Saudi grand mufti denounces ISIS
Militants from the Islamic State have been terrorizing Iraqi citizens and taking control of major Iraqi cities since June. (AFP/File)
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Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned ISIS terrorists for their crimes in the Middle East and violation of Islamic principles and teachings.
In a Tuesday statement, he described the terrorists as “enemy number one” of Islam, noting that extremism, radicalism and terrorism have nothing to do with Islam.
The well-known mufti also called for a rapid change in the Saudi stance on ISIS and other al-Qaeda linked groups.
Last week, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqu Allam made similar remarks, saying the ISIS poses a danger to Islam and Muslims, tarnishes its image and spreads corruption.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi cabinet has said in a recent statement that Riyadh is supporting and financing the militants of the ISIS.
"We hold it (Saudi Arabia) responsible for what these groups are receiving in terms of financial and moral support," the statement said.
The Iraqi government has also informed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Riyadh must be held accountable for the recent wave of terrorist attacks which have left many dead in Iraq.
The ISIS terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they took, including the mass execution of civilians and Iraqi army troops and officers.
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