2004 Press Release
02/02/2004 Eid Al-Adha address by King and Crown Prince condemns terrorism and promotes tolerance Washington DC
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, issued a joint statement from Mina on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, addressing Muslims everywhere as well as the two million pilgrims gathered for Hajj. The statement, read on their behalf on Saudi television, unequivocally denounced terrorism and called for global cooperation in the war against it.
The following are highlights from the statement:
“The entire world, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been harmed by many acts of terror intended to undermine stability, and spread fear and evil. Some of these events have been perpetrated by individuals unfortunately claiming to be Muslims. It is necessary to clarify the position of Islam concerning these events and their perpetrators. These acts, and those who carry them out, are deviant. It is important to oppose them. These acts are a function of false ideas, contrived by individuals who have strayed from the truth, and contradict the teachings of religion.”
“The Kingdom opposes all forms of terrorism, and is fighting it locally and condemning it internationally, and is working to uproot it and expose its negative impact on society.”
“The Kingdom urges the international community to vigorously confront the menace of terrorism, and supports all peace-loving countries in fighting and uprooting it. A comprehensive plan for combating terrorism by all countries must be implemented so that terrorists will not be allowed to conduct their subversive activities from any territory.”
“Islam is a noble faith. It does not tolerate hatred and malice.”