2004 News Story

Saudi religious leaders continue to denounce terrorism in Kingdom

Imams at the Two Holy Mosques yesterday denounced the recent terrorist attacks in the Kingdom. At the Grand Mosque in Makkah Dr. Osama Khayyat delivered a sermon to thousands of worshippers assembled for Friday prayer, and reiterated that Islam expressly prohibits the killing of innocent people. Accusing the perpetrators of the attacks of playing into the hands of the enemies of Islam, he declared: "In truth, who benefits from these actions? Muslims or their enemies?" He then urged a united stance against this "grave danger". At the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Shaikh Hussein Al-AsShaikh asserted that the main purpose of Islamic Shari’ah is to assure the happiness of the whole of mankind, and condemned the criminal acts that have taken place in the Kingdom as “despicable”, saying they “will only serve the interests of our enemies".

Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Charitable Societies for Memorization of the Holy Qur’an condemned the recent acts of terrorism in the Kingdom at a meeting today under the chairmanship of Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Shaikh Saleh Al-AsShaikh. The Council called for decisive and firm measures to protect society from such acts, and stressed the importance of protecting young people from deviant ideas.