The imam of the Grand mosque and the president of the General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, has faced controversy after calling for Saudi Arabia’s normalization’s relationship with Israel.
During his Friday sermon, he said that we should speak with peace and kindness even with non-Muslims, making specific reference to Jews. He also talked about Muslims’ importance to respect other faiths and highlighted several stories about interactions and relations between Jewish people and the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
His statement has caused unrest in social media, and many Muslim countries criticize him for his statement. However, one zionist tweeted, “loves and praises the Imam of Makkah.” Even more sarcastic, another Twitter user posted a picture of Mecca’s Grand Imam with the caption: “I am a rabbi, not an imam.”