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Egypt's Al-Azhar deplores 'despicable' Saudi bombings

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Jul 2016
Azhar’s grand imam Ahmed El Taaib (Reuters)
Azhar’s grand imam Ahmed El Taaib (Reuters)
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Egypt's Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Sunni Islamic learning, strongly condemned the "despicable" terrorist attacks that struck two Saudi Arabian cities Monday.

The Islamic authority affirmed in a statement late Monday the sanctity of human life and religious places of worship, condemning "efforts by terrorists and extremists to involve mosques in their conflicts."

Four people were killed in a suicide bombing outside the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Islam's second holiest site.

Also Monday evening, at least one suicide bomber and a car exploded near a Shia mosque in  the eastern city of Qatif, several hours after a suicide bomber struck near the U.S. Consulate in the western city of Jeddah. Two security officers were wounded in the attack.

The prestigious religious institution extended condolences to Saudi King Salman, reaffirming it "stands by Saudi Arabia in the fight against terrorism" while  urging international unity in the face of extremism.

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J.M.Jordan
05-07-2016 08:32pm
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213 innocent Ramadan fasters dead in Baghdad...
...and now terror near Islam's second holiest site: Who still believes IS is Islam? Our secular German newspapers attribute what is happening to the series of recaptured IS-held cities, saying to still be able to recrute followers and to still find financial support IS right now has to recur to extreme terrorist acts - nothing at all to do with religion.
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Allen
05-07-2016 08:15pm
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A strong condemnation, despicable terrorist attacks.
Wow we are not used to such strong language from the grand Imam! He is usually silent when these same terrorists strike all over the world. If he ever responds, it' was in defense of the reputation of Islam. A reputation that has taken an unrepareable dive all around the world. Mr El Taaib your sudden outrage specifically limited to the crime in Arabia. Exposes your profound hypocracy.
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