Saudi Arabia Wahabi-Nasabi police has arrested a prominent Canadian Shia cleric performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage at Medina, Islam’s second holiest site, Press TV reports.
The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission reported that Shia cleric sheikh Usama al-Attar was arrested by the so-called Wahabi-Nasabi religious police in the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid-e-Nabvi).
We were â€œconsistently harassed,â€ Hayward, an eye witness who had been accompanying al-Attar during the hajj and before his arrest, told Press TV.
Hayward told Press TV in a phone interview that the cleric was beaten by Saudi guards and was bleeding at the time of arrest. He was even â€œman-handled at the holy site (Masjid-e-Nabvi),â€ Hayward added.
Al-Attar was reportedly accused of breaking the arm of a policeman, for which he will be charged on Sunday. This comes while Hayward considers the accusation to be â€œabsolutely preposterous, to say the least.â€
After the arrest, dozens of pilgrims from all over the world held a candlelight vigil but were dispersed by the Saudi police. The arrest of Senior Shia Canadian based Cleric in the holy site of Masjid-e-Nabvi (Prophet Mosque) once again exposed the beliefs of Wahabi’s about the respects of holy sites of Islam.