After the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz began to implement a so-called "tolerant Islam", the fight against the religion of Allah in Saudi Arabia sharply intensified.
It is to be recalled that one of the steps in this direction was the opening under the personal order by King Abdullah and under his direct patronage, of a so-called "International Technological University" in Jeddah, with mixed education of men and women in western-style with all the charms of "civilized" debauchery - discos, night clubs, uniforms, etc.
After a member of the Supreme Council of Ulema, Sheikh Saad al-Shitrit, dared to question the correctness of the King's decision on the introduction of mixed education in the new college, he was immediately dismissed.
Meanwhile, this practice had no precedent in Saudi Arabia before 2009, and until now mixed education is banned under the law of the kingdom by the Ministry of Education. The mixed education is prohibited by the Sharia.
In early 2009, the Saudi regime has taken several steps that pushed Islam out of the education system. These steps have been taken by the authorities of Saudi Arabia under pressure from the EU and the US that demand "to democratize Islam"
The following message has been reported in the press in February 2009 -
Saudi King Abdullah's "cleansing" in the ranks of the religious establishment of the country that are considered "conservatives and fundamentalists", is seen by pro-western experts as a "bold step towards reform" in the kingdom.
"The objective is very clear: to reduce the influence of the religious establishment over the legal and educational systems," Mustafa Alani, of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center, told Reuters.
King Abdullah announced on February 14, 2009, the first major government reshuffle since assuming the throne in August 2005. He replaced the head of the Supreme Judicial Council, "accused" by pro-Western leaders of "blocking reforms", and the head of the powerful religious police, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
The shakeup also touched upon the influential Council of Ulema (Muslim scholars) and the consultative Shura Council, in which had been appointed new members, some ministries and departments.
The new minister of information has become the first ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Moscow, Abdulaziz Khoja.
Pro-Western leaders welcomed King's steps on "sweeping" the rankg of "old guard", calling it a "revolution".
Commentators and experts believe that the major shakeup was induced by alarm bells recently rung by the West.
"The judicial sector (i.e. Sharia provisions - KC) had begun to embarrass the government, especially in the outside world, - says Fahd al-Shaafi, a Saudi political analyst. - It was hard to deal with because religious doctrine and political legitimacy are so intertwined here".
Meanwhile, according to a source of the AzanNews in Saudi Arabia, last week the Ministry of Information of Saudia, within the framework of the execution of an order of the King, blocked access to largest Islamic websites. Among are the Islam: Q & A by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Solih al-Munajjid, the website IslamWay, which is the biggest website that contains lessons and fatwas of scholars, the website IslamWeb, and many others.
The reason for the closure is disobeying a recent order by the king, who ordered to restrict the right to issue fatwas only to members of the so-called "Standing Committee on Fatwa", since all these websites have sections on Fatwa.
After that, major websites that are accessed by every simple Muslim in matters of religion came under attack.
Meanwhile, secularists and atheists in newspapers and on the Saudi Arabian TV continue quietly to express their views on important matters of religion, deceiving ignorant Muslims, and no attempts have been made by the Saudi regime to restrict them from doing so.
Also remain freely accessible websites which defame Islam, promoting pornography and the like.
At the same time, attacks on scientists who are "not obeying" the orders of the king and continue to explain to the people the issues of religion, and appeals to take action on them, became more frequent in the Saudi press.
It is to be recalled that earlier, the King of Saudi Arabia imposed a strict ban on publication of religious orders to all, except for a limited number of scientists, and drew particular attention to the fact that some of them issue fatwas on the basis of "old views".
Department of MonitoringKavkaz Center