Grand Mufti: IS ‘in direct violation of Islamic principles’

Grand Mufti: IS ‘in direct violation of Islamic principles’
Updated 10 March 2015

Grand Mufti: IS ‘in direct violation of Islamic principles’

Grand Mufti: IS ‘in direct violation of Islamic principles’

The Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh stressed that IS does not represent Sunni beliefs and values due to its corrupt practices in direct violation of the principles of Islam. He said Sunnis cannot be associated with the harsh behavior and killing of people, especially as IS’ interpretation of holy jihad and means to claim the caliphate are religiously unacceptable and promote bloodshed.
He warned young people against joining the group in name of religion, as the organization explicitly takes advantage of young people merely to kill for them.
Al-Sheikh pointed to the brutality and unacceptability of certain acts carried out by IS, such as burning people, which he described as a great offense. He said such acts are based on false fatwas.
The mufti said Muslims and Muslim nations must act as one body to eradicate evil and corruption, noting that social media may play a big role in the exploitation of people and spread of evil. Every Muslim must exert all efforts to protect Islam and refrain from such acts, he said.
Al-Sheikh called for promoting the involvement of youth in Qur’an memorization groups, which play a significant and useful role in containing the youth in summer camps supervised by the official bodies. He also urged the media to play a bigger role in spreading awareness about the harmful implications of joining such terrorist groups.
“Given that unemployment leads to delinquency, improper behavior such as smuggling, and the promotion of deviant ideas, more efforts should focus on providing more job opportunities to the youth,” he said.


Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims
Updated 19 January 2021

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims

Saudi royals offer condolences to Indonesia’s quake victims
  • At least 56 people were killed and 820 injured in the quake that left 15,000 people displaced

RIYADH: The Saudi King and Crown Prince have offered their condolences to President Joko Widodo of Indonesia after an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Sulawesi island on Friday, state news agency SPA reported.

According to the disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) at least 56 people were killed and 820 injured in the quake that left 15,000 people displaced.

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their sympathy to the families of those killed and wished a speedy recovery for the injured.