21 June 2003
of Makkah and Madeenah condemn "heinous crime"
At Friday sermons in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah
the imams of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque
slammed the “heinous crime” committed by a group
of terrorists in Makkah last week, which resulted in the killing
of two police officers and five members of the group and the
discovery of huge quantities of weapons and explosives.
throughout the Kingdom condemned the incident as unacceptable
and urged the authorities to take the necessary measures to
end such activities and punish those behind them.
imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sheikh Osama Khayat, said
no true Muslim would condone what happened in Makkah and earlier
in Riyadh, where innocent lives were lost and the security
and peace of people shattered.
is a terrorist act that neither God nor the Prophet nor any
good Muslim would accept. To commit such a crime in the holiest
place on earth adds to the gravity of the act, and it must
be rejected by everyone. Those individuals have turned Makkah
into a haven for manufacturing and stashing of weapons and
other means of destruction. They went further in their plot
and booby-trapped copies of the Holy Qur’an to cause
death by targeting anyone coming close to the Holy Book,”
the imam said.
Madinah, Sheikh Abdul Bari Al-Thubaiti, who led Friday prayers
at the Prophet’s Mosque, said Islam rejects any kind
of violence and aggression and that the incidents that took
place in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah were a great sin.
stands perplexed before this chain of sad events that has
not spared the holiest places, where everyone should feel
safe and secure,” Al-Thubaiti said.
totally rejects all such acts where sacred places are desecrated
and innocent people killed and threatened. Those behind such
acts are driven by deviant thoughts that should not be allowed
to flourish in this sacred land,” he added.
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