#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – SAUDI ARABIA – August 20 – Saudi Top Cleric: Qaeda, ISIL Enemy No 1 of Islam
Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and the Takfiri group, ISIL, as “enemy number one” of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh.
“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism… have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top cleric said.
He cited Takfiris from the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling large parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global Al-Qaeda terror network.
“Muslims are the main victims of this extremism, as shown by crimes committed by the so-called ISIL, Al-Qaeda and groups linked to them,” the mufti said, quoting a verse in the Quran urging the “killing” of people who do deeds harmful to Islam.
“In the circumstances the Islamic nation is living through, several countries have been destabilized” by extremists, who “divide Muslims” in the name of religion, the mufti said.
He warned: “In Islam, after heresy, dividing Muslims is the greatest crime.”The mufti urged “tolerance, which was at the origin of Islam’s growth and longevity.”
The ISIL had pronounced its “caliphate” last June. The Takfiri group has been widely known for its brutal crimes against civilians in Iraq and Syria.
Damascus has repeatedly accused the Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states of destabilizing Syria through funding and arming Takfiri groups like ISIL and Nusra Front.
Last Week, Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned that several countries, including Saudi Arabia fear the threat of ISIL.
During an interview with Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, the resistance leader highlighted that some countries know what they have created and raised, and that’s why their diagnosis of ISIL risk is the most accurate of others because they know what they have had, speaking about the “real horror” inside the Gulf countries and the Saudi Arabia because this thought have been taught for decades for people, schools and in the curriculum.
“Turkey and Qatar are backing ISIL, and I am convinced the Saudi Arabia’s fear of it,” Sayyed Nasrallah told al-Akhbar.