2004 Press Release

Saudi religious scholars promote interfaith peace and condemn terrorist acts
Washington DC

Both abroad and at home, Saudi religious scholars are condemning acts of terrorism and promoting the Islamic principles of peace and tolerance.

At an Embassy press conference in London, U.K., Minister of Islamic Affairs Shaikh Salih bin Abdulaziz Al As-Shaikh stated that Saudi Arabia has achieved a great deal of success in combating terrorism, with many perpetrators killed or arrested.  The Kingdom, he said, enjoys political, economic and social stability in spite of the terrorist incidents that have recently occurred.  Islam, he reiterated, is a religion of love and tolerance that calls for dialogue with others. 

Shaikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, one of the imams at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, led Friday prayers on June 11 with over 55,000 worshippers gathered in and around the East London Mosque.  Calling for interfaith peace and harmony, he urged Muslims to be united in setting an example of “the true image of Islam” in their interactions with other communities.  “The history of Islam,” he declared, “is the best testament to how different communities can live together in peace and harmony.”     

In Saudi Arabia, a number of well-known Muslim scholars issued a statement on June 13 strongly condemning the recent incidents that led to the killing of people and the damaging of property as outrageous crimes forbidden by the Islamic religion. 

According to Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan: “Senior religious scholars in Saudi Arabia have continually and unequivocally condemned terrorism.  In our war against terrorism, these condemnations are a powerful weapon.”