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IUMS urges Saudi Arabia to free Muslim scholars


The International Union of Muslim Scholars has condemned the reported arrest of Muslim preachers and scholars in Saudi Arabia, urging Saudi King Salman to order their release. Salman al-Audah, a prominent Muslim preacher and member of the IUMS’s board of trustees, and more than 20 others were arrested on Sunday according to social media postings. The IUMS said that the scholars should not be used as pawns in political disputes, referring to the crisis of Gulf. Saudi Arabia has yet to issue an official statement regarding the reported arrests. Sunday’s arrests came to light on Twitter after Khalid bin Fahd al-Audah said on Twitter on Sunday that the Saudi authorities had arrested his brother Salman. He did not elaborate on the time of the arrest or the possible reasons behind it. On Monday, activists reported on social media that the Saudi authorities had detained more than 20 Muslim preachers and scholars for unspecified reasons.

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