In an interview broadcast yesterday on Saudi TV, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Hamoud Al-Khaledi has recanted and withdrawn his earlier fatwas [religious opinions], describing them as “a grave mistake.” Al-Khaledi is the third shaikh to recant on national television. The other two were Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Fahd and Shaikh Ali Al-Khudair.
Al-Khaledi was detained earlier this year for promoting militancy. He renounced militants and condemned their terrorist attacks, saying he was shocked by the suicide bombing at the Al-Muhaya residential complex last month.
“My message to those who carry the weapons in the country of Islam is: Fear God and stop shedding blood. Fear God and repent your mistakes. Fear God and drop your weapons. It is not shameful to admit mistakes," Al-Khaledi said during the broadcast.