Mohamad al-Arefe

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Mohamad al-Arefe
Native name (Arabic: محمد العريفي‎‎)
Born (1970-07-15) 15 July 1970 (age 46)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabia

Mohamad bin AbdelRahman al-ʿArefe (Arabic: محمد العريفي‎‎) (born 15 July 1970) is a Saudi author and Muslim preacher.[1] He is a graduate of King Saud University, and Member of the Muslim World League and the Association of muslim scholars.[2][3]

Social media popularity[edit]

On Twitter, several million follow Al-Arefe.[4]As of 9 December 2015, Al-Arefe had over 16 million likes on Facebook and 13.4 million followers on Twitter, which places his account in the top 100 worldwide, and #10 in the Arab world and in the Middle East.[5] The Syrian Jihad was discussed extensively by Arifi.[6][7]


His official website said he rejects "right-wing media allegations that he may have contributed to the radicalization of three British-born Muslims seen in a recently released video by ISIS."

Al-Arefe criticized the west for having magazines, websites, and legal organizations for bestiality and homosexuality and said that sex of all kinds and adultery were practiced by certain unbelievers and provided the verse from the Qur'an that compares these people to animals.[8][9] Al-Arefe confirmed that there is no bottom limit for the marriageable age of girls in Islamic Law.[10][11]

Al-Arefe attacked and criticized the idea of car driving for women.[12]

Al-Arefe engaged in a diatribe against extremist Shias, referred to them as "evil", used the label of "kafir" against Shia cleric Ayatollah Sistani and boasted that there are no mausoleums, public statues, Christian crosses in Saudi Arabia.[13] Al-Arefe described Zionist Jews as cowardly in battle and claimed that their tanks had urine and feces in them since they wouldn't get out of them.[14] He also claimed they used bags or diapers in the tank.[15] He described Zionist Jews as too cowardly to fight and said they were going to hide around the Gharqad trees they were allegedly planting.[16]

Al-Arefe said that The Koranic verses that deal with fighting the kuffar and conquering their countries state that Muslims should either kill, extract jizya taxes from, or convert kuffar upon invading their lands. He said that Muslims were distracted from conquering the lands of the kuffar by the US's war. He said that a Muslim should seek to cut people's legs and arms, break their skulls and cause bloodshed in defense of His religion.[17][18] This was a fatwa.[19]

Either the destruction or reformation of former Egyptian President Mubarak was prayed for by Al-Arefe before the Egyptian people removed him from power.[20]

Al-Arefe rejected silly allegations that he said that "mujahideen" in the Syrian Civil War could have provided with sex by emigrant Muslim women.[21]

Holiday celebrations and greetings to Christians by Muslims was banned by Al-Arefe.[22] He strictly explicitly banned religious greetings to non-Muslims.[23] Al-Arefe forbade the usage of Christmas trees.[24]

He said that Syria jihad is incumbent and did apologia for al-Nusra, visiting the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque in Qatar.[25]

In July 2015, Al-Arafe wrote a critique[26] on Facebook of the Egyptian Ramadan TV series Jewish Quarter, complaining that it showed Zionist Jews in a positive light, when in his view Zionist Jews were "terrible" people. It was picked up by Arabic media.

In March 2014, he was banned by the Home Office from returning to Britain after a series of sermons in Cardiff, Birmingham and London. A Home Office spokesperson said: "We can confirm Mohammad Al-Arefe has been excluded from the United Kingdom. The Government makes no apologies for refusing people access to the UK if we believe they represent a threat to our society. Coming here is a privilege that we refuse to extend to those who seek to subvert our shared values."[27][28]

al-Arefe had a discussion with Saudi Deputy crown prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud and then tweeted and posted a photo of them smiling together.[29][30] The discussion was held on the same day as Saudi Vision 2030 began.[31][32][33] He asked God to bless Prince Mohammad and posted his thanks.[34] al-Arefe met with Prince Mohamed bin Salman again and talked with him and posted the photo of them smiling together on twitter.[35][36] They talked about the Islamic world's and the Kingdom (of Saudi Arabia's) future.[37]

King Saud University employs Al-Arefe.[38]

Arifi on Twitter vowed for Russia and Assad to be defeated over the Battle of Aleppo.[39]

Condolences over the death of the son of Salman al-Ouda and his wife were given on Twitter by Mohamad al-Arefe.[40]

