Uprising in Saudi – Protests ‘Haram’ or ‘Halal’?

via HK published on March 7, 2011

Riyadh: The wave of freedom against age old suppression in Gulf region has now reached Saudi Arabia. The oil rich country recently announced $37bn in benefits for citizens in a bid to curb dissent.

Public protests have been banned in Saudi Arabia following demonstrations by minority Shia groups. Earlier Saudi Wahhabi authorities arrested writers Hussain Al-Alaq and Hussain Al-Yousef following their participation in a protest rally demanding release of Shia prisoners. More than 17,000 people backed a call on Facebook to hold two demonstrations in Saudi Arabia this month, the first of which went ahead on Friday.

A statement issued by the country’s council of senior Islamic clerics said: “The council … affirms that demonstrations are forbidden in this country. The correct way in sharia [law] of realising common interest is by advising, which is what the Prophet Muhammad established.Reform and advice should not be via demonstrations and ways that provoke strife and division, this is what the religious scholars of this country in the past and now have forbidden and warned against.”

For the Saudi Kingdom and it’s Islamic Scholars protests and violence is ‘Haraam’ or ‘Mamnu’ (Prohibited) but It is this very same faithful followers of this very same Sharia law creates havocs and violence in Nations were they are in Minority.  

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