Usama Al-Atar is an Edmonton imam who was arrested and allegedly beaten by the religious police in Saudi Arabia. He was on a pilgrimage at the time and speaking in a cemetery in Medina.
Al-Atar is expected to speak about his ordeal today. He called his detention horrid. He was held for almost 36 hours before his release. A British member of the group who was with Al-Atar said that the police virtually strangled Al-Atar.
Al-Atar is a relatively liberal Muslim and a peacemaker. No doubt this is why the Saudi religious police attacked him. Here are a few words from his website:
I am a Human
I am a human.
I have a mind, and I have a heart,
I want to live in peace, equality and justice.
....Can I not speak about freedom, or call for communication?
I see people, standing in peace, with a flower in their hands,
Requesting their governments to meet their demands.
Demands for justice, for equality, for respect,