Abdul Razzaq al-Mahdi, Nabil Al-Awadi, Tariq Abdelhaleem, and Hani al-Sibai who are linked to Al-Qaeda, in addition to others like Adnan al-Aroor, Abd Al-Aziz Al-Fawzan, Mohamad al-Arefe, Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al Shaykh and others were included on a death list by ISIS.[41]

The 2013 Egyptian coup d'état[edit]

In July 2013, Al-Arefe was detained by the Saudi authorities for using YouTube to criticize the military coup d'état in Egypt, an ally of Saudi Arabia.[42] It was speculated[by whom?] that the arrest was in response to a complaint filed by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to its Saudi counterpart. The complaint claimed that Al-Arefe was intervening in Egyptian domestic affairs.[verification needed] Before his release, he signed a pledge not to interfere in Egyptian affairs and was released afterwards but placed under house arrest. He was also banned from traveling to Doha, where he was scheduled to deliver a religious lecture there. The Saudi authorities never announced the reason behind Al-Arefe's arrest.


In October 2014, he was jailed for 40 days for stating that the train linking Mecca and other holy sites was "one of the worst in the world".[42] Al-Arefe was banned from entering Switzerland for holding extreme views, Switzerland said.[2]

Denmark banned him from entering the country for two years in May 2017.

See also[edit]


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  12. ^ Dankowitz, Aluma (23 June 2004). "A Saudi National Dialogue on Women's Rights and Obligations". MEMRI. 
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  14. ^ "Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: Jewish Soldiers Would Defecate and Urinate in Their Tanks Because They Were Too Scared to Leave Them". MEMRI. 5 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: Israeli Soldiers Too Scared to Leave Their Tanks to Urinate or Defecate; Palestine Will Be Liberated Through Force, Not Negotiations". MEMRI. 9 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: Jews Plant Gharqad Trees to Hide Behind When Muslims Come to Kill Them on Judgment Day". MEMRI. 11 September 2008. 
  17. ^ "Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: 'The Desire to Shed Blood, to Smash Skulls, and to Sever Limbs for the Sake of Allah Is an Honor for the Believer'". MEMRI. 12 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "Saudi Cleric Muhammad Al-Arifi: 'Having [the] Notion In Your Heart' to 'Shed Blood, Smash Skulls, and Chop Off Body Parts for the Sake of Allah' is a 'Mark of Honor – Even If You Do Not Actually Wage Jihad'; Jewish Soldiers Would Defecate and Urinate in T". MEMRI. 12 March 2012. 
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  22. ^ "Periodista jordana: El odio hacia los cristianos es el primer paso en el camino hacia el terrorismo". MEMRI. 24 December 2015. 
  23. ^ "President Sisi, Egyptian Grand Mufti: Offering Christmas Greetings To Our Christian Brothers Is Part Of Our Religion". MEMRI. 24 December 2015. 
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  25. ^ Gilligan, Andrew (27 Sep 2014). "The 'Club Med for terrorists'". The Telegraph. 
  26. ^ "🚫 الآباء والأبناء والمربين ووقفات مع... – الصفحة الرسمية للشيخ د. محمد العريفي . – Facebook". (in Arabic). 
  27. ^ "Banned preacher under scrutiny over links to young Cardiff men fighting with Isis in Iraq and Syria". ITV. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  28. ^ Morris, Steven (23 June 2014). "Father of Cardiff jihadists says his sons were radicalised in 'pop-up' schools". Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  29. ^ العريفي, محمد (25 April 2016). "د. محمد #العريفي on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
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  39. ^ العريفي, محمد (13 Dec 2016). Twitter  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  40. ^ العريفي, محمد (25 Jan 2017). Twitter  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  41. ^ "ISIS Launches Campaign Calling To Kill Prominent Islamic Clerics Such As Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, Saudi Mufti 'Abd Al-'Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh, Former Egyptian Chief Mufti 'Ali Gum'a". MEMRI. February 14, 2017. 
  42. ^ a b Christian Science Monitor: "Saudi Arabia presses 'YouTube imams' to toe the line on Yemen – Popular Muslim clerics are using social media to stir dissent beyond the purview of government-controlled mosques and satellite TV stations. Saudi Arabia is sensitive to criticism of its war in Yemen" By Taylor Luck 2 June 2015

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