A Saudi human rights account confirms the arrest of Sheikh Amer Al-Muhalhal and his detention in Dhahban prison | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


The “Prisoners of Conscience” account, concerned with the affairs of political detainees in Saudi Arabia, confirmed the news of the arrest of Sheikh Amer Al-Muhalhal, the famous Saudi reader.

And the Saudi human rights account said in a tweet on Twitter that it was monitored by (Watan) that he had confirmed the news of the arrest of Sheikh Amer Al-Muhalhal, the imam of the Umm Al-Muminin Mosque, Khadija bint Khuwaylid, in the Al-Zahra neighborhood of Jeddah.

He pointed out that Sheikh Al-Muhalhal has been in Dhahban prison for more than a year.

The reason for the arrest – according to the account of prisoners of conscience – is his management of the social media platforms of Sheikh Abdullah Basfar.

Who is the reciter Sheikh Amer Al-Muhalhal?

It is noteworthy that Amer Al-Muhalhal is one of the reciters of the Noble Qur’an and one of the imams of mosques in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and his name is Amer bin Ahmed bin Yahya Al-Muhalhal.

Amer worked as an imam for King Faisal Mosque in Al-Baghdadiyah district in Jeddah, imam and preacher for Zaid Al-Khair Mosque in Al-Naeem district in Jeddah, imam and preacher for Abdul Qadir Faqih Mosque in the northern Corniche in Jeddah, and imam of Bin Sanad Al-Ghamdi Mosque in Al-Rabwah district in Jeddah.

He now works as an imam and preacher for the Mosque of the Mother of the Believers, Khadija bint Khuwailid, in the Al-Zahra district of Jeddah, and previously participated in the Tarawih prayer at the Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab Mosque in Qatar in 2012.

He also participated in Tarawih prayers in the United Arab Emirates in: Ajman in 1431 AH and 1432 AH in Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Dubai in 1434 AH in Al-Farouq Mosque, Sharjah and Khor Fakkan in 1437 AH and in 1438 in several mosques in Dubai within the hosting of the Department of Islamic affairs in several mosques.

It is noteworthy that the Dhahban prison, in which Al-Muhalhal was imprisoned, is the same prison in which the prominent Saudi preacher Sheikh Salman Al-Awda is held.

Advocates, scholars and thinkers in the prisons of Ibn Salman

Saudi prisons include a large number of preachers, thinkers, writers and activists within them, as part of an arrest campaign launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman years ago because of their opposition to him.

And he attached false accusations against them for allegedly betraying the homeland and trying to overthrow the regime.

Bin Salman recently released influential activists due to US pressure from the administration of new President Joe Biden. At the head of these activists was Loujain Al-Hathloul.

The most prominent detainees from the preachers

In September 2017, the Saudi authorities launched a campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting prominent scholars, thinkers, preachers, academics and others. Their number reached more than seventy, according to the Saudi opposition website, Citizens Without Borders.

The arrests came especially against the backdrop of the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies (the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain) on the State of Qatar in June 2017.

Arrests are made – according to Citizens Without Borders – without a court order or arrest warrant, a method similar to kidnappings. The detainee is prevented from communicating with his family or assigning a lawyer to follow up his case.

The Saudi authorities do not reveal the identity of the detainees or their number, but Saudi tweeters confirmed on September 11, 2017. The news of the arrest of twenty personalities, most of whom are preachers, including some famous preachers on social networks who have millions of followers.

The following are the most prominent preachers who were arrested:

Salman Al-Awda: A Saudi preacher, born in 1956, is considered one of the symbols of Islamic moderation, and one of the most daring Saudi religious scholars. His political jurisprudential views cost him imprisonment and subjected him to harassment, and he made significant contributions to advocacy, fatwas, and charitable work.

He was arrested on September 10, 2017, after a tweet he posted on the social networking site Twitter, in which he welcomed news of the imminent relief of the crisis after a call. A phone call between the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, where he wrote, “Our Lord, praise be to you. We cannot count your praise for you, as you praised yourself.. Oh God, harmonize their hearts for the good of their Prime Time Zone.”

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Khaled al-Awda, brother of Salman al-Awda, was also arrested later, and media sources suggested that the reason for arresting Khalid al-Awda was to confirm his account. On Twitter, his brother Salman had been arrested.

Awad Al-Qarni: A Saudi preacher born in 1957 in the Asir region. In March 2017, a Saudi court issued a decision to close his account. On the social networking site Twitter, he was fined 100,000 riyals after being convicted of posting a tweet that “provoked public opinion and connected society with its leadership and affected the Kingdom’s relations with other countries.”

The Saudi authorities arrested him in September 2017, accusing him of urging young Prime Time Zone to join terrorist groups, in addition to communicating. “With two countries linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, classified as a terrorist group inside the country”.

Ali Al-Omari: a Saudi Islamic preacher and president of the Open University of Makkah Al-Mukarramah, born in 1976. He was also arrested in September 2017. The Saudi authorities closed the “Four Shabab” channel, which is run by Dr. Al-Omari.

Muhammad Musa al-Sharif: A Saudi preacher born in 1961. He is a pilot, university professor, writer, researcher in Islamic history, and a specialist. In the sciences of the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Ali Omar Badahdah: Head of the Curriculum Development Committee at King Abdulaziz University.

Ahmed bin Abdulrahman Al-Suwayan: Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Al-Bayan” magazine and head of the Islamic Press Association.

Imam Idris Abkar: He is considered one of the most famous reciters of Saudi Arabia. He was born in Jeddah in 1975.

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