Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh says the entire Muslim world should double up on the Internet and social media sites to counter terrorism and terrorists' propaganda, reports state news agency SPA.
“Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh assured that it is important to combat terrorism and misleading ideologies by cooperating between the assigned authorities and intellectuals and members of the society to raise the upcoming generation in a good manner,” SPA's reporter quoted the Grand Mufti as saying.
The chief cleric of the oil-rich country delivered the comments on Sunday while addressing a gathering of dignitaries.
He continued: "That who called for joining deviant groups is mistaken and offending, because these deviant groups kill each other without mercy and took advantage of our young people, unfortunately, killing many of them and taking many of them prisoners. So, we should not be silent about them.”
Al Sheikh then called out the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) by its name and used the burnt-alive Jordanian pilot's example to call the ISIS a terror group. He clarified that such barbaric punishments have no place in Islam and urged authorities to take action against them.
It wasn't long ago that another Saudi cleric had declared online chatting between men and women haram, so the Grand Mufti's take on using the Internet and social media sites is refreshing. It also means that online interaction now doesn't qualify for the list of things considered haram (sinful in Islamic jurisprudence) by Saudi Arabia's religious leaders. And in some strange way, the Saudis have ISIS to thank for it.