be exposed. The other side too is fake Sufists. They have politicised Sufism. Those using filthy words in hate speeches under pretence of Anti Wahabi do not qualify for Sufism or Spirituality.

    • Common sense in Islam:

      Gain knowledge yourself and only take the last Prophet Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wassalam as leader , teacher and ideal…

      Don’t be misled following these Kurdoglu moulvis without Ijmaa-consensus .
      Remain Just Muslims as Ahlul Sunnah wal Jamaah….the Non-Aligned Muslims and you will be safe….

      P.S…We respect Shias as human beings and misled Muslims, and always try to educate them with historical facts rather than false stories, to try to bring them to right path of Islam collectively and individually.

  2. islam liveing in 14 the century-

    and muslims takeing pride in it.
    abu bakar baghdadi-slavery is part of islam- so is beheading of prisoners.
    criticism of profet is blasphemy-punishable by death.

    sunshine stories- a few poor, white women convert to islam- forced to do so by their husbands.

    no criticism by muslims who have locked a million of their poor in china
    is pakistans iron brother.liers.hypocrites.west can buy any muslim leader-many muslims will do anything to be allowed into white countries. stopped at the gate.

      • Absolutely true..
        Sanghi hate-jealousy counters with falsehood always..
        Reference: “Riddles of Hinduism” by Dr B R Ambedkar.

        • @lying lulli hindu gutter rat,

          So you’re a racist as well? Im not surprised since Hindus are very racist. Its funny how you call people “niggers” but are probably blacker then my shoe.

          We don’t care about racist Danes. If they hate Muslims, they definitely hate smelly Hindu shits like you far more. Hindu RSS dogs love to lick the white racists asses.

          You don’t live in Denmark. You can’t even spell it properly. You’re a RSS bhangi living in a gau shalla with an internet connection

          Why don’t you put your address up? We’ll see who how tough you are once a Muslim foot is up your kali gaand hahahahaha

    • Wrong again, lulli RSS monkey,

      Hindu gutter rats are living in 5000 BC, a primitive backward satanic cult where cannabalism, eating cow shit and drinking cow urine is standard practice. Your comments are as usual Hindu lies.

      Hinduism is a criminal intolerant filthy Brahmin ideology, not a religion. Thats why so many “low caste” Hindus leave and convert to Islam.

      Your hatred and jealously of Islam is natural because you are a filthy pagan creature who believes in monkeys, cows and elephants 330000000 “gods.”

      Hinduism is anti-women, thats why Hindu women seek Muslim men. White women convert to Islam as opposed to Hinduism which promotes gang rape, slavery and animalistic behavior.

  3. No sheik fawzan is not wrong.
    The slavery of Jahiliyyah was in fact to be abolished and
    only slavery due to war was the ruling and
    even dealing with them the prophet specified
    in a hadith in Bukhari: It was narrated that Abu
    Dharr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
    The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings
    of Allaah be upon him) said: “They(slaves) are
    your brothers whom Allaah has put under your
    authority, so if Allaah has put a person’s brother
    under his authority, let him feed him from what
    he eats and clothe him from what he wears, and
    let him not overburden him with work, and if he
    does overburden him with work, then let him
    help him.”
    So let’s not create division among the Ummah
    by saying Refutation this or that and try to get
    the context before any of this. And Allah and his
    Rasool know best.
    Do research dr sahab.

  4. And coming to the topic of protests or demonstrations

    Words of sheik fawzan


    Topic : The prohibition of demonstrations

    It is widespread among the families, among the women, among the people and in the homes via the internet, a call to demonstrations.

    And the demonstrations are harám as they are not from the deen of Islâm but only from the deen of kuffår not deen of Islâm in any way.

    As a result of it’s evil consequences such as chaos and mobbing without limits.

    The enemies and bigots enter via the demonstrations to take advantage,they initiate this and blow in it in order to split the unity of muslims.

    And damage to islamic countries and Muslims

    The demonstrations include bloodsed, chaos, looting and robbery……….

    We are muslims so we take from the book of Allah and not from the law of kuffars

  5. You must rename your portal SHIA mirror, Barelavi, kadri mirror
    Your portal is not deveseve to be called mislim mirror you are spreading hatred in India by provoking in the name of some gulf sects will see to ban it

  6. Trash!
    Whatever you are talking is utter nonsense. Shame on you. Who have you a PhD? You should be stripped of it.

  7. I think this article is full of ignorance and misguided philosophy. Firstly the Prophet told us not to protest our rulers, even if he beats us. Secondly as a decedent of African slaves in America, the Prophet encourages freeing of slaves not abolishing slavery. Thirdly picture taking is haram because the Prophet stated the statue maker Allah will command him to bring that statue to life, just as Allah gave us life and the person will not be able to do it. Shi’ites are disbelievers because they revile the sahabah and the mothers of Islam. May Allah guide us all.

  8. Well done to the brothers and sisters especially our revert sister who speak the truth from all these others the kuffar Shia who are not Muslim at all they are Majoos who worship fire and the Hindus who worship the cow and eat cow shit

    Shaykh ul Islam Muhammad ibn
    Abdul Wahhab saved Islam because some Muslims

    Returned to doing
    Shirk and Kufr there is no such thing as Wahhabisim the filthy Jews Christians and Shia

    Kuffaar made up these great lies


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