Fascinating isn't it that you can't even talk minarets and burkas on this Island without being branded a racist yet when the chips are down there's no greater disrespectors of Islam than, ahem, Muslims. Yup we're on Saudi Arabia time now and when those boys take a dislike to a mosque there's no beating around the bush.
Saudi Shias Arrested over Worship
RIYADH: Authorities in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia have arrested several Shia community leaders in the Eastern Province for hosting Shias worship services in their homes, an activist said Tuesday.
According to Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA.ir), a 30-year old school teacher was detained on Monday in Al-Khobar, where three other Shias were arrested a week earlier for private services on the Ashura holiday last December, said Ibrahim Mugaiteeb of the Human Rights First Society.
The arrests follow more than a year of tensions in the Eastern Province over permits for new Shia mosques in the region.
Authorities have shut down several makeshift Shia mosques and refused a mosque permit for the 20,000-strong Al-Khobar Shia community, according to Mugaiteeb.
“They cannot have their own mosques, and they can’t pray in a Sunni mosque,” he told AFP. “They are not allowed to have prayers in the streets.”
He said that three of those arrested were from the same al-Maki family: Hassan Ali al-Maki, the teacher arrested Monday, Abdullah Fahad al-Maki, 73, and Hassan Ali al-Maki, 45.
The fourth man was Mahdi Ahmad al-Khodhair, 64, and all were arrested March 29, Mugaiteeb said.
Mainly concentrated in the Eastern Province, Shia’s constitute around 10 percent of the population of Saudi Arabia.