Groups back KSA drive vs extremism, terrorism

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COTABATO CITY: Muslim cleric groups in the country have expressed support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for its stand against extremism and terrorism amid a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East.

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In separate manifestos furnished The Manila Times, the Regional Dar al Ifta in the Philippines (RDI), the Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC) and the Discover Islam in Baguio (DIB) had “declared solidarity” with the KSA, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

The KSA, joined by other Gulf States such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, had imposed an economic and diplomatic blockade against Qatar late last month, accusing the Qatari royal family for licensing the funding of terrorism across the Middle East for decades.

“We stand in solidarity with the KSA in its policy against Qatar and its Rafidah Movement supporting states who are harboring terrorism and violence extremism phenomenon,” the RDI and BUSC said in a joint-statement written in Arabic.

RDI mufti and BUSC head Abulkhayr Tarason said they have given lectures, seminars and sermons in their localities for their “strong stand against the phenomenon as it does not exist in the teachings of our Islamic religion.”

In a separate declaration, the DIB, headed by Farouk Abdulrashid who is a member of the World Association of Muslim Scholars, said the KSA move was a “wise policy and courageous decisions toward Qatar.”

Abdulrashid urged all Muslims to unite and defend the Kingdom from “the scourge of [any]hostile plans” that are producing “flames of hatred” in various communities around the world.

Moreover, Saad Amate, president of the United Imam in the Philippines, said their group also supports the KSA’s move toward energy-rich provider Qatar amid also a crisis in the Philippines.

“This is a bold step for Muslim communities to unite and defy terrorism and extremism that our country [the Philippines]is suffering from today,” he added.

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