Saudi authorities have reportedly arrested an ISIL member who aimed death threats on Twitter against TV actor Nasser Al Qasabi.
Comedian Al Qasabi’s new satirical television sitcom ‘Selfie’ launched on Saudi-owned satellite channel MBC earlier in the summer.
In one episode that aired during Ramadan, reported The National in June, Al Qasabi plays a Saudi father who pretends he wants to join ISIL in Syria in order to bring back his son who became an extremist.
In one scene, a group of holy warriors at a “girl market” picks concubines from a line of chained women, the newspaper reported.
“Come on guys!” interrupts the character played by Al Qasabi. “This is forbidden by Islam, these are just children!”
“God forgives!” the ringleader retorts.
As one fighter picks a slave “wife” who is actually a man in a woman’s black robe, a friend points out the apparent mistake.
“No problem!” the first fighter says. “If he’s an infidel, he deserves this!”
In response, a Twitter user named Jalabeeb Al Jizrawi – now understood to be part of ISIL – tweeted to Al Qasabi: “I swear to god you will regret what you did, you apostate.
“The holy warriors will not rest until they cut your head from your body, in just a few days hopefully,” he wrote in a post that was retweeted more than 3,000 times.
Al Qasabi was reportedly unfazed by subsequent threats he received from Al Jizrawi’s supporters, telling Al Arabiya TV: “God is my protector. I’m an artist, and the artist’s essential role is to reveal society’s challenges even if he pays a price.”
He tweeted afterwards: “My account has Daesh [ISIL] full of swearing words and threats. I would like to ask those haters to take it easy and calm down because Ramadan has just begun.”
Saudi Gazette reported on Monday that authorities have now arrested Al Jizrawi. The newspaper said the episode in question had “shed light on the deviant and extreme thoughts and ideologies of Daesh”, and prompted the backlash.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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