Grand Mufti warns against danger of extremist ideologies

October 2, 2008

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Senior Ulema (Religious Scholars) Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh warned against the dangers of extremist ideology in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat published yesterday.


“The followers of ideological terrorism are maligning the ummah, proclaiming its members as infidels, and sanctioning the murder of its sons and the destruction of their property,” the Grand Mufti said. “They are framing the ummah with false charges and then they build on these bad thoughts by advocating evil, destruction, and corruption.”

He stressed that it is the duty of every person to fight extremist ideology and expose it as evil and corrupt.

“It is our duty and we all—the media, the universities, mosque imams, and mosque preachers—are responsible for fighting these evil thoughts and those that promote them. Such thoughts should be discussed and their corruption exposed. Even the fathers and mothers should fight these thoughts,” Al-Ashaikh said. “We pray to God Almighty that the war on ideological terrorism be fierce and strong and be based on solid foundations and good curricula so that we can close the doors of evil with God’s help.”

The Grand Mufti also warned of the dangers of Al-Qaeda and said that the terrorist organization seeks to bring chaos to the Muslim world.

“Al-Qaeda and everything else were brought to fight Islam, divide the unity of the ummah, bring chaos in its ranks, and provide an opportunity for the enemies that covet the land of Islam,” he said.

“If a Muslim were to examine closely all these things and terms of the age, he would find them to be bloody, corruptive, and based on killing, sowing corruption in the ummah, and causing chaos in the Muslim world. How can anyone be satisfied with such thinking or support it or justify its position?”