Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais
is the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia; the President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques; a renowned qāriʾ ;
and was the Dubai International Holy Qur'an Award's "Islamic Personality Of the Year" in 2005. Al-Sudais has preached Islam's opposition to "explosions and terrorism", and has called for peaceful inter-faith dialogue,
but also been sharply criticized for vilifying non-Muslims and especially Jews in his sermons.
He has denounced the treatment of Palestinians by Israeli settlers and the state of Israel,
and called for more aid to be sent to Palestinians.
He has also been noted for identifying women's un-Islamic behavior as in part responsible for the winter 2006 drought in Saudi Arabia. In 2016, he delivered the very important Hajj sermon to a multitude of pilgrims gathered at Arafat after prayers.