Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi said, “They (Saudi authorities) have arrested a number of senior Shiite (figures) and even a prosecutor has demanded execution for one of them who is a renowned scholar called Sheikh al-Nimr… Muslims will not keep silent regarding the demand for the execution of Sheikh Nimr.” Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi also lambasted Riyadh’s recent move to detain a number of people on charges of links to Iran, describing it as a ploy to ease the mounting pressure on the despotic rule of the Al Saud regime and to stop the sweeping wave of Islamic Awakening in the region. “The Saudi regime…has started such a show and said it has found a new spy cell to divert public opinion and blame all problems on Shiites and trigger a communal conflict.” He also denounced Saudi authorities’ conduct toward Iranian pilgrims, saying the holy sites in Saudi Arabia belong to all Muslims, and are not “private property” in possession of the ruling Al Saud (royal) family, proposing that the affairs of the holiest Muslim sites in Saudi Arabia should be monitored by a committee mandated by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Senior cleric warns Saudi Arabia over ill treatment of Shiites
- Published: 106 days ago on Thursday, 4 April 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: April 4, 2013 @ 12:48 pm
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