Safar Al-Hawali


Safar bin Abdul-Rahman al-Hawali (Arabic: سفر بن عبدالرحمن الحوالي‎) (born 1950) is a Saudi Islamic scholar who lives in Mecca. His name is sometimes associated with either Osama bin Laden and terrorism. Safar al-Hawali received his doctorate in Islamic theology from Umm al-Qura University, Mecca in 1986. During the 1990s, he was arrested for a period of time by the Saudi authorities for his criticism of the government when he distributed sermons on cassette tapes to incite militants to overthrow the government. Along with another preacher Salman al-Ouda, al-Hawali is said to have led the sahwa or "awakening" movement in Saudi Arabia, a form of salafism. Safar al-Hawali was one of the leaders of The Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (CDLR) that was a Saudi dissident group created in 1993 and was the first ever opposition organization in the Kingdom openly challenging the monarchy, accusing the government and senior ulama of not doing enough to protect the legitimate Islamic rights of the Muslims. In September 1994, two leaders of the Committee, Salman al-Ouda and Safar al-Hawali were arrested together with a large number of their followers in the city of Burayda, Qasim  ( Wikipedia article )


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Umm al-Qura

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