Prince Nayef denounces deviant ideologies

May 20, 2009

The First National Conference on Intellectual Security, which concluded today in Riyadh, issued a final communiqué stressing the importance of moderation, tolerance, cross-cultural dialogue, non-violence, and the establishment of national strategies for promoting those values. The declaration pointed out the moderate nature of Islam and warned against the dangers of embracing deviant ideologies.

The conference was organized by Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz, who serves as Chair for Intellectual Security at King Saud University (KSU).

Addressing a press conference in Riyadh earlier this week, Prince Nayef explained that the purpose of the forum was to counter the “intellectual abnormality” which is “the main reason for terrorism.” He expressed hope that the small number of Saudis participating in deviant groups abroad would renounce their beliefs and return home, noting, “The country is ready to welcome its citizens if they decide to opt for the correct path.”

Prince Nayef continued, “I do not think that we have any honor as Saudis to find our sons abroad turning into bombers who kill innocent men, women and children that are not guilty of anything anywhere, whether in Iraq, Pakistan and Lebanon or anywhere else. These individuals make bombing as their profession. This is a dishonorable act and a great sin.” He added, “The religion of Islam has nothing to do, whatsoever, with these individuals.”