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‘Destroy All Churches’: Will The Edict Be Followed?

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Source: Reuters

Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, has said that all churches in the Middle East region should be destroyed.

The Grand Mufti is the highest official of religious law in the Kingdom and head of the Supreme Council of Islamic Scholars.  As a result, when he speaks, his words carry weight and many listen and follow his teachings or orders.

According to the Grand Mufti, his words are simply echoing the words of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that only one religion is to exist in the Arabian Peninsula and that religion is Islam.

Most other Arab states, unlike Saudi Arabia, do allow the presence of churches.

The Grand Mufti’s edict has already impacted on Egypt’s Coptic Christian community with mobs surrounding facilities known to practice Christian teachings.

It is going to be very interesting and telling whether the Grand Mufti will be directed by the King of Saudi Arabia to retract his words.  After all, the Grand Mufti’s words directly contradict King Abdullah’s programs for Interfaith dialogue and peace.

3 Responses to ‘Destroy All Churches’: Will The Edict Be Followed?

  1. Georgina 19/12/2012 at 10:47 AM

    ever heard of abrogation?

    Just as the new testament abrogates the old for many christians, the new suras abgorate the old.

    Put your koran into chronological order and then tell me – what came first, this statement above or the kill, convert or be enslaved edicts?

    You know, I get tired of all this religious rubbish.

  2. Al 20/03/2012 at 5:41 PM

    Sometimes I just despair at the way in which some religious clerics, Muslim, Christian and Jewish can take holy scripture and the words of their prophets and use them for the purposes of inciting hatred and division instead of love and respect among the children of Allah.

    It is said that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) gave a decree about Christians at the monastery of St. Catherine in Mount Sinai Egypt, one wonders if the Grand Mufti knows of this text and if so has he chosen to ignore the words of his Prophet (pbuh)? The kindness of the Prophet (pbuh) and his strict words on the protection of Churches is in marked contrast to that of the Grand Mufti.

    No words of any religious scolar can speak better in the defence of Christians than these words!

    In part the statement of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) reads;

    “This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.

    No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

    No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

    No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

    Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

  3. Uzoozy 19/03/2012 at 11:28 PM

    All religions belong to Allah, this old gentleman should only promote goodwill and religious tolerance.

    Let the church and synagogue be looked after by the state.

    Uneducated people are a threat to religions

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