Riyadh Governor: Religious extremists are tools of destruction

March 31, 2008

Governor of Riyadh Province Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has described religious extremists as enemies of the Saudi state.


Prince Salman made the remarks at the March 29 opening in Makkah of a seminar on the life and achievements of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the founder of Saudi Arabia.

Religious extremists have become tools of destruction and terrorism, Prince Salman warned, adding that Islam has always advocated moderation.

In his speech, Prince Salman also gave a detailed overview of the life and achievements of King Abdulaziz. He talked about King Abdulaziz’s efforts to unify the country, highlighted the King’s humanity as well as his dedication to the Saudi people. In particular, King Abdulaziz was devoted to the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina, Prince Salman said.

At the event, Prince Salman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in arts from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

The prince, who also serves as chairman of the King Abdulaziz Museum, announced in his remarks that the museum plans to open a branch in Makkah that will be called the Center for Makkah History.

In addition, he launched an encyclopedia project on the Hajj and the two holy mosques. The project is being sponsored by the museum, the Hajj Research Institute, the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, the Hajj Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education.

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