‘Saudi Obama’ selected as Imam of Mecca Mosque ( Is this change we can TRUST ? )
NEW YORK: Sheik Adil Kalbani, a black son of poor immigrant from Persian Gulf, dubbed the ‘Saudi Obama’, selected as an Imam of Grand Mosque in Mecca by Saudi King Abdullah, was profiled in the New York Times Saturday.
Sheik Adil, the newspaper reveals has met Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, a leader of the jihad against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
Sheikh initially sympathised with their radical position and anger toward the West. Later, he said, he began to find their views narrow, especially after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
‘The king is trying to tell everybody that he wants to rule this land as one nation, with no racism and no segregation,’ said Sheik Adil, a heavyset and long-bearded man of 49 who has been an imam at a Riyadh mosque for 20 years.
‘Any qualified individual, no matter what his color, no matter where from, will have a chance to be a leader, for his good and his country’s good.’
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