2004 News Story

Grand Mufti reiterates condemnation of terrorism

In a lecture he gave yesterday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh reiterated his condemnation of terrorism, declaring that Islam does not tolerate the shedding of blood and absolutely prohibits random killing of people, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. The terrorist acts that have taken place in Makkah and Madinah as well as Riyadh, he said, are contrary to the teachings of Islam, and can only have an adverse impact on society. He repeated that Islam repudiates terrorism, which is, he said, an alien phenomenon in a country like Saudi Arabia that unwaveringly implements Shariah [Islamic Law]. Terrorism, he declared, is a result of deviant ideas that destabilize society, and called for enlightenment of young people to protect them from such deviant ideas.