1.23.2005

Preaching - good news

Al-Muhajabah posts some good news from Saudi Arabia's clerics:

The country's top cleric told 2 million hajj pilgrims Wednesday that some of Islam's own sons had been "lured by the devil" to conduct violent attacks on the kingdom and charged that non-Muslims were conspiring against people of the faith. Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al Sheik, speaking at a mosque near Mt. Arafat, lamented the violence waged by Muslim militants against Saudi Arabia.

"The greatest affliction to strike the nation of Islam came from some of its own sons, who were lured by the devil," the cleric said. "They have called the nation infidel, they have shed protected blood and they have spread vice on Earth, with explosions and destruction and killing of innocents."


Unfortunately, he only calls for the terrorists to stop attacking other Muslims - he doesn't say anything about Americans or Jews. But there is more, and it is more hopeful:

Sheikh al-Sudeis said militancy was not a valid interpretation of Islam. "Because Muslims have strayed from moderation, we are now suffering from this dangerous phenomenon of branding people infidels and inciting Muslims to rise against their leaders to cause instability," he said.

"The reason for this is a delinquent and void interpretation of Islam based on ignorance ... faith does not mean killing Muslims or non-Muslims who live among us, [emphasis added] it does not mean shedding blood, terrorising or sending body parts flying."