ISIL, enemy number-one of Islam: Saudi Mufti
Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:11PM
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh has strongly condemned Takfiri ISIL terrorists for their crimes in the Middle East and violation of Islamic principles and teachings.In a Tuesday statement, he described the Takfiri 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 ISIL and other al-Qaeda linked groups.
Last week, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqu Allam made similar remarks, saying the ISIL 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 Takfiri militants of the ISIL.
"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 ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they took, including the mass execution of civilians and Iraqi army troops and officers.
Senior Iraqi leaders have blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in their country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.
The terrorists have links with Saudi intelligence and are believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.