Sa’ad Aldurihim, a Saudi Salafi cleric, encouraged killing Shiite women and children in Iraq through his Twitter account on April 23, 2013.
Aldurihim, who is a faculty member of Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, tweeted “If jihadists practiced cruelty and killing against everyone even if who got captured as prisoners and even if they were women and children, Arrafidhah will certainly fear them, but idealism made them go so far”.
This tweet resulted in a barrage of criticism on social media against his radical orientation. “The criminal, Sa’ad AlDeraihim, orders killing Shiite women and children and ignores the instructions of Prophet Mohammad and Abu Bakr” Mohammad AlOmar, a Saudi journalist, said.
Haleemah Mudhafar, a writer and a journalist, stated that “such thought is the reason behind terrorism and crimes which are committed in the name of Islam”. She, also, called for suspending Sa’ad Aldurihim from teaching.
Many Saudi public figures of both Sunnis and Shiites condemned this radical thought which incites hatred and encourages killing innocent people. They urged the government to take the necessary measures, and they believe that such individuals must be criminated and punished.