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February 12, 2015 12:17 pm

Saudi TV Host Defends Tweet Thanking Jews and Christians

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Saudi TV host Tariq Habib was blasted by critics for thanking Jewish and Christian well-wishers. Photo: Twitter

A Saudi television host who tweeted his thanks to Jewish and Christian viewers after they wished him well following a kidney transplant operation has been widely vilified as a result.

Blogger Elder of Ziyon reported that Professor Tariq Habib, a psychologist and TV host whose Twitter account has over 5 million followers, “has been justifying his decision to issue that tweet, saying that a simple expression of thanks does not mean that he believes that Judaism or Christianity are superior to Islam.”

In an article responding to his detractors, Habib was careful not to alienate them entirely, opining that a “good word or phrases of thanksgiving, or even giving gifts to the Jews and the Christians, does not bless their faith or promotes a culture of loyalty to non-Muslims, but it is my job to the principles of Islam, which are based on justice, to appreciate the actions of others, to demonstrate Islam’s moral pillars.”

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  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    The man is a gentleman who has his head on straigh

  • Lynn K. Circle

    If there were more like him in the Middle East, peace would have been achieved there long, long ago.

  • ” Islams moral pillar ” has crumbled long ago, stared to in Medina. It’s a sad day, When a public television host has to justify,thanking well wishers Christians and Jews not just Muslims. His justifying tweet is a most raceist act, he had no choice in a primitive raceist country like Soudi Arabia.

  • Mickey Oberman

    “… Islam’s moral pillars.”

    Obviously made of sand and awaiting a wave that will dissolve them.

  • Dale

    “..saying that a simple expression of thanks does not mean that he believes that Judaism or Christianity are superior to Islam.” Why is it that, only with Islam, religion is treated as a contest????

  • Leo Toystory

    He’d better be careful or Saudi justice may decide to amputate his new liver.

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