Saudi Grand Mufti slams violence against non-Muslims

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Saudi's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh. (AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh. (AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Shaikh, has hit out at attacks on “non-Muslims” living in Islamic countries.

In a statement issued this week by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, the Sheikh Al AsShaikh, who is also chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema (religious scholars) and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta, condemned acts that cause the "shedding of blood of Muslims and of those living in their counties in peace."

"Given the dangerous developments in the Muslim world, I would like to warn against the danger of attacking Muslims and those (non-Muslims) under Muslim protection.

"In view of the fast-moving dangerous developments in the Islamic world, it is very distressing to see the tendencies of permitting or underestimating the shedding of blood of Muslims and those under protection in their countries.

“The sectarian or ignorant utterances made by some of these people would benefit none other than the greedy, vindictive and envious people. Hence, we would like to draw attention to the seriousness of the attacks on Muslims or those who live under their protection or under a pact with them," Sheikh Al AsShaikh said, quoting a number of verses from the Quran.

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