Friday, December 8, 2023

Former Kaaba imam who said ‘Women and men can’t have fun together’ sentenced to 10 years in prison

Saudi Arabia has sentenced Salih al-Talib, one of the leading imams of the Kaaba, to 10 years in prison.

The social media platform Prisoners of Conscience, which publishes information about the arrest processes of clerics in Saudi Arabia, announced that the court of appeal overturned the release decision of Salih al-Talib, who was once the preacher of the Masjid al-Haram.

On the other hand, it was stated in the statement that former Kaaba imam Al Talib was sentenced to 10 years in prison.


Saudi Arabian authorities arrested al-Talib in 2018 after he stated during a sermon that “it is not religiously appropriate for men and women to enjoy concerts together”.

At that time, the Riyadh government had begun to enact laws that made it easier for women to attend concerts.

It is known that imams, clerics and preachers who criticize Saudi Arabia’s practices are sometimes arrested by the Riyadh administration.


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