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Using Saudi "leaders" as your example is literally no different than me pointing to the 99 year reign of the Catholic "Kingdom of Jerusalem" from the 1st Crusade. The Catholics, like the Saudis, took over an Abrahamic religion's holiest city. The Catholics, like the Saudis, had the military backing of some of Europe's greatest militaries to aid in their conquest. The Catholics in the holy city, like the Saudis in Mecca & Medina, then proclaimed themselves as leaders of their respective religions, all while looting and altering the holy city's infrastructure. But just because they conquered a city doesn't make them the leaders of the religions.