TV preacher fired for Brotherhood links

Renowned Kuwaiti preacher sacked by Saudi prince from top job at religious TV channel.

    TV preacher fired for Brotherhood links
    Prince Alwaleed said he had repeatedly warned Tareq al-Suwaidan against political affiliation. [Reuters]

    Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has fired a renowned Kuwaiti preacher and motivational speaker from the top job at the religious television channel he owns for what he described as "extremist inclinations" and links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    There is no place for those who carry any deviant thoughts at Al Resalah Channel, Alwaleed wrote in a letter to Tareq al-Suwaidan, according to a news release from the prince's office.

    Prince Alwaleed said in the letter that he had repeatedly warned Suwaidan against political affiliation.

    Suwaidan who has more than 1.9 million Twitter followers and is known across the Arab world for his lectures on self-improvement from an Islamic perspective, had identified himself as "one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood" during a lecture in Yemen, Prince Alwaleed said. 

    Only the weak worry about earning a living, and no one abandons his principles but he who cares about earthly matters, Suwaidan responded on Twitter.

    Crackdown support 

    Saudi Arabia has come out strongly in support of the army crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt following the military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last month.

    Prince Alwaleed's uncle, King Abdullah, on Friday called on Arabs to stand together against "attempts to destabilise" Egypt, in a message of support for the military leadership.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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