The Yemen Based extremist group al-Qaeda has sent a chilling warning to the Saudi Arabia’s crown prince that his efforts to liberalise or modernise the conservative kingdom are “sinful projects” in their own interpretation of Islam.
The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) condemn the prince for the Western “absurdities” which have “opened the door wide for corruption and moral degradation”. and what they described as “The new era of [Mohammad bin Salman] replaced mosques with movie theatres,”
The prince was given his title by his father King Salman a year ago. Since then he has sent shock waves through Saudi society, instigating wide-ranging social and economic reforms designed to wean the kingdom off it’s over dependence on oil and to open the kingdom to world.
The country’s long-standing driving ban for women is due to end towards the end of this month, and the prince has even publicly criticised Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment as out of touch with the times and promised a return to a more “moderate Islam”.
what particularly angers the al-Qaeda group is the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE event in the Saudi city of Jeddah in April. The foreign unbeliever wrestlers wearing the sign of the cross which is exposed to muslim men was their major concern. Apparently, the sign of the cross to them represent Christianity and they do not tolerate that.
The statement reads:
“[Foreign] disbelieving wrestlers exposed their privates and on most of them was the sign of the cross, in front of a mixed gathering of young Muslim men and women,”.
They also did not like the musical concerts, movies nor cinemas as they believe that will corrupt muslim minds.
“The corruptors did not stop at that, for every night musical concerts are being announced, as well as movies and circus shows.”
The bottom line is that the Yemen Al-Qaeda group are afraid of change, change that can be brought about by the truth through exposure to outside world.
The Good people of Saudi Arabia were very happy to see the wrestlers, they were out in thousands to welcome them right from the airport and even the women who are usually exempted from sporting events were happy to shake hands with the wrestlers. Change is definitely good for Saudi women.