Daily Israel Report

Islam & Terrorism

The English-language Saudi Arabian newspaper Arab News ran an article May 10 entitled, “Terrorism is Alien to Islam”. In the article, several leading Islamic figures address the Islamic basis for modern-day terrorism. Naturally, the interviewees are uniform in saying words to the effect that “Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and the two do not meet at any point,” as per Dr. Abdullah A
First Publish: 5/18/2003, 6:10 PM

The English-language Saudi Arabian newspaper Arab News ran an article May 10 entitled, “Terrorism is Alien to Islam”. In the article, several leading Islamic figures address the Islamic basis for modern-day terrorism. Naturally, the interviewees are uniform in saying words to the effect that “Islam has nothing to do with terrorism and the two do not meet at any point,” as per Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the Muslim World League.

The article followed on the heels of an announcement by the Saudi Interior Ministry that its security officers foiled major terrorist attacks in the Kingdom by a 19-member cell linked to al-Qaeda. That announcement, as well as the statements reported in the article, preceded the series of bombings targeting Western targets outside of Riyadh on May 13.

Dr. al-Turki said that “it was the duty of the Muslims to provide full support for the government in its fight against terror,” according to Arab News. Sheikh Saleh ibn Muhammad Al-Taleb, imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, is reported to have said, “called upon Muslims to mind the noble qualities of the Prophet Muhammad....” And the rector of the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Dr. Muhammad ibn Saad Al-Salim, was quoted as rejecting “suggestions that his institution was one of the breeding grounds of terrorists....”