Sheikh Nimr was an outspoken critic of the government’s despotic rule, and a proponent of reform, freedom, and human rights in Saudi Arabia. His only crime was to speak up by saying
Kingdom’s Shia community would no longer be cowed into silence. We have the determination to resist your injustices and we will not surrender. The most you can do is to kill us, and we love martyrdom for the sake of Allah. Either we live on this earth as freeman or we die in it as a pious man.