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Saudi Arabia to vet Islamic texts to counter extremism for first time in 1,400 years

This is quite extraordinary news if they sincerely mean it. It would be the first time in 1,400 years that the Saudi’s are willing to look at, ammend or ban, the extreme and racist texts in Islamic teachings that encourage terrorism.

It further confirms from an official source, where the seat of Islamic jurisprudence is placed, that terrorism does indeed originate from the actual religious ideology and not from socio-economic conditions, political motivations or from victimhood.

The question is how much of these texts will the Saudis be willing to challenge?  If the Saudis truly and genuinely would sanitize the texts, it could change a lot in the educational model in madrassas as well as the content of mosque sermons across the world. It may be too late to control terrorism fully, but the problems could be reduced.



Saudi Arabia to vet use of Prophet’s sayings to counter extremism

October 18, 2017 / 2:03 PM
Reuters Staff

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is to monitor interpretations of the Prophet Mohammad’s teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the Culture and Information Ministry has said.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not in the picture) in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Kadobnov/Pool

In a decree, King Salman ordered the establishment of an authority to scrutinise uses of the “hadith” – accounts of the sayings, actions or habits of the Prophet that are used by preachers and jurists to support teachings and edicts on all aspects of life.

The ministry said late on Tuesday that the body’s aim would be to “eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts”.

The body will be based in Medina and overseen by a council of senior Islamic scholars from around the world, according to the decree. The ministry offered no specific details of how it would work in practice.

Islamist groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda have used interpretations of hadiths – numbered in the thousands and pored over by scholars for centuries – to justify violence and to urge supporters to carry out attacks.

Saudi Arabia’s approach to religious doctrine is important because of its symbolic position as the birthplace of Islam, while its oil exports allow it to fund mosques abroad.

Its ultra-conservative Wahhabi clergy have been close to the Al Saud dynasty since the mid-18th century, offering it Islamic legitimacy in return for control over mosques and universities.

The traditional Wahhabi doctrine favours a strict version of Islamic law and a return to early Muslim practices, and views Shi‘ites as heretics.

But senior clergy have denounced militant Islamist doctrines such as those of al Qaeda or Islamic State, while the government, which vets clerics in Saudi Arabia’s 70,000 mosques, has sacked many for encouraging violence or sedition.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said last month that thousands of extremist clerics had been dismissed, although he gave no timeframe.

The government has begun to promote an alternative narrative of Saudi identity that keeps Wahhabism as a central focus, but still allows secular themes such as nationalism and cultural heritage that predates Islam to shine through.

The ministry said the body would serve Islam by creating “a solid scientific reference to vet and verify the authenticity of hadiths”, which are second in importance only to the Koran in Islam. It did not say what form the reference would take.

The decree issued by the king, whose official title is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques – Islam’s most revered places in Mecca and Medina – said the body would be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hassan al-Sheikh, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, which serves as Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.

Reporting by Sylvia Westall; Editing by William Maclean, Aziz El Yaakoubi and Kevin Liffey

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12 thoughts on “Saudi Arabia to vet Islamic texts to counter extremism for first time in 1,400 years

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  2. While I don’t trust the Saudis… any dilution of the vicious side of Islam is better than the status quo.

    I suspect the reality is…
    1) Trump said to him “Grow up. You’re not the only fish in the Middle East.”
    2) He’s looked around him, noticed that modernized countries are doing a lot better overall, and has decided he’s tired of this permanent Dark Ages thing.

    But that there’s still taqqiya in it? Until proven otherwise, yeah.


  3. You can bet your life Putin has put this lot under notice since his meeting with Saudi. Thank G-d for Putin, now Trump needs to start working with Putin & China and maybe between the three of them we can knock stupid Europe into shape.


  4. Muhammads life was full of violence, killing, raping slave girls, subjugating women and he allowed his men to do the same. Besides Koran is an empty book without the hadiths. This is a futile move.


  5. How can they purge violence when it comes straight from Koran. Hundreds of verses promote killing and discrimination against Jews, Christians, gays, lesbians And women?


  6. I would suggest this is AL TAQIYYA….an end run around our free speech. what muslims say and what they do are worlds apart. they are trying to look more benign to counter free speech, which is lambasting them at every turn…..DONT FALL FOR THIS….


    • Your analysis is correct. IF they ‘vetted’ the Koran – there would be outrage and rebellion across the Islamic world (even though Saudi is the ‘custodian of Islam’.) These texts of misogyny and hate are what drives Islam to slaughter infidels, take booty, slaves, and lands. (O course, this is an ongoing Islamic project across the world).
      This is merely re-arranging the deck chairs on theTitanic. If they REALLY vetted the Koran for ” crime,murders, and terrorist acts” – then the political ( and most devastating) part of Islam would be eliminated. (The Political component of Islam, is how they treat non-Muslims. At the moment they are encouraged by Allah to slaughter, enslave, rape, steal booty and land from, the infidel – and Islam has done, and still does, all of this without compunction – it is how Islam created a huge Empire by the sword.)
      Stop the death sentence for apostacy? I doubt it. Turn Sharia Law into a Peoples Fair and Free Democratic Law System, with Equal Rights for all? Seriously, are you on crack cocaine?

      Have Saudi had a rush of blood to the head, and are now wracked with pangs of conscience? I sincerely doubt it.
      This is merely a pretense, a propaganda exercise, to appear acceptable to the Western World.

      Is it mere coincidence that The House of Saud is about to put a part of Saudi Aramco ( the State owned Oil Company), on the open market? ( to the tune of 1 trillion dollars). And they are trying to look as if they comply with western values.

      Simply put, if they actually took out the crime and violence from Islam, there would be no Islam.

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      • GREYGANDAL says:
        October 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        ..”This is merely a pretense, a propaganda exercise, to appear acceptable to the Western World.”

        I have wondered these things myself. I have to agree with the above statement, in light of the current mass migration out of Middle East and N. Africa. Is this a staging of another blood bath to create more asylum seekers/migrants, thereby increasing the invader flows into Western countries?

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