Saleh ibn Baz, grandson of the former mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, has sharply criticized the leadership of Chechnya and refused to visit the republic. Adam Shahidov, an advisor to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, had invited Saleh to visit the Chechen Republic in the course of their personal correspondence.
As reported by Kavkaz.Realii, Saleh ibn Baz reacted sharply to Kadyrov’s statement that the Wahhabites killed the supporters of the prophet Muhammad. In response, Shahidov suggested that Saleh talk to Kadyrov personally, and promised to help arrange such contact.
“I will interpret. He is generous and respects guests,” News.ru cites Shahidov as saying.
Saleh responded that he does not consider Kadyrov a worthy leader. The grandson of the former mufti said that he is not willing to communicate with Kadyrov and will not accept an invitation to visit Chechnya.
URA.RU was unable to reach Kadyrov’s press secretary Alvi Karimov for comment. Chechen Minister of National Policy and Foreign Relations Dzhambulat Umarov declined to comment on the matter. An anonymous source in Chechnya’s leadership told the agency that the conflict between Kadyrov and the grandson of the former Saudi mufti really took place, but cautioned that its significance should not be exaggerated.
“These are specific interpersonal disagreements, from which no global conclusions should be drawn,” the Chechen official remarked.