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Manama’s crackdown on Friday prayers unprecedented in Islam history: Cleric

A distinguished Bahraini Shia Muslim cleric has condemned the Al Khalifah regime for a ban on holding Friday prayers and the heavy-handed crackdown against prominent figures and followers of the majority religious community in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Sheikh Hussain al-Daihi, the deputy secretary general of the dissolved al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, described Manama’s ban on Friday prayers as unprecedented in the history of Islam, Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.

He argued that Bahraini authorities banned Friday prayers and detained worshippers while they let Israelis indulge in dancing and singing in the kingdom.

The cleric said such double standards attested to deep rift between the Bahraini regime and the nation.
A recent video showing members of an Israeli delegation dancing in Bahrain while singing songs about demolition of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds has seriously hurt the feelings of all Muslims, Sheikh Daihi noted.

prayers has been in effect for the past six months, adding that all sermons, which carry the message of unity and esteem for the Bahraini nation and Muslim societies, have been declared unlawful.

The Manama regime has been intensifying crackdown on Shia Muslims in Bahrain. Authorities stripped the country’s most prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim of his citizenship on June 20, 2016.

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