They’re attacking it because of the channel, the actor and the writer. The Al-Asoof (meaning “Winds of Change”) TV series has been targeted for its theme, topic and scenario before it was even broadcasted. This is a Ramadan battle that we’ve gotten used to in the past few years. Ramadan is accompanied with television battles in which extremist voices attack television series every year. Why does this happen during Ramadan in particular? It’s because it is the month when there is a majority of viewers. The aim of these campaigns is to distort and suspend works of art which they entirely oppose because they know how they influence the public opinion and the society against their extremist rhetoric.
Al-Asoof, a drama series airing on MBC, is about the period between 1970 and 1975. The show reflects on this time via beautiful and accurate details based on real testimonies. Unfortunately for haters of Al-Asoof, it’s actually a long series and the one airing this year is only the first season. Extremists are against it because they see it as an attempt to destroy what they built in the next two decades (after 1975) and which they called Sahwa. They are actually right. The series presents an image of a conservative and pious Saudi society and that’s void of all the distortions which extremists introduced in the wake of the Iranian revolution, which distorted the entire Muslim world and not just Saudi Arabia.
They are attacking Al-Asoof because it highlights a period that was intentionally kept in the dark. Extremists from among the Sahwists want to turn this light off.Abdulrahman al-Rashed