17 August 2003
of Senior Scholars Back Government Crackdown on Terrorists
RIYADH, 17 August 2003 — The Kingdom’s highest
Islamic authority yesterday denounced terror attacks in the
Kingdom, describing them as “serious criminal acts,”
and pledged its full support for the government.
of sabotage such as bombings, murder and destruction of property
are serious criminal acts and an aggression against innocent
people... which warrant severe and deterrent punishment,”
the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars said in a statement.
17-member council, headed by Grand
Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, declared its support
for the actions being taken by the state to track down terrorists
in an effort to shield the country from their actions.
scholars’ statement followed media reports that 10 suspected
militants were arrested in the southern city of Jizan after
police raided their hideout on Friday.
Islamic body called on the Saudi people to “stand behind
the country’s leadership and their scholars,”
at these difficult times in the fight against “evildoers.”
statement dubbed “misguided and ignorant” those
who claim that terrorism was part of jihaad,
or holy war. It said people who provide shelter to suspected
militants were committing a “grave sin.”
here for further fataawa regarding suicide bombings