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October 16, 2007 Special Dispatch No. 1731

Saudi Mufti Issues Fatwa Prohibiting Saudi Youth From Engaging In Jihad Abroad

October 16, 2007
Saudi Arabia | Special Dispatch No. 1731

Yesterday, on October 1, 2007, Saudi Mufti Sheikh Abd Al-'Aziz bin Abdallah Aal Al-Sheikh issued a fatwa prohibiting Saudi youth from engaging in jihad abroad. In his fatwa, he stated that setting forth to wage jihad without authorization by the ruler is a serious transgression, and that young Saudis who do so are being misled by suspicious elements from both the East and the West who are exploiting them in order to accomplish their own aims, and who are actually causing serious damage to Saudi Arabia, Islam, and the Muslims. ...

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