Secretary General of Council of Senior Ulema comments on anti-terrorism funding in Asharq Al-Awsat

May 23, 2010

Asharq Al-Awsat Talks to Senior Ulema Council Sec-Gen Dr. Fahd al-Majid

May 23, 2010
By Turki Al-Saheil

[Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat] - Using the "chaos theory" in Physics, the secretary general of the Council of Senior Ulema - a position that is occupied by a person that is an expert in Muslim jurisprudence - tried to highlight the dangers of financing terrorism. The council criminalized this issue in April based on evidence in the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The theory says: "A butterfly flapping its wing in one corner of the world may lead to turbulence in another part of the world". Dr. Fahd al-Majid, the Secretary General of the Council of Senior Ulema, thus concluded that "one man can carry out a terrorist operation alone".

The decision to criminalize the funding of terrorism that the Council of Senior Ulema reached was not the first in the context of criminalizing terrorist acts in general. But it was considered the first since the Al-Qaeda organization launched its activities in Saudi Arabia on 12 May 2003. In an exclusive interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the secretary general of the Council of Senior Ulema praised the way that the political leadership used to manage the terrorism issue. He said: "Had it not been for the successes that God Almighty provided us and had it not been for the wisdom of the leadership in dealing with the issue of terrorism, our situation would have been different from what it is now. Praise be to God Almighty, we are now enjoying security, stability, comprehensive development, and ongoing progress".

The Council of Senior Ulema had issued its first decision condemning terrorism 22 years ago. The Secretary General of the Council of Senior Ulema found fault with those that say that the council was late in criminalizing terrorism.  He said, "The Council was not late in criminalizing this evil phenomenon. In fact, it played a leading and pioneer role in warning and cautioning against it before it became an international and local phenomenon". Dr. Fahd al-Majid added that the recent decision that the Council of Senior Ulema issued criminalizing the financing of terrorism is "focused specifically on prohibiting and criminalizing the financing of terrorism in any form or on any level or in any way". The Secretary General of the Council of Senior Ulema went on to say that "the financier of terrorism is more often than not more dangerous than the actual terrorist, since without funds, schemes fail and such things do not materialize".

Text of the interview 

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