Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir Denounces the Murder of James Foley
August 20, 2014
Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir condemned the savage murder of James Foley and extended his condolences to Mr. Foley's family and friends. "There is no religion or faith that condones the killing of the innocent," Al-Jubeir said. He added that "according to Islam, the killing of an innocent soul is tantamount to the killing of all of humanity." Ambassador Al-Jubeir stated that "ISIS, and those who promote extremism, radicalism and terrorism, are the enemies of compassion, mercy and humanity. They certainly are the enemy of Islam."
"We cannot stand silent while this immoral collection of terrorists and deviants commit reprehensible acts of violence and murder against the innocent anywhere. This is an evil that must be extinguished before it is allowed to destroy the lives of more innocent people," said Al-Jubeir.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz urged Muslims to defeat terrorism, saying "these groups have become an easy tool for the enemies of Islam who use them to terrorize and kill innocent people through the distortion of the holy text and interpretation of Islamic law to serve their ends." The Kingdom's most senior religious scholars have condemned terrorist groups, including ISIS, Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda for distorting and violating the teachings of Islam and its prohibition on the killing of the innocent.
"There is no religion or faith that condones the killing of the innocent," Al-Jubeir said. He added that "according to Islam, the killing of an innocent soul is tantamount to the killing of all of humanity."