2004 Press Release

Saudi Arabia's top cleric urges Muslims to reject terrorism
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington DC

Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, delivered the sermon to almost two million pilgrims at the peak of the Hajj.  As Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority, he used this important occasion to denounce terrorism and those who perpetrate it in the name of religion.

During his sermon he highlighted the importance of educating others about Islam, so that terrorists will not be able to claim that their reprehensible actions have anything to do with the true faith: “You must know Islam’s firm position against all these terrible crimes. The world must know that Islam is a religion of peace and mercy and goodness; it is a religion of justice and guidance…Islam has forbidden violence in all its forms. It forbids hijacking airplanes, ships and other means of transport, and it forbids all acts that undermine the security of the innocent.”