Shoura backs fatwa on funding terror
By MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS
Published: May 10, 2010 00:51 Updated: May 10, 2010 00:51
RIYADH: The Shoura Council endorsed on Sunday the recent fatwa given by the
Council of Senior Islamic Scholars headed by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz
Al-Asheikh on terror financing last month.
Describing terror financing as evil, Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah
Al-Asheikh said on Sunday the Council will frame a set of regulations to combat
He said the proposed recommendation would be sent to the Council of Ministers
and would include regulations to prohibit financing terror activities and it
would incorporate stringent punishments for violations since such funding could
be a threat to the peace and security of the country. Last month, the
20-member Council of Senior Islamic Scholars said terror financing was a crime
as big as terrorism itself because it empowers and enables sabotage,
insecurity, murder and destruction of property. Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Abdullah echoed this sentiment in a statement on Friday, making no
distinction between funding terrorism and acts of terrorism.
"Terror financing amounts to helping acts of terrorism and supporting the
existence and spread of terror," said the fatwa.
"Terror is a crime that sabotages security. It is crime against people and
private and public property. It manifests in bombing houses, schools,
hospitals, factories and bridges; in hijacking and blowing up airplanes. It
also destroys government resources, such as oil and gas pipelines. Such acts of
destruction are prohibited under Shariah." In statement issued on behalf of the
Shoura Council, Abdullah Al-Asheikh explained that donations to legitimate and
legal charitable activities is not the same as blindly donating to
organizations that channel funding for terrorism.
"Charity helps distressed people while financing terror helps destroy men and
property," he said.
The chairman also said that a new recommendation by the council would establish
guidelines for financial donations. The Kingdom has already implemented
stricter guidelines for establishing charitable organizations, and it is
illegal for groups to collect money unless they have been accredited by the
state. The measure was aimed at controlling which groups could legally accept
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