Adnan al-Aroor

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Adnan al-Aroor
Adnan Mohammed al-Aroor

1948 (age 72–73) CE / 1368 AH[1]
OccupationScientific director for research and publishing in Riyadh and Salafi cleric
Children11 (3 girls and 8 boys)[1]

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

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 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]


  1. ^ a b c "Sheikh Adnan Aeraour "Mahatma Syria" weapon of non-violence" (in Arabic). August 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Abdo, Geneive (March 2015). "Salafists and Sectarianism:Twitter and Communal Conflict in the Middle East" (PDF). Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings: 32.
  3. ^ a b "Šejh Adnan Al-Aroor – simbol i pokretač sirijskog ustanka" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  4. ^ Saud, Fahad (6 August 2011). "Saudi-based Syrian cleric urges continued protests against Assad's regime". Al-Arabiya. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  5. ^ A Syrian preacher: The charm of telesalafism The Economist, 20 October 2012
  6. ^ "ISIS Launches Campaign Calling To Kill Prominent Islamic Clerics Such As Yousuf Al-Qaradawi, Saudi Mufti 'Abd Al-'Aziz Aal Al-Sheikh, Former Egyptian Chief Mufti 'Ali Gum'a". MEMRI. February 14, 2017.