Abdul Rahman Al Sudais born Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1960 is the imam of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He is known world wide primarily for his unique voice and for his emotional recitation of the Quran.He is of Hanbali jurisprudence in accordance with the majority of the Arabian Peninsula.He had memorized the Quran by the age of 12.He obtained a degree in Sharia from Riyadh University in 1983, his Master’s in Islamic fundamentals from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1987 and received his Ph.D. in Islamic Sharia from Umm al-Qura University in 1995.
On April 19, 2002, in his sermon Al-Aqsa Is Crying Out For Help! Al-Sudais called the Jews “monkeys and pigs”, among other invective.
In 2003, Sudais stated that he believes that youth need to be taught Islamic law, including the precepts of the prohibition on killing oneself and the prohibition against attacking non-Muslims living in Islamic countries. Sudais has also said that Islamic youth should not “indiscriminately hurl the label of atheism and not to confuse between legitimate jihad and…the terrorizing of peaceable people.”
In June 2004, Sudais led a following of 10,000 in prayers for inter-faith peace and harmony. Racial Equality Minister Fiona Mactaggart attended Sudais’ sermon at the East London Mosque. Prince Charles, who was in Washington, took part by a pre-recorded message Britain’s chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, sent a message of support
In 2005, Al-Sudais was named by the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) Organising Committee as its 9th annual “Islamic Personality Of the Year” in recognition of his devotion to the Quran and Islam. When accepting his award in Dubai, he said: “The message of Islam and Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness.
In 2007 Sudais also criticized the Lal Masjid administration during the 2007 Red Mosque crisis in Islamabad, Pakistan. He urged the militants and the government to agree to a peaceful resolution through dialogue and urged both parties to protect peace.
Sudais has said that there is no room for extremism and sectarianism in Islam and that Islam teaches a moderate path. He said the solution to problems that Muslims face in Palestine, Somalia, Iraq, Kashmir and Afghanistan lies in following the teachings of Islam in letter and spirit. He called for resolution of conflicts through dialogue and negotiations taking into consideration the social and economic benefits that can be achieved by resolving these disputes.
It was told that when Sudais was young he was very naughty. One day when he was playing in his house he drop a ball on a pot present in a kitchen where there is a lunch available for family. When her mother got to know instead of cursing Sudais she prayed that God made him the Imam of Kaaba. At that time it was no more than a joke for him, but who knows the time of acceptance. And Sudais became the youngest imam of Kaba at the age of just 24.He started his Imamate in Mecca on 23 May 1984 where he lead the Asr prayer, and his first Khutba to the people was on the 15th of Ramadan that year.