MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's top cleric used the high point of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to denounce terrorists, calling them an affront to Islam. But he defended the kingdom's strict interpretation of the faith.
The Islamic intellectual stated that in Islam "to kill innocent people is haram" [forbidden].
"The super powers should try by all means to stop terrorism immediately," the scholar said, asserting that any terrorist captured should be killed or jailed for life. "If they kill innocent people, they should be killed, if they do not kill but threaten with violence, they should be jailed for up to twenty years or more," he said.
According to Professor Dumbuya, both the Sharia (Islamic law) and Western law agree on the legalities involved in meting out punishment to perpetrators of terrorism.
On the question of State House Imam Fatty's statement that the US government should be blamed for the attack because of their policies, Professor Dumbuya refused to comment, claiming that only "half educated Muslims will support terrorism."
"I am a doctorate, I do not consider half educated people who support terrorism in Islam because they do not know the Quran or the hadith," he said.
ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 (News Agencies) - Maulana Tahirul Qadri, controversial leader of the Pakistani Awami Tehrik Party, condemned Osama bin Laden and appealed to the Taliban leadership not to risk thousands of lives for him.
Towing a marked different line from other Pakistani religious parties, Qadri also criticized the Taliban for giving refuge to bin Laden.
"Bin Laden is not a prophet that we should put thousands of lives at risk for," he said.
He urged Muslims to "see the difference between jihad [struggle] and acts of terrorism."
"Bombing embassies, or destroying non-military installations like the World Trade Center, is no jihad," Qadri said, and "those who launched the September 11th terrorist attacks not only killed thousands of innocent people in the United States, but also put the lives of millions of Muslims across the world at risk."
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabias highest religious authority on Wednesday condemned as a sin the deadly shooting rampage at a U.S. consulate, and local newspapers reported one of the slain assailants was a former employee of the nations religious police.
What happened on Monday regarding the storming of the U.S. Consulate in Jiddah, using weapons and explosives, killing innocent souls, petrifying secure ones, and undermining security in the kingdom are all forbidden acts and grand sins, al-Sheik said.
Islam does not condone the mutilation of the bodies of the dead, he told some 600 worshippers. Why do you want to bring destruction to our city? Why do you want to bring humiliation to the faithful? My brothers, wisdom is required here.
A radical Muslim cleric was taken from his Saudi Arabian prison cell at the weekend and paraded on prime-time television to recant over his support for violent extremists and to denounce suicide bombings.
Sheikh Nasser al-Fahd, 35, told millions of Saudi viewers that "blowing oneself up in such operations is not martyrdom, it is suicide".
He said: "We did not think matters would reach this point. My message is: fear God and repent your mistakes. It is not shameful to admit mistakes."
One of the world's most influential Islamic leaders has condemned all attacks by suicide bombers at an international conference for Islamic scholars.
Grand Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi of the Al-Azhar mosque of Cairo - which is seen as the highest authority in Sunni Islam - said groups which carried out suicide bombings were the enemies of Islam.
Speaking at the conference in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Sheikh Tantawi said extremist Islamic groups had appropriated Islam and its notion of jihad, or holy struggle, for their own ends.
I could go on... Google is our friend... But the un-American religious bigots' likely response: "La la la we're not listening la la la."
I'm beginning to think the MSM doesn't want us to hear these voices, since that would make W seem right and they can't have THAT!
BAGHDAD, May 12 Iraqis strongly condemned Wednesday, May 13, the beheading of an American citizen in Iraq by unknown people, saying it is against the true essence of Islam.Muslim Scholars Denounce Berg's Beheading
Dr Muthana Harith al-Dhari, Secretary General of [Sunni] Muslim Scholars Association, strongly denounced the killing, saying it runs counter to the teachings of Islam and "does disservice to our religion and our cause."
CAIRO, May 12 - Several scholars from Al-Azhar, the world's highest Sunni religious authority, condemned the decapitation of an American civilian by unknown people in Iraq, saying Islam stands against such acts.
"Islam respects the human being, dead or alive, and cutting off the American's head was an act of mutilation forbidden by Islam," Ibrahim Al-Fayoumi, a member of Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy, told IslamOnline.net.
On with the show:
Top Saudi religious authority condemns terrorists. MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's top cleric used the high point of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to denounce terrorists, calling them an affront to Islam. But he defended the kingdom's strict interpretation of the faith.
Nice try, but the cleric was speaking specifically about ANTI-MUSLIM terrorism within Saudi Arabia, nothing else. from January 31, 2004
African Islamic Professor Condemns Terrorism, Praises Muslim Charitable Organizations, This article originally appeared in The Independent, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa, October 26, 2001.Nice, but old. All of non-radical Islam was doing major damage control at this point in time, 10/26/01. Has the Prof followed up and tried to straighten things out since?
Pakistani Cleric Condemns Bin Ladenfrom October 18, 2001, see above comment.
Saudi cleric condemns U.S. consulate attackfrom December, 2004, but the Saudis are running a little scared right now and need to make nice with the US;
Fallujah cleric condemns mutilationsfrom April 2003, too bad no one picked up on his lead...hopefully he hasnt been murdered;
Radical cleric condemns the bombers; A radical Muslim cleric was taken from his Saudi Arabian prison cell at the weekend and paraded on prime-time television to recant over his support for violent extremists and to denounce suicide bombings, 11/24/03.
Hmm, changed his tune after 3 days in a Saudi jail? He would have admitted to being Willy Wonka if they wanted him to.
Cleric condemns suicide attacks, 07/11/03No comment, he seems to be for real, I hope he hasn't been murdered yet.
Abdul, this is still a MINORITY, there are a LOT of Muslims throughout the world and they need to speak out against the Islamofascists that are hijacking their religion, and Islamofascist apologists who whine and agitate and talk through their hats, like you, only make things worse for them.
I suppose none of these "moderates" practice taqiyya.