Monday, 17 June 2019 | 11:58 WIB

Saying Being Invited by King Salman, Habib Rizieq Challenged to Show Evidence

Habib Rizieq Shihab (gettyimages)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Grand Imam of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Habib Rizieq Shihab says he is now in Saudi Arabia to perform umrah and pilgrimage, while meeting the invitation from Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.

What Habib Rizieq said became the laughing stock of the netizens. They consider Habib Rizieq ridiculous, because when King Salman visited Indonesia in March 2017, he never once mentioned or met with Habib Rizieq. They actually assessed he tried to escape from various cases that ensnare him.

"King Salman's invitation???? Ridiculous...," netizen Socratez Lumberg commented on the article entitled 'Habib Rizieq Said His Visit to Arab on Invitation by King Salman' Saturday (04/29/2017).

"Meet [him] in Indonesia alone, [he] did not want, let alone invited. Moreover, big family is invited. Usually invitation is only a few people who allagedly have one purpose; if all family is brought it is called run away," concluded Airlangga.

In addition, some citizens also challenged Habib Rizieq to offer evidence for being invited by King Salman.

"If back from there, please share [your] picture with King Salman," added Ilham Syah.

Previously, Habib Rizieq through his personal Twitter account said that a visit to Saudi Arabia is in the framework of Umrah and Pilgrimage. "Umroh & Pilgrimage of Habib Rizieq Syihab," he said, Saturday.

In addition, the recipient of the title "Man Of The Year 2016" from the Chinese Muslim Indonesia (MUSTI) led by Jusuf Hamka, and Lieus Sungkhisma's Anticorruption Chinese Community (Komtak) revealed his visit is at the invitation of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud.

"Giving Public Lecture to the Students in Medina, on the sidelines of the visit on Invitation of @KingSalman," said Habib Rizieq accompanied by uploaded photo showing him and a number of people. (*)