The Saudi morality police are back in the news with another attack on free speech and the free exercise of religion. The Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) police arrested a man who believed that he could see Muhammad and believed that he was walking among us. It is an expression of faith but in Saudi Arabia you must believe what the government believes or face arrest or even death.
The teacher and former principal told others on a video that he sat next to Muhammad on a bed a Madinah hotel and that the Prophet walks around with his daughter Fatima. He also said that a lack of love for the Prophet is the reason why other Muslims cannot see him.
That was enough for the head of the Haia, Sheikh Abdullateef Al-Asheikh, and this minions of morality monitors. He simply wanted a video’s authenticity confirmed but if the man expressed such religious beliefs, he would be prosecuted . . . in the name of religion. It is just another day under the medieval Sharia legal system.
The video shows that others were interested in his views, but the Saudi government criminally punishes those with different views. They called him a deceiver and spreading lies.
The denial of free speech and religious rights was supported by the imam of Quba Mosque, Dr. Masoud Al-Mohammadi, who said that Islam has no tolerance for superstitions and myths. In the ultimate example of we believe in freedom of religion so long as it is my religion, Al-Mohammadi declared that his suggestion that only people who love Muhammad can see him is “completely false and unacceptable” — and criminal.
He added: “It is regrettable that this man was a teacher and that he also was a school principal.” Some would say that same thing about people who head mosques but persecute others for their faith.
His solution is equally revealing: He wants the Ministry of Haj order Haj companies not to allow individuals to preach to others, except with the permission of concerned bodies. That would be him presumably.
Source: Al Arabiya