Terror global issue: ‘One nation or religion can’t be held responsible’

Updated 07 July 2016

Terror global issue: ‘One nation or religion can’t be held responsible’

MAKKAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman performed Eid prayers at the Grand Mosque alongside a hundreds of thousands of worshippers.

The imam of the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid, delivered a sermon about responsibility, which, he said, can be expressed through diligence, honesty, accountability, moderation and seriousness.
A successful person is one that assumes responsibility for his acts, is reliable, achieves things and works for the good of the nation, not for narrow self-interest, he said, adding that irrespective of one's position or job, one has to give his best.
Leaders, he added, have double responsibility: For their jobs and for their subordinates. The imam also talked about the need for constructive, knowledgeable criticism that comes from a feeling of responsibility and that offers solutions.
It is easy to criticize, but one has to be aware that often people criticize situations that they themselves contributed to creating, and that is a sign of weakness, negativity, failure and irresponsibility.
He said this is the time of all sorts of media and easy communication, and because of that, it is also the time when one needs to show great responsibility and accountability.
Over 1 million worshippers said their Eid prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman was one of them.
Worshippers were led by Imam Abdulbari Al-Thubaiti who expressed thanks to the God Almighty for having enabled worshippers to fast and worship Him during the holy month.
He also enjoined Muslims to listen to the Holy Qur’an, to purify their hearts and souls. He said the serenity and spirituality of the holy month was unfortunately shattered by the ugly crimes that aimed to disrupt the peace of the people. The imam prayed for the souls of the martyrs who were killed in the Madinah explosion, and said terrorism has become a global issue that cannot be blamed on one nation or one religion. “It is an evil that gets the youth in its clutches, a danger that should be stopped and eliminated.”
This country, he said, is the epitome of goodness and benevolence and its people will face the danger posed by terrorists because of their strong faith and determination to face anyone who tries to disturb their peace and security.
Events such as those witnessed recently by Saudi Arabia can only be countered through education and awareness, he said.

Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 7 min 37 sec ago

Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.