Held Hostage by Wahabism: Shaykh Usama Al-Attar
The international Muslim community was quick to react with condemnation and outrage at the attack on Shaikh Usama al-Attar and a group of Hajj pilgrims this past weekend by Saudi religious police. Despite filing false charges against the Shaikh, Saudi Arabian authorities eventually relented and released him, thanks to pressure placed by Canadian parliamentarians and citizens on the Saudi Arabian government. Unfortunately, Shaikh Usama has been oppressed, humiliated, and disrespected by the Saudi Arabians just for being a Shia Muslim. Even more disheartening is the fact Shaikh Usama is considered to be among the lucky ones to have been released. Untold numbers of Saudi and international citizens have been arrested and forgotten in Saudi prisons for merely being Shia and forced to face false allegations, just as those leveled against Shaikh Usama. These prisoners are rarely allowed any legal assistance and have become lost in a web of oppression surrounding Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia.