Saudi Arabia's grand mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has urged young Saudis to refrain from fighting in Syria, according to Reuters.
While the Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia is among the most prominent countries responsible for fueling the Syrian civil war, the supreme religious leader of the country, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, discouraged Saudi youth to engage in a conflict that has claimed over 110,000 lives in Syria since 2011.
“This is all wrong, it's not obligatory," he said.
“These are feuding factions and one should not go there. I do not advise one to go there ... Going to a land that you do not know and without experience, you will be a burden to them, what they want from you is your prayer."
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been the most ardent supporters of Syrian opposition and have repeatedly called on the international Community to take a “decisive and serious” position against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In September, the government of Saudi Arabia reportedly commuted the sentences of over 1,200 death row inmates in exchange for them fighting for the rebel forces in Syria against Assad.
Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh also warned other preachers to stop encouraging young Saudi men to join Syrian forces.
“Muslim should be fearful of God and not deceive young Muslims and exploit their weakness and lack of insight and push them to an abyss,” he added.
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