2005 Public Statement

Grand Mufti's statement condemning the London bombings
Shaikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-AsShaikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Ulema [religious scholars] and Chairman of the Department of Scientific Research and Ifta [guidance], today condemned the terrorist bombings in London and issued the following statement:

Killing and terrorizing innocent people and the destruction of property are not condoned by Islam.  Attributing all these horrific incidents to Islam is unjust.  Muslims should tell the truth and unveil falseness, and inform all people that Islam is a religion of righteousness, betterment and progress. Islam is the final revelation that God has chosen for mankind to guide them from darkness to light.  God said: “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.”

Our religion urges us to fulfill our obligations and prohibits us from abandoning such obligations. God said: “O ye who believe! Fulfill your obligations.”  The unjust killing of a human being is forbidden in Islam.  God said: “And kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause.”

Corruption on earth is considered a major sin in Islam.  God said: “And of mankind there is he whose speech may please you in this worldly life, and he calls Allah to witness as to that which is in his heart, yet he is the most quarrelsome of the opponents.  And when he turns away from you, his effort in the land is to make mischief therein and to destroy the crops and the cattle, and Allah likes not mischief.  And when it is said to him ‘Fear Allah’, he is led by arrogance to more crime.  So enough for him is Hell, and worst indeed is that place to rest.”

Islam urges fair treatment of the enemy and forbids using enmity to justify aggression and wrongdoing against the enemy.  God said: “And let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice.  Be just: that is near to piety”.

Bombings such as those we are witnessing throughout the world, and the explosions on Thursday that targeted innocent people in London, are not condoned by Islam.  These acts are prohibited in Islam, and whoever attributes them to Islam or claims that they are condoned by Islam is fabricating lies against God’s religion. God said: “Say: “Verily, those who invent a lie against Allah will never be successful”.  God also said: “Say (O Muhammad): “The things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawahish (great evil sins and every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allah for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allah of which you have no knowledge”.

God be thanked that these heinous acts have been denounced by renowned Ulama (Muslim scholars) who have repeatedly said that these practices have nothing to do with Islam, and that those who violate the norm should not be taken as an example, because they are challenged by convincing evidence and by unanimous agreement of Ulama.

We should all be pious and avoid committing any act prohibited by God, such as killing, bombing, spreading corruption on earth, inventing lies against God’s religion and attributing all these atrocities to Islam, which has nothing to do with them.  Ulama (Muslim scholars) should continue to explain these issues until those who have gone astray refrain from doing what they are doing, and until the whole world realizes that these crimes have nothing to do with God’s religion.  By explaining these issues a scholar will maintain his integrity and free himself from any responsibility. God has taken a covenant from scholars to explain everything to people and not to hide anything. God said: “(and remember) when Allah took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) to make it (the news of the coming of the Prophet Muhammad and of the religious knowledge) known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it.”

This is all that we needed to explain for the sake of God, His prophet, the Holy Qur’an, those who are Imams and all Muslims, and for the purpose of maintaining our integrity.

May God protect our country and all Muslim countries from evils and plagues.