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March 26, 2012

Saudi Mufti calls for beheading opposition members

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV channel reported that the Saudi Mufti issued a Fatwa (religious edict) calling for the beheading of anyone who opposes the Saudi regime. The fatwa turned out to be a hoax on an Al-Arabiya website; it was easy to believe as the Mufti had previously called for severe punishment for Shiites protesters.

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the country’s top Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah (photo above) had raised eyebrows with his previous Fatwas, and most lately his declaration that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region”, placing Christian places of worship throughout the Arabian Peninsula in potential jeopardy. Dave Bohon from the New American reported that "since Christianity is already forbidden in Saudi Arabia and no churches exist there, the implications of the cleric’s words were that the church ban should extend to other countries in the region, including Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
According to the Arabic Christian news site,  made the controversial statement during a meeting with a delegation from the Kuwait-based Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage, in response to a query about Sharia law concerning the construction of churches in Islamic countries. As reported by the Christian Post, the question was in reference “to a recent controversial statement by a Kuwaiti member of parliament who reportedly called for the ‘removal’ of churches. The MP reportedly specified later that he merely meant that no churches should be built in Kuwait.”
According to, legislation was recently introduced in Kuwait’s parliament that would mandate the removal of Christian churches from the country and impose strict Islamic law (Shariah). “Party officials said later the legislation would not remove the churches, but prohibit further construction of Christian churches and non-Muslim places of worship in the country,” reported the Catholic news site".

Before his "destroy all churches" fatwa, Bin Abdullah had called for the crucifixion of Shiite rebels in the Eastern region. Saudi Arabian law and sometimes internal policies rely on such fatwas which are supportive of the ruling family, and provide it with much needed legitimacy. 


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