Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Saudi Grand Mufti, recently issued a statement declaring that “it is necessary to destroy all churches” in the region of Kuwait.
The leader’s statement supported a law to be drafted by a member of Kuwaiti legislature, which calls for the removal of all churches in Kuwait. The ruling is based on the hadith, or Islamic saying, that “there are not to be two religions in the [Arabic] Peninsula,” and therefore Islam should be the only practiced religion.
International reaction to the shocking statement, however, has been virtually non-existent. “It is amazing and a commentary on our times that the senior Muslim cleric, in the land that gave birth to Islam and in the country that has custody of the two main Muslim holy sites of Mecca and Medina, can call for the demolition of churches without this vicious statement attracting any significant international condemnation or protest,” says Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America.
“Imagine what would occur if the Pope called for the demolition of all mosques in Italy, or if the Chief Rabbi in Israel made a similar call in respect of mosques in Israel. The protests would be huge, furious and immediate. Nor would the matter die away in a week or two. Yet, when the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia calls for churches to be demolished – deafening silence. And this, despite the routine frequency of attacks already upon churches and Christians across the Middle East…. We call on the Obama Administration to publicly condemn the words of the Saudi Grand Mufti.”
CFI encourages all friends of the persecuted church to voice their opposition to this danger brewing in the Kuwaiti region. Please prayerfully write your elected officials in the Obama Administration and U.S. Congress urging them to condemn Saudi Arabia’s stance against Kuwaiti Christians.
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