By Muslim Mirror Staff
Adil al-Kalbani, former Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca, appeared in a promotional video clip for a combat game event as part of the Riyadh Season 2021. The 62-year-old appeared dressed in military uniform and leading a battle in the video.
Al-Kalbani was the first Imam of Islami’s holiest mosque from the black community. In 2008, he was selected by King Abdullah to lead taraweeh prayers at the mosque. He has been at the centre of various controversies for his views on music, Shias and Salafism.
The promotional video of the ‘Combat Field’ event was shared by Saudi Arabia’s Entertainment Authority chief, Turki Al Sheikh on Twitter. The same was re-tweeted by him with the caption, “Do you think I can go to Hollywood?”
ظنك يمدي اروح لهوليود؟😂 https://t.co/bfK9SD8li4
— عادل بن سالم الكلباني (@abuabdelelah) November 18, 2021
Muslims from across the world have expressed their disappointment over steps taken by al-Kalbani. In the past too, he has faced strong criticism from Islamic scholars for his views on music.
In a fatwa, al-Kalbani considered singing to be permissible under Islamic law, but retracted it in 2010. In 2019, he backtracked on his retraction and again considered it permissible.
A religious singing event was attended by him in 2015. A flute was purportedly used.