Muhammad al- Qahtani

(d. 1979)

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(d. 1979)

Self-declared Mahdi of the 1979 seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Denounced the House of Saud for impiety and irreligious innovations. Believed the government modernization program was heretical and the ulama had been co-opted by the state. Announced the end of Saudi reign and sought to establish an Islamic state. Killed by government military forces during the storming of the Grand Mosque.

See also Utaybi, Juhayman al-

Subjects: Islam.

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