Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dr.Arifi can be the first Muslim preacher to introduce the first signs of rapprochement between the Islamic world and Israel.


Sheikh Muhammed Al-Areefi can be the first Muslim preacher to introduce the first signs of rapprochement between the Islamic world and Israel.

Sheikh Muhammed Al-Areefi might shoot his next episode in Riyadh’s Al-Quds district or on Palestine St. in Jeddah.

He claimed he might go to the actual Al-Quds area in East Jerusalem and pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque either on an entry visa from the Israeli Embassy in Amman (Jordan) or by sneaking through the tunnels of Gaza.

He might be the first Muslim preacher to introduce the first signs of rapprochement between the Islamic world and Israel.


Allah Almighty might bestow on him the honor of jihad in Al-Quds after the mujahideen’s jihad compass failed, as they went to all places in the world except Palestine!

Nobody knows what Al-Areefi will do exactly. It might just be another media circus that he launches from time to time. There might be truth in the news that he has abandoned the controversial idea.

However, the only confirmed thing is that Al-Areefi has opened a hot topic in stating his desire to visit the Palestinian territories that are under Israeli occupation.

From a legal point of view, Al-Areefi has no right to visit Israel because it is a hostile country with no diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. From a political and economical point of view, the visit might actually serve the interests of Israel, as the visit of a well-known Islamic scholar might encourage other Saudis and Arabs to visit the occupied lands.

This would signal the end of the last weapon in Arab hands — the boycott of Israel.

If Israel succeeds in removing this terrible psychological barrier, it will not find any problem in securing luxurious hotels for the Arabs and Muslims who would intend to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Sheikh Al-Areefi loves expressing his views in front of the camera. He likes to launch a personal crusade in front of cameras because he believes it will give his cause more credibility.

This is why when he went to our southern borders during the Saudi Army’s confrontation with Houthi infiltrators, dressed in a military uniform and carrying a gun: to be photographed with the soldiers there.

These are patriotic feelings that are worthy of respect. I believe that all citizens have similar sentiments and wished they were beside our brave soldiers to defend the homeland.

However, they are aware that individual initiatives will not be fruitful in such situations because our army is quite capable of warding off threats without the need for civilians to leave their homes dressed in military uniforms!

Al-Areefi is at it again — announcing a televised personal crusade when he decided to visit Al-Quds accompanied by cameras without making the purpose of the visit clear. Al-Areefi’s initiatives also have a common denominator in that that they are all linked to external causes. (Arab news)

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