Saudi-backed religious centre stirs controversy: Spread of Wahabism in Europe?

Daily Times: * Critics say The King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue could be used by Riyadh to spread Wahhabism and divert attention from human rights violations and lack of religious freedom at home.

VIENNA: A new inter-religious dialogue centre backed by Saudi Arabia is stirring up controversy in Vienna and abroad even before its official inauguration.
— in short KAICIID — will officially open its doors on Monday. But critics say that the centre — entirely financed by Saudi Arabia and named after its king, who initiated the idea — could be used by Riyadh to spread Wahhabism, and divert attention from human rights violations and lack of religious freedom at home.

Monday’s glitzy inauguration at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace will be attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and top representatives of the world’s leading religions.

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4 replies

  1. I am just thankful that I live in a secular country where people are free to worship and believe whatever suits them. Too much conflict between religions, and even among themselves. Spirituality and belief are personal matters, not to be enforced on others.

  2. Further, we already have too many fundamentalists, fanatics and extremists, not to mention corruption of all sorts, and certainly don’t need any more, especially those advocating jihads, chopping off of heads and limbs, stoning, denying women’s rights and freedom, and all other such primitive practices. No thank you!

  3. Yes, Rafiq Sahib. After all it is an inter-religious dialogue centre. So, hopefully Ahmadis will and should be encouraged to go there….., Insha’Allah.

    And then, since it’s in a Western country which is secular, they can’t start their fanaticism there, I hope and pray.

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