A prominent Saudi religious leader has been reportedly arrested for supporting the end of crisis in the region. The hashtag in Arabic (#اعتقال_الشيخ_سلمان_العودة) about his arrest was one of the top trending hashtags worldwide.
Sheikh Salman Al Ouda, who enjoys massive fan following of 14 million on Twitter was apparently detained.
He had welcomed a suggestion that indicated the end of crisis, in one of his posts on twitter. “May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people,” al Oudah said on Twitter after a report of a telephone call between Qatar‘s Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss ways to resolve the rift which began in June.
However, hopes vanished soon after Saudi Arabia dismissed any dialogue with Qatar after coming up with reasons best known to them.
Al Oudah was the second cleric reported detained by Saudi authorities in the past week. Reports on social media said that Awad al-Qarni, another prominent cleric with 2.2 million Twitter followers, was also detained from his home in Abha in southern Saudi Arabia.
It is also being said that the Saudi security forces arrested 20 people, out of which most of them were preachers.
Exiled Saudi opposition activists have called for protests on September 15 intended to galvanise opposition to the Saudi Arabian royal family.