Tolerance in Islam allows for fighting corruption: Al-Sudais


Saudi Gazette report

MAKKAH — Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, emphasized that tolerance in Islam does not stop one from taking firm and decisive steps in fighting corruption and combating extremism and terrorism. Delivering the Friday sermon at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Sheikh Al-Sudais, who is also imam and khateeb of the holy mosque, said that tolerance in Islam also does not stop from being firm and decisive in preserving holy sites, as well as in enhancing integrity, fighting the dangers of drugs and liquor, countering fabricated news and rumors spread through social networking sites, maintaining security and preventing the spread of chaos.

He reaffirmed that the basic tenets of Islamic Shariah are designed to serve the broader interests of the people while bringing in benefits to them in addition to deterring evil and alleviating their suffering. “Islam is a religion of moderation and tolerance, and a mercy to the entire mankind,” he said.

Referring to the continuing Israeli occupation of the holy city of Jerusalem, Al-Sudais emphasized that the tolerance in Islam is not weakness, nor will it be a passage to occupy its land or confiscate its holy sites. “Our souls are insignificant in comparison to the holy sites of Islam and their protection. The real terrorist is the one who initiates aggression while the one who defends his land and its holy sites is not at all a terrorist,” he said, while reminding the faithful that the core issue of Muslims in the contemporary world is the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Arab and Islamic holy city of Jerusalem, which will forever be Islamic and Arab regardless of the oppression.