'Saudi Arabia does not fund or support IS murderers’

Updated 30 August 2014

'Saudi Arabia does not fund or support IS murderers’

Saudi Arabia had not and would not support or fund criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in many areas of the region, said Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf, the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Responding to an article by David Gardner in The Financial Times of London, entitled, “Look beyond Saudi Arabia for Sunni leadership,” Prince Mohammed said: “The writer’s extraordinary claim that Saudi Arabia is ‘exporting tanker-loads of quasi-totalitarian religious dogma and pipelines of jihadi volunteers’ is wrong.”
He said Saudi Arabia had not and did not support or fund the murderers who have formed under the banner of the Islamic State.
“We do not and have not supported or funded ‘militant jihadism’ of any kind,” he said. “Indeed, we have stood firmly against it and urged the international community to stand with us.”
Gardner wrote in his article that “Jihadi extremism does present a threat to the Kingdom, but in doctrinal terms it is hard to see in what way it deviates from Wahhabi orthodoxy, with its literalist and exclusivist rendering of Sunni Islam.”
Prince Mohammed responded by asking what “Wahhabi orthodoxy” was. “We are not Wahhabis, we are Muslims,” he explained. “Wahhabism is a convenient label dreamt up by the media to describe extremist movements ranging from the Taleban in Afghanistan to the Al-Qaeda network and now the terrorist ISIS in Iraq.”
The prince said these movements did not even faintly correspond to the teachings of Sheikh Muhammad Abdul Wahab, who was a well-traveled, scholarly jurist of the 18th century. "He (the Sheikh) insisted that Muslims adhere to the values of the Holy Qur’an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), which includes the maximum preservation of human life."
The ambassador reminded Saudi-bashers that the UN Counterterrorism Center was established in Riyadh with the financial support of $100 million from the Saudi government and that this year, the support had been increased by a further $100 million.
“We have been, and are, fighting extremism within our own borders daily, indeed hourly. Any and all Saudis found to be supporting or funding these murderous evil groups, which are outlawed in Saudi Arabia will be arrested,” he said.
Prince Mohammed said it was worth mentioning in the light of the current crisis that in 2003, before the war in Iraq, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal warned: “If change of regime comes with the destruction of Iraq, then you are solving one problem and creating five more problems.”
Saudis shared the ambassador’s response on the social media and condemned the campaign of calumny against their country.

“There is a vicious campaign against Saudi Arabia by the ill-informed Western media,” said Seif M. Al-Qahtani, a blogger. “It seems the Westerners are not reading what is appearing in our media and what is being said from the pulpits of our mosques. These ISIS terrorists are being disparaged by one and all for bringing a bad name to our pristine religion,” he added.

MWL chief receives World's Religions Peace Award

Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa receives World’s Religions Peace Award from John Duke Anthony, founding president of the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR), in Washington on Wednesday. (SPA)
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MWL chief receives World's Religions Peace Award

  • Al-Issa has carried out many missions to combat extremist ideology and promote the values of fairness and moderation

RIYADH: The National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the World’s Religions Peace Award in recognition of his international efforts to promote peace among worshippers.

The NCUSAR founding president, John Duke Anthony, handed the award to the MWL secretary-general at a ceremony in Washington on the sidelines of his visit to the US.

Al-Issa has carried out many missions to combat extremist ideology and promote the values of fairness and moderation within the framework of enlightened Islamic discourse. 

This initiative is part of the cultural communication program and the implementation of the values of tolerance and coexistence in efficient practical programs, especially in religious and ethnic pluralistic countries. 

It focuses on moderation and tolerance, which are the values and principles of Islam, promoting diversity and the preservation of the human right to live in peace, dignity and legitimate freedom.

Since he became MWL secretary-general, Al-Issa has spread true Islamic values and achieved many successes in the Islamic and international world during his many journeys around the world.