Wahabis attacked Ka'aba on November 20, 1979
The seizure was led by Juhaiman ibn Muhammad ibn Saif al Utaibi, who belonged to a powerful family of Najd. He declared his brother-in-law Muhammad bin abd Allah al-Qahtani to be the Mahdi, or redeemer of Islam, whose coming at endtimes is foretold inmany ahaadith of Muhammad. Although one of the essential signs to know the Mahdi isthat he is a descendant of Muhammad, Muhammad bin abd Allah al-Qahtani was not adescendant of the Prophet of Islam, since he belongs to Al-Qahtani tribe. However, thefanatics overlooked this by relying on the fact that Al-Qahtani's name and his father'sname are identical to the Prophet's name and father, and they used one of the Prophet'ssayings "His and his father's names were the same as Muhammad's and his father's, andhe had come to Mecca from the north" to justify their opinion. Furthermore, the date of the attack, November 20, 1979, was the first day of the year 1400 according to theIslamic calendar, which according to another hadith, was the day that the Mahdi wouldreveal himself.Juhaiman Saif al Otaibi was from "one of the foremost families of Najd. His grandfather had ridden with Abd al Aziz in the early decades of the century." He was a preacher, aformer corporal in the Saudi National Guard, and former student of revered conservativeSheikh Abdel Aziz al Baaz, who went on to become the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.Juhaiman had turned against al Baz, "and began advocating a return to the original waysof Islam, among other things; a repudiation of the West; an end of education of women;abolition of television and expulsion of non-Muslims." He proclaimed that "the ruling AlSaud dynasty had lost its legitimacy, because it was corrupt, ostentatious and haddestroyed Saudi culture by an aggressive policy of Westernization."
Juhaiman ibn Muhammad ibn Saif al Utaibi(WAHABI), who belonged to a powerful family of Najd & claimed to be AL-MAHDI.Juhaiman ibn Muhammad ibn Saif al Utaibi (Wahabi, Najd) sieged the Holy Shrine of KABA (GrandMosque, Mecca) along with his over 500 armed