Saudi scholars: al-Jihad is a duty in Iraq; a call to avoid sedition
Saudi Arabia-Iraq, Politics, 11/8/2004
Some 26 Saudi scholars on Friday called in an open speech to the Iraqi people for unity and resisting the occupation, stressing in a statement issued on the Internet the legitimacy of resistance.
The statement which was dated November 5th and issued on "al-Islam al-Youm" website said that resistance is a "legitimate" right and duty and banned dealing with the occupation forces against resistance. They also stressed the need of unity and giving up sedition in order to withstand the occupation.
The signatories of the statement which was addressed to the "militant Iraqi people" stressed the "special situations our people in Iraq are facing for whom support should be given together with exchanging view and consultation." Among signatories of the message were the jurisprudence teacher at Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University in Riyadh, Sheikh Ahmad al-Khudeiri, the teacher of Sharia in Um al-Qura university ( Mecca), Sheikh Ahmad al-Abdul Latif, the " Fiqh " teacher in former Um al- Qura university, Sheikf Safar al-Hawali, the supervisor for " Islam al-Youm" establishment, Sheikh Salman Bin fahd al-Odeh, Sheikh Awad al-Qarni and Sheikh Nasser al-Mar.
The statement called on the Iraqis to "maintain cooperation and avoid reasons behind seditions." However, the Saudi authorities said that four suspected Saudis will be brought before judiciary under charges of launching attacks resulted in killing local officials and members of the security forces to the north of the Kingdom between March 2002 and the beginning of 2003 in al-Jouf area near the Iraqi borders.
On the other hand, the Saudi opposition figure in London Saad al-Faqih said that thousands of his supporters intend to demonstrate in Riyadh and Jeddah cities between November 20 and 30 calling for political and social changes in the kingdom.
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