Yeah, the Saudis are really cracking down on the elements that give rise to terrorism. From IMRA, with thanks to Alyssa Lappen:
Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia TV1 in Arabic, official television
station of the Saudi Government, at 0930 GMT carries a 30-minute live sermon
from the holy mosque in Mecca. Shaykh Abd-al-Rahman al-Sudays delivers the
The imam also says any attempt “to destabilize the society is considered a major crime against the nation,” warning Muslims that “sedition is growing with the killing of innocent people.” He condemns the recent “act of terrorism in the city of Riyadh” as “cowardly and a crime.” The imam says that “what has taken place is considered an ugly crime against Islam, reason, logic, and human values” and denounces it as “a crime, exposed terrorism, and a serious precedent and evil.” He also warns that “any act of terrorism against peaceful and innocent Muslims “amounts to a violation of the Islamic laws,” adding that such actions are forbidden by [Islam], particularly in the country of the two holy mosques, “the cradle of Islam, and the heart of the Islamic nation.” “These criminals,” he also says, “kill innocent Muslims, terrorize peaceful people, and destroy property” without considering God’s warnings against such “crimes, which are tantamount to unbelief.” …
Note that he is only exercised about crimes against Muslims. But he does go on to sound some notes that sound positively reformist:
The imam warns against “tainting the image of jihad through such acts of terrorism and crime,” adding that such “reckless actions have harmed
Muslims, the Islamic call, and charity work.” He also calls for “foiling such actions, strengthening Islam and Muslims, and carrying out reform in all walks of life.” He warns against “extremism and the policy of charging others of unbelief.”
Sounding good, eh? Well, read on.
Turning to the Palestine question, the imam says that “our Palestinian brethren in Palestine are suffering from state terrorism by the Zionist
entity, which carries out assassinations of Palestinian leaders.” He urges the Arab nation “to protect our brothers and our sanctities in Palestine,” despite international defeatism and “the Zionist enemy’s flagrant defiance of international charters and norms.”
Turning to Iraq, the imam says that “our Muslim brothers in the Iraq of history and civilization are facing another bloody chapter, particularly in the brave, steadfast city of Al-Fallujah.” He urges fair people all over the world “to condemn this unjust aggression and occupation and to use all ways to stop it.” He also calls on the Iraqi people “to remain patient and to close their ranks.”
In conclusion, the imam asks God to strengthen Islam and Muslims, to
destroy the enemies of the nation and religion, to protect the Islamic
countries, to support “our mujahidin brothers in Palestine,” to disperse
“the unjust Zionists,” and to stop bloodshed in Iraq.