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Thu 9 Aug 2012 03:16 PM

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Saudi withdraws edict banning Shi'ite property sales

Religious ruling had prevented sale of property to Shi'ite Muslims in Sunni majority kingdom - report

Saudi withdraws edict banning Shi'ite property sales
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Saudi Arabia’s religious authorities have withdrawn an edict issued by a senior scholar preventing the selling of real estate to Shi'ite Muslims, local media reported. 

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs in the Eastern Province issued a circular requesting imams in the region to stop posting the ruling on advertisement boards.

The late Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jibrin, from the committee of senior religious scholars, initially issued the religious edict stating it was wrong to sell property to Shi'ites located in the vicinity of Sunni families or in Sunni communities. 

Saudi Arabia’s eastern region, where the majority of the kingdom's Shi'ites are based, has violent seen clashes between security forces and protesters in recent months.

In March 2011, Saudi Arabian and GCC Peninsula Shield troops crossed the King Fahd Causeway into Bahrain to quell Shi'ite-led protests in the Sunni-ruled state.

About 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population are Shi'ites, according to figures from the Council on Foreign Relations.

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