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In memoriam for the lion of Saudi Arabia: Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

2 January 2016

I woke up to the sad news of the execution of Shiite Cleric Nimr al Nimr of Saudi Arabia when I opened my New York Times.
I usually refrain from political opinions on this blog as politics muddies the water. However, when a country that considers itself holder of two holy shrines of Islam behaves in unjust manner by executing a religious figure then one wonders about the nature of freedom and democracy.

Sheikh Nimr al Nimr will be remembered forever. I am neither Shia nor Sunni. I do not take sides but when someone gets executed without a fair trial then there is a problem.

I am just a librarian who believes that we as humans should think of helping others by providing information without any opinions.

Sheikh Nimr al Nimr may the Almighty grant you the peace you deserve. The Arab Spring of which you were part of will continue despite of the Arab Winter. Life will go on remembering your sacrifice. May Peace prevail in the already fragmented Middle East. 

And along with the 47 people that were executed today there was a preacher who is Sunni by birth and  is named as an al-Qaeda preacher. Now the Saudi's do seem to have a serious problems with their own stability. However al-Zahrani's speech exemplifies how both Shia' and Sunni preachers perceive their kingdom. Of course not all preachers are the same and these views do not align with the Royal policies. Only the time will tell, how Saudi Royal family deals with the discontent of globalization of information.


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