He was imprisoned between 1994 and 1999 for his role in the Sahwa movement - "fiercely critical of the Saudi royal family, infuriated by the American role in the first Gulf War, and one of the pioneers of the Islamist use of cassette sermons." After a 2003 terrorist attack in Riyadh,  however, he relented his anti-jihad position and joined in the Saudi campaign against extremist opposition.
- Marc Lynch (24 March 2006), Putting Salman al-Awda on TV, Abu Aardvark (Marc Lynch's blog)
- Peter Bergen (2006), The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader, Free Press, ISBN 0743278917, p. 149
- "Leading Saudi cleric denounces Bin Laden", Jordan Times, 26 January 2010
- Toby Jones (13 November 2003), "Violence and the Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia", Middle East Report Online