30 March 2003
Imaams of Makkah and Madeenah call for immediate halt to war
imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah yesterday (Friday 28 March,
2003) called for an immediate halt to the war on Iraq as people
across the Gulf prayed for the victory of the Iraqi people
against the US-British aggressors.
unjust war must stop immediately. If it continues, it will
only fuel hatred and conflicts” between nations, said
Dr. Saleh ibn Abdullah Humaid, who is also chairman of the
his Friday sermon to more than 500,000 faithful thronging
the large mosque complex, Sheikh Humaid urged the international
community to stand by the Iraqi people. “Truth and justice
demand that we stand by the Iraqi people,” he added.
his televised address, Humaid said that launching the war
on Baghdad was a grave mistake. “This is a lost war
and there will be no winners,” the imam said.
also urged world leaders to respond to the calls for peace
by taking effective steps to end the US-led war. “Our
world today is in need of justice, charters and clear agreements,
which should be followed by every country without exception.
must be good intentions and sincere cooperation for the welfare
and happiness of all,” he said.
Haram imam urged Muslims to unite and avoid differences to
confront the challenges facing them. “We have to achieve
real freedom by restricting our worship to God alone,”
Humaid stressed that the Islamic nation would not have been
affected by foreign attacks if internal wrangling had not
weakened it. “Muslims can regain their power by strengthening
their faith in God and implementing the Shariah.”
cautioned the public about the media war launched by sections
of the Western media organization and urged them to distinguish
between truth and rumor. “Enemies spread false reports
to create chaos and confusion among Muslims, create fear,
destroy their morale and weaken their self-confidence,”
he added. Humaid urged Muslims to learn from the present crisis
and stand united.
Arabia has opposed the US-led war on Iraq and called for an
immediate end to it.
Kingdom has also rejected a military occupation of Iraq and
has warned that a continuation of the war would affect Saudi-US
measures in the Kingdom have been beefed up, with police patrols
guarding main streets, government institutions and shopping
Haram imam also condemned the killing of innocent people in
Iraq by the Anglo-American forces. “Bodies are shattered
and dismembered, many people have lost their loved ones, many
are missing. There is destruction everywhere,” he said.
Salah Al-Bedair, the imam and khateeb of the Prophet’s
Mosque in Madinah, prayed for “our weak Muslim brothers
in Iraq and for the destruction of the aggressors.”
referred to reports of Muslim women, children and the elderly
being killed and injured in Iraq and urged Muslims all over
the world to pray for their brethren in Iraq.
here for further fataawa regarding Iraq