Grand Mufti: Terrorism has no place in Islam

Updated 21 August 2014

Grand Mufti: Terrorism has no place in Islam

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh says that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda are Islam’s No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims.
He also said in his public statement that terrorism has no place in Islam.
“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism... have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the No. 1 enemy of Islam,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
He cited militants from the Islamic State, which has declared itself a “caliphate” straddling large parts of Iraq and Syria, and the Al-Qaeda network, saying their brutal actions have tarnished the image of the divine Islamic faith.
“Muslims are the main victims of this extremism, as shown by crimes committed by the so-called Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and groups linked to them,” the mufti said, and called for greater efforts to promote tolerance and moderation among Muslims.
Al-Asheikh’s stance reflects the opposition of the Kingdom’s senior religious scholars toward IS militants.
“In the circumstances the Islamic nation is living through, several countries have been destabilized” by extremists, who divide Muslims in the name of religion, the mufti said.
He also advised Saudi nationals to stand united behind their political leadership.
“The conflicts outside our borders should not divide us,” the mufti said, stressing the importance of dialogue to narrow differences of opinion on various matters.
He warned: “In Islam, after heresy, dividing Muslims is the greatest crime.”
He urged tolerance, “which is at the root of Islam’s growth and longevity.”
On June 29, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said: “We will not allow a handful of terrorists, using Islam for their vested interests, to terrify Muslims or undermine our country and its inhabitants.”


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.