Grand mufti calls suicide bombers criminals

Published — Friday 13 December 2013

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh has condemned suicide bombings as grave crimes, reiterating his stance in strong language.

“Killing oneself is a grave crime and a grave sin,” Al-Asheikh was quoted as saying by a local newspaper on Thursday.
“Those who kill themselves with explosives are criminals who are hastening their way to hell.”

“Their (suicide bombers) hearts have veered away from the right path, their minds have been invaded by evil,” the paper quoted Al-Asheikh as saying after what the daily described as a recent lecture in a Riyadh mosque. “They have been exploited in order to cause destruction to themselves and society.”

Nearly two months ago, the mufti urged Saudis not to travel to Syria to join rebels battling to unseat President Bashar Assad.

The mufti did not refer to suicide bombings in a specific country.

In February 2010, Al-Asheikh denounced terrorism as un-Islamic and condemned the killing of civilians. His latest remarks come after a preliminary inquiry into a Dec. 5 suicide car bombing and assault on a Yemen Defense Ministry complex found that most assailants were Saudis. Fifty-six people were killed in the attack.

Categories: Arab World, Asia, Saudi Arabia

3 replies

  1. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    (31). ولا تقتلوا أولادكم خشية إملاق نحن نرزقهم وإياكم إن قتلهم كان خطئا كبيرا
    And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide sustenance for them as well. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.

  2. Oft such fatwas are aired. But where are the effects? it needs awareness compaign specially in Pakistan, Afganistan, Indonesia and other terrorists grooming Islamic countries.

  3. They say “charity begins at home” how about Grand Mufti of Saudia preaches this Islamic Teaching to his own Government who are sponsoring the terrorist in Syria in particular and other places in general.

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