A pair of twins in Saudi Arabia, Khaled and Saleh Al-Oraini have been arrested for assaulting their family after their mother tried to stop them from joining the Islamic State in Syria.
Their 67-year-old mother, Haila, was stabbed to death, while the father and their 22-year-old brother suffered wounds that have left them in a critical condition in hospital in the capital, Riyadh. The duo was arrested when they were on the run, trying to flee across the border to Yemen.
Saudi Arabians have been getting increasingly worried about the rising influence of Islam-inspired militancy. There have been quite a few similar cases in the recent past, where family members have been killed by suspected ISIS militants, including one that took place on 24 June.
These cases have ignited a debate in Saudi Arabia about the teachings of scholars, and devotees, especially because respect and devotion to parents has always been held in high regard. Several articles and commentaries in media have asked if this is a result of the teachings of a 13th Century scholar from Damascus, Ibn Taimiyya, whose fatwas, and concept of ‘Takfiri’ have been popular. The Islamic State are said to be strong observers of Takfiri, which means non-believer, which impels their follower to kill other Muslims who are considered apostates.
“The only thing (we have established) is that they (the twins) follow Takfiri ideology,” an interior ministry spokesperson General Mansour Al-Turki was quoted as sating by Reuters, using a phrase which Saudi authorities use to refer to Islamic militancy. “The case is still under investigation,” said the spokesman, who declined to give further details.