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Saudi regime detains top Shia scholar in Eastern Province

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Saudi regime detains top Shia scholar in Eastern Province

Saudi regime's security forces have arrested a prominent Shia cleric over his anti-regime comments as Riyadh continues its crackdown on the minority sect.

Media reports said on Tuesday that security forces arrested Ayatollah Hussein al-Radhi shortly after he led prayers in the al-Ahsa oasis region of Eastern Province.

The detention came after the senior cleric wrote an article in which he criticized the House of Saud for jailing and executing critics and dissidents, including Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr who was beheaded in January.  

Al-Radi had also infuriated the monarchy by denouncing the ongoing deadly Saudi airstrikes which have claimed lives of more than 8,000 civilians in Yemen

Riyadh has been under fire from international organizations and rights groups over the rising number of civilian casualties in Yemen. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has recently said that Saudi Arabia and its allies may be committing crimes against humanity due to their indiscriminate killing of civilians in Yemen.

The senior cleric had also strongly denounced a decision by the Saudi-led [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council to brand Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Saudi Arabia has been denounced by rights groups for its grave human rights abuses and harsh crackdown on all forms of dissent.

The Shia-dominated Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.

Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners. They want an end to economic and religious discrimination against the region. 

Reports on protests in Qatif are scant, as Saudi authorities allow foreign news media to visit the region only if accompanied by government officials, claiming it is to ensure journalists' safety. 

Shia Muslims have long complained of entrenched discrimination in a country where the semi-official Wahhabi school condones violence against them.

They face abuse from Wahhabi clerics, rarely get permits for places of worship and seldom get senior public sector jobs. Shia religious centers have also been target of a series of terror attacks across the region over the past few months.

Those basic complaints have over the years been aggravated by what residents across the Shia-majority call a heavy-handed security measures against their community

They accuse the authorities of unfair detentions and punishments, shooting unarmed protesters and torturing suspects.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/03/22/457060/Saudi-Arabia-Shia-Ayatollah-Hussein-alRadi-Eastern-Province-Sheikh-Nimr-alNimr/

 

Saudi Shia Cleric Jailed for Remarks in Support of Iran, Hezbollah

Ayatollah Hussein al-Radhi, a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia, was arrested by regime forces after a recent speech in support of Iran and the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, local reports said.

In his recent remarks in a mosque in the al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Ayatollah Radhi had denounced the Saudi-led Persian Gulf Cooperation Council’s recent move to put Hezbollah on its so-called terror list, saying the Lebanese group’s crime is to fight against the Zionist regime of Israel and Takfiri militants from the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

He further described Israel as the enemy of Muslims and called on Riyadh to stop its hostilities toward Hezbollah and Iran and to unite with the two against the Tel Aviv regime.

The top cleric went on to say that Saudi Arabia should avoid interfering in the internal affairs of Yemen, Syria, Libya and Bahrain and “leave them alone”.

Riyadh has been under fire from international organizations and rights groups over its heinous crimes in Yemen and its meddling in the affairs of several other Arab countries.

Media reports said on Tuesday that security forces arrested Ayatollah Radhi shortly after he led prayers in al-Ahsa.

The cleric had also written an article criticizing the Al Saud for jailing and executing critics and dissidents, including Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr who was beheaded in January.

The Shiite-dominated Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.

Protesters have been demanding reforms, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners. They want an end to economic and religious discrimination against the region.

http://en.abna24.com/service/middle-east-west-asia/archive/2016/03/24/742900/story.html

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1 hour ago, Dhulfikar said:

If they keep speaking like this, they will get jailed and killed. Taqiyah is wajib for them in such a situation, why go against it?

I don't disagree in theory, people should take more precaution in certain situations in places where life is cheap. However this didn't seem to be one of those situations, the shaykh was just expressing his opinion, he wasn't calling for the over throw of the state, the Saudi regime have made a series of questionable moves over the last few months this is just a cheap bullying tactic by them in order to silence any voice raised against they policies.

It could be taken as an indication as to how fragile they are feeling right now, look how long they left shaykh Nimr in freedom and his speeches were much more provocative and emotion steering. But they arrest a peaceful man like shaykh al-Radhi, a man who is always calling for moderation, dialogue and understanding between the sects over a few comments that most people are thinking?

 

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asa,

 

they are offering their blood for the din of abu abdallah hussayn as, during the Iraqi imposed war, Iranian sent boys as young as 7 to the battlefield they would run at tanks and throw generades, and than try to run back, most became shahdid. in Nigeria 3,000 gave their lives. if the Saudi keeping killing shia the whoile wold will know there tyranny. that is th mind sent.

 

a better idea might be to organize milltas for jihad in a guerilla warfare style againist the the umar of the time, king salaman la, even if many die or a non salafi sunni government gets in power it would be better than whats there now.

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Salaam,

This is so sad. Every year we hear of so many shia lives lost. So many scholars and their families who've put themselves at risk for the sake of Haq. Recently Ayatollah Ibrahim Zakzaky was imprisoned by the Nigerian gov.t and what was his crime? Converting 400,000+ individuals to Shia Islam. And a couple days ago in the same region where Zakzaky comes from 86+ children were (astaughfiruallh) burned alive by terrorists. It breaks my heart to see and hear such things. We all have many thoughts, questions, and opinions, but what matters most is our prayers for the hifazat of our children, women, and men who are suffering each day in other nations. May Allah grant those innocent children jannath e firdaus. May we always keep shias of other nations in our minds and in our prayers. 

Wasalaam'

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On 3/31/2016 at 4:23 PM, Dhulfikar said:

If they keep speaking like this, they will get jailed and killed. Taqiyah is wajib for them in such a situation, why go against it?

Because it's 2016.. Taqiyyah even though has helped many in the past, shouldn't really be and option in todays era of Internet and different media outlets. It is because the disorganization of the Shias especially in the west that is the root cause of the silence on the Shias of the east unheard suffering. Don't count on BBC or such outlets to even blink twice in our direction.

We should be tackling such issues ourselves and fighting them head on through the media but yet here we are bickering over who the right Ayatollah is and praying for Iran to intervene (Believe me Iran have done a massive favor with the creation of Hezbollah and the Shia Militias of the East, but don't expect an armed uprising every second).

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