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Saudi Ministry Says It Will Not Employ Imams with Extremist Views

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Saudi Ministry Says It Will Not Employ Imams with Extremist Views

May 25, 2014

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance will not employ any imam who holds extremist views, according to Sheikh Talal Ahmad al-Aqeel, adviser to the minister of Islamic affairs.

The process of selecting imams involves tests and interviews conducted by a five-member committee, he told al-Eqtisadiah daily.

Aqeel said the ministry categorically refuses to allow any imam with extremist views to get on the podium of any mosque.

A committee has been formed to monitor imams in all mosques and ensure they do not spread extremist views. Any imam who is found guilty of such an act will have to meet with the committee, which will reason with him and bring him back to the righteous path.

Toeing the line

“Several imams have decided to abandon their extremist ideas and thoughts after sitting and talking with the committee members,” he noted, adding that 98 percent of imams follow the ministry’s regulations and instructions.

A man who wants to be an imam should have a degree in the Shariah, sufficient knowledge about the jurisprudence of prayer and completed the memorization of the Quran.

As part of the ministry’s upcoming plans, all imams will be required to focus on societal reforms in their sermons and talks. Imams will be asked to teach worshippers to avoid extremism and uphold moderate views.



Nusra Front Kills 90 ISIL Militants in Syria, ISIL Leader Promised To Take Revenge

May 25, 2014

Two days of clashes between terrorist groups in Syria’s Eastern province of Deir Ezzur left tens of foreign-backed militants dead.

Some Arab media outlets have released the names of 90 members of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have been killed by rival Al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front militants in clashes near the border with Iraq, Al-Alam reported.

ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has promised to take revenge.

Rival militant groups in Syria have been lately engaged in fierce fighting among themselves.

The infighting has escalated in the past months amid gains by the Syrian army across the country. In recent months, the Syrian army has managed to liberate a number of cities and towns from militant control.

Clashes between the militant groups still continue despite a recent order by terrorist Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to stop the infighting.

Months of violent conflicts among different terrorist groups have killed thousands of Takfiri militants in Syria.

Since March 2011, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been fighting with militants backed by the western powers and their regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

A British defense study showed that about 100,000 militants, fragmented into 1,000 groups, are fighting in Syria against the government and people.