1996 News Story

Al-Khobar explosion denounced at Friday prayer

The Imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sheikh Saleh Bin Humaid, devoted his sermon at the Friday noon prayer today to denouncing the criminal blast that rocked a residential complex in Al-Khobar late last Tuesday, leaving many innocent people dead or injured. The Imam cited many Islamic principles that forbid terrorist acts of killing, violence, and intimidation of peaceful and innocent people, and made it clear that violence and terrorism will not succeed anywhere on earth because they run counter to all religions, all international norms and laws.  He called on religious scholars, writers, thinkers and intellectuals to clarify the true course of Islamic behavior and to advise on how to avoid deviations in ideology, referring to the important role that the mass media can take in this regard.  Similar exhortations were made at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, where Imam Ali Al-Huzaifi called the explosion in Al-Khobar serious sedition, aggression, and corruption, adding that such terrorist and destructive acts are totally forbidden in Islamic teachings.