7 February 2005
Stand United Against Terrorism
A nationwide anti-terror campaign was launched on Saturday
as officials, intellectuals, students and the general
public vowed to stand by the government in its efforts
to stamp out terrorism. The campaign, coinciding with
the Counterterrorism International Conference in Riyadh,
aims at increasing public awareness of terrorism and
All governorates, ministries and government departments
are taking part in the campaign, which aims to isolate the
remaining elements who support the terror network.
Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Kingdom’s grand
mufti, said Islam, which calls for the protection of a man’s
life, family, wealth, honor and intellect, totally rejects
terrorism. “If a person kills a believer, his
punishment is hell,” the mufti said, quoting a Qur’anic
verse. He also pointed out that the protection of non-Muslims
living in a Muslim country was the responsibility of the
Al-Asheikh said terrorists who cause corruption on Earth by carrying
killings and destruction deserve tough punishment
as the Holy
In a similar statement, Saleh Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic
affairs and endowments, called upon religious scholars, intellectuals,
academics and writers to stand with the government in its
fight against terrorism and extremism.
Ministry has planned a variety of programs in support of
campaign. “We have set up
a team to carry out a number of programs, including lectures
and seminars, to educate the public on the danger posed by
deviant groups,” the minister said.
sermons delivered by prayer leaders (imaams)
in many of the Kingdom’s
mosques focused on the need to confront terrorism.
terrorism is a joint responsibility,” Dr.
Saleh Bin-Humaid, one of the imams of the Grand Mosque, said
in his sermon. Bin-Humaid, who is also chairman of the Shoura
Council, said terrorist actions committed by Al-Qaeda cells
in the Kingdom benefited only the enemies of Islam. He reminded
scholars, teachers, writers and imams of their responsibility
to guide youth and protect them from deviant thought.
Abdul Bari Al-Thubaity, the imam of the Prophet's
Mosque in Madeenah, said Islam had
nothing to do with terrorism and condemned those who fish
waters and work
to tarnish the image of Islam and Muslims.
is a religion of mercy and benevolence. It is a religion
of construction, not destruction,” the
Saudi Press Agency quoted him as saying.
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