Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti (the highest religious authority in the Kingdom) hascondemned suicide bombings, terming them grave crimes.
The Mufti’s views influence many Sunni Muslims around the world, who respect and follow the kingdom's strict version of Islam.
His declaration or Fatwa condemning the act is being appreciated around the world, although some still have their reservations.
Grand mufti of KSA issues a fatwa that's a slap in face of all terrorists/suicide bombers http://t.co/iymw3a59l4 We needed a fatwa for this?— Emm (@ErumSKhan) December 13, 2013
Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh branded suicide bombers as criminals who will go to hell— Nadeem Malik (@nadeemmalik) December 13, 2013
Saudi Arabia grand mufti says suicide attackers moving straight to hell (and what about their financiers?) http://t.co/cjJzs5VRM6— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) December 13, 2013
Suicide attackers on way to hell: Saudi grand mufti http://t.co/mHSSQUv02R— Umar Cheema (@UmarCheema1) December 13, 2013
In other news, Saudia's grand cleric declared suicide bombers' criminals http://t.co/WMDkfdDWIp— Maria Patel (@MariaPtweets) December 12, 2013
Now with the Saudi Grand Mufti condemning suicide blasts will TTP keep him on their fatwa list or will TTP/LeJ denounce suicide blasts?— Shivangini pathak (@shivanginipatha) December 12, 2013
Regardless, this is a significant declaration coming from Saudi Arabia, which is usually rigid on its stance.
On the other hand, many fail to mention – or perhaps notice – that the Grand Mufti has only labeled suicide bombings as Haraam (impermissible), not the act of killing itself.
In his exact words, "Killing oneself is a grave crime and a grave sin…Those who kill themselves with explosives are criminals who are hastening their way to hell."
So the grand question to the Grand Mufti should be; is it Halal (permissible in Islam) to kill someone (an infidel most likely) without killing yourself in the process?