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Saudi preacher apologises for years of ‘hardline’ Islam

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Published on May 10, 2019 with No Comments

 

Aaidh Al Qarni caused a lot of noise after he appeared on a talk show and apologized for his hardline interpretations of Islam and called for a more modernised Islam.”I apologise in the name of the Sahwa to the Saudi society for the mistakes that were not related to Islam and for the extreme fatwas,” Al Qarni told Saudi TV show Al Laiwan. Al Sahwa movement was a faction of Muslim Brotherhood in Saudi Arabia. They demanded a bigger role for clergy in governing and a more conservative society as a defense against Western cultural influences. They also opposed the presence of US troops on “Muslim land.”

“Our religion is a religion of peace, safety and mercy. Thanks to God, we discovered this in the texts and interpretations of our scholars,” Al Qarni said. “You cannot compare my ideas that I had when I was only 24 or 26 years old to my current thoughts. Now, I visited 40 countries and read thousands of books. I also knew and met intellectuals, scholars and wise people.” Al Qarni said he now supported the moderate Islam advocated by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. “I apologize to Saudi society for the mistakes that have contradicted the Qur’an and Sunnah, and contradicted the tolerance of Islam, a moderate religion.” Adding “I am today supportive of the moderate Islam, open to the world, which has been called for by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,”

 

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