A Saudi cleric who leads that country’s religious police — how’s that for a dangerous concept? — has declared that using Twitter will condemn someone to an eternity in hell. Why? They don’t say. Some weird mixture of Islamic fundamentalism and Luddite philosophy, perhaps.
Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said anyone using social media sites – and especially Twitter – “has lost this world and his afterlife”.
Twitter was the platform for those who did not have any platform, he said.
His remarks reflect Riyadh’s concern that Saudis use Twitter to discuss sensitive political and other issues…
The sheikh’s comments echo those of the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in April who used his sermon – seen by millions on TV – to warn that Twitter was a threat to national unity, our correspondent says.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the kingdom’s most senior Muslim cleric, had dismissed Twitter users as “fools”.
These rhetorical attacks are part of a concerted offensive by the Saudi establishment on the social network site, our correspondent says.
Actually, the explanation for this is simple. They’ve seen how Twitter and other social media sites have helped amplify the efforts of reformers, especially during the Arab Spring that brought down several dictators in the region. Funny how God always seems to agree with whatever is most convenient for the ruling class at any given time.