Arab News – Al-Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University’s administration has rejected accusations that its staff teaches a religious curriculum promoting extremism.
“This is totally untrue,” Fawzan Al-Fawzan, acting rector of the university, was quoted as saying to a local publication. “The university is an integral part of this community. If one or two students hold extremist views that does not mean all 200,000 male and female students also do so.”
“On the contrary, this is one of the universities in the Kingdom at the forefront of fighting the spread of destructive views.” He said the university was opposed to Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other groups trying to destabilize Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries by using young people to carry out their violent agendas.
He said the organizations were mainly turning to the Internet to disseminate their views, through social media and other platforms in the form of short films, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who heads the Council of Senior Scholars, issued a warning about terrorists using Islam to justify their bloodshed.
Al-Asheikh was speaking during a meeting with teachers and students of Dar Al-Hadith in Madinah, a school affiliated to Al-Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University.
He said Islam does not condone the acts of these groups and individuals. “Our religion was sent as a guide so that we could help fellow human beings, and prevent corruption and the murder of innocent people.”
He urged the teachers and students to study the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) so that they could have a fuller understanding of how he wanted Muslims to behave.
Al-Asheikh said they should not resort to violence and use extremist views to propagate the teachings of Islam.

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