[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih]: Were Ibn Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen ‘palace scholars’? Ibn Baaz and Ibn Uthaymeen and many of the previous scholars who have passed away were aligned with the (Saudi) regime, of course. There’s no doubt about this. They were giving fatwas (religious decrees) in line with what the regime wanted. All the statements issued by the ‘Council of Senior Scholars’ were in favor of the regime. They always gave fatwas against those that criticized the regime. That’s for sure.