Adnan al-Aroor

Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor (Arabic: الشيخ عدنان محمد العرعور, born 1948) is a Salafi[2] cleric from Hama, Syria.

Adnan al-Aroor
Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor

1948 (age 7071) CE / 1368 AH[1]
ResidenceRiyadh, Saudi Arabia
OccupationScientific director for research and publishing in Riyadh and Salafi cleric
Children3 girls and 8 boys[1]

al-Aroor appears regularly on TV stations in Saudi Arabia, including the widely watched satellite channel al-Safa, where he is known for his programs criticizing non-Salafi Islamic majorities fighting with the government.[3] He became widely known and promoted after the start of the Syrian Public Revolution as the non-official face of the anti-government movement in Syria. He favors arming the Syrian opposition and a foreign military intervention.[3][4]

According to The Economist: "Those who tuned in to Mr Arour's weekly show were attracted less by his Sunni triumphalism than by his theatrical appeals for all Syrians to rise and fight, something opposition intellectuals in exile neglected to do. But as Syria's misery has ground on, sectarian fault lines have inexorably widened. Mr Arour's views, once widely dismissed as extreme, now look closer to the mainstream, at least among the three-quarters of Syrians who are Sunni Muslims".[5]

Abdul Razzaq al-Mahdi, Nabil Al-Awadi, Tariq Abdelhaleem, and Hani al-Sibai who are linked to Al-Qaeda, in addition to others like Adnan al-Aroor, Abd Al-Aziz Al-Fawzan, Mohamad al-Arefe, Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al Shaykh and others were included on a death list by ISIS.[6]


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