Gaddafi’s sons tried to get Saudi clerics to say the uprisings were un-Islamic, but Saleh Al-Lehaydan went the other way.
“Saudi Cleric Denies Fatwa Against Protests in Libya,” from Xinhua, March 1:
A prominent Saudi cleric threw his weight behind anti-government protests that swept Libya to bring down leader Muammar Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule, denying there has been a fatwa (a religious edict) to condemn anti-Gaddafi protesters.
“Qaddafi’s government is not Islamic,” local daily Arab News quoted sheikh Saleh Al-Lehaydan, as saying.
“He is not an imam (leader) or a true Muslim,” the member of the Saudi Council of Ulema (senior religious scholars), the kingdom’s top Islamic body, said….