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."

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