On Thursday evening Australia’s national soccer team met their Saudi Arabian counterparts in a World Cup qualifying match. The world soccer commission and the Australian team decided that before the game there would be a moment of silence observed by the teams, in memory of the innocent victims killed in the recent London terrorist attack. Sadly, the Saudi Arabian team could not be bothered with showing a little respect for the people of Australia or for the murdered innocents.
Watch the disrespect:
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Millions of people around the world were dumbfounded at the fact that the Saudi Arabian players could be so callous and disgusting.
Pre game minute silence:
AFC approved it pre game.
Travelling Saudi officials said no.
FFA tried to reason, no avail and went ahead.
— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) June 8, 2017
Absolute disgrace Saudi Arabia's national football team refuse to take part in minutes silence for victims of london in game with Australia
— John Seaton (@JohncSeaton) June 8, 2017
— BaBaK (@Babaksss) June 8, 2017
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) June 8, 2017
Just when you thought Saudi Arabia couldn't be any more of a disease, they refuse a minute's silence vs. Australia for London victims. Scum. pic.twitter.com/N4ETHdPqm5
— Nashat (@Nashat_Hassan) June 8, 2017
The backlash against the disrespectful display must have shocked the Saudi’s, who had been told about the moment of silence beforehand, because they apologized after seeing the shock from the rest of the planet.
“The Saudi Arabian Football Federation deeply regrets and unreservedly apologizes for any offense caused by the failure of some members of the representative team of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to formally observe the one minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the London terrorist attack on June 3rd, 2017, prior to the World Cup Qualifying match against Australia in Adelaide.
The players did not intend any disrespect to the memories of the victims nor to cause upset to their families, friends or any individual affected by the atrocity
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation condemns all acts of terrorism and extremism and extends its sincerest condolences to the families of all the victims and to the Government and people of the United Kingdom.”
But a respected British Imam says that there is one simple reason that the Saudi’s ignored the moment of silence – they didn’t care. The Saudi’s had told the soccer federation that Muslims did not participate in “remembering the dead,” but the imam says that is just not true. The sad truth is that the Saudi’s did not honor the moment of silence because they don’t actually believe it’s wrong for a Muslim to kill a non-Muslim.
An Islamic imam has suggested the Saudi Arabian team refused to take part in a minute’s silence for the London terror victims because they believe ‘it is not a sin for a Muslim to kill a non-believer’.
Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi says it is a ‘lie’ to say the Muslim culture does not remember the dead with a moment of silence, and instead argues the football team did not partake in the mourning because they stand with the jihadist men.
‘They did not stop for a moment of silence because according to Wahhabi Islam – which governs Saudi Arabia – it is not wrong or a sin for a Muslim to kill a non-Muslim,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Their response suggests that within Muslim culture they don’t remember the dead with a moment of silence. This is a lie.’
Sheikh Tawhidi says under Islam Sharia law it is not ‘wrong’ or a ‘sin’ for a Muslim to kill a non-Muslim.
‘In their eyes the attackers are martyrs who are going to paradise. And if they stand for a minute of silence they are against their Muslim brothers who fought for jihad and fought the “infidels”,’ he said.
Sheikh Tawidi also added the team would have been ‘ridiculed’ back home if they had commemorated the victims of the London terrorist attack.
The imam doesn’t agree with that Wahabi belief, and he was disturbed by the Saudi team’s decision to ignore the moment of silence. We need more behavior and rhetoric like this from Muslim leaders. They need to decry the ugly practices of their radical fellow Muslims.