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April 30, 2004
Clip No.
51

Legal Advisor to Saudi Justice Ministry, Abd Al-Muhsein Bin Nasser Al-'Abikan Calls on Bin Laden to Repent

The Saudi TV channel MBC invited the Legal Advisor to the Saudi Justice Ministry, Abd Al-Muhsein Bin Nasser Al-‘Abikan to appear on its religious ruling program. Al-Abikan was asked about Osama Bin Laden, the following is a translation of his answer:

I advise brother Osama Bin Laden and brother Sa'd Al-Faqih, with whom I have a friendly relationship and with whom I had held meetings before they left Saudi Arabia and by Allah, I wish them all the best...My advice to these honorable brothers is that whoever committed sins should return to Allah, because the gates of repentance are open.

They must first turn to Allah in repentance for what they have engaged the Muslims in and for the civil strife, the disasters, and tragedies caused by the instructions we hear from them through the media. There are messages that come from brother Osama Bin Laden and brother Sa'd Al-Faqih. I hope Allah directs them to the righteous path.

I say that they are our brothers even though they wronged us. Just like 'Ali said when he was asked if the Khawarej were infidels. He replied, "They escaped unbelief. They are our brothers even though they wronged us." We say they are our brothers even though they wronged us.