2005 News Story

Grand Mufti condemns terrorism on eve of international conference

On the eve of the Counter-Terrorism International Conference that opens tomorrow in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz Al-AsShaikh has issued a statement condemning the "ugly acts of terrorism" and declaring that they must be confronted at all levels. In this context, he cited several verses of the Holy Qur’an and elaborated on sayings of the Prophet. The malicious acts of the terrorists, he said, include killing non-Muslims who are living in the Kingdom, accusing Muslims of being “infidels”, and calling for them to be attacked. Such ugly crimes are in contravention of Islam. All Muslims should therefore cooperate to eradicate extremism and make young people aware of its dangers.

Saudi Arabia's hosting of the four-day Counter-Terrorism International Conference in Riyadh crowns its ongoing intensive efforts to eliminate all forms of terrorism. The entire world has been hit by terrorism and the Kingdom has confronted it at home and condemned it globally. Saudi Arabia has signed the Arab agreement on combating terrorism, the similar treaty of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and that of the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as nine other international treaties and agreements. The Kingdom is strictly monitoring charitable organizations to halt money transfers to suspect groups, and has approved texts on counter-terrorism in its school curricula.