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Top Saudi Religious Scholars Issue Fatwa Condemning Terrorism
Today, the Council of Senior Ulema (religious
scholars) issued a fatwa (religious opinion) reemphasizing that
terrorism is a "heinous crime, injustice and aggression rejected by
Shariah (Islamic law)." The Council concluded its 80th session, held in Riyadh, with a review of the speech given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz,
in which he warned about the threat of terrorism and implored the
international community to support the fight against terrorists and
The Council declared
that "terrorism is contrary to the purposes of this great religion
[Islam]" and said that it is in full support of the Kingdom's efforts to
combat extremists domestically and globally. In addition, the Council
called on religious scholars "to do their duty and intensify the
guidance of people in this serious matter to clarify the truth,"
including rejecting fatwas or opinions issued to justify terrorist acts
or extremist ideologies.
Council's statement advised that Muslims adhere to Islam and its right
path based on the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet, which
rejects terrorism. Moreover, the Council encouraged the education of
young people to follow a righteous path and emphasized the need to
support the leadership of the country and its religious scholars in this
time of strife.
As the birthplace of Islam and the home of the Two Holy Mosques, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
rejects extremists and terrorists who aim to subvert the Islamic faith.
Saudi officials and religious scholars have long been vocal in
condemning terrorism and extremism.