Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity

Updated 09 November 2014
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Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity

Anyone endangering the security of the country is, in fact, playing into the hands of the enemies who are looking for an opportunity to destroy the society, said Grand Mosque Imam Saud Al-Shoraim in his Friday sermon.
He warned Muslims to beware of those who want to drive a wedge between them in order to advance their nefarious designs.
“Sleep without security will be restless and a worship devoid of security will be muddled worship. Peace and security is very important for us,” Al-Shoraim said.
A number of people were killed in a terror attack in the Eastern Province on Monday.
Those who cause security breach and violence do not want a dignified life for their people, the Sheikh said.
Security is the basic requirement of life. It is achieved by ensuring the safety of life, property and honor, he added.
The imam compared one who breached security of a nation with a sailor who dug holes in a ship.
“Unless other sailors throw him overboard the whole ship will sink and all sailors drown,” he said
“Security is destabilized by deviant ideology that ruins religious values. Other situations that lead to the disruption of people’s security are harming innocent lives, addiction to drug or liquor, theft of wealth or earning money illegally by violating the honor of other people and committing adultery,” Al-Shoraim said in his speech.
In his sermon at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Imam and Khatib Sheikh Salah Al-Bodair stressed the importance of tolerance, wisdom and peace.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, in his sermon at imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, said the consequences of the disruption of law and order in a country are grave and affect all sections of society.
“The wisdom behind the Shariah-based punishments is to establish justice in the word and to ensure security and stability for the Ummah,” Al-Asheikh said adding that Shariah-based punishments are a blessing from Allah sent down to the Muslims to rein in the wicked people and ensure security and peace in the society.
He also prayed to the Almighty to enable the Kingdom’s rulers to successfully implement the laws of Allah so that the corrupt are reined in and destroyed and people are guaranteed a life free from evil.
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif has meanwhile reaffirmed that all security authorities will carry out their duties to challenge those who attempt to tamper with the Kingdom’s stability.
The minister made these comments, while visiting the families of victims killed in the terrorist attack in Al-Ahsa on Monday.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki announced the arrest of an Al-Ahsa attack suspect in Arar on Friday night.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.