5 June 2004
Urged to Inform on Terrorists - Grand Mufti
Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority yesterday
issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on citizens and
expatriates to inform on suspected extremists engaged in terrorist
committee that issues religious rulings, headed by Grand Mufti
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, “urges citizens and (foreign)
residents to inform on anyone planning or preparing to carry
out an act of sabotage,” the Saudi Press Agency reported.
aim is to “protect the people and the country from the
destructive effects of such actions and to shield the planners
themselves from the consequences of their actions,”
the fatwa said.
committee condemned the recent attacks in the Kingdom and
urged extremists to “fear God Almighty and come to their
said it issued the edict in response to inquiries about “the
appalling events of the past few weeks,” which have
seen an escalation in the terror campaign blamed on Al-Qaeda
85 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a wave
of violence which began in May 2003.
one of the bloodiest episodes, 22 people were killed when
gunmen went on a shooting rampage and seized hostages in Alkhobar
edict reinforces repeated calls by Saudi officials on the
population to inform on terror suspects, coupled with warnings
that those who turn a blind eye to terrorist activities will
be seen as accomplices of the extremists.
have promised large financial rewards for those who help catch
most-wanted militants or thwart attacks.
here for further fataawa regarding terrorism