Including prominent American Muslim “moderate” Muzammil Siddiqui. I wonder if Siddiqui endorses this kind of spreading of Islam by Saudis: calls for violent jihad and restoration of the caliphate. From Arab News, with thanks to Mackie:
JEDDAH, 1 September 2005 “” Prominent Muslim leaders have emphasized Saudi Arabia”s significant role in spreading the message of Islam across the world, supporting Muslim minorities and strengthening Islamic solidarity.
Dr. Muzammil Siddiqui, chairman of the Islamic Fiqh Council in North America, said American Muslims were looking to Saudi Arabia for its continued support for Islamic activities and Muslim causes and to defend the principles of the religion.
Siddiqui met Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah at his palace here on Tuesday as part of a Muslim World League delegation. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh and MWL Secretary-General Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki were present during the meeting.
Siddiqui said Muslims all over the world were pinning great hope on Saudi Arabia and expected it to continue its policies in support of Muslim causes and Islamic minorities, and work for Islamic unity.
A professor of Islamic studies and comparative religion at the University of California, Siddiqui commended King Fahd”s services to Islam and Muslims. “The late king had established departments of Islamic studies and law at US universities and supported hospitals and medical research centers,” he pointed out.
Former Sudanese President Abdul Rahman Suwar Al-Dahab, a member of MWL”s constituent council, said Muslims pray to God to give strength to King Abdullah to work for their causes.