Saudi cleric Saleh bin Muhammad al-Luhaidan can’t take a joke, nor can he handle anything that isn’t Islamic. He became head of the Supreme Council of Ulema, which is basically a bunch of old men wearing towels on their heads talking about a 7th-century child-porn fairytale. He has also served on Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Judicial Council. This position was perfect for him, considering how his “mind” was only capable of focusing on Islam. In 2005, al-Luhaidan garnered worldwide media attention, and not for his droopy facial features.
“If someone knows that he is capable of entering Iraq in order to join the fight, and if his intention is to raise up the word of God, then he is free to do so,” al-Luhaidan was recorded saying in a Saudi mosque while heated clashes between international troops and Islamic militants were going on in Iraq. al-Luhaidan also claimed that Islamic law permitted jihad activity against the troops: “The lawfulness of his action is in fighting an enemy who is fighting Muslims and came for war.” Publicly, al-Luhaidan had refrained from voicing his support, so as to maintain a “moderate” image to the international community. However, when the video recording leaked, his cover as a non-jihadist was blown. Less than a month after that statement, apparently the braindead Muslim thought everyone had forgotten. He stated: “The authorities should question and hold accountable the authors of the statements and edicts which make the people feel that fighting in Iraq is a heroic and religiously legitimate act.” Oh, so he’s asking to be held accountable? Hmm… seems almost like he’s jinxing himself.
And jinx himself he did. In 2009, after authoring a fatwa criticizing prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi government decided to conveniently “reshuffle” and thus boot al-Luhaidan from his seat. However, he eventually regained a seat upon the reconstitution of the Ulema Council. However, he was no longer the chairman.
Like many others before him, al-Luhaidan has called for jihad against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. al-Luhaidan called al-Assad “promiscuous, dangerous, malicious, and an atheist” and demanded that Muslims wage “jihad for the sake of Allah” against the Syrian government. For one, there’s nothing wrong with being promiscuous and/or an atheist. For two, jihad is so 14 centuries ago. al-Luhaidan also stated that he wished the best for the “rebels” (read: al-Qaeda militants) currently trying to topple al-Assad. Yep, some moderate he is…