Kingdom’s Grand Mufti reiterates call for moderation

April 3, 2008

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Senior Ulema (Religious Scholars) Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Ashaikh yesterday reiterated his call for moderation in Islam and condemned extremism, Asharq Al-Awsat reported today.


The Grand Mufti made the remarks during a meeting with the press following a workshop at the headquarters of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Chair for Contemporary Islamic Studies at King Saud University.

“Fanatical zeal cannot be considered part of religion, even if they [extremists] falsely pretend to be devout,” the Grand Mufti said, as quoted in Asharq Al-Awsat.

He added that moderation “protects the youth of the nation and guides them towards the good whilst warning them against perversity, fabrication and ideological, moral and behavioral deviance.”

The Grand Mufti also acknowledged the critical role played by modern technology and media in the education of the younger generation. He noted that media outlets “play an effective role in reforming the nation and guiding it – provided that their programs urge towards aspiring to what is good and righteous and calling for ethics and virtue and strengthening one's faith.”  

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