Imam of the Holy Mosque Shaikh Abdulrahman Al-Sideis
September 29, 2001
In his Friday sermon yesterday, Imam of the Holy Mosque in Makkah Shaikh Abdulrahman
Al-Sideis urged international public opinion and the world's decision-makers
to tackle problems in a wise and rational manner. He urged the media, especially
the western media, to tackle problems in a rational and realistic manner, and
called on the ulema (Muslim scholars) to clarify the Islamic viewpoint concerning
recent developments, making it clear that Islam absolutely disavows terrorism,
which is contrary to the ways of true Muslims. Islam, he said, prohibits injustice,
violence and savageness, and those who practice it are in actuality criminals.
He exhorted dialogue and negotiation instead of violence. Shaikh Al-Sideis went
on to say that the Palestinian problem is the Muslim world's main cause, adding
that Muslims in Palestine have the right to live in peace and security, free
from Zionist terrorism.