Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

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A.K.A. Al-Sudais an-Najdi, Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz
Is Islamic studies scholar 
From Saudi Arabia 
Type Religion 
Gender male
Birth 10 February 1962, Riyadh, Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia
Age: 58 years

Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais (Arabic: عَبْدُ ٱلْرَّحْمَن إبْن عَبْدُ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلسُّدَيْس‎, translit. ʻAbd ar-Rahman ibn ʻAbd al-Aziz as-Sudais; born 10 February 1960 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
is the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia; the president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques; a renowned qāriʾ (reciter of the Qur’an);
and was the Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award’s “Islamic Personality Of the Year” in 2005. Al-Sudais has preached Islam’s opposition to “explosions and terrorism”, and has called for peaceful inter-faith dialogue,
but also been sharply criticized for vilifying non-Muslims and especially Jews in his sermons.
He has denounced the treatment of Palestinians by Israeli settlers and the state of Israel,
and called for more aid to be sent to Palestinians.
He has also been noted for identifying women’s un-Islamic behavior as in part responsible for the winter 2006 drought in Saudi Arabia. In 2016, he delivered the very important Hajj sermon to a multitude of pilgrims gathered at Arafat after prayers.

Life and career

Al-Sudais comes from the Anazzah clan, and he had memorized the Quran by the age of 12. Growing up in Riyadh, Al-Sudais studied at the Al Muthana Bin Harith Elementary School, and afterwards the Riyadh Scientific Institution from which he graduated in 1979 with a grade of excellent. He obtained a degree in Sharia from Riyadh University in 1983, his Master’s in Islamic fundamentals from the Sharia College of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in Islamic Sharia from Umm al-Qura University in 1995 while working there as an assistant professor after serving at Riyadh University.

Sudais took up his imamate in 1984, at just 22-years of age, and conducted his first sermon at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in July 1984, other than this Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim – has been his partner in Taraweeh Prayers from 1991 till 2006, and again in 2014.

In 2005, Al-Sudais was named by the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) Organising Committee as its 9th annual “Islamic Personality Of the Year” in recognition of his devotion to the Quran and Islam. When accepting his award in Dubai, he said: “The message of Islam and Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness.”

From 2010 to 2012, he visited India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Britain. Among his activities has been hosting a seminar at the Higher Institute for Advanced Islamic Studies in Malaysia in 2011, where he spoke about Islamic civilization against the backdrop of modern challenges.

He was appointed head of the “Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques at the rank of minister” by royal decree on 8 May 2012. He is also a member of the Arabic Language Academy at Mecca.

Abdul Razzaq al-Mahdi, Nabil Al-Awadi, Tariq Abdelhaleem, and Hani al-Sibai who are linked to Al-Qaeda, in addition to others like Adnan al-Aroor, Abd Al-Aziz Al-Fawzan, Mohamad al-Arefe, Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al Shaykh and others were included on a death list by ISIS.

In 2017, Al-Sudais supervised the film One Day In The Haram, a film about the Haram in Makkah, told through the eyes of the workers. His ethnicity is Syrian

Views, statements, prayers

Conflict resolution among Muslims

In 2003, Sudais stated that he believes that youth need to be taught Islamic law, including the precepts of the prohibition on killing oneself and the prohibition against attacking non-Muslims living in Islamic countries. Sudais has also said that Islamic youth should not “indiscriminately hurl the label of atheism and not to confuse between legitimate jihad and…the terrorizing of peaceable people.”

Sudais has said that there is no room for extremism and sectarianism in Islam and that Islam teaches a moderate path. He said the solution to problems that Muslims face in Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Kashmir and Afghanistan lies in following the teachings of Islam in letter and spirit. He called for resolution of conflicts through dialogue and negotiations taking into consideration the social and economic benefits that can be achieved by resolving these disputes.

Sudais also criticized the Lal Masjid administration during the 2007 Red Mosque crisis in Islamabad, Pakistan. He urged the militants and the government to agree to a peaceful resolution through dialogue and urged both parties to protect peace.

Sudais is also known for his sermons calling on believers to help other Muslims in war-torn regions.
He has actively spoken out against the persecution of Palestinians by Israeli settlers and the state of Israel, and has pleaded for medical supplies and food to be sent to the Palestinians.

Sin and drought

In a sermon on November 13, 2006, Al-Sudais preached that the ongoing drought was caused by the proliferation of sin in Saudi society and the behavior of women in the kingdom who allegedly were “unveiling, mingling with men, and being indifferent to the hijab.”

Prayers for inter-faith peace

In June 2004, Sudais led a following of 10,000 in prayers for inter-faith peace and harmony in London. Racial Equality Minister Fiona Mactaggart attended Sudais’ sermon at the East London Mosque. Prince Charles, who was in Washington, took part by a pre-recorded message Britain’s chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, sent a message of support.

Prayers for the destruction of the Jews

In his sermon of April 19, 2002, broadcast on Saudi 1, Al-Sudais called the Jews “monkeys and pigs,” among other invective.

Read the history and you will know that yesterday’s Jews were bad predecessors and today’s Jews are worse successors. They are killers of prophets and the scum of the earth. God hurled his curses and indignation on them and made them monkeys and pigs and worshippers [sic] of tyrants. These are the Jews, a continuous lineage of meanness, cunning, obstinacy, tyranny, evil, and corruption.…May God’s curses follow them until the Day of Judgement.…Thus, they deserve the curse of God, His angels, and all people.

He has prayed to God to “terminate” the Jews and has claimed that the Israelis aspired to tear down the al-Aqsa mosque and build their temple upon its ruins.

Call for all-out war against Shiites

On March 31, 2015, an audio recording of al-Sudais was circulated online. The caption on the photo accompanying the recording read “Imam of the grand mosque in Mecca calls for all-out war against Shiites.” In the recording, al-Sudais called for an all-out war against Shias:

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Our war with Iran, say that out loud, is a war between Sunnis and Shiites. Our war with Iran…is truly sectarian. If it was not sectarian, we will make it sectarian… The Jews and cross (referring to Christians)… I swear by Allah that they will have their days… The prophet said Rome will be conquered… Our disagreement with Rafidha (another word for Shiites) will not be removed nor our suicide to fight them…as long as they are on the face of the earth…



Following his 2002 speech, Al-Sudais has been described as an antisemite for publicly praying to God to ‘terminate’ the Jews, whom he called “the scum of humanity…the rats of the world…prophet killers…pigs and monkeys”, and as a result has been barred from conferences in the United States and been refused entry to Canada.

Al-Sudais has been listed as an example of theological anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defamation League, when he called curses down upon Jews and labeled them “scum of the earth” in his sermons.

The International Broadcasting Bureau also has reported the antisemitism of Sudais’s April 2002 sermon.

In a May 2003 interview with NBC’s Tim Russert, the foreign policy adviser to the Saudi crown prince, Adel al-Jubeir, confirmed al-Sudais’s statements, agreed that they were “clearly not right,” and stated that he was reprimanded, but was still allowed to preach. He also said that “if he [Sudais] had a choice he would retract these words – he would not have said these words.”

Al-Sudais has not only attacked Jews, but other non-Muslims, such as Hindus and Christians. John Ware on the BBC program Panorama entitled “A Question of Leadership” from August 21, 2005, cited Al-Sudais referring disparagingly to Christians as “cross-worshippers” and Hindus as “idol worshippers.” Ware pointed out the discrepancy between Sudais’s sermons to Saudis with his speech to Western audiences.

The Muslim Council of Britain questioned the veracity of quotes given in the interview, calling them “deliberately garbled” and the program as a whole “deeply unfair.”
The council urged caution, and while condemning any form of anti-semitic remarks, requested verification that these words were indeed spoken by Al-Sudais.
After a series of exchanges, the BBC’s Panorama editor, Mike Robinson, posted a response to each of the Muslim Council’s allegations, accusing them of “unwarranted and wildly inaccurate attacks” and “bad faith allegations.”

In August 2009, the Board of Deputies of British Jews protested a visit by Al-Sudais to Britain in which he gave lectures at several mosques and attended an event with Tory MP Tony Baldry. Baldry subsequently defended his decision to work with Al-Sudais, stating that “If I had written a text of what a moderate Muslim would say, his would have been a word-perfect example.”

Comments against Shiites

On 31 March 2015, an audio recording of al-Sudais was circulated online. The caption on photo accompanying the recording read “Imam of the grand mosque in Mecca calls for all-out war against Shiites.” In the recording al-Sudais called for an all-out war against Shias.
In view of these statements against Shiites by al-Sudais,

Ahmed Abdul Hussein, the editor-in-chief of an Iraqi news agency warned about the Shiite-Sunni conflict, “Remember the date 3/31/2015, the day the Shiite-Sunni war was announced. It will last more than crusade wars.”