Grand mufti warns on social media ‘rumors’

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh
Updated 08 July 2016
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Grand mufti warns on social media ‘rumors’

RIYADH: Grand Mufti of the Kingdom SheIkh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, head of Council of Senior Scholars, said there are those who use social media to spread rumors, lies and superstitions with the aim of misleading people and creating discord, describing them as “naive,” who must be stopped.

He said social media is now being used to spread and publish corruption in the land. He added that he considers those posting in such mediums as “lifeless, have no shame, and follow their misguided whims, lies and falsehoods.”
“It is wrong to write everything on these social media websites, and those people who do that must be made aware and stopped,” he told Qur’an Broadcasting Service on Monday. “These mediums have become corrupt to society and homes, and have destroyed morals and values in homes because of foolish people talking to people with no right, throwing insults and cursing them; all this is contrary to the religion of Islam. “
He said, “the rumors which are spread to negatively affect people are no more than psychological warfare made by those against Islam whilst deceiving the young who do not have the foresight nor understanding, and just want to attack Islam.”
Shiekh Abdul Aziz said people who spread these rumors are hypocrites, who as God states, “have a disease in their heart.” He emphasized that those who took to writing on these social media websites took the method of lies and deception, and try to create a wedge among people.
He called on those who wanted to write on these social websites to “follow the truth and have a wise writing style, and to stay away from slander and not to lie, for this is not allowed, and that the way to become nearer to God is to have the knowledge and vision, and to spread rights and justices and to like for your brother what you would like for yourself.”
Al-Sheikh indicated that the love of a Muslim for his Muslim brother is a must; he is not supposed slander him or show his misdeeds, but to advise him, be pleased with his prayers and be sad over his sins, and not get involved in spreading his wrongful acts, or to evaluate his morals or indulge in disclosure.
He said true ethics and belief lie in real love between people and not in heresy.


Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

Updated 23 July 2019
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Saudi efforts to promote tolerance, moderation lauded

RIYADH: The rector of the Islamic University of Brussels hailed Saudi efforts to promote moderate Islam, reject extremism, fight against terrorism, serve the religion and its followers, and respond to aberrant ideologies that have harmed the Muslim world.

Dr. Mustafa Khader Donmez also praised the programs carried out by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.

“The Kingdom has established specialized scientific, educational and media institutions, called for the unity of the Islamic nation, and cooperated with all that strengthens the nation’s unity and preserves its security,” he said.

“Saudi Arabia has been holding conferences inside and outside the Kingdom, to which it invited scholars and specialists, in cooperation with regional and international bodies to promote Islamic tolerance and address the causes of extremism and terrorism.”

Donmez said the Kingdom has invited Islamic institutions and international bodies to implement programs and events that fight extremism and condemn terrorism.

“The Kingdom is keen to promote international peace and communication between cultures and the followers of different religions through calling for interreligious and intercultural dialogue, a domain in which the Kingdom has been a pioneer,” he added.

Saudi Arabia “has taken the lead in spending for this purpose as it is in line with its high status on the Islamic and international levels,” he said. SPA Riyadh