Sheikh Saleh Al-Talib, imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, was arrested yesterday according to the social media advocacy group Prisoners of Conscience.
🔴 We confirm the arrest of the Imam of Haram Sheikh Dr. Saleh al Taleb, and it is said that the reason for the arrest is a speech about the doing evil and the duty in Islam to deny that in public! pic.twitter.com/8jq70ljDGg
— Prisoners of Conscie (@m3takl_en) August 19, 2018
Activists said Al-Talib's last lecture on "evil-doing" was the reason for his detention.
The cleric's last couple of tweets were on the topic of Hajj, with Al-Khaleej Online questioning whether he made the social media posts himself.
الجَلالُ والجَمالُ والبهاءُ هو إيحاءُ منظَرِ الحَجِيج في حرَمِ الله، وفي دُرُوب المشاعِر، وفي اتِّحاد وصفِهم وبياضِ لُبسِهم، وفي تلبِيَتهم الخالِدَة: "لبَّيك اللهم لبَّيك، لبَّيك لا شريكَ لك لبَّيك، إن الحمدَ والنعمةَ لك والمُلك، لا شريكَ لك".#صالح_آل_طالب #يوم_عرفة pic.twitter.com/5dfVu4JSrp
— الشيخ د. صالح آل طالب (@Salih_Altalib) August 20, 2018
Since 2017, Mohammad Bin Salman has launched a large-scale arrest campaign involving many human rights activists, journalists, people in business and moderate clerics.
The arrests reached Islamists and liberals alike, and the common denominator between them seems to be the fact that they are not entirely subordinate to the ruling power in the Kingdom.
Last week, the prominent Islamic scholar Sheikh Suleiman Dweesh died under torture in a Saudi Arabian jail. He was arrested in April 2016 after making critical comments about Bin Salman.