مصدر الموضوع الاصلي: Presentations Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais
Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais (Arabic: عبد الرحمن السديس (ʕabd
ar-Raxman ibn ʕabd al-Aziz as-Sudais), born Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in
1960) is the imam of the Grand mosque in the Islamic holy city of
Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the "Islamic Personality Of the Year" 2005.
Al-Sudais comes from the Anza clan. He had memorized the Quran by the age of 12.
Growing up in Riyadh, Al-Sudais studied at the Al Muthana Bin Harith
Elementary School, and afterwards the Riyadh Scientific Institution from
which he graduated in 1979 with a grade of excellent.
He obtained a degree in Sharia from Riyadh University in 1983, his
Master's in Islamic fundamentals from the Sharia College of Imam
Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in
Islamic Sharia from Umm al-Qura University in 1995 while working there
as an assistant professor after serving at Riyadh University. He was
honoured to lead funeral prayer for Sheikh Ali Jaber
He is also known for his frequent sermons calling on believers to help
other Muslims in war-torn regions, especially 'Palestine' and Iraq.
In 2005, Al-Sudais was named by the Dubai International Holy Quran Award
(DIHQA) Organising Committee as its 9th annual "Islamic Personality Of
the Year" in recognition of his devotion to the Quran and Islam. When
accepting his award in Dubai, he said: "The message of Islam and
Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and
Controversial statements on non-Muslims
Al-Sudais has been decried as an antisemite for publicly praying to God
to ‘terminate’ the Jews, and as a result has been barred from
conferences in America, and been refused entry to Canada.
On April 19, 2002, in his sermon Al-Aqsa Is Crying Out For Help!
Al-Sudais called the Jews "monkeys and pigs", among other invective.
Al-Sudais has been listed as an example of theological anti-Semitism by
the Anti-Defamation League, when he called curses down upon Jews and
labeled them “scum of the earth” in his sermons.
The International Broadcasting Bureau also has reported Sudais's antisemitism in a statement dated April 2002.
In a May 2003 interview with NBC's Tim Russert, the foreign policy
adviser to the Saudi crown prince, Adel al-Jubeir, confirmed al-Sudais's
statements, agreed that they were “clearly not right”, and stated that
he was reprimanded, but was still allowed to preach. He also said that
"if he [Sudais] had a choice he would retract these words - he would not
have said these words." 
Al-Sudais not only attacked Jews, but other non-Muslims as well, such as
Hindus and Christians. John Ware on the BBC program Panorama entitled
"A Question of Leadership" from August 21, 2005, cited Al-Sudais
referring disparagingly to Christians as “cross-worshippers” and Hindus
as “idol worshippers”. Ware pointed out the discrepancy between
Sudais's sermons to Saudis with his speech to Western audiences.
The Muslim Council of Britain questioned the veracity of quotes given in
the interview, calling them “deliberately garbled” and the program as a
whole “deeply unfair”. The Council urged caution, and while
condemning any form of anti-semitic remarks, requested verification that
these words were indeed spoken by Al-Sudais.
After a series of exchanges, the BBC's Panorama editor, Mike Robinson,
posted a response to each of the Muslim Council's allegations, accusing
them of “unwarranted and wildly inaccurate attacks” and “bad faith
Statements on conflict resolution
In 2003, Sudais stated that he believes that youth need to be taught
Islamic law, including the precepts of the prohibition on killing
oneself and the prohibition against attacking non-Muslims living in
Islamic countries. Sudais has also said that Islamic youth should not
"…indiscriminately hurl the label of atheism and not to confuse between
legitimate jihad and…the terrorizing of peaceable people."
Sudais has said that there is no room for extremism and sectarianism in
Islam and that Islam teaches a moderate path. He said the solution to
problems that Muslims face in Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Kashmir and
Afghanistan lies in following the teachings of Islam in letter and
spirit. He called for resolution of conflicts through dialogue and
negotiations taking into consideration the social and economic benefits
that can be achieved by resolving these disputes.
Sudais also criticized the Lal Masjid administration during the recent
Red Mosque crisis. He urged the militants and the government to agree to
a peaceful resolution through dialogue and urged both parties to