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December 21, 2004
Clip No.
448

Saudi Professor Abd Al-Wahoud Hanif Explains Why Demonstrations Are Forbidden in Saudi Arabia

The following are excerpts from an interview with Saudi professor Abd Al-Qahoud Hanif:

Hanif: These demonstrations are not allowed for various reasons. The first reason is that demonstrations like these did not exist at the time of the Prophet. This is a modern innovation. The first to use it were the Westerners, and it is not mentioned in the biography of the Prophet or the biography of his companions that they demonstrated.

Secondly, such demonstrations are not one of the legal means of preaching. On the contrary, it includes many forbidden things.

Third, this is a way to rebel against the rulers and accuse them of apostasy, thus opening the door to great civil strife.