Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reports that fighting broke out in a Riyadh mosque when a Saudi cleric called for the downfall of Egyptian General Sisi along with that of Syrian president Bashar Al Assad. Egyptian and Saudi worshipers tussled, as recorded in a brief video (available at Al Arabiya’s website).
The Saudi government is not going to be pleased by this. I’m sure a warning notice is going to be sent to all mosques telling the clerics to stay away from all political matters. The individual cleric involved in this event may find himself out of a job as well. The Saudi government strongly supports Gen. Sisi and will not be happy to have a cleric (who draws some sort of salary from the government) contradicting it.
A fight broke out between Saudis and Egyptians attending prayers at a Riyadh mosque on Friday after a Saudi cleric was reported to have blasted Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during a sermon.
Pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat reported the incident at the al-Ferdous Mosque, while a 46-second video of the fight went viral on YouTube showing a Saudi man taking off his traditional headdress and hitting another man, who was reported to be Egyptian.
According to al-Hayat, the Egyptian was initially angered when the Saudi cleric blasted General Sisi, the man who played a leading role in the overthrow of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July.
The report said the Saudi cleric had been praying for the downfall of both Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and General Sisi, prompting uproar from the Egyptians who were in attendance.