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Saudi’s top sheikh: ‘Necessary to destroy all churches’

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A Church and a Mosque in Beirut

Source: The Washington Post

By Nasim Rehmatullah and Harris Zafar

On Monday, March 12th, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah – Saudi Arabia’s supreme religious official – created a stir when he stated that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.”  While responding to a question from a Kuwait-based NGO delegation to clarify Islamic law’s position about a proposed Kuwaiti ban on the construction of new churches, the mufti argued that the Prophet Muhammad said the Arabian Peninsula must exist under only one religion and, thus, all churches in the region must be destroyed.

Needless to say, his words have provoked heated responses from Christians throughout the Middle East.  All fair-minded people are rightly upset by his remarks, which hold the dangerous likelihood of triggering acts of violence against churches in the Middle East.  As Muslims, however, we are also deeply disappointed and offended by the mufti’s blatant disregard for the principles for which Islam’s Holy Scripture and prophet have stood.

The Koran establishes the principle that the origin of all religions is in divine revelation and that their Founders were divinely appointed messengers who must be equally respected.  It further commands Muslims to defend all places of worship – churches, synagogues, temples, cloisters, etc – even with their own lives.  Far from sanctioning any destruction, our faith instructs us to protect places of worship of all religions.

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2 Responses to Saudi’s top sheikh: ‘Necessary to destroy all churches’

  1. Anisa

    March 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    These are the Mullahs that were predicted the worst creature under the sky by the Prophet of Islam 14 hundred years ago, he said disputes and unrest will spring out of them and go into them.

    How true was said by the asdaqussuadiqeen (the truest of all)Subahnallah

    Th Holy Prophet must have said that there should be an Islamic government in the region but he did not mean that the Non Muslims should be given trouble or deprived of the basic human rights. This is their very own fabrication.
    God have mercy on Ummah. Amen

  2. Anisa

    August 3, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Probably he has never read Islamic teachings about it. And yet he is a “Sheikh”?
    May Allah change their destructive views into real Islamic manners.Amen
    This type of people are hate mongers.No government should allow such announcement. There should be a punishment for this.

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