[Dr. Saad Al-Faqih]: The execution of the 37 people raises questions. Why all of these at once? Why 12 from the Shiite sect– sorry, 32 from the Shiite sect and the rest, only a few, from the Sunnis? Why now? And also, why these people, since they were not supposed to be executed, but then a decision was made to execute them? What’s new about the situation which ended up with them being executed according to the supposed court sentences? There must be an explanation for all of this. The explanation is that their executions had nothing to do with court decisions. There is nothing that warranted these death sentences, whether under Islamic law, or or man-made laws, or even according to the standards of the Al-Sauds, i.e., whether it be in line with security considerations, or authoritarian considerations, or whichever considerations.
[Dr. Saad Al-Faqih]: Is the silence of scholars like Sheikh Salih Al-Fawzan out of fear for themselves, or is it because they want to prevent the repercussions that could result from them speaking out? It’s neither this one or that one. Their silence– it’s not even silence. By the way, the question is wrong. It’s not that they remain silent, but they speak falsehood. That man defends an enemy of Islam. He defends a traitor. He defends a liar. He defends a hypocrite. He defends someone who throws reformers in prison, and someone who commits every evil act, oppression and tyranny, which are forbidden in Islam.
[Host:] During the Crown Prince’s (Mohammed Bin Salman) visit to Pakistan, he expressed hopes of striking deals for cooperation between the two countries. According to media reports, these deals that MBS intends to ink are worth over $20 billion. Observers said that this visit is an attempt to break the isolation that Mohammed Bin Salman experienced after that he was explicitly accused by international parties of being implicated in the assassination of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
[Host:] The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, paid a visit to the Holy Mosque in Mecca, and took a walk on the roof of the Noble Ka’bah together with a number of his entourage, after that the courtyard and surrounding areas of the Ka’bah were cleared of Umrah pilgrims and prayer attendees. Saudi media reported that the crown prince’s visit to the Holy Mosque today was to oversee the expansion projects and the services offered to Umrah pilgrims. He performed circumabulation (Tawaf) of the Ka’bah and climbed on its rooftop.
[Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid:] It’s a fact that one of the hurdles standing in the way of our Arab and Muslim worlds is the deeply-entrenched political and societal innovations (Bid’ah) and heresies that have been enabled by a perverted religious discourse.
The other issue is the changing of the Islamic pledge of allegiance (Bay’ah) to obey the Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) from a pledge out of one’s free will to a pledge under coercion and thus denying the social contract. In this country (Saudi Arabia), our culture is still a desert culture, and there’s still the belief that the sword is the way to solve problems. The main hurdle in the Saudi regime is that it’s a despotic system, under which it’s impossible to have independence of the judiciary. Despotic rule, absolute monarchy, cannot have an independent judiciary.