Adnan al-Aroor

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Born Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor
1948 CE/1368 AH[1]
Syria Hama, Syria[1]
Residence Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Syrian
Occupation Scientific director for research and publishing in Riyadh, Salafi cleric
Children 3 girls and 8 boys[1]
Website
www.islamwasat.com

Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor (Arabic: الشيخ عدنان محمد العرعور‎) is a Sunni cleric from Hama, Syria.

Al-Aroor appears regularly on TV stations in Saudi Arabia, including the widely watched satellite channel al-Safa, where he is known for his programs criticizing non-Salafi Islamic minorities fighting with the government.[2] He became widely known and promoted after the start of the Syrian civil war and was seen by some as the non-official face of the anti-government movement in Syria. He favors arming the opposition and a foreign military intervention.[2][3]

According to The Economist: "Those who tuned in to Mr Aroor’s weekly show were attracted less by his Sunni (sic) triumphalism than by his theatrical appeals for all Syrians to rise and fight, something opposition intellectuals in exile neglected to do. But as Syria’s misery has ground on, sectarian fault lines have inexorably widened. Mr Aroor’s views, once widely dismissed as extreme, now look closer to the mainstream, at least among the three-quarters of Syrians who are Sunni Muslims."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sheikh Adnan Aeraour "Mahatma Syria" weapon of non-violence" (in Arabic). alarabiya.net. August 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Šejh Adnan Al-Aroor - simbol i pokretač sirijskog ustanka" (in Bosnian). Minber.ba. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Saud, Fahad (6 August 2011). "Saudi-based Syrian cleric urges continued protests against Assad’s regime". Al-Arabiya. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ A Syrian preacher: The charm of telesalafism The Economist, Oct 20th 2012