Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais (photo: Dubai International Holy Quran Award)

A Muslim cleric who has prayed to “terminate” the Jews was awarded Islamic Personality of the Year at a ceremony in which he called Islam a religion of “harmony and kindness” that rejects terrorism.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais – the veteran Quran reader and imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia – prayed to Allah in 2003 in front of 2 million followers to “terminate” the Jews, who he called “the scum of humanity, the rats of the world, prophet killers … pigs and monkeys.”

But he was honored Sunday during the closing ceremony of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, an annual event in the United Arab Emirates capital during Ramadan aimed at promoting Islam’s main text.

Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, left, receives Islam Personality of the Year award in Dubai (photo: Gulf News)

According to the event’s website, the Islamic Personality of the Year “must have an honorable history in serving Islam and Muslims.”

In his remarks upon receiving the award, the sheikh said, “The message of Islam and Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness.”

In his April 2003 address in Mecca, however, Al-Sudais urged Arabs and Muslims to abandon peace initiatives with Israel – comments carried worldwide by Reuters and the Associated Press.

While some media at the time suggested his racist characterization of Jews was a singular occurrence, Al-Sudais has described Jews variously as “evil,” a “continuum of deceit,” “tyrannical” and “treacherous,” WND reported.

Last December, Al-Sudais was listed as a “specially invited guest” of an Islamic conference in Florida. Following media exposure, however, his name disappeared from conference materials.

On the International Holy Quran Award website, the event’s organizing committee said Al Sudais “has been selected for his devotion to the Quran and Islam.”

“His remarkable and ear-catching intonation of the Quran during the Haj [pilgrimage] season and during the Taraweeh [special night prayers during Ramadan] in the holy mosque has made him very famous and beloved among the Muslim community,” said Saeed Hareb, vice chairman of the organizing committee.

Al Sudais reflects a bright picture of Islam and Muslims, Hareb added.

“He became a recognized personality among the Muslim community through his Quran reading and working as a specialized professor in Fuqoh [Islamic jurisprudence],” he said.

The award selection is carried out through nomination by states, universities and specialized institutions, according to the website.

The winner’s “writings or stances should be universally recognized,” it says.

Al Sudais was born in 1961 in the Al Qaseem area of Saudi Arabia where he reportedly memorized the Quran at the age of 12.

